Joel Mchale, Dana Delany and Kathy Bates
We're mere weeks into the new TV season, and already the freshman class has provided some bona fide hits (hello, girls both New and 2 Broke!) But while some shows started strong, several others faltered out of the gate (RIP, The Playboy Club, Free Agents, How to Be a Gentleman and Charlie's Angels!) Which shows will be next? These 11 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?
Fall Preview: Get scoop on all your favorite new and returning shows
1. Body of Proof (ABC)
Tuesdays at 10/9c
The Good News: Dana Delany is just lovely. We'd watch her read the phone book.
The Bad News: It often falls behind both Unforgettable and Parenthood in the demo, and the only show pulling lower ratings for ABC...
Castle nabbed the most viewers in the final hour of Monday's prime time for the fifth straight week — 11.50 million vs. 10.87 million for CBS' Hawaii Five-0, which nonetheless won in the 18-to-49 demographic, 3.1 to 2.6. NBC, meantime, again ran a repeat of Prime Suspect in the former time slot of the canceled The Playboy Club, which 2.74 million people (0.8) watched.
Emily VanCamp, Revenge, Jane Levy, Suburgatory
For Emily VanCamp, Revenge is sweet.
ABC has given a full-season order to the contemporary take on The Count of Monte Cristo, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Suburgatory, starring Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto, has also been...
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Get ready for even more Sarah Michelle Gellar on TV!
CW has given a full-season order to Ringer, the noir thriller starring the Buffy alum as a twin who takes on the identity of her sister while on the run from some unsavory types.
Ringer Scoop: Bridget's Secret Is Out — But Can She Contain It?
The series opened to...
Jenny McCarthy and Ashton Kutcher
Two and a Half Men started so big that even a fourth consecutive week of decline has still left it with enviable numbers.
The Ashton Kutcher-led CBS sitcom at 9/8c entertained 16.20 million fans and scored a 5.9 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds Monday night. Most network shows that night hit season lows up against the major league playoffs on Fox, as well as Monday Night Football -- which scored 16.38 million viewers --and Kim Kardashian's "fairy-tale" wedding, which drew a combined total of 10.5 million Sunday and Monday nights, making it E!'s most-watched event ever.
Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs
CBS has ordered a full-season pickup of 2 Broke Girls, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Fall TV: See the 17 stars to keep your eyes on this year
Terra Nova, which didn't exactly debut with dinosaur-sized (or even Dinah Shore-sized) numbers, still stood on terra firma with 8.31 million viewers, down about 8 percent from its debut, Nielsen overnight data shows. Fox's sci-fi thriller also matched its 3.1 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds for its premiere.
6 burning questions From House's Season 8 premiere
The House Season 8 premiere that followed Terra Nova on Fox got 9.77 million people, posting a 3.9 in the advertiser-coveted age group — down just 9 percent and 7 percent from its fall 2010 start when it aired at 8/7c instead of 9/8c.
Question: In previous years I followed CBS shows Shark and The Unit to their new time on Sunday evenings that ended up to be their last season. Because of the preceding football game, one never knows when a certain program will start, with delays that can last as long as an hour. This, of course, prevents one from switching to another network for a later program. Since we still have a video tape recorder that automatically fast-forwards over commercials (most of them), I would end up taping those shows, with an extra margin of half an hour. I don't know whether a TiVo type recorder can even adjust to such delays. It appears that The Good Wife will follow the same pattern. Perhaps this time I will watch it online, or On Demand. But I have to wonder how much this new time slot will affect its viewership (in addition to the new direction and hair style). — Hanna
Matt Roush: This is a perennial problem for viewers in the time zones where football overruns impact the start of CBS' prime-time lineup. (Rule of thumb: If you're not watching live, set the ...
Fox's Terra Nova opened to solid, though not monster-sized, numbers, scaring up 9 million viewers Monday, according to Nielsen overnight data.
The sci-fi thriller — with effects that wowed various critics but left them wanting more from the script and characters — scored a 3.0 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds for its two-hour premiere, while Week 2 of Dancing with the Stars — Nancy Grace's nip slip and all — posted a 3.3 rating and reeled in 16.02 million fans. Head to head with those Fox and ABC shows, NBC's The Sing-Off sang to 4.39 million (1.7 rating).
Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on Twitter!
Question: Last year the TV season came and went without a breakout hit, and with more cancellations than usual. I'm interested in the strategy that the networks seem to be going for this year to make up for the extremely lackluster last season, especially over at Fox. I don't know exactly what Fox's expectations for The X Factor were, but I'm guessing that they're somewhat disappointed today. 12.5 million seems a bit of an underperformance, especially given that Two and a Half Men had double that many viewers. I was really surprised that New Girl (which I found absolutely delightful) not only matched Glee's numbers, but in fact did significantly better. Given that New Girl had been available online for several weeks prior, I'm surprised that so many people tuned in. This is perhaps a bit reminiscent of Fox's bold move in previewing the pilot of Glee in the spring after Idol, which paid off ...