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'The Ax Factor': CBS Breaks Up With 'Partners', ABC Sinks 'Last Resort' and '666 Park Avenue'

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Nov 16, 2012 | 2:12pm EST

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It's tough out there for a new TV show. Creators put their hearts and souls into pilots, introducing their baby bird-like new series into the big, harsh world, all the while, hoping and praying their baby can fly. Well, as you know, some shows flourish and some shows plummet. Others glide along, barely getting by or delaying the inevitable: cancellation. It's a cruel, swift death we often call The Ax. Each week during Fall Premiere Season, we'll take a look at the ratings for fall's new crop of shows and tell you which ones are flapping their baby wings just hard enough, which ones are flying, and which ones sadly, will be a victim of the Ax Factor. This week, NBC showed mercy on its struggling comedy Guys With Kids, while CBS cancelled its own ratings dud, Partners.

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Translation: Safe! Revolution (NBC, Mondays at 10 PM ET): Woah! Even the most popular kids in school have their bad days, and last Monday night was a disaster for Revolution. It's going on hiatus for four months to keep up its pairing with The Voice, and hopefully its March return will bring in higher numbers than Monday's. 7.1 million viewers and a 2.6 in the demo isn't the worst news  — but the fact that it's slipping every week is something to worry about for next year.  Go On (NBC, Tuesdays at 9 PM ET): Not bad, Chandler! Therapy was in session for 6.3 million viewers (a 2.3 in the demo) this week, and the sitcom was second in its time slot. We're already placing our bets on a Season 2. The New Normal (NBC, Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET): The New Normal isn't doing nearly as well as Go On, only bringing in 4.7 million viewers and a 1.8 in the demo. Still, it also won second place in its time slot, and has a full-season order. So, nothing to worry about here.
Ben and Kate (Fox, Tuesdays at 8:30 PM ET): Yikes. The siblings are safe for now, but the numbers this week were abysmal — 2.5 million and a 1.1 in the demo. That's a 21 percent drop, and doesn't bode well for a Season 2. 
The Mindy Project (Fox, Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET): Well, the numbers still aren't great, but Mindy perked up a little this week, drawing in 3.2 million viewers and a 1.7 in its demo. Hey, at least it's not Ben and Kate, right?
Vegas (CBS, Tuesdays at 10 PM ET): CBS already placed its bet and rolled the dice on this one, but Vegasdropped to a new low this week — 10.4 million and a 1.6 in the demo. In CBS land, that's pretty crappy. Elementary (CBS, Thursdays at 10 PM ET): Elementary was up a smidge this week, drawing in 10.7 million viewers and a 2.3 in its demo. 
Arrow (The CW, Wednesdays at 8 PM ET): Oliver Queen can do no wrong. Well, with ratings anyway. He screws up a lot on the show. But Arrowbrought in 3.8 million viewers and a 1.2 in its demo, so CW has a lot to celebrate. Chicago Fire (NBC, Wednesdays at 10 PM ET): The guys with no shirts drew in 5.7 million viewers and a 1.6 in its demo, which is actually a steep 27 percent drop from last week. Are you feeling the Season 2 pickup heat yet, boys?
The Neighbors (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30 PM ET): They're still not getting anything close to Modern Family's numbers, but apparently 6.82 million viewers and a 1.9 in its demo is enough to merit a full-season order.
Beauty and the Beast (The CW, Thursdays at 9 PM ET): The beauty and her "beast" (underwear model with a scar on his face) dropped a tenth this week, bringing in 1.6 million viewers and a 0.6 in its demo. Are people finally beginning to realize that it isn't good?
Nashville (ABC, Wednesdays at 10 PM ET): Yee-haw! We're pleased as puddin' that ABC gave Nashville a full-season order. The show pulled in roughly 5.9 million viewers and a 1.8 in its demo this week — less than the "cancelled" dramas Last Resort and 666 Park, but critical success, a lower production cost, and impending album sales are enough to satisfy ABC at the moment.
Guys With Kids (NBC, Wednesdays at 8:30 PM ET): NBC thought that GWK's ratings would surge with the return of Whitney, while we thought it would get cancelled. We were both wrong. The show dropped again to 3.8 million viewers and a 1.3 in its demo, but NBC still ordered four more episodes. 
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Translation: Poised for Cancellation 
The Mob Doctor (Fox, Mondays at 8 PM ET): 3.4 million and a 1.0 in its demo. Just let it die, already. 
Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW, Tuesdays at 9 PM ET): The hot mess Emily Owens had a slightly better week on Tuesday — bringing in 1.4 million and a 0.4 in its demo — but that's still nothing to write home about. We're worried about this one, guys.
666 Park Avenue: (ABC, Sundays at 10 PM ET): Oh Terry and Vanessa, we're sad to see you go! After averaging only 6.7 million viewers and a 2.4 in its demo, ABC was forced to evict the haunted residents of The Drake. They'll run the remaining episodes, but they haven't picked up the back nine — which means it's not officially cancelled, but will be very soon. 
Last Resort (ABC, Thursdays at 8 PM): ABC decided the fates of all of its freshman dramas this week, and while we weren't surprised to see 666 Park go, we thought they might show more faith in this one. We thought wrong. 9.2 million viewers and a 3.2 in the demo wasn't enough to justify keeping this ship afloat. Like with 666 Park, ABC will run the remaining episodes, but they haven't picked up the back nine.
Made In Jersey (CBS, Fridays at 9 PM ET): Huh? Apparently, they're airing the remaining episodes on Saturday beginning Nov. 24, but we wouldn't count on seeing much more from this dud.
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Translation: Canceled 
Animal Practice (NBC, Wednesdays at 8 PM ET): The good news is, we've received confirmation that Crystal the Monkey WILL return to Community as Annie's Boobs.
Partners (CBS, Mondays at 8:30 PM ET): 6.5 million viewers on average would make some networks jump for joy, but it wasn't enough for CBS' Monday night comedy juggernaut. Canceled.  How's your favorite show doing? Will you miss the wacky gang from Partners, or are you glad to see them go? Do you think 666 Park or Last Resort has a fighting chance? Sound off in the comments! Follow Shaunna on Twitter @HWShaunna [PHOTO CREDIT: CBS] MORE: 'The Ax Factor': 'Chicago Fire' and 'Beauty and the Beast' Escape the Reaper The Ax Factor: 'Arrow' and CBS Dramas Hit Their Mark, 'Emily Owens' is DOA The Ax Factor: 'Animal Practice' Closes Its Doors, 'Nashville' Sings a Sad Note

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