Of those that have met a certain fate, 54 percent of the series that debuted during the 2016-17 TV season will not be back for an encore. Compare that to the previous TV season, when 64 percent of freshmen flunked (though we’re pretty sure ABC’s 11teen attempts to program Tuesdays at 10 skewed that total).
Of this year’s one-and-done casualties, 67 percent were hour-long dramas.
Going by the calendar, ABC’s Notorious was the first new show to get bad news, when on Oct. 25 — after five airings — its episode order was cut from 13 to 10. Two weeks later, fellow Shonda-wannabe Conviction was denied a back 9 order.
“Better (premiering) late than never” did not prove true for CBS’ Doubt, which was pulled off the air after just two low-rated February airings.
At the time that ABC told it to take a seat, Last Man Standing had aired 130 total episodes — a total only bested by those 2 Broke Girls, who joked around for 138 episodes before going bust. “But what a bust it is,” Max surely joked, somewhere.
Despite averaging a 0.2 in the demo (to go with its 500,000 total viewers), the Golden Globe-winning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend yet again scored a date on The CW’s fall schedule.
We have a three-way tie for this ignominious honor, between Fox’s The Exorcist, CBS’ Elementary and ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, each of which averaged a 0.7 this season. Even factoring in Live+7 playback leaves us with a two-way lock (at 1.2), while SHIELD and its superhuman 129 percent DVR boost pulls it away from this pack.
CBS’ ill-fated The Great Indoors averaged a pretty great 1.5 rating, a number that ranks higher than all but three of scripted shows on Fox. The Joel McHale-fronted sitcom also stands as the most-watched cancellation, averaging 7.5 million weekly viewers (or No. 15 among all scripted broadcast shows).
CBS essentially calling a time of death for Pure Genius — by denying a back 9 order — generated more than 700 comments from TVLine readers. CBS’ swift ruling on Doubt meanwhile had 634 comments at last count.
THE COMEBACK KID
NBC chose to not be “on the wrong side of history” by famously un-cancelling Timeless just days after grounding the Lifeboat, the one cancellation of the season that failed to stick.
SHOWS THAT HAVEN’T PREMIERED YET, ONE YEAR LATER
Of the 40-ish new shows announced at last year’s network Upfronts, four have yet to see the light of day: ABC’s Downward Dog comedy (arriving this Wednesday, May 17), ABC’s Shondaland production Still Star-Crossed (May 29), NBC’s Midnight, Texas (July 24) and NBC’s Marlon (Aug. 16).