Predicted winners, strong lead-ins, sharp drop-offs — the beginning of fall TV is always a season in flux. We start off with more new (and returning!) shows than we can squeeze into our DVR lineups, but as the season progresses, you realize that not everything lives up to the hype. (Shows including ABC’s Lucky 7, NBC’s Ironside and Welcome to the Family, and CBS’ We Are Men have already gotten the axe.)
Let’s take a look at some of the new shows that premiered with the strongest momentum and how they’re faring now:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: This fall’s buzziest show co-created by Joss Whedon ranks as the No. 1 new show of the 2013-14 TV season among the 18-49 demo and has already been picked up for a full season. That said, the ratings have dipped each consecutive week, and it’s clear that the show is losing some of its initial steam.
The Michael J. Fox Show: Hollywood’s beloved Fox was welcomed back to the small screen with open arms–and mixed reviews for his new series, which is loosely based on his real-life struggles with Parkinson’s and return the Hollywood. The ratings aren’t great even with strong lead-ins like The Voice, but it doesn’t even matter — NBC has already ordered a full season.
The Crazy Ones: CBS’ father-daughter comedy starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar is the No. 1 new comedy series in viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, so it’s no surprise that the network has given the green light to a full season pick up.
Super Fun Night: We had high hopes for Rebel Wilson’s foray into American television with her sitcom about three girlfriends and their Friday night tradition, but after a strong premiere, the series is struggling as it continues to slip in ratings each week.
Hostages: After a major downward slump, CBS’ drama about a family of hostages finally saw an uptick in viewers last week, but the fate of the series is still on thin ice given its limited-series order.
Sleepy Hollow: If there was a show to validate the power of DVR, it would be this fantasy crime procedural about Ichabod Crane in the modern day. The second episode of Fox series grew a whopping 71 percent in ratings, and the network has certainly taken notice. Sleepy Hollow has already been renewed for a second season.
The Originals: The CW spin-off of The Vampire Diaries has seen solid numbers since its October 3 debut and recently earned the network its strongest Tuesday night in four years.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Andy Samberg + Andre Braugher + cop humor = success. The series not only received a full season pick-up, it also earned the coveted post-Super Bowl TV spot for 2014 alongside New Girl.
Keep in mind, we still have a few weeks to go before we hit mid-season, so there’s always a chance that a low-performing show turns it around in the ratings. In the meantime, head to the comments to tell us which new series you’re still watching and which ones you’ve dropped.
What’s been the biggest disappointment this TV season? How about the biggest surprise?
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