Network executives made news this week

Since much of this issue is dedicated to handicapping the new fall shows, we thought, Why not review the suits behind the lineups? After all, if a bunch of these shows tank, someone will have to pay. Herewith, odds on the job stability of Big Four execs:

ABC: The Disney-owned network has the most at stake after finishing third last season. Unfortunately, with the greatest number of new shows of any net (11) — and a shortage of established hits to lure viewers to the new fare — chances are the Alphabet will again lag behind NBC and CBS. How will that affect new ABC Entertainment chairman Stu Bloomberg? Although he didn’t put the schedule together, keep in mind that entertainment president Jamie Tarses had little to do with last season’s problems, which didn’t stop ABC from sticking it to her. Bloomberg’s Odds: 4 to 1

Fox: Over the last few years, the life expectancy of a Fox Entertainment Group president has been 12 to 18 months, and current prez Peter Roth is coming up on his one-year anniversary. With only four new shows, Roth is taking a low-risk approach to the season. But he also spent heavily on development last spring, commissioning some 20 sitcoms — in other words, big bucks were spent on shows that won’t see the light of day. Plus, this year, Fox has no World Series or Super Bowl to boost ratings. Roth’s Odds: 3 to 2

NBC: The Peacock can expect to continue its dominance for a third straight year, thanks in large part to Seinfeld sticking around another season. However, if the Peacock’s risky decision to go with female comedies on Monday backfires, some will question entertainment president Warren Littlefield’s move to bag that night’s successful movie franchise. The heat is also on Thursday’s Union Square; many insiders feel the already retooled sitcom is on the schedule only because it’s NBC owned. Littlefield’s Odds: 100 to 1

CBS: Eye entertainment president Leslie Moonves (who was just endowed with increased corporate duties) is seen as having the best new season development, thanks to high critical marks for such fall entries as Brooklyn South and George & Leo. The one dark cloud: The net still needs a younger audience to attract more advertisers. Moonves’ Odds: 90 to 1