Monday, October 17, 2011

Schedule Five-Spot, WE 10/16/11 - Ringer, Suburgatory, Boardwalk Empire, Charlie's Angels, Prime Suspect

Another jam-packed week of scheduling news. Thought about splitting it in two again, but instead I'll just cover multiple items in most of these "spots." An exercise in being concise! Here we go:

Ringer, The Secret Circle, Hart of Dixie - The CW gave full-season orders to all of their new scripted shows this fall. It marks two straight seasons that all the net's new scripted shows got the order. Like last year's Hellcats/Nikita slate, none of these shows are clear hits, but none are clear flops either. At least not yet. The moves ensure the net will have a relatively full schedule this season, so does One Tree Hill go to Wednesday or replace repeats elsewhere?

Suburgatory, Revenge - Following strong outings last Wednesday, ABC newbies Suburgatory and Revenge also scored full seasons. Suburgatory was steady in 18-49 in its third week and was just the third new show this season to break a 3.0 demo in its third episode. Week four of Revenge, arguably ABC's strongest show at 10/9c, rebounded nicely after drops in weeks two and three. They've helped give ABC's otherwise sagging schedule at least one solid night.

Boardwalk Empire, Haven, Memphis Beat - Cable roundup: HBO's re-upped sophomore drama Boardwalk Empire, whose early season two numbers have held about even with late season 1. Syfy ordered a third season of the consistently OK-rated Haven, one of cable's last Friday night scripted dramas. And TNT ended their drama Memphis Beat after two seasons, joining Tuesday teammate Hawthorne in the cancellation pile. Both were down big last summer.

Charlie's Angels - The week's lone broadcast cancellation was a show that actually rose week-to-week, from a 1.2 to... a 1.3. This was a weird situation because networks often shy away from the bad PR of a formal cancellation, sometimes not even making them when the shows are pulled (instead promising a later return). Here, ABC formally announced the axing but then did not yank the show; it'll air in its regular Thursday slot at least one more week.

Harry's Law, Prime Suspect, Happy Endings - Three shows got the "not quite back nine," instead just six additional scripts. Two were sophomores that premiered last midseason (and so didn't have a full 22 ordered yet), the ancient-skewing Harry's Law and the weak-retention Happy Endings. Rookie Prime Suspect, which NBC's encoring on Mondays and promoting heavily, also got the script order, then dropped to an anemic 1.3 demo on Thursday.

The Five-Spots are my recaps of what aired, what got renewed/cancelled and what rated well or poorly last week in TV. For more Five-Spots, see the Index.

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