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, Arrow, Elementary, and Vegas received full-season orders, while Emily Owens, M.D. took another deep cut.
Happier than Fox During World Series Ratings
Revolution (NBC, Mondays at 10 PM ET): Fall’s breakout hit aired a repeat this week, but we expect big numbers upon its Oct. 29 return.
Go On (NBC, Tuesdays at 9 PM ET): After a week off, Matthew Perry and his band of misfits returned to 6.4 million viewers and a 2.5 in the demo. Not bad! Also, they already have a full-season order. Zoloft for everyone!
The New Normal (NBC, Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET): Ryan Murphy‘s not-so-normal comedy isn’t faring as well as Go On, but 4.5 million viewers, a 1.8 in the demo, and a full-season order should be enough to keep him happy for now.
Vegas (CBS, Tuesdays at 10 PM ET): After a brief vacation, Vegas took a tumble — a 25 percent tumble, to be exact. The casino drama fell to 10.7 million viewers and a 1.5 in the demo, but they also got a full-season order, so they can still hit the craps tables for now.
Elementary (CBS, Thursdays at 10 PM ET): Sherlock and Watson were down just a smidge this week, with 10.2 million viewers and a 2.2 in the demo. These numbers aren’t great for CBS, but the network still took a leap of faith and gave Lucy Liu her full-season order.
Chicago Fire (NBC, Wednesdays at 10 PM ET): We were wrong! Surprisingly, the boys from the critically panned Chicago Fire took a 20 percent jump this week, earning 6.3 million viewers (up from 5.9 last week), and a 1.8 rating in the adult demo. It was enough to justify five more scripts from NBC, so shirtless Taylor Kinney fans can feel safe for now.
As Shaky as Tim Lincecum’s Place in San Francisco
The Neighbors (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30 PM ET): Not a huge change for the alien crew this week, but this week’s 6.9 million is certainly better than last week’s 6.5. If they keep up the pace they could earn a bump up to the next category, but they’re still nowhere near Modern Family — and the show is a critical dud — so we doubt it.
666 Park Avenue: (ABC, Sundays at 10 PM ET): Bring out the Dom Pérignon! Well, 4.9 million and a 1.8 in the demo wouldn’t normally merit a Dom-caliber celebration, but this classy new spookfest experienced its first bit of good news when it jumped 20 percent this week in its demo.
As Screwed as the Detroit Tigers
Deader Than the St. Louis Cardinals
Made In Jersey (CBS, Fridays at 9 PM ET): Who? Cancelled.
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[PHOTO CREDIT: The CW]