2017 Television Season: Hits & Misses

Week 4 of the 2017-2018 TV Season is about to wrap up, so we can now catch a glimpse of what’s hot and what’s not. Unfortunately, the 2017 broadcast programming premiered amidst the chaos of hurricane recovery in the south and southeast, wildfires burning in the west and the worst mass shooting in US history which affected regular viewing habits.


Out of the gate, CBS’s Young Sheldon (prequel to successful The Big Bang Theory) is on top with A18-49.  How can anyone not like this adorable genius? Stay tuned for his return on Thursdays in November.  It should be a big night pairing up with Big Bang Theory which had an “engaging” premiere of its own.

Returning series This Is Us is no surprise.  They are seeing nice growth even after successful freshman year.  It is definitely the “water cooler” program of the season.

Other freshman shows starting off well are ABC’s The Good Doctor and CBS’s Seal Team which have strong ratings in key demos.


Not every show can be a hit.  Here are a few that we predict won’t be renewed:


ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley.  The only thing good to say about this show staring Kyra Sedgwick is that it gives us another degree of separation to Kevin Bacon.  It had the lowest rated new show premiere.

CBS, you’re not fooling us here with Me, Myself & I--the one where three completely different looking men (Jack Dylan Grazer, Bobby Moynihan and John Larroquette) play the same character at different stages of his life.  NBC’s This Is US can teach you a thing or two about that.

ABC’s Marvel’s Inhumans had a poor premiere followed by ratings decreases in each consecutive week.


Several shows are just too close to call and we will have to keep a close eye on these:


ABC’s Designated Survivor.  When did this become the Agent Hannah Wells Show and what did the First Lady, Alex Kirkman, do to her hair?  Viewers are distracted and the ratings show it.

Fans of Fox’s The Exorcist should start praying…the end is near!

NBC’s (renewed) Will & Grace started strong for their premier but have been losing viewers week to week.  Not sure this show will rebound.  Fox’s sci-fi drama The Gifted might also be lacking momentum to keep around for second season.

Kevin Can Wait on CBS alienated a good portion of its fanbase by killing off Kevin Gables’ wife, Donna, “because they were out of ideas for plotlines”, ratings dropped by over 50% for the key A18-49 demo.  Will the Kevin James/Leah Remini chemistry be enough to keep this show off the “Wait” list?



 TV Series Finale (tvseriesfinale.com)

TV By The Numbers (zap2it.com)