Fall TV Report Card: Are Your Freshman Faves Making the Grade? Have Any 'Doomed' Noobs Dodged the Axe?

Fall TV Winners Losers

Beginning in September and throughout the fall, TVLine asked you to grade each of the new pilots — from Fox’s Utopia, which was first (and worst?) out of the gate, to NBC’s recently unveiled State of Affairs. As the numbers started coming in, did you prove to be prescient with your predictions or wildly off the mark?

Last year, American Horror Story: Coven, The Blacklist, Masters of Sex, Almost Human (R.I.P.) and S.H.I.E.L.D. populated your Top 5, while Super Fun Night, We Are Men and Dads brought up the very rear.

This year, TVLine took the precise hand-count of your votes and — with an assist from Sheldon, Leonard and that Scorpion dude — extrapo-convert-ulated it into a numerical grade, with “100%” repping a perfect score. How did your knee-jerk impressions compare to each noob’s fate? And who topped this freshman class? View the slideshow below, arranged from lowest grade to highest.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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25 Comments
  1. Maria says:

    I don’t really understand how each of the percentage was calculated…votes from being liked by viewers? or probability of being renewed? I don’t know.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      We took the total votes for “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” for each show, and converted it into a “test score” (out of 100%). Example: Out of a possible 100 points, GOTHAM scored 83.

  2. Kristin says:

    What’s the percentages mean?

  3. Asta says:

    I really liked the McCarthy’s in part. i.e. Tyler Ritter, Laurie Metcalf and Jackie (who I loved on Mindy). They need to re-jig it and have Laurie, her husband and those two kids live with them and lose the rest.

    • Asta says:

      OR have Laurie Metcalf marry the head of Sheldon’s college which was once hinted at, then have Tyler and Jackie be the step-children. Introduce them for a few episodes and then have a spin-off with occasional crossovers. Or have Jackie (sorry don’t remember her real name) replace Sheldon’s twin, Laurie stay the mom and Tyler be a new love that will threaten one of their relationships.

    • jenna says:

      this show definitely has potential but some of the plot developments seem unecessary e.g. gerard getting engaged

  4. Moment says:

    Utopia should have been renamed Calamity. It would sum everything about the show up.

  5. Ashton says:

    Love Red Band! Don’t leave!

  6. Tran says:

    Forever & Stalker are both rookie dramas I cannot stand. NBC may or may not have a breakout hit in State of Affairs even if The Blacklist move to Thursdays come February 5th should do just fine. CBS should get rid of The McCarthys sooner rather than later and I have a feeling that The Odd Couple reboot (with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon) should fill the void in the 9:30 p.m. Thursday night time slot come mid-season 2015.

    • Lyn says:

      Huh! I love Forever and like Stalker despite not being a fan of Dylan McDermott . I can’t stand How To get Away With Murder and feel that Viola Davis mumbles a lot of her lines.

  7. Mumio says:

    CBS really needs to get their act together. They have messed with The Good Wife for years by airing on Sunday nights after football, which totally messes up the scheduling in the dvr and they are doing the exact same thing with State of Affairs. I am so fed up with constantly having to babysit these shows to ensure they are recorded, that I’m considering just giving in and dropping them. Watching on demand is not an option since I am forced to sit through commercials. You’d think CBS would work a little harder to ensure that shows people like were scheduled for nights where their start time stayed the same weekly instead of pi$$ing off their viewers during football season. Yes….surprise, not everyone likes football!!!

    • jenna says:

      State of affairs is an NBC show

      • Mumio says:

        Ack! Thanks so much jenna for pointing that out…I intended to say Madame Secretary, not State of Affairs.

        • Lyn says:

          Forced to sit through commercials???? You do realize that the commercials pay for the production of the show, right? If everyone skipped the ads there would be no shows. That “something for nothing” attitude is a big part of what’s wrong in America.

          • Mumio says:

            Lyn, I pay for ALL of my television viewing, including network and cable television…so please don’t start preaching to me. As far as I’m concerned, since I PAY for all of it, then I should have the right to skip all commercials. What’s wrong with America is people with your attitude of passing judgment on other peoples personal choices.

          • Lyn says:

            @Mumio No, you pay receiver fees to broadcast and cable providers. In no way does that begin to pay for the production cost of the shows you watch. It isn’t the same as HBO, Showtime, TCM, PBS etc. The production cost for a show like Hawaii 50 is huge. Advertising pays for that. If you record it and skip the ads, it’s the same as bootlegging music. Morally, it’s theft.

          • Mumio says:

            Okay, so here’s what you apparently aren’t getting: I don’t care. If I legally have the ability/option to skip them, I will and I do and will continue to do so. It’s not like I have a way of circumventing the system, that’s why I pay for a dvr! There is nothing morally wrong with it, so stop judging. Sorry about your outrage over this but I don’t care if you like it or not nor do I care what you think about any of it. Stop browbeating me over it. This is the end of this discussion as far as I am concerned.

    • Moment says:

      CBS haven’t messed The Good Wife up at all, if anything the network have been overly generous with it by renewing despite the poor ratings, it has the critical acclaim and also draws a lot of publicity. I would say the show has been successful on Sunday, ratings aside.

  8. James D says:

    my top five would be: Stalker, Flash, Scorpion, Constantine, and Gotham. Stalker is really good I didn’t expect I’d like it as much as I do, but each episode is better then the last.

  9. zac says:

    Forever and Jane the Virgin exceeded my expectations. Freak Show was really promising but I really dont know where the storyline is going. Shows like Goham and The Flash for me works better if I binge watch them so maybe I’ll watch them May 2015.

  10. Ally Oop says:

    I was pretty much on the money with most of my predictions. The only shows I was wrong about were Mysteries of Laura which I thought would fail and Red Band Society which I thought would do better. My biggest disappointment this fall season was the cancellations of romcoms A to Z and Selfie and my biggest satisfaction was seeing Jane the Virgin come well enough out of the gate.

  11. Christine says:

    I’m really enjoying Forever. I don’t usually like procedurals, but I think the characters are very likable and I like the premise. I also really like Selfie, and thought that it definitely improved over the course of the first few episodes. Is there any chance that Hulu will pick it up like they did with Community? I’m loving How To Get Away With Murder, and I’m interested to see where they take the show from here. Other than that, I think this season has been quite disappointing.

  12. Hm says:

    Well, picking a top 5 is easy for me: Constantine, Flash, Forever, Gotham, Scorpion.

    Because the only other one I watch is AHS, and that is on its 4th season not its first.(but that’s just they way I see it)

  13. johnny says:

    what series is the one at the right corner in the poster above?