The mid-season schedule is now mostly set and several shows have already resumed their current seasons, but which ones will have to fight the battle of unfortunate scheduling? Every year, the networks have to decide how to portion out their Prime Time landscape and which shows get the more favorable slots while others land in less desirable hours. In Fall, we definitely saw how scheduling choices can impact the fate of a show as the much criticized Revolution reaped the ratings rewards of its post-The Voice berth while the highly praised Last Resort found itself in an awkward spot the very likely contributed to its cancellation. Going into mid-season, all of the returning genre shows from Fall are staying put in their timeslots, leaving the new shows for vie for the few scraps of the Prime Time schedule left over. Here's how I believe the network scheduling decisions will impact the fate of these shows (you can read more about these and all of this season's current shows at my Mid-Season Preview page and see the full mid-season schedule of genre shows at this link):
Verdict: Scheduling shouldn't be much of an issue.
Verdict: FOX did this show no favors on the schedule, but didn't necessarily doom it.
Verdict: Not horrid scheduling, but nothing to crow about.
Verdict: FOX's scheduling could very well have doomed this show.
Verdict: A WTF scheduling decision that seems almost sure to have this one headed to an early exit.
Ratings Results: None of the early week shows have started up yet, but a whole slew of shows will be resuming/debuting over the next few weeks (you can check the schedule at this link). Keep an eye on the Cancellation Watch Twitter Site for the early returns from later in the week and you can see the Cancellation Alert status of all the shows currently airing plus the final results from prior seasons at my Cancellation Watch page. And for questions on how the ratings work and my Cancellation Alert statuses, you can see the Cancellation Watch FAQ.
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The Plight of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television in the Face of the Unforgiving Nielsens and Networks
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