We're mere weeks into the new TV season, and already the freshman class has provided some bona fide hits (hello, Revolution!) But while some shows started strong, several others faltered out of the gate (RIP, Animal Practice and Made in Jersey!) Which shows will be next? These 10 are in the most danger, due to low ratings, poor performances among younger viewers and other typical bad signs. Is your favorite show on the list?
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666 Park Avenue (ABC)Sundays at 10/9cThe Good News: John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) is back on TV! And he's married to Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams)! ABC is showing some patience with the supernatural drama, having ordered two more scripts, and the show's premiere week DVR-shifted numbers — from a 2.1 to a 3.2 in the demo, a gain of 52 percent — made it the second-biggest growth for a new series, behind Revolution. And 666 was part of one of the fall's better ad campaigns.The Bad News: Script orders don't necessarily mean episodes will be produced. The series has a poor retention rate out of Revenge, shedding almost half of Emily Thorne's viewers and almost a full rating point. Now it's conspicuously missing from the Alphabet's latest promo.
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Chicago Fire (NBC)Wednesdays at 10/9cThe Good News: The show has Law & Order super-producer Dick Wolf behind it, and it is the network's second highest-rated new series behind Revolution. Also: Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer are regularly shirtless. The Bad News: Averaging 6.2 million viewers and 1.7 in the demo, the slightly generic procedural was in last place behind timeslot competitors CSI (10.7 million viewers, 2.5 in the demo) and Nashville (7.8 million viewers, 2.4 in the demo) during its first two weeks. It's also performing worse than Law & Order: SVU (7.4 million viewers, 2.3 in the demo) did in the timeslot a year ago.
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Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW)Tuesdays at 9/8cThe Good News: Mamie Gummer is a charming, winning talent (surprise, surprise, given who her mother is) and a star in the making. Since the show premiered against the second presidential debate (the only episode it's aired so far), it's hard to glean much from its numbers (1.7 million viewers, 0.5 in the demo) just yet.The Bad News: But glean we will! Despite poorer reviews, fellow CW freshman Beauty and the Beast bowed to much stronger numbers (2.8 million viewers, 1.2 in the demo) against a debate itself, albeit the vice presidential one. The quirky style of the show and its titular protagonist are also a departure from the network's usual (and successful) supernatural and/or perfect, pretty people fare.
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Guys with Kids (NBC)Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30cThe Good News: Well, we like executive producer Jimmy Fallon a whole lot. And the show regularly builds on its lead-in. The Bad News: The show's lead-in was the already-put-down Animal Practice. It's drawing just over 4 million viewers each week and fighting for last place in the demo. (Of note: For the past two weeks, The CW's Arrow has beaten NBC's Wednesday comedy block.)
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Last Resort (ABC)Thursdays at 8/7cThe Good News: Andre Braugher leads a solid cast and the writers (including The Shield's Shawn Ryan) know how to play Braugher's strengths (aka intense, stirring monologues). Speaking of the writers, ABC just asked them for two more scripts, which, while far from a full-season order, is a promising sign, perhaps brought on by the show's recent uptick in the ratings to 7.3 million viewers and 1.7 in the demo.The Bad News: Despite slightly improving upon Charlie's Angels' performance (6.2 million viewers, 1.4 in the demo) in the same (heavily competitive) timeslot last year, Last Resort is still a distant second behind CBS' comedies ( the most recent airing averaged 14.5 million viewers and 4.3 in the demo). And while strong DVR numbers are keeping this show from sinking, the storytelling since the pilot has been uneven at best.
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The Mob Doctor (Fox)Mondays at 9/8cThe Good News: Um, it surprisingly wasn't the first show canceled? Oh, and Fox has announced that it will return for November sweeps after baseball playoffs.The Bad News: Its ratings have gone from abysmal (it premiered to 5 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in the demo) to worse (its most recent outing drew 3.4 million viewers and 0.9 rating), and it's shedding more than half of its Bones lead-in. At this point, we're just waiting for Fox to call time of death.
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Nashville (ABC)Wednesdays at 10/9cThe Good News: Boasting a strong cast (Mrs. Coach, y'all!) and a smart writer (Thelma and Louise's Callie Khouri), Nashville was perhaps the best-reviewed show of the fall. And even though we're not huge country music fans, the soundtrack has us tapping our toes. The show's just-OK debut (9 million viewers, 2.8 in the demo) saw a healthy growth when DVR viewing was included (11.6 million viewers, 3.9 in the demo.)The Bad News: Even though it's right in ABC's sweet spot (a female-friendly, prime-time soap), its second episode shed 3 million viewers and fell 29 percent in the demo. DVR spikes are nice and all, but the Alphabet won't be too happy if numbers continue heading south.
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The Neighbors (ABC)Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30cThe Good News: It was the most-watched new comedy for the first two weeks of the season and ABC has ordered three more scripts. (And it's not as bad as Work It.)The Bad News: The series premiered in the cushy post-Modern Family berth, but was later moved up an hour to follow The Middle, where its ratings are slowly dropping off (it got a 1.9 rating for its latest episode). ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee explained the switch as a way of taking the pressure off The Neighbors to perform after Modern Family. Lessening the pressure or preparing for the worst?
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Partners (CBS)Mondays at 8:30/7:30cThe Good News: The onscreen (David Krumholtz, Michael Urie, Sophia Bush) and off-screen talent (creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan of Will &Grace) are TV favorites from yesteryear, and Brandon Routh has proven to be the sitcom's secret weapon with his guileless, deadpan performance.The Bad News: Its ratings (average of 6 million viewers, and a 2.1 in the demo), which have been steady, would be passable anywhere but CBS, where they stick out like a sore thumb among the rest of the network's Monday comedy block. (Lead-out 2 Broke Girls, for example, is averaging 9.6 million viewers and a 3.5 in the demo). Even worse, Partners is showing little increase when DVR viewing is factored in. With reliable backup Rules of Engagement waiting in the wings, CBS may want to cut its losses and call up someone else to bat who can deliver.
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Up All Night (NBC)Thursdays at 8:30/7:30cThe Good News: Its Season 2 revamp (adios, Ava Show!) has been creatively invigorating, and having funny folk like Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph all on the same show is a win for everyone.The Bad News: Lacking buzz and critical acclaim, Up All Night is the forgotten child of NBC's Thursday comedy lineup. The comedy started out well last year on Wednesdays, but suffered a ratings erosion when it moved to a plum Thursday slot in January, and the bleeding has continued this season (it fell to 2.8 million and a 1.1 two weeks ago). With Community yet to be rescheduled and two midseason comedies on deck, it's not inconceivable for Up to be moved or wrap up early, as it did last season, when it finished in April.
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