The fall season got off to a rough start with quick cancellations for FOX's Lone Star
and ABC's My Generation
but things are looking up. Yesterday CBS picked up all five of its new
shows for full seasons, and today the CW did the same for its new fall
. In addition, the CW ordered a full season for One Tree Hill
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The news came as no surprise for CBS since the networks shows are all at the top of the most-watched new show list. Hawaii Five-0
, Mike and Molly
, The Defenders
, $#*! My Dad Says
and Blue Bloods
are all very successful right out of the gate and help make CBS the most-watched network by a large margin.
Despite generally bad reviews for the two comedies, their ratings are strong enough to compensate for the fact that they're neither funny nor good.
The CW's pick-ups show that the network's plan to launch the two new shows after their two highest-rated programs (America's Next Top Model
and The Vampire Diaries
) worked like a charm. The news is especially good for Hellcats since it broke the curse from the show that followed ANTM
last season, The Beautiful Life
These seven new shows join FOX's Raising Hope and NBC's The Event
, Law and Order: Los Angeles
for getting a full season.
The new shows still waiting for news are Running Wilde
on FOX, Undercovers
and School Pride
on NBC as well as the entire ABC line-up. The Whole Truth looks to be on death's door, but No Ordinary Family
, Detroit 1-8-7
and Better with You
could still succeed.
The new fall season has received a lot of criticsm for being boring, which is true, but you can't say it's not successful, with one of the highest full season percentages in recent TV memory.(Image courtesy of CBS)