‘The Ax Factor’: ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Escape the Reaper


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, Chicago Fire and Beauty and the Beast received full-season orders, while Partners held on for dear life.

Happier than the Blue States

Translation: Safe!

Revolution (NBC, Mondays at 10 PM ET): Revolution dropped a little this week, to 10.7 million viewers and a 2.9 in the demo. Still, this massive hit is sitting pretty.

Go On (NBC, Tuesdays at 9 PM ET): Election night repeat, full-season order. Therapy will remain in session.

The New Normal (NBC, Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET): Gays with kids took a week off to watch President Obama win, happy with their full-season order and maintained civil rights.

Ben and Kate (Fox, Tuesdays at 8:30 PM ET): See above. They aired an election night repeat, but the crazy sibs will bicker on your television screen this spring.

The Mindy Project (Fox, Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET): Repeat! Obama! Full-season!

Vegas (CBS, Tuesdays at 10 PM ET): Election night repeat. Hopefully no one bet on a Romney win, though with a full-season already in the bank, their pockets should remain stuffed.

Elementary (CBS, Thursdays at 10 PM ET): Sherlock and Watson have remained steady, capturing 10.7 million viewers and a 2.2 in the demo. They’ve also been picked up for a full-season, so let’s examine their fate later this year.

Arrow (The CW, Wednesdays at 8 PM ET): Oliver Queen just keeps hitting that mark! Arrow surged 30 percent this week, delivering a great episode that brought in 3.7 million viewers and a 1.3 in the adult demo. He’s already received a full-season order, this is just icing on the cake that he can’t eat because it would ruin his abs.

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Chicago Fire (NBC, Wednesdays at 10 PM ET): In a victory for hot shirtless men (and fans of hot shirtless men) everywhere, Chicago Fire became the second NBC drama to receive a full-season order this week. This came after a 44 percent jump Wednesday night, with 7.1 million viewers and a 2.3 in the demo.

The Neighbors (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30 PM ET): The aliens drew in 7 million and a 2.1 in their demo this week — nothing close to Modern Family, but the critical dud has already received a full-season order, so E.T. won’t be phoning home anytime soon.

Beauty and the Beast (The CW, Thursdays at 9 PM ET): Kristin Kreuk took a risk with that underwear model and his scar, and The CW has officially taken a risk by giving this stinker a full-season order. They pulled in 1.9 million viewers and a 0.7 in the demo this week, which isn’t too shabby for CW, but nothing compared to their biggest hits, The Vampire Diaries or Arrow.

As Shaky as Diane Sawyer’s Sobriety on Election Night 

Translation: Only Time Will Tell

Nashville (ABC, Wednesdays at 10 PM ET): Nashville pulled in 6 million viewers and a 2.0 in its demo this week, up a bit from last. Great? Nope. But since the show is such a critical hit, ABC might be picking it up soon. Clear eyes, full hearts, and Connie Britton can’t lose.

Last Resort (ABC, Thursdays at 8 PM): The submarine rose a little bit this week, up to 6 million viewers and a 1.4 in the adult demo. Going up against The X Factor AND The Voice isn’t easy, but numbers will have to improve soon to merit Last Resort‘s expensive production.

As Screwed as Los Angeles County’s Porn Stars
Translation: Fear the Reaper

666 Park Avenue: (ABC, Sundays at 10 PM ET): Sorry, Terry and Vanessa — we love you, but being that ABC has to also decide on freshman dramas Nashville and Last Resort soon, we’re betting on the show with the worst reviews and lowest ratings to get the ax. That’s you, buddy. 4.1 million viewers and a 1.4 in the demo isn’t enough to justify your sexy post-Revenge time-slot.
Partners (CBS, Mondays at 8:30 PM ET): Partners continues to deliver the lowest ratings on CBS’ Monday night comedy block (5.8 million, 2.1) but the friends are still hanging out, for now. Still, not a good idea to get too attached.
The Mob Doctor (Fox, Mondays at 8 PM ET): The Mob Doctor rose a little upon its return to 3.9 million viewers and a 1.0 in the demo, but we’re still betting on this one getting whacked any day now.

Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW, Tuesdays at 9 PM ET): There’s still a faint heartbeat in Emily Owens, even though the election called for a repeat this week. But we’re expecting the fatal “beeeeeep” at some point this fall. 

Guys With Kids (NBC, Wednesdays at 8:30 PM ET): The guys had a week off of babysitting duty this week, but we’re not expecting a huge ratings increase when they return on the 14th.

Deader Than the Romney Campaign

Translation: Canceled 

Made In Jersey (CBS, Fridays at 9 PM ET): We already forget what this is.

Animal Practice (NBC, Wednesdays at 8 PM ET): What happened to all of the animals?! Cancelled.

How’s your favorite show doing? Were you surprised to see a gaggle of critically-panned shows picked up this week?

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