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Freshman Season Scorecard: Nothing Funny About Results

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


ABC

 Show

 Status

 How It Scored

 666 Park Avenue

 Canceled

Supernatural drama failed to scare up enough viewers.

 Family Tools

 Premieres May 1

Family comedy getting test in Suburgatory time slot.

 How to Live With Your Parents

 Airing now

April entry showing decent retention out of Modern Family; With Your Parents renewal seems likely.

 Last Resort

 Canceled

Male-skewing action dr ma couldn't self-start on Thursdays.

 Malibu Country

 Recent finale

Paired 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 now

Modest overnights but loyal following and critical cachet; renewal likely.

 The Neighbors

 Recent finale

Ratings weren't as bad as its reviews; decent shot at renewal.

 Red Widow

 Airing now

Weak numbers out of a deflated Revenge; cancelation predicted.

 Zero Hour

 Canceled

Wacky time-traveling drama is latest casualty of Thursday 8 p.m. slot.





CBS

 Show

Status

How It Scored

Elementary

 Renewed

This Sherlock Holmes update fit perfectly on CBS' procedural-heavy lineup.

Friend Me

 Never aired

The untimely death of creator Alan Kirschenbaum kept this midseason entry from making the schedule.

Golden Boy

 Airing now

Respectable premiere earned it Vegas' Tuesday time slot, but second season unlikely given the Eye's high bar.

The Job

 Canceled

Limping ratings got this Friday reality entry fired after two outings.

Made in Jersey

 Canceled

The season's first casualty; axed from Fridays after two episodes.

Partners

 Canceled

Net's sole comedy found CBS calling Rules of Engagement off the bench by November.

Vegas

 Airing now

Large audience but graying demo; seems unlikely to return even on Fridays.

The CW

 Show

Status

How It Scored

 Arrow

 Renewed

A much-needed buzzy hit that brought a male audience back to the network.

Beauty and the Beast

 Airing now

Middling ratings despite the network's strongest lead-in, The Vampire Diaries; on the bubble for next season.

The Carrie Diaries

 Recent finale

Midseason entry falls short of Gossip Girl's crown; cancelation likely.

Cult

 Canceled

Shipped to Fridays after two episodes before being pulled in April.

Emily Owens, M.D.

 Canceled

Weak ratings didn't earn this medical drama a back-nine order.

Fox

Show

Status

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.

NBC

Show

Status

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.




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