As the broadcast networks wrap up a week of touting new shows to advertisers in the hopes of persuading them to spend billions on commercials, it seems like a good time to review how last year's new shows did.
It's not a pretty picture.
In the 2012-13 TV season, 42 television shows premiered on
No wonder only CBS and the CW were up in viewers and all were down in the coveted 18-49 demographic.
Of the five networks, the CW (
As soon as the networks finish announcing their fall schedules, the production companies start boasting about how many new shows they had picked up. The problem is that's not the real way to keep score. Success is keeping shows on the air and eventually getting them into syndication.
On that front,
Already there have been 54 new shows announced for the 2013-14 season and an additional 17 premiering this summer.
Of course, being announced doesn't always mean getting on the air. Remember "Friend Me" or "Next Caller?" They were shows CBS and NBC unveiled in May 2012 that were canceled before ever getting on the air.