Happy 2014! Here is my Freshman Scorecard for January. As always, these shows are ranked by network by my opinion of best to worst chance for survival. There will be many more shows on this list for the February scorecard next month: The Assets, Intelligence, Killer Women, Chicago PD, Enlisted, and Rake.
Past January Scorecards: 2013 2012 2011
The Goldbergs - This is going to be the comedy that gets renewed unless the wheels completely fall off. The buzz seems to be growing but it should really have gotten the Wednesday 8:30pm slot over Suburgatory at midseason.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - It's coming off a downer for its fall finale but I still think this has a good chance for returning especially if ABC's new midseason dramas falter (and with their timeslots, there's a good chance they will).
Trophy Wife - I'd be surprised if this gets a second season but stranger things have happened. I still don't understand why this isn't getting a chance to air new episodes after Modern Family.
The Great Christmas Light Fight - I could see this potentially coming back for another December run next year.
Super Fun Night - Ending a season in February is a kiss of death from the networks and with ABC being more invested in other freshman comedies, this one will be a goner.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland/Betrayal - They will air their initial run and that's it. No chance of any more episodes.
Back in the Game/Lucky 7 - Cancelled
The Crazy Ones - The three surviving comedies still seem close to me and I have a hard time predicting what will happen. But I still believe CBS is the most behind the Robin Williams comedy, it seems to be the most promoted of the three.
Mom - This show may beat out The Millers because its lead-in is so much lower and retention is so much better even though the raw numbers are well below what The Millers is getting.
The Millers - Retention is going to be the death of this show, I just know it is. CBS has never renewed shows like this. If Friends with Better Lives works on Monday later this season, I think this show will be the odd one out.
Hostages - Ending its initial episode run in January and that's the last we'll see of it.
We Are Men - Cancelled
The Blacklist - Renewed
The Michael J. Fox Show - Things would have to change big time in the second half of this season for this show to go beyond its 22 episode commitment. I don't see that happening.
Sean Saves the World - This show's chances are even less than Fox especially with a short extension and not a full season. Back to the comedy drawing board for NBC.
Dracula - I don't think we'll see anything beyond its initial order.
Welcome to the Family/Ironside - Cancelled
Sleepy Hollow/Junior Masterchef - Renewed
Brooklyn Nine-Nine - With a Golden Globe nomination, the Super Bowl slot, and lots of critical support, I think things would have to really go south for this to not get a renewal.
Almost Human - FOX is going to have a lot in the drama department with Bones, Sleepy Hollow, Glee, The Following, and potential new hits in Gang Related and the 24 reboot and to a lesser chance, Rake. I don't think there will be room for this show.
Dads - It had its full season order trimmed and that's another kiss of death from the network. It lasted longer than some thought but it won't see a season two.