Death Watch 2011: Fall TV Survival Status Thanksgiving Weekend Edition
Who will be the Last Man Standing to get Revenge for all those critics who, Once Upon a Time, needed a lesson or two on How to Be A Gentleman? Ooh, we could play this all day!
Unfortunately, we’re running out of titles to riff on (if only NBC named it Rock Bottom with the Brian Williams instead of Rock Center) and frankly, the broadcast networks are thisclose to delivering their final verdicts on their fall fare. Midseason is just around the corner, you see, when there will be a whole lot of new shows to keep (or dump).
Here’s our verdict (and the most up-to-date viewership levels and ratings among adults 18-49) on what’s left:
New Girl (Fox): 5.0, 10 million.
Status: Fox was the first network to pick up a new show for a full season. We’re now focusing of that second year pickup, when we think her chances are rosy.
2 Broke Girls (CBS): 5.5 rating, 13.7 million.
Full season pickup. Notice the ratings: This is the highest rated new show of the 2011-12 season.
The X Factor(Fox): Wednesday, 4.4, 12.5 million; Thursday, 4.3, 12.6 million
Once Upon a Time (ABC): 4.7, 13.7 million.
Full season pickup. We’ll be brutally honest: After the middling launch for Pan Am and Revenge, we didn’t have high hopes for this high-concept drama from a couple of clever Lost writers. Sometimes, it’s a relief to be wrong. Show like this need to succeed if we want to see more genre shows in the future.
Terra Nova (Fox): 3.6, 10 million
Status: Fox executives already confirmed that it will complete its 13-hour run in December. The network will decide by the end of the year whether Terra Nova will get a second season. Though the dino drama is performing weaker than what the network wants, it’s still got a shot to return.
Last Man Standing (ABC): 3.7, 11.9 million.
Full season pickup. Not surprising: It was a big deal for ABC to get Tim Allen back. But with a new showrunner at the helm as of this month (last one left for personal reasons, new guy comes from Reba), job one is to keep refining Allen’s voice without boring viewers.
Suburgatory (ABC): 3.5, 10.1 million
Person of Interest(CBS): 3.3, 13.8 million
Revenge (ABC): 3.6, 10.5 million
Full season pickup. Good news for prime time soap fans.
Unforgettable (CBS): 3.0, 13.9 million
Pan Am (ABC): 2.8, 8.3 million
Status: The period drama has settled at a modest number and, as a result, has yet to get a full season pickup. ABC might complete its run at 13 and postpone a final decision on its fate until May.
How to be a Gentleman (CBS): 2.7, 8.4 million
Up All Night (NBC): 2.7, 6.2 million
Status:Full season pickup plus two additional episodes. NBC will hang onto this for a full season because its from SNL’s Lorne Michaels.
Whitney (NBC): 2.7, 5.5 million
Status: Full season pickup for a show that doesn’t really belong on a network that has comedies like Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock and Community.
Allen Gregory (Fox) 2.2, 4.5 million
Status: Sandwiched between The Simpsons and Family Guy, this new animated comedy has been a real let-down. Fox only ordered seven episodes. Once they finish airing, we don’t expect the network to mention the show again.
Man Up! (ABC) 2.2, 7 million
Status: Man down? We think this is be the next freshman show to get a pink slip.
Grimm (NBC) 2.3, 6.8 million
Charlie’s Angels (ABC): 1.8, 7.4 million Prime Suspect (NBC): 1.7, 6.1 million Playboy Club (NBC): 1.5, 4.9 million
A Gifted Man (CBS): 1.4, 8.6 million
Status: Though the network has yet to give it a full season pickup, it recently ordered three more episodes. Still, we’re not feeling upbeat about its chances for another season.
Free Agents (NBC): 1.5, 3.8 million
Secret Circle (The CW): 1.2, 2.7 million
Rock Center with Brian Williams (NBC): 1.0, 3.9 million
Status: Rock bottom with Brian Williams. This should go quietly into the night after the new round of shows debut after the holidays.
Ringer (The CW): 0.9, 1.2 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW): 0.9, 2.0 million
Hey, we can play death watch all season! Look at all the cannon fodder coming soon:
ABC: Work It (Jan. 3), The River (Feb. 7), GCB (March 4), Missing (March 15)
NBC: The Firm (Jan. 8), Are you there, Chelsea? (Jan. 11), Smash (Feb. 6), Fashion Star (March 13)
CBS: ¡Rob! (Jan. 12)
FOX: I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Nov. 30) Napoleon Dynamite (TBD), The Finder (TBD), Touch (TBD), The Flintstones (TBD), Alcatraz (TBD)
The CW: The Frame (TBD)