Better With You (ABC)

Airs: Wednesdays @8:30pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 7.3 million viewers
Fate: Full season ordered on October 25
Explanation: In today’s landscape of single-camera series, the three-camera sitcom has fallen to the wayside. While CBS has been one of the few networks to continuously succeed with this type of format, ABC has carved out a respectable audience for Better With You. After delivering solid ratings on Wednesday night, a full season order was definitely going to happen.

Bleep My Dad Says (CBS)

Airs: Thursdays @8:30pm
Total episodes this season: 18-22
Average rating: 10.79 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 21
Explanation: Once again, CBS has proven that they can make any series successful, even if it is terrible. This Twitter experiment series premiered to an extremely large audience and while the ratings have dipped since then, it’s still enough to secure a full season order and an expectant second season. Because of that, get ready for many Twitter/Facebook/MySpace originated series coming your way. There are three on the books already, for next year.

Blue Bloods (CBS)

Airs: Friday’s @10pm
Total episodes this season: 18-22
Average rating: 11.25 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered October 21
Explanation: Tom Selleck’s return to primetime proved to be extremely successful. With the television landscape already full of police procedurals, Blue Bloods was able to separate itself from all of the rest and deliver a winning series for CBS. While a full season order was all that was announced, it’s only a matter a time before this freshman series is locked in for a second season.

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)


Airs: Sundays @10pm
Total episodes this season:
12
Average rating: 3.20 million viewers
Fate: Renewed for a second season on September 21
Explanation: After delivering the best premiere ratings since Deadwood, HBO instantly locked Boardwalk Empire in for a second season. Hopefully Boardwalk Empire will have a different outcome than Deadwood, which was canceled after three seasons.

Chase (NBC)

Airs: Mondays @10pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 5.73 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 19
Explanation: After NBC completely wiped out their primetime line-up, they needed a hit to reclaim some of their lost viewers. While Chase didn’t prove to be the series to do that, NBC has no other choice than to keep it on the air. A full season order was the best move for this fledgling network, but don’t expect this series to have legs, as it will quickly be replaced by a new series next fall.

Chuck (NBC)


Airs: Mondays @8pm
Total episodes this season: 24
Average rating: 5.49 million viewers
Fate: Full season ordered on October 19
Explanation: The proverbial little show that could once again comes out on top. With NBC trying to put things back together after last year’s prime-time catastrophe, Chuck was the only series that viewers are able to associate with the network. A solid fan base and consistent ratings is something that NBC needs right now, which is why Chuck was picked up for a full season. When it comes to talk about a fifth season, everything is still up in the air, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

The Defenders (CBS)

Airs: Wednesdays @10pm
Total episodes this season: 18-22
Average rating: 10.2 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 21
Explanation: A CBS legal drama with a twist, The Defenders started out as a ratings juggernaut with 12 million viewers. Unfortunately, the series dropped off a little with each proceeding episode. Fortunately, the wonderful chemistry between Belushi and O’Connell kept a good majority of the audience. While a full season ordered was almost certain, so is a second season.

Detroit 187 (ABC)

Airs: Tuedays @10pm
Total episodes this season: 18
Average rating: 8 million viewers
Fate: Five additional episodes ordered on October 25
Explanation: While Detroit 187 premiered to respectable numbers, the proceeding weeks saw a slight dip in overall viewers. Even though the freshman series has been able to bring back some of the lost audience, it’s not enough for ABC to commit to a full season. Instead, ABC decided to order an additional five episodes, which will allow the series to prove itself to the network.

The Event (NBC)

Airs: Mondays @9pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 5.73 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 18
Explanation: NBC put a lot of support behind this Lost-esque series. While the premiere showed signs of being a hit, the subsequent episodes quickly lost many of the viewers. Now garnering almost half of the audience that tuned into the premiere, NBC is in a tough spot. While there’s no doubt that the series would receive a full season order (for the same reason as Chase), it does put into question the notion of a second season. Fortunately, for those that watch the series, NBC will most likely give The Event a second season – if for no other reason than to give producers the chance to reveal what “the event” is.

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