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, Made in Jersey became fall’s first victim, while Nashville and Arrow hit the bullseye.
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Revolution (NBC, Mondays at 10 PM ET): This week, Revolution continued its run as NBC’s most successful drama in years. The series — which has already received a full-season pick-up — won the 10 PM timeslot for the peacock, and brought in a strong 3.1 rating in its demographic. Now, if only they could figure out how to turn those damn lights on…
Go On (NBC, Tuesdays at 9 PM ET): Apparently, the hearts of the viewers will Go On — the show hit a three week high this Tuesday, and it’s already been picked up. 7 million viewers ain’t too shabby.
The New Normal (NBC, Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET): It was good news for The New Normal folks, too — the mixed family comedy was up this week, earning a 2.0 rating (last week drew 1.7) and 5 million viewers.
Vegas (CBS, Tuesdays at 10 PM ET): This one’s about as safe as your likelihood to go home with a headache after a wild night at the Bellagio. 11.8 million viewers will keep this ship afloat. It’ll get picked up soon.
Elementary (CBS, Thursdays at 10 PM ET): Elementary didn’t air a new episode this week, but we suspect that after last week’s 11-ish million viewers, Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller will continue to do pretty damn okay.
The Neighbors (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30 PM ET): After taking a major hit last week, Neighbors remained steady. That’s relatively good news for the quirky comedy, but its numbers (6.3 million) aren’t nearly high enough to justify a Modern Family partnership. At this point, it’s 50-50.
666 Park Avenue: (ABC, Sundays at 10 PM ET): Apparently, 666 Park‘s ratings are scarier than Terry O’Quinn. The show has failed to draw in new viewers, dropping a frightening 19 percent this week with 5.1 million viewers. This one might drop to the next category next week, unfortunately.
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Made In Jersey (CBS, Fridays at 9 PM ET): Everyone who had Mob Doctor as first to go in their TV pool, pay up: CBS cancelled Made in Jersey after only two episodes this week, making this cheesy drama fall TV’s first victim.
But, wait! There’s more. These new shows have yet to premiere:
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