Question: Can you tell me how many shows that premiered last season are still on the air? For example, does Fox have any returning shows that premiered last season that are coming back? If none of them is, then is that because the shows were not given enough time to draw an audience, or because they were scheduled poorly, or because they really did not have a chance because they were just terrible? Can you comment on all the networks using the above criteria? IMO, the problem is that shows are canceled prematurely.
Answer: I'll start with Fox, since that seems to be your primary gripe. Keep in mind its schedule was a mess, with summer shows and reality filler bleeding into fall, and many shows not starting until much later. Of the fall shows, only House, a genuine hit, survived, along with negligible late-season starters American Dad and Stacked (but for how long?). Most of what Fox aired was truly terrible (Jonny Zero, Point Pleasant), so I think Fox is better off this fall with newer,
In a bid to give the critically adored and ratings-troubled Veronica Mars a shot in the Nielsens, CBS has agreed to air four episodes of sister network UPN's series. CBS will offer up a double-header of Mars repeats on July 29 starting at 8pm/ET, and two more eps on Aug. 5 and 12, Variety reports. Mars is slated to make its second-season debut on Sept. 21, on UPN. I tell you, CBS, something like this almost makes up for Center of the Universe. Almost.