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Fall TV season winners and losers

Mentors, from left, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee

Mentors, from left, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine on the set of "The Voice," in Los Angeles. (June 2012) Credit: AP

Results for the fall TV race are in, and the bottom line: You're all watching a lot less TV, or at least new TV, this year than you were 12 months ago. Reasons why are diverse, from increased time-shifting to a natural disaster that left more than 8 million homes and businesses without power last week. But the pattern is unmistakable: It's never been harder to launch a new show than right now. Here's a look at the new season's winners and losers:


Overall, a good season, thanks to "The Voice" and football, but take them away and .. But NBC leads where it counts most -- adults 18-49.

Winners: "Revolution" -- the lights go out and NBC has a minor hit. The country is apparently in the mood for the post-apocalypse now. "Go On," Matthew Perry's newcomer, has scored a full-season order, too, and so has "The New Normal."

Fence sitter: "Chicago Fire," the Dick Wolf drama, has a pulse.

Losers: "Animal Practice," a what-were-they-thinking bomb that's blessedly gone. Don't get too attached to "Guys With Kids," either.


There's much heat on ABC to reverse a cold 2011, and so far not much forward movement. In fact, backward movement -- the network's in fourth place among young adults, although in total viewers, ABC remains in second.

Winners: None. ABC continues to rest on established pillars -- "Modern Family," "Dancing With the Stars," "Revenge" and, to a lesser extent, the cult fave "Happy Endings."

Fence sitter: "Nashville." Broadcast TV's most critically praised newcomer has struggled.

Losers: "666 Park Avenue" and "Last Resort." Sorry, but even good shows don't always win.


Most-viewed CBS is above the fray, but even an established success, "The Good Wife," is having a tough fall.

Winner: "Elementary." It's on a particularly strong night -- Thursday -- which sure helps.

Fence sitter: "Vegas," which got a full-season order (as did "Elementary") in spite of so-so numbers.

Losers: "Partners." Almost certainly going, going ... "Made in Jersey" is already gone.


The big picture is crowded by "The X Factor's" erratic performance. The new judges have not made a big difference in terms of show popularity.

Winners: None

Fence sitters: "The Mindy Project" and -- just barely -- "Ben and Kate."

Loser: "The Mob Doctor"


A protracted carriage battle with Cablevision is over, but the impact has been felt.

Winner: "Arrow," which has a full-season order to prove it.

Fence sitter: "Beauty and the Beast." But probably a goner.

Loser: "Emily Owens, M.D."

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