Fall TV Winners and Losers 2014, as Graded by TVLine Readers
STATUS: Woof. Fox’s “$50 million social experiment” debuted to just 4.5 million viewers, and by Episode 2 dropped to almost half that. As the numbers waned further, Fox dialed it down to one weekly airing sooner than planned, and by Week 8 — with viewership hovering around 1.6 mil — pulled the plug completely. Not pretty.
STATUS: The critically lambasted comedy premiered to 2.3 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating — the lowest numbers for any freshman debut this fall — and since then has gone as low as 1.6 mil/0.7, prompting Fox to reduce its order from 16 episodes to 13, then swap its and Bob’s Burgers’ Sunday time slots.
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, NBC
STATUS: Damning pilot reviews were left in the rear view mirror as Laura debuted to boffo numbers, and to date is averaging a good 10 million viewers (with DVR playback factored in). Though its typical demo number isn’t a vast improvement over Revolution‘s, Laura is drawing a markedly larger audience and as such earned a full-season order.
STATE OF AFFAIRS, NBC
STATUS: After bowing to sub-Blacklist numbers, the Homeland/Scandal-lite hybrid dropped 25 percent in Week 2. (NBC president Bob Greenblatt told TVLine this summer that no matter State of Affairs‘ performance, the plan to move The Blacklist to Thursdays in January would not change.)
BAD JUDGE, NBC
STATUS: After the Kate Walsh-starrer fell below a 1.0 rating with its fifth outing, NBC announced that production would wrap after 13 episodes, all of which (in theory) will air.
MANHATTAN LOVE STORY, ABC
STATUS: After its fourth outing drew just 2.7 million viewers and the dreaded 0.7 demo rating — and given that it was only getting a 15 percent boost from DVR playback, the lowest return of any scripted series this fall — the internal monologue-heavy rom-com was the target of this season’s first cancellation. Congrats…?
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, CBS
STATUS: Ranking among the Top 5 most watched weekly programs, the NCIS offshoot was quick to earn a full-season order.
STATUS: Having debuted as the fall’s No. 1 new comedy — and despite a “controversial” title — black-ish (along with How to Get Away with Murder) was one of the first two freshmen to score a full-season order this fall.
THE MCCARTHYS, CBS
STATUS: After bowing to 8 million viewers and a 1.7 rating, its numbers have since dropped some 20 percent. No word yet on its medium-term prospects.
STATUS: It survived a bit longer than Tuesday companion Manhattan Love Story, but nonetheless also got the hook — in one of this fall’s most questionable calls. (Its remaining episodes are being posted to Hulu every Tuesday.)
STATUS: After ticking up to a best-since-premiere demo rating on Nov. 21 — albeit a meager 1.1, paired with just 3.5 million viewers — the supernatural newbie was “rewarded” with the news that production would wrap after 13 episodes (though it “technically” is eligible for a Season 2).
STATUS: Despite having had several different lead-ins as CBS rejiggered its Monday/Thursday comedy line-ups, it’s holding onto a solid audience — as the Eye Network’s procedurals do — and thus earned a full-season order.
STATUS: Regularly topping its Wednesday-at-10 time slot in both total viewers and in the coveted 18-49 demo, the oft-dark drama grabbed a full-season order after four outings.
STATUS: Delivering solid retention out of Friday stalwart Last Man Standing, the family comedy earned a full-season order.
MADAM SECRETARY, CBS
STATUS: Having quickly emerged as Sunday’s most time-delayed most watched scripted drama, the Tea Leoni-starrer easily earned a full-season order.
MARRY ME, NBC
STATUS: It debuted to 7.5 million total viewers and a 2.3 rating (aka TV's highest-rated Tuesday comedy since March), but as of late — and after earning a “back 5” order (for 18 total episodes) — its only pulling about half those numbers.
STATUS: Having opened strongly,, the Batman-less Jim Gordon origin tale scored a larger-than-planned (22 episodes versus 16) full-season order after just two airings.
THE AFFAIR, Showtime
STATUS: Though its ratings have failed to set the sheets on fire, increasingly good buzz and solid performances surely played a role in earning this infidelity-tinged murder mystery a Season 2 renewal.
STATUS: There’s little mystery here: Having failed to make any kind of a dent opposite the likes of ABC’s buzzy Scandal, the murder mystery (wrapping Dec. 11) won’t likely see a second season a la its inspiration, the UK’s Broadchurch.
JANE THE VIRGIN, The CW
STATUS: Though its numbers have ebbed since the premiere (which had doubled the network’s year-prior performance in the Mondays-at-9 time slot) and despite a polarizing premise/title, Jane has amassed acclaim — and thus a full-season order after just two outings.
STATUS: Currently hovering around barely 4 million viewers and a 1.0 demo rating (as of Nov. 18), the supernatural-tinged cop drama earned a full-season order.
A TO Z, NBC
STATUS: Though its ratings have somewhat stabilized (albeit around the damning 0.7 range), NBC cancelled the serialized rom-com (but will in theory let all 13 episodes air).
RED BAND SOCIETY, Fox
STATUS: Managing barely 3 million total viewers eight episodes in, the hospital-set drama will shut down production after filming its 13th episode, with renewal prognosis grim.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW, FX
STATUS: Just days after its premiere delivered the most watched telecast in FX's 20-year history, the cabler renewed the anthology series for a fifth season.
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, ABC
STATUS: The fall’s No. 1 new series, it received a full-season order (in this instance, 15 total episodes) after just two airings.
THE FLASH, The CW
STATUS: The CW’s most-watched series premiere ever…. The CW’s highest-rated premiere among Adults 18-49 in more than five years…. Putting the “super” in superlatives, the Arrow offshoot earned a full-season order after just two airings.