On the eve of Upfront Week, when the five English-language broadcast networks will present their respective 2014-15 prime-time schedules to media buyers, advertisers and the working press, news of various renewals and cancellations continues to seep out like booze through a sot’s pores three days into a bender.
It’s getting mighty crowded at the bottom of the broadcast barrel, as nearly two-thirds of the new network series are delivering less than a 2.0 rating in the dollar demo.
In a bid to make room for its robust slate of midseason newcomers, ABC on Tuesday effectively drew the curtain on one freshman drama and put a second series on hiatus.
ABC has tightened up its comedy lineup, giving full-season orders to freshman sitcoms The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife, ordering an additional four episodes of Super Fun Night and closing the books on Back in the Game.
ABC has given a back-nine order to its new drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., bringing the series to a complete run of 22 episodes.
If Jerry O’Connell can’t seem to catch a break on broadcast TV, CBS’ Monday 8:30 p.m. time slot isn’t in much better shape.
Lucky 7 has been 86’d. After just two episodes, the low-rated freshman drama has been yanked from ABC’s Tuesday night lineup. Effective Oct. 8, the network will fill the 10 p.m. time slot with encore presentations of its hit drama Scandal.
Although the Season 4 finale of The Glades put up big numbers for A&E, the network on Friday pulled the plug on its procedural.