With early data from the first two weeks of the Fall TV season in, including early time-shifted viewing numbers, it’s already becoming clear which of the new network series will thrive and which are likely to be put out of their misery.
The biggest winners are NBC’s “Blindspot,” CBS’ “Life in Pieces” and ABC’s “The Muppets” and “Quantico”. “Blindspot” (4.5 rating) and “Quantico” in particular have seen excellent time-shifted viewing numbers and retention figures between their premiere and second episodes.
Hovering in the more precarious middle territory are NBC’s “Heroes Reborn” limited series, CBS’ “Limitless” and “Code Black,” and FOX’s “Scream Queens” and “Rosewood”. Many of these shows have soft live ratings numbers but see big jumps when time-shifted DVR viewing is taken into account.
Then there’s the ones already on life support – FOX’s “Minority Report” and its two sitcoms “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder”, NBC’s “The Player,” and ABC’s “Blood and Oil” and “Dr. Ken”.
Full live-plus-7-day ratings figures remain a few weeks away but aren’t expected to change the picture much. The next two weeks though are critical for all these shows, and their numbers will likely have a big impact on whether the networks will continue on with each series.