Live + 7 ratings are out now for the second week of the fall season, and when compared to the Live + 7 numbers for the first week, we can start to make a fairly educated guess about which series will survive into a second season and which series are likely to get canned based on first week ratings and how those series trended in the second week. For those of you who prioritize your viewing based on the security of a series renewal, this may prove to be valuable, especially as Disney+ and Apple+ offerings (plus Watchmen and His Dark Materials!) are arriving in a couple of weeks, which may necessitate making some cancellations of your own from your DVR’s season passes.
Here’s the short and nasty: There are no breakthrough new hits this season, so far. None. Zero. Nada. Of the new fall dramas, there are probably only two that will be renewed: Prodigal Son on Fox and Stumptown on ABC. They had solid debuts and maintained most of their audience in week 2. They’re safe for the season, and look good for second seasons.
However, Evil, Emergence, All Rise, Bluff City Law, and Almost Family are probably not going to make it to season two. If you love any of those shows, keep watching and enjoy them while you can! If you’re wavering on them, well, maybe pull the plug. Of those, Emergence — which at least does well on DVR viewing — has the best chance of reviving itself but I wouldn’t count on it.
On the sitcom side, you can probably count on The Unicorn returning for another season, but don’t count on Perfect Harmony making it (and Sunnyside has already been effectively canceled).
As far as returning series go, most series are holding fairly steady and they’re all safe, for the time being, although one sitcom, Fresh Off the Boat, will not be getting a 7th season, much to the relief of Constance Wu, I’m sure.
In the meantime, here’s a fun featurette for Stumptown, in which the entire cast gives Michael Ealy shit.
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