Lone Star Axed, Others To Follow?

“Lone Star”, Fox’s highest profile new show of the season, has been cancelled after just two episodes have gone to air. This marks the first official axing of the new season, and the series has already been yanked from the schedule. The third season of “Lie to Me” will now air in the time slot starting next week.

Despite strong critical reviews and heavy promotion, only 4.1 million viewers tuned in for the series premiere last week. The network gave it another chance last night, but that number dropped to just 3.7 million in overnights which has led to this decision.

The move follows a turbulent week last week of pilots and season premieres in the U.S. yielding a range of results right across the board with many shows faring quite differently than expected.

The “Hawaii Five-O” remake was the biggest new show with viewers, pulling in 14.2 million viewers for the pilot. That number dropped to 12.3 million for the second episode but it still won the hour.

The network’s new police drama “Blue Bloods” is also a hit, pulling in an extremely strong 12.8 million viewers at 10pm on a Friday, their dramedy “The Defenders” did well, while new sitcoms “Mike and Molly” and the William Shatner-led “$#*! My Dad Says” had strong debuts.

“The Event” premiered to a strong 10.9 million but slipped to in its second episode to an even 9 million viewers. The show’s ratings are getting a big boost from DVR figures, but many are wondering if this will follow the fate of last year’s much hyped but ultimately canned serial drama “FlashForward”.

Their new sitcom “Outsourced” debuted strongly, but their Jimmy Smits judge drama “Outlaw” tanked with just five million viewers. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “Chase” and the J.J. Abrams-produced “Undercovers” had very disappointing debuts and likely won’t last the season.

Aside from the disaster of “Lone Star”, new comedies “Raising Hope” and “Running Wilde” both had decent but relatively quiet debuts.

The docudrama style “My Generation” and legal drama “The Whole Truth” utterly tanked on arrival, while comedy “Better With You” and cop drama “Detroit 1-8-7” did OK but both need to improve. The one bright spot thus far for the network is “No Ordinary Family” which debuted this week to 10.5 million viewers.

The CW
Both “Hellcats” and “Nikita” are holding steady with decent numbers for the network, but neither is a breakout hit like “The Vampire Diaries” was last year.

The expensive Martin Scorsese-produced “Boardwalk Empire” debuted to 4.8 million viewers in its original airing and pulled in over 11 million viewers during the first week. The second episode slipped by almost a third with 3.3 million viewers tuning in for the second episode. The show has already been renewed for a second season.

Danny McBride-led sitcom “Eastbound & Down” returned over the weekend to 1.7 million viewers, up 150% from the show’s series premiere last year. Not faring as well was “Bored to Death” which took in 1.1 million viewers – up just 2% on its series premiere last year.