Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Best Case/Worst Case: Game of Silence

Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. Here's what's premiering tonight!

Game of Silence (NEW!)

Timeslot OccupantsThe Player Shades of Blue
Avg Orig Avg
1.41 1.03 0.83 0.94 1.17 1.26

In a Nutshell: Tonight, the new drama Game of Silence joins a long line of midseason series to preview out of The Voice. It will then become the third drama regularly scheduled at Thursday 10/9c this season, following bomb The Player and semi-successful (and renewed) Shades of Blue.

Best Case: From The Blacklist to Blindspot, thrillers have tended to do pretty well out of The Voice. Up against a repeat and lowly Beyond the Tank tonight, it holds its lead-in a lot better than Heartbeat did a few weeks ago, then translates most of that to the 10/9c hour, where it builds slightly on its Blacklist lead-in. 1.44.

Worst Case: You can't be all that promising when you're the network's third choice for a timeslot within a single season. It starts even worse than Heartbeat on Tuesday and quickly bombs on Thursday, even harder than Allegiance last year. (After all, Allegiance was airing out of a much stronger Blacklist.) About on par with NBC's last April drama premiere, American Odyssey, with a 0.57.

Likeliest: Thematically, it doesn't seem too different from Shades of Blue. But with a less-than-splashy premise and a cast of unknowns, I think it'll have a lot more trouble getting started on Thursday than a show that could heavily market Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta. I think it ends up no better than The Player and it may do worse, since lead-in The Blacklist will be lower than it was in the fall. But tonight's preview with very little competition could help inflate it to about on par with The Player's fall average. 0.82 and dunzo.

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