The big four have paraded most of their new fall programming, with the last major slew of fresh series premiering last week. The ratings numbers are in. The good news is broadcast television is not dead, and there were some bona fide hits. But not every new show is guaranteed to see the light of November. Here are fall network television's biggest winners and losers.
"The Crazy Ones"
With 15.5 million viewers tuning in for its Sept. 26 premiere, Robin Williams vehicle "The Crazy Ones" was fall's biggest new series, dominating its Thursday veteran-returns-to-TV rival "The Michael J. Fox Show." Even though it hasn't been beloved by the critics, it held strong at 11.7 million viewers in its second week and benefits from a lead-in from CBS mega-hit "The Big Bang Theory."
Fox has already announced a second season of the supernatural drama, making it the first new network series to be renewed this fall. "Sleepy Hollow" premiered strong to 10 million, but saw that audience grow to more than 22 million once time-shifted viewing was factored in. It has also retained most of its viewership in the two weeks since its premiere.
The NBC drama beat out its political thriller and time slot rival, CBS's "Hostages" and has averaged 12 million viewers in its first two weeks. Having the "The Voice" as a lead-in certainly helps, and NBC has announced it has added another nine episodes, giving it a full 22 episode season.
The ABC drama wins the honor of being the first fall new series to be canceled, with the network canning the show after just two episodes.
"We are Men"
Things have gone from bad to worse for "We Are Men," which premiered to 6.4 million viewers and since has dropped to 2.9 million, making it CBS's worst rated comedy. It seems only a matter of time it gets replaced, probably by another season of "Mike and Molly."
"Welcome to the Family"
The lowest rated Thursday comedy in NBC history, "Welcome to the Family" bombed its season premiere last week with less than 3 million viewers. The question is, how much longer until it gets bumped from the already lagging Thursday line-up entirely?