We're just weeks into the new TV season, and already the freshman class has provided some bona fide hits (welcome, Blindspot, Quantico and Limitless!). And though there have been some clear misses, the networks haven't officially yanked anything off the air just yet. Perhaps more troubling are the veteran shows that are really starting to show their age. So... which shows need to step up their game? Here are the 11 we think you should start worrying about. Is your favorite show on the list?
Sundays at 9/8c
The good news: The outlandish soap debuted modestly (6.4 million viewers, 1.4 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic) against stiff competition (Sunday Night Football and then The Walking Dead). The show features multi-generational eye candy -- Don Johnson and Chace Crawford.
The bad news: Since The Walking Dead returned on Oct. 11, Blood & Oil has dropped more than 30 percent, averaging 3.7 million and a 0.9. Its DVR numbers aren't much to write home about either. And it's time to realize that people are just not that into you when both your lead-in (Once Upon a Time) and lead-out (Quantico) are pulling in better numbers. Combine that with behind-the-scenes drama - showrunner changes, title changes, two writers' rooms - and it's no wonder that ABC has cut its episode order to 10.
Mondays at 10/9c
The good news: ABC clearly wants to keep Castle around, as it fought hard to renew the contracts of stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. And though the aging show's live audience seems to be dwindling, it routinely gets a solid lift from DVR playback.
The bad news: The Season 8 premiere hit a series low (6.8 million viewers, 1.1 in the demo), and it's fallen even further since the show's creative team decided to separate Castle and Beckett. Overall, it's down about 26 percent in the demo from a year ago and is regularly getting thumped by NBC's Blindspot. This one will really depend on ABC's patience.
Sundays at 10/9c
The good news: The third CSI spin-off, now with Ted Danson in the cast, is the sole standard-bearer for the world's largest TV franchise. It wouldn't look so good if CBS canned it just months after the mothership signed off, especially as it weathers periodic football delays.
The bad news: Football or not, Cyber's free fall has been cataclysmic this season, down nearly 25 percent in viewers (6.2 million) and 40 percent in the demo (0.8 - it has yet to crack a 1.0), and its DVR playback is anemic. (Remember NBC's Law & Order: Los Angeles? It was launched on the heels of the original's cancellation and lasted only one season.)
Tuesdays at 8/7c
The good news: The "John Stamos is a GILF" comedy isn't lighting the world on fire in the ratings, averaging around 3.6 million and a 1.1, but it's doing a teensy bit better than Fox's Tuesday comedy lineup a year ago (New Girl and The Mindy Project) and improves about 45 percent with playback. Fox gave it a vote of confidence, ordering six more scripts. If it sticks around long enough, Grandfathered might be able to benefit from some Fuller House momentum.
The bad news: Fox picked up lead-out The Grinder for a full season, but not Grandfathered... yet. Speaking of momentum, the show will be pre-empted for up to two weeks by the World Series and it can't afford to dip any lower when it returns.
Fridays at 9/8c
The good news: The aging procedural still draws a sizable audience -- it's averaging 8.8 million viewers this season -- and it's part of a Friday night block that is consistent enough that CBS might not want to mess with it.
The bad news: It's averaging a 1.06 in the demo, which is down roughly 15 percent from a year ago, making it CBS' second-lowest-rated drama this season. Worse, its lead-out, Blue Bloods, regularly outperforms it, which could suggest that trying a new show in its timeslot wouldn't necessarily endanger the night for the network.
Mondays at 9/8c
The good news: Um... hey, remember that great movie starring Tom Cruise?!
The bad news: Despite the name recognition and healthy promotion from Fox, this one was DOA. The series premiere earned only 3 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo. It's only fallen from there (the season average is 2.2 million viewers and a 0.7 in the demo), and Fox recently trimmed the show's order from 13 to 10. It's amazing that Fox hasn't yanked the show in favor of Bones or Sleepy Hollow repeats at this point.
Wednesdays at 10/9c
The good news: The country music soap is a fairly consistent player on one of ABC's most stable nights. And although its live audience isn't huge, it sees major boosts in L+7 DVR playback. Plus: We have to assume that the downloadable music from the show provides a substantial revenue stream.
The bad news: The season premiere, which resolved a significant cliff-hanger, pulled in only 4.9 million viewers and a 1.2 in the demo, down 14 percent from its previous season-opener. The season averages (4.6 million viewers, 1.1 in the demo) show consistency, but they are down about 16 percent overall, making the show ABC's second-lowest-rated drama series.
Mondays at 10/9c
The good news: The show has NCIS in the title. Despite heavy competition from NBC's Blindspot, the show is still averaging 8 million viewers, numbers most networks (that aren't CBS) would love to have. And that number usually climbs to closer to 11 million once DVRs are factored in.
The bad news: The show's move to Mondays last season hurt the ratings, and this season it's down another 24 percent in the demo. (The Oct. 12 episode scored a 1.12, a series low.) Realistically, we don't see CBS canceling this show, but it might consider moving it to a new night.
Thursdays at 10/9c
The good news: Wesley Snipes' much-hyped comeback vehicle featured a ridiculous (and ridiculously fun) premise that stood out among a pretty middling batch of freshman dramas. And NBC gave it the similarly pulpy Blacklist as its best-possible lead-in.
The bad news: The audience pretty quickly rejected the show. The premiere earned a 1.1 in the demo and nearly 5 million viewers, but those numbers have shriveled in recent weeks without a great deal of DVR lift. NBC's decision to cut the show's episode order to just nine pretty much says it all.
Tuesdays at 9/8c
The good news: Scream Queens gets a 60 percent boost in DVR playback and routinely tops trends on social media. Fox, who is keen to remain in the Ryan Murphy business, gave the series a vigorous promotional campaign. Since the show is an anthology series, Fox could renew it and hope for a more engaging season.
The bad news: The show's live numbers (average: 3.2 million, 1.3) are pretty bad, particularly for a format in which a main character dies each week. It's not a stretch to say that Scream Queens has been one of the season's big disappointments.
Thursdays at 8/7c
The good news: After a disastrous Season 2, Sleepy Hollow has course-corrected with a reinvigorated third season and might get a jolt from the head-scratching Bones crossover.
The bad news: A move to super-competitive Thursday hasn't helped the series, which returned to all-time lows and is averaging 3.14 million viewers and a 0.9 so far (it has not broken a 1.0 live and only adds a handful of points in playback.). For the second year in a row, ratings are down 40 percent year to year. Last time Fox had a freshman hit that saw its numbers (not to mention, story) decline so drastically over three years, it canceled it: The Following.