ABC Orders More Episodes of New Shows; Are They Safe?

No Ordinary FamilyABC hasn’t exactly been having the best luck with their new shows this season. They’ve cancelled two of them already (The Whole Truth and My Generation) and none of the others have made much of a splash. Of the new crop, No Ordinary Family has been getting the best ratings but it could hardly be called a success, averaging a mediocre 2.6 in the demo.

The network is in a bit of a pickle. They still have some very successful programs but some of them have been on the air for several years and they need to find new blood. This new crop has been a disappointment so far but it looks like they really want to make them work.

The network has now given full season orders to two new series — No Ordinary Family and Better with You — and ordered a handful of more installments from Detroit 1-8-7 and Brothers & Sisters. Are they safe?

Four episodes of No Ordinary Family have aired so far. The series debuted to a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.69 million total viewers. Those numbers are positive. Unfortunately, the show’s ratings have sunk every week. Last week’s episode hit a 2.2 in the demo and 7.41 million viewers. If the ratings don’t even off, this show will certainly be on the chopping block.

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Better with You hasn’t been dropping like No Ordinary Family but didn’t get as good a start either. The sitcom debuted to a 2.5 in the demo and 7.86 million total viewers. It now seems to have leveled off at a 2.1 in the demo. Though sandwiched between The Middle (averaging a 2.6) and ABC’s highly successful Modern Family (averaging a 4.8), Better with You has averaged just a 2.2 rating. It seems a percentage of viewers are making a conscious effort to skip the freshman comedy. ABC has several other sitcom possibilities waiting in the wings and they’ll surely try them.

Detroit 1-8-7 is doing even worse in the ratings and as a result didn’t get a full season. ABC has just ordered five additional installments, bringing the first season total to 18 episodes. Now that My Generation and The Whole Truth have been dumped (though the latter isn’t off the air yet), Detroit 1-8-7 is the lowest-rated not-cancelled scripted show on the network. It’s averaging a 1.9 rating in the demo and is consistently in third place for the timeslot. Unless the numbers turnaround, it doesn’t have a future and will surely be cancelled in the spring.

On the positive side, as previously reported, Brothers & Sisters has received an order for four more episodes, bringing the season total to 22 installments. When the network only ordered 18 episodes in the spring, many speculated that the show was on its way out. The ratings have been good this season and, luckily for the cast and crew, they’re better than any of the new shows. For now, Brothers & Sisters looks to be on track for season six.

What do you think? Are any of ABC’s new shows worth watching? Are you surprised that any were given orders for additional episodes? Will any survive to see a second season?

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  1. Summer says

    Does ABC have a way to track viewers on their website or sites like Hulu? Since the digital switch we have NO TV but follow several shows online. No Ordinary Family is one of the few I don’t mind my kids watching with me. It has action but still fairly clean. Please keep it around! There are few shows that can appeal to multiple ages. Disney is too sticky sweet for adults and many shows are too sexual or potty mouth for my kids. PLEASE!!!!
    I also love Brothers & Sisters but also follow it online as well.

  2. says

    Detroit 187 is one of the best shows on television. Finally someone believes in writing a good script. I feel so dumbed down with tv now adays and finally we have a good drama show. All people want to see are “reality shows” that are far from real. But a good drama like: Detroit 187, Southland, Rescue Me, etc. and a glass of wine are all I need to relax after 12 hours of work. PLEASE DONT CANCEL this show.

  3. Maureen says

    Detroit 187 must be kept. It is such a well acted show that highlights many large city problems while involving individuals in the story line. Please keep this fine show on the air!!

  4. eugenia says

    do not cancel detroit 187 My husband and i love this show…… it all the time
    please do not cancel……………..

  5. Jules says

    What else can you expect from ABC? They don’t want good shows. They seem to want the same old thing. I mean this is the network that expected us to watch Skating with the Stars. I love 187 but I expect ABC will cancel it because they want shows that give immediate monetary results. They have no patience to let a good story develop a following. I agree 187 needs to find new life on a real network.

  6. says

    Why does ABC always try to cancel the shows that make you think and are realistic? Detroit 187 is a superlative show. Good acting,good plots,thought-provoking;look forward to it each week. Sell it to TNT!!! They resurrected “Southland”.;another great show ABC failed to recognize as a good series. DO NOT CANCEL IT!!!

  7. Mrs. Robinson says

    Is ABC of their network mind!! 1-8-7 is a great show… Maybe it’s too real for ABC. PERHAPS the writers Should Consider TNT or HBO…

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  9. nordinaryfamily says

    If they cancel No Ordinary Family I will seriously die. If ABC cancels it, it better not be looking forward to my support for ABC. No Ordinary Family deserves to stay.

  10. Betzblue says

    DETROIT 187 is a great show! Although it’s on opposite SONS OF ANARCHY (FX) and that’s why not enough people have watched it…( I DVR it & watch after SONS)
    Michael Imperioli as Fitch has given me back ” a favourite cop” ( since Dennis Franz in NYPD Blue) . I wish that FX would have aired it instead of ABC…
    ABC cancels good shows ( ie Life on Mars) and keeps drivel….

    IF they cancel…at least give us season 1 on dvd…

  11. john a says

    they better keep better with you .. its very funny and it just needs to be backed by abc more .. more commercials and maybe some why should you watch this show check this out and then show aa clip thats funny.. maybe put it on at 8 so it can be watched .. the other shows are locked so put this first and ratings will go up

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