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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

FRESHMAN SCORECARD: April 2014

Here is the Freshman Scorecard for April! As always, these are ranked from my opinion of best to worst chance of survival. By the time May rolls around, we'll be awfully close to upfronts and we'll be able to add CBS' Bad Teacher and ABC's Black Box to the list!

Past April scorecards: 2013   2012   2011

ABC

The Goldbergs - A sure thing especially given the rest of the ABC comedy department outside of The Middle and Modern Family.

Resurrection - It had one of the hottest starts of any new shows but it has tumbled pretty hard in four weeks. Still, it doesn't have that many episodes left and it hasn't fallen to the point where it's in danger. The fast start may build enough goodwill.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - I still think this is going to get renewed even with the cost and low ratings but I could see it being done after two years.

The Great Christmas Light Fight - Still could come back in December.

Trophy Wife/Mixology - Still on the schedule but next to no chance of seeing a second season.

Super Fun Night/Betrayal/Killer Women - Just waiting for the official cancellation.

Mind Games/Once Upon a Time in Wonderland/Back in the Game/Lucky 7/The Assets - Cancelled.

CBS

The Millers/Mom - Renewed.

Friends with Better Lives - I haven't seen the ratings yet but coming after the How I Met Your Mother finale is sure to get a good sampling. This situation might look much different in a month.

The Crazy Ones - When CBS renews about 20 shows and this one is not on the list, that's a very bad sign. Even if both Better Lives and Bad Teacher fail, I don't love its chances.

Intelligence/Hostages - No chance of returning.

We Are Men - Cancelled.

NBC 

The Blacklist/Chicago PD - Renewed.

About a Boy - It has been very stable airing behind The Voice and I think this is a near lock for a return. Whether it will still get a post-Voice slot next year remains to be seen.

Growing Up Fisher - Given the state of NBC's comedies, this could definitely get renewed as it has been impressively stable without a direct lead-in from The Voice like About a Boy.

Dracula - It's cheap so it could still get a second season in the fall.

Believe/Crisis - Next to no chance of returning when shows like Parenthood and Revolution still have a chance of coming back.

Welcome to the Family/Ironside/Sean Saves the World/The Michael J. Fox Show - Cancelled.

FOX

Sleepy Hollow/Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Renewed.

Almost Human - Still could get a last minute reprieve but it's not looking great despite decent Monday numbers.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Conceived as a limited series and it will probably stay just that though it hasn't done terribly.

Surviving Jack - A very weak debut after American Idol probably means a short life for this show.

Dads - Despite the critical drubbing, this should be given a second look since the ratings weren't comparatively horrible. But it won't get that.

Rake/Enlisted - Just waiting for the official cancellation notice.

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