ABC Tuesday, like ABC Friday, starts by chronicling the death of a family comedy night. In its place came the emergence of Dancing with the Stars' second night, along with an incredibly inconsistent cast of characters around it. As you might expect, all the discontinuity came because very little of this stuff worked. Only once in eleven years has this lineup hit league average in the fall, and that was when the 90-minute DWTS performance show inhabited the night.
|2001-02||Dharma and Greg||Spin City||NYPD Blue||Philly||91|
|2002-03||8 Simple Rules||According to Jim||Life with Bonnie||Less Than Perfect||NYPD Blue||96|
|2003-04||8 Simple Rules||I'm With Her||According to Jim||Less Than Perfect||NYPD Blue||93|
|2004-05||My Wife and Kids||George Lopez||According to Jim||Rodney||NYPD Blue||81|
|2005-06||According to Jim||Rodney||Commander in Chief||Boston Legal||76|
|2006-07||Dancing with the Stars Fall||Help Me Help You||Boston Legal||111|
|2007-08||Cavemen||Carpoolers||Dancing with the Stars Tue Fall||Boston Legal||97|
|2008-09||Opportunity Knocks||Dancing with the Stars Tue Fall||Eli Stone||81|
|2009-10||Shark Tank||Dancing with the Stars Tue Fall||The Forgotten||79|
|2010-11||No Ordinary Family||Dancing with the Stars Tue Fall||Detroit 1-8-7||94|
|2011-12||Last Man Standing||Man Up!||Dancing with the Stars Tue Fall||Body of Proof||98|
|2012-13||Dancing with the Stars Tue Fall||Happy Endings||Apartment 23||Private Practice||76|
|2013-14||Agents of SHIELD||The Goldbergs||Trophy Wife||Lucky 7||85|
|2014-15||Selfie||Manhattan Love Story||Agents of SHIELD||Forever||73|
2014-15 Update: Tuesday was one of ABC's few trouble spots in the fall, with Selfie and Manhattan in particular setting what would be a very easy bar for The Muppets and sophomore Fresh Off the Boat to clear. The network also saw Agents of SHIELD come down significantly from its front-loaded season one average, and newbie Forever didn't do much either. But SHIELD and Forever were big enough improvements on the horrible occupants in the last 90 minutes that the nightly decline wasn't too catastrophic.
Notable midseason replacements:
- ABC began 2001-02 with four comedies on Tuesday, but quickly yanked What About Joan? (70) and Bob Patterson (81), bringing back NYPD Blue in early November and letting veterans Dharma and Greg and Spin City play out the string.
- There are far too many to list on this night, but perhaps the most noteworthy was the final season of Lost (161) in 2009-10.
- Body of Proof made the fall sked in its season two, but the first (92) and third (65) seasons were both held for midseason.
- I put the brief Shark Tank run in the 2009-10 8/7c hole, but it actually only aired four episodes there. Then came the big opening numbers from alien drama V, which averaged a 136 in its four-episode mini-season before taking a four-month hiatus and returning to the 10/9c hour in the spring. It averaged a 99 for the full first season, then a 74 in its second and final season (this time in the 9/8c hour).