TV Networks Fret as Midseason Shows Fail to Connect With Viewers


The year 2017 hasn’t been forgiving to a promote networks. With a whopping 17 scripted launches given Jan. 1, scarcely all new array are grieving with low ratings, even by today’s medium standards. But that might not be wholly a new shows’ fault: The base of midseason’s problem, some say, is a intermediate tumble that preceded it.

“In a past, midseason success was typically built on a substructure determined in a fall,” says Sam Armando, lead investment executive during MediaVest-Spark, observant all yet NBC (and sports-lifted Fox) are down this year. “Since usually This Is Us popped in a fall, there only aren’t any coattails to float on.”

Even Fox’s Super Bowl-launched 24: Legacy, a clearly protected bet, can’t moment a live 1.0 rating in a pivotal demo on Monday nights. Spinoffs are stumbling elsewhere, with The Blacklist: Redemption radically DOA on NBC, yet a network does seem to have a plain actor with Dick Wolf’s fourth installment in his Windy City franchise, Chicago Justice.

The essay also is on a wall for TV’s time-travel trend, with conjunction ABC’s Time After Time nor Fox’s Making History creation an sense on Sundays.

What’s engaging is CBS’ greeting to a bad performers. With one struggling beginner shipped off to Saturdays (Training Day) and another axed after only dual episodes (Katherine Heigl starrer Doubt), a network potentially is signaling a change divided from a wait-and-see attitudes that have dissatisfied some advertisers in new seasons.

Adds Armando, “If someone like [CBS Entertainment president] Glenn Geller sees that something isn’t going to get any better, you’ve got to give [him] credit for slicing waste and relocating on.”

This story initial seemed in a Mar 31 emanate of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To accept a magazine, click here to subscribe.