Broadcasts' Breakout Freshman Hits Attempt to Grow Audiences and Avoid Sophomore Slump

Young Sheldon, 9-1-1 and The Good Doctor all have plans to do so

There’s only one thing harder than creating a new broadcast TV hit: building on those ratings in the series’ sophomore season. Time and again during the past few years, a freshman phenom has broken through in a big way—like Empire, How to Get Away With Murder, Blindspot and Quantico—only to lose a large portion of that audience in Season 2, if not by the end of Season 1.

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