2012-13 Upfront

Our Picks for the 5 Best and 5 Worst New TV Shows

THE FIVE BEST … As cable siphons off GRPs like a fat kid sucking YooHoo through a Krazy Straw, broadcasters have countered with manic fits of development. Among the best:

No Ratings Glitter for CBS’ Golden Boy

A special premiere of CBS’ midseason cop show Golden Boy showed little luster Tuesday night, drawing 10.6 million viewers and an unremarkable 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo.

CBS Pink-Slips The Job

CBS has pink-slipped its new unscripted effort The Job after just two episodes.

The CW Renews 3 Drama Series

The CW has renewed three series for the 2013-14 broadcast season, ordering a fresh slate of newcomer Arrow and veteran performers The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural.

The Walking Dead Devours Scripted TV Foes

The Season 3.5 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead on Sunday night tore the viscera out of its scripted-series competition, averaging an all-time record draw of 12.3 million viewers and a 6.1 in the dollar demo.

Oh, Brother: Fox Cancels Ben and Kate

Fox is revising its two-hour Tuesday night comedy block, halting production on the freshman effort Ben and Kate just days after pulling the show from its winter schedule.

Life’s a Bitch and Then You Get Canceled: ABC Evicts Apt. 23

Broadcast’s Tuesday night comedy roadblock has claimed its first casualty, as ABC has canceled its stalled sophomore effort Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23.

Fox Carves Up Big Ratings With The Following

The series premiere of the Fox serial-killer drama The Following put up strong numbers on Monday night, beating its time slot predecessor by a whopping 113 percent.

Fox Force Five: A Fistful of Midseason Replacements Awaits

For television executives, hope often springs eternal in the dead of winter.

Dead Reckoning: Glen Mazzara Walks Off AMC Zombie Hit

Fans of AMC’s hit zombie-apocalypse drama The Walking Dead were given a jolt Friday when the network announced the show had been renewed for a fourth season—but will go ahead without showrunner Glen Mazzara.