As the 2012-2013 season quickly approaches its midpoint, a few of the final pieces are beginning to fall into place at the major networks. Tonight, ABC and The CW made their final decisions on their last remaining rookie series with one giving the thumbs up and one giving the thumbs down.
For ABC, the tag team of Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” and Reba McEntire’s “Malibu Country,” was an immediate hit on premiere night. The shows earned higher than expected ratings, but soon came back down to Earth. However both series have leveled off and found their breakeven points.
With the dust settling (and DVR numbers accounted for), “Last Man Standing” has claimed ownership of the all-important 18-49 (adult) demo for its timeslot and partner “Malibu Country” has been able to fully retain all of the audience from its lead-in.
Paired with the fact that “Country” is now the most-watched freshman comedy of the season (with 8.7 million viewers) it was enough for ABC to confidently give the pair the greenlight for a full season. However due to the show’s November premieres the network only ordered an additional five episodes, rather than the traditional nine as they simply won’t need any more to compete the season.
Over at The CW, the news wasn’t as good as the axe fell on Mamie Gummer’s “Emily Owens, M.D.” The medical drama couldn’t draw support from its similarly themed lead-in “Hart of Dixie” and barely registered one million viewers a week. Of the network’s three new dramas this season, “Owens” was the lowest performer by far and not expected to be picked up for a full run. Yet, the network in making the cancellation did say the show would still be able to air all 13 produced episodes, which could allow producers the chance to wrap up the show as is the case with ABC’s “Last Resort” and “666 Park Avenue.”
The CW has been off to a hot start this year with “Arrow” dominating out of the gate and the critically maligned “Beauty and the Beast” holding its own (for the most part) alongside network staple “The Vampire Dairies.” The network looks to build on that success in 2013 with “Sex and the City” prequel “The Carrie Diaries” and the buzzed about serialized drama “Cult.”
So what’s your take New York? Are you happy to see “Last Man Standing” and “Malibu Country” get picked up? Did you think “Emily Owens” should have been cancelled? Hit the comments and let us know.
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