Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The New TV Season Lays An Egg
First impressions of the new TV season? It's predictable and ratings are flat.
But there are a few good new shows to catch including The Blacklist and S.H.I.E.L.D.
This was the TV season NBC was expected to crash and burn.
Instead the peacock proud network has strongly bounced back and actually looks likely to win the first two weeks of the new season.
On Mondays The Voice beats back competition and the new James Spader drama The Blacklist is holding its first week's audience.
But Thursdays remains a problem --despite the nice reviews for Michael J. Fox his ratings are a disappointment so far. But NBC has given him a full season pick up.
Moving last year's hit Revolution from Mondays to wednesdays resulted in a deep dip in ratings. Ironside is a badly made remake of the old Raymond Burr hit and I predict the axeman will cometh very quickly.
Over at CBS those aging procedurals are starting to buckle ever so slightly.
CBS only has nine new shows which is a bad move for a network that wants to remain number one.
However Robin Williams in The Crazy Ones really took off --it happens to be very funny if you can stand Williams.
That comedy about flatulence The Millers also did better than expected.
We Are Men bombed and should get axed shortly while Hostages is a huge disappointment--competition from NBC's Blacklist is killing it.
ABC had the highest rating for a new series with the much anticipated Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. but it also had the season's first cancellation with Lucky 7. And ratings for S.H.I.E.L.D. fell the second week out.
However, The Goldbergs did well among new series. Returning faves like Grey's Anatomy and Modern Family held up. Betrayal should be axed soon. Neighbors got moved to Fridays and ratings tanked.
Fox's new drama Sleepy Hollow has the makings of a hit and has gotten a season renewal.
The Simpsons got renewed for its 26th season. Dads seems terminal and Fox has to be worried about the continued ratings decline of those musical talent shows.
Stay tuned for ,ore reports.