|Avg. User Score||6.6|
|Ratings Rank *||3rd|
ABC placed second among the five broadcast networks in average Metascore for the third consecutive year. But despite launching more new programs that all but one competitor, the network scored positive reviews for just three of its new shows, making for a disappointing 30% success rate.
And it is looking like even those modest critical successes will do the network little good; No Ordinary Family and Detroit 1-8-7 are almost certain to be canceled, and Better With You could very well join them. In fact, of ABC's 10 new shows during the 2010-11 season, only Body of Proof looks likely to stick around for a second season.
The news could be worse, however; thanks to a few solid returning programs, ABC will finish in 3rd place among the five broadcast networks in overall viewership and in the key 18-49 demographic. Still, at this point in the season, ABC has lost 9% of its 18-49 viewers compared to the 2009-10 season, according to industry site TVbytheNumbers.
|1||No Ordinary Family||Drama||65||6.3|
|2||Better With You||Comedy||64||6.5|
|5||The Whole Truth *||Drama||56||7.6|
|6||Body of Proof||Drama||56||5.6|
|8||Off the Map||Drama||49||7.1|
|9||My Generation *||Drama||43||5.4|
|--||Skating with the Stars *||Reality Competition||n/a||n/a|
|Avg. User Score||6.5|
Though the #1 network in overall viewership had mixed critical success with its new programs during the 2010-11 season, CBS did manage to score positive notices for four of its nine freshman series. That's a big step up over the previous season, when the network had just one well reviewed new show (The Good Wife).
However, as was the case with ABC, CBS may not keep many of these first-year programs on the air for a second season. Hawaii Five-0 and Mike and Molly are certain to return, but we can't say that about any of the other programs listed below, and even the network's highest-scoring new show, the Tom Selleck cop drama Blue Bloods, is in danger despite the lowered expectations accompanying its Friday night timeslot. And even with the "star" power of Paula Abdul, the network failed in its attempt to launch a new entry in the increasingly competitive talent competition genre -- a feat that even NBC seems to have pulled off (with The Voice).
|4||Mike and Molly||Comedy||63||6.2|
|7||Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior||Drama||42||4.8|
|8||$#* ! My Dad Says||Comedy||28||4.4|
|--||Live to Dance *||Reality Competition||n/a||n/a|
|Avg. User Score||6.3|
The CW isn't in danger of shedding its "fifth network" status anytime soon, as it continues to program fewer hours than any other network and trail far behind its competitors in the ratings. (In fact, the CW will finish this season in 6th place, if you include the Spanish-language Univision.) But while it and every other network has lost viewers this season, the CW has so far experienced a smaller percentage drop than its fellow broadcasters.
The network launched only two new scripted series in 2010-11 (down from four during 2009-10), one with generally positive reviews (the movie spinoff Nikita) and one that proved to be more mediocre (cheerleading dramedy Hellcats). Both shows are still on the bubble, with the latter looking unlikely to return.
|3||Shedding for the Wedding||Reality Competition||46||n/a|
|Avg. User Score||6.7|
The only broadcast network with an average Metascore in the "green" range during 2010-11, Fox also had more positively-reviewed new shows than any other network, with five of its eight first-year series scoring 61 or higher. Last season, by comparison, just two of Fox's six new shows received positive reviews.
Again, however, those reviews don't seem to translate into ratings. The Chicago Code, the best reviewed new show on any broadcast network this season, has yet to crack the ratings code, and appears increasingly unlikely to return next year. The sitcom Traffic Light, another new Fox show getting the green light from critics, is also about to get the ax from the network.
Still, the network scored a modest ratings and critical hit with its new comedy Raising Hope, and Fox will finish the season in first place in the crucial 18-49 demographic -- as it did the previous year -- though it remains behind leader CBS in total viewership.
|1||The Chicago Code||Drama||75||6.5|
|3||Lone Star *||Drama||73||7.3|
|5||Million Dollar Money Drop||Game Show||61||6.4|
|8||Running Wilde *||Comedy||48||6.5|
|Avg. User Score||6.1|
Thanks to the departure of The Jay Leno Show, NBC had many hours to fill in its primetime schedule, and fill them it did, with more new programs (13) than any other broadcast network.
Unfortunately, the network seems to have relied on a variety of mediocre -- at best -- series to plug the gaps in its lineup, and the result was the worst average Metascore of any network, as well as another year of low ratings. It was the second time in three years that NBC finished dead last in average Metascore for its first-year shows.
Once known for its comedies, NBC launched only three this season, and all were duds, though there is a small chance that Outsourced could survive to a second season. Of its three well-reviewed new programs (all dramas), Undercovers was canceled almost immediately, Law & Order: Los Angeles was pulled off the air for retooling and has performed poorly since its return, and, barring a miracle, The Event will not be invited back for a second season. Last season, by comparison, NBC launched just two well-reviewed new programs, but both (Community and Parenthood) were successful and will be back for third seasons next year.
It wasn't a complete disaster for NBC in 2010-11, however; the Kathy Bates legal drama Harry's Law has performed well enough in the ratings to make a case for returning next season, and new American Idol competitor The Voice had a strong premiere last week.
Note that two shows that were originally announced as part of NBC's 2010-11 schedule last year -- the anthology series Love Bites and the sitcom Friends with Benefits -- have yet to debut. The former has made it onto the network's summer schedule (beginning June 2nd), while the latter still doesn't have a premiere date. Neither is expected to be part of NBC's 2011-12 schedule.
|2||Law & Order: Los Angeles||Drama||64||5.9|
|4||America's Next Great Restaurant||Reality Competition||58||4.6|
|5||The Voice||Reality Competition||55||8.4|
|6||The Cape *||Drama/Action||54||6.7|
|11||Perfect Couples *||Comedy||43||7.0|
|12||The Paul Reiser Show *||Comedy||38||4.4|
What are your favorites?
What are your picks for the best and worst new shows of the 2010-11 season? What did the critics get right and wrong when first assessing these new programs? Let us know in the comments section below.