Freshman Season Scorecard: Nothing Funny About Results

Tough going among most new series touted last May with a few triumphs among dramas

It has been, by most accounts, a tough broadcast season,
with increasing DVR usage dragging down every network's overnight ratings, NBC
having a bipolar year of jubilant highs and record lows, and few bona fide hits
to point to overall.

While last season was a shining year for comedies, 2012-13
saw more drama success, with NBC's Revolution,
CBS' Elementary, Fox's The Following and The CW's Arrow proving worthy additions. There
were just as many drama duds, however, that suffered from outlandish plots (Do No Harm, Zero Hour, Cult) or
overly generic premises (Made in Jersey,
Mob Doctor). And comedy, increasingly
the lifeblood of the broadcast business (along with sports), generally
languished among the rookie entries.

Last May, the Big Five picked up 39 series, down
from 46 the prior year, with some still yet to premiere and others that never
got to the starting blocks. With development executives preparing once again to
screen pilots and make tough decisions in the coming weeks, here are the
winners and losers of last year's crop.


 Show Status How It Scored
 666 Park Avenue
 CanceledSupernatural drama failed to scare up enough viewers.
 Family Tools
 Premieres May 1Family comedy getting test in Suburgatory time slot.
 How to Live With Your Parents
 Airing nowApril entry showing decent retention out of Modern Family; With Your Parents renewal seems likely.
 Last Resort
 CanceledMale-skewing action dr ma couldn't self-start on Thursdays.
 Malibu Country
 Recent finalePaired well on Friday with Last Man Standing but recently lost both its showrunners; remains on the bubble.
 Mistresses Premieres June 3

Soapy female ensemble drama will help build out net's summer schedule.

 Nashville Airing nowModest overnights but loyal following and critical cachet; renewal likely.
 The Neighbors
 Recent finaleRatings weren't as bad as its reviews; decent shot at renewal.
 Red Widow
 Airing nowWeak numbers out of a deflated Revenge; cancelation predicted.
 Zero Hour
 CanceledWacky time-traveling drama is latest casualty of Thursday 8 p.m. slot.


How It Scored
Elementary RenewedThis Sherlock Holmes update fit perfectly on CBS' procedural-heavy lineup.
Friend Me
 Never airedThe untimely death of creator Alan Kirschenbaum kept this midseason entry from making the schedule.
Golden Boy
 Airing nowRespectable premiere earned it Vegas' Tuesday time slot, but second season unlikely given the Eye's high bar.
The Job
 CanceledLimping ratings got this Friday reality entry fired after two outings.
Made in Jersey
 CanceledThe season's first casualty; axed from Fridays after two episodes.
Partners CanceledNet's sole comedy found CBS calling Rules of Engagement off the bench by November.
Vegas Airing nowLarge audience but graying demo; seems unlikely to return even on Fridays.

The CW

How It Scored
 Arrow RenewedA much-needed buzzy hit that brought a male audience back to the network.
Beauty and the Beast
 Airing nowMiddling ratings despite the network's strongest lead-in, The Vampire Diaries; on the bubble for next season.
The Carrie Diaries
 Recent finaleMidseason entry falls short of Gossip Girl's crown; cancelation likely.
Cult CanceledShipped to Fridays after two episodes before being pulled in April.
Emily Owens, M.D.
 CanceledWeak ratings didn't earn this medical drama a back-nine order.


How It Scored
Ben and Kate
 Canceled Critical praise wasn't enough to keep this sweet comedy in the Tuesday block past January.
The Following
 Renewed Kevin Bacon + serial killers = drama success.
The Goodwin Games
 Premieres May 20 Much-delayed family comedy will finally bow more than a year after it was first announced.
The Mindy Project
 Renewed Struggled out of a weakened New Girl, but creative improvement earned the Mindy Kaling vehicle a second season.
The Mob Doctor
 Canceled Only Fox's weak drama bench kept this terribly titled procedural from getting the scalpel until January.


How It Scored
1600 Penn
 Recent finale Likely one-term comedy didn't break out on network's sinking Thursday.
Animal Practice
 Canceled Not even a monkey could save this overly generic comedy.
Chicago Fire
 Airing now With a rumored spinoff in the works, Dick Wolf all but assured another renewal.
Deception Off the schedule Lackluster midseason soap headed for cancelation.
Do No Harm
 Canceled Medical drama earned worst-rated scripted network debut ever; swiftly axed.
Go On
Recent finale Matthew Perry vehicle launched as season's top comedy but collapsed without The Voice; remains on the bubble.
Guys With Kids
 Off the schedule Jimmy Fallon-produced multi-cam survived through February but unlikely to return.
Hannibal Airing now Consistent ratings should keep this serial killer drama alive through next season.
The New Normal
 Recent finale Ryan Murphy's blended family comedy suffered in midseason; on the bubble for renewal.
Next Caller
 Never aired Dane Cook midseason comedy scrapped over creative issues.
Revolution Airing now The fall's top drama launch; renewal assured.
Save Me
 Premieres May 23 Anne Heche comedy to burn off this summer.