Adweek’s Fall TV Preview: Which New Broadcast Shows Deserve Your Attention and Ad Budget?

In an underwhelming freshman crop, we’re spotlighting each new series

The broadcast networks will premiere 19 new shows over the next two months.
Photo Illustration: Dianna McDougall; Sources: The CW, Fox, CBS, ABC, NBC

The 2017-18 TV season is almost upon us. Over the next two months, the five broadcast networks will premiere 19 new shows (18, if you don’t count NBC’s Will & Grace revival). Fox got an early jump on the proceedings when it debuted its science-fiction series The Orville on Sept. 10, and CBS closes out the new fall premieres on Nov. 2 with police drama S.W.A.T.

The networks have high hopes for their new lineups, despite what is a largely underwhelming crop of freshman offerings (much more on that below). And those new series face a bigger struggle to find an audience than any other broadcast fall lineup in modern TV history, as more than 500 scripted series are expected to air this year on broadcast, cable and streaming services.

With so many more options to choose from, linear viewership suffered more declines last season, as for the second straight year, no broadcast added viewers in advertisers’ coveted 18-49 demographic. ABC, CBS and The CW all fell in the demo, while NBC—which reclaimed the 18-49 crown last season—and Fox were both flat. All five networks have been touting their delayed viewing gains on digital platforms, but they are still figuring out to fully monetize those non-linear audiences.

Before the new season begins, Adweek will look at the strength of each network’s freshman shows. We’ll spotlight one network per day, starting on Monday with Fox. CBS will follow on Tuesday, then ABC on Wednesday, NBC on Thursday and The CW on Friday.

Check back here each day to find out which of the new broadcast series are worth your time—and your advertising dollars:

Monday: Ranking Fox’s New Fall TV Shows, Which Triple Down on Sci-Fi

Tuesday: CBS Stays Doggedly On-Brand With Its New Fall Shows, Aside From a Big Gamble on Young Sheldon

Wednesday: ABC Will Try to Crawl Out of Fourth Place With One of Fall’s Best New Shows—and Its Very Worst

Thursday: The Revived Will & Grace Will Overshadow NBC’s Other New Fall Shows

Friday: Dynasty Could Help The CW Improve Its Batting Average This Fall

In conclusion: These Are the Only 2 New Broadcast Shows Worth Watching This Fall—and the 2 You Should Skip

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