As TV Viewing Habits Shift, Networks Vow Patience With Fall’s New Shows

It can take months, or years, for some series to break out in a multiplatform world


The 2021-22 TV season is officially underway, and following last year’s pandemic upheaval, the broadcasters have returned to their traditional fall TV schedules. Over the next month or so, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW will debut 14 new entertainment series, as well as 58 returning series.

But while the September premieres are back, another annual fall TV tradition seems to be gone for good: the networks’ practice of quickly cancelling some of their new shows after just a few weeks of low ratings.

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