Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

Airs: Mondays @10pm, on CBS
Total episodes this season: 18-22
Average rating: 11.6 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 21.
Explanation: As one of the most talked about series, Hawaii Five-O had a lot to prove – especially with Kurtzman and Orci attached to this television remake of the popular 70s police drama. Even though the series premiered to 14.2 million viewers and had a significant loss as the season progressed, it still held on to enough of an audience to garner a full season order. There’s no doubt that a second season will happen.

Hellcats (The CW)

Airs: Wednesdays @9pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 2.22 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 22
Explanation: While an average 2.2 million viewers isn’t anything compared to ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. For The CW, this represents a solid performing series. Many people wondered why Smallville alum, Tom Welling, would kick off producing an outside series with a show that has a cheer-leading theme. After watching a few episodes of the series, even the most hardened television watcher has to admit that it’s entertaining. Even though Hellcats has received a full season order, a second season may still be in questions or, unfortunately, its last.

Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC)

Airs: Wednesdays @10pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 8.42 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 18
Explanation: When NBC canceled the long-time original Law & Order, everyone wondered what they would replace it with. Surprisingly, although not surprisingly, NBC decided to replace it with a new version of the series, Law & Order: Los Angeles. Sticking with the same format that made this franchise popular for two decades, they moved from New York to Los Angeles. While it’s not pulling in the ratings of its predecessor, NBC’s relationship with the franchise and Dick Wolf means that this series will not only receive a full season order, but probably a second season as well.

Mike & Molly (CBS)

Airs: Mondays @9:30pm
Total episodes this season: 18-22
Average rating: 11.21 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 21
Explanation: The second three-camera sitcom at CBS this season also proved to be the better of the two. Fortunately, audiences also agreed – albeit by a small margin. With a solid cast, endearing storylines and the ratings to back it up, this overweight romantic comedy certainly deserves a full season order. Expect this series to receive a second season soon and a third season next year.

Nikita (The CW)

Airs: Thursdays @9pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 2.86 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 22
Explanation: The CW’s remake/sequel of the famous “La Femme Nikita” story started off with a rocky premiere. While the ratings were high, Nikita failed to deliver a competent story and ultimately lost some viewers because of it. Fortunately, for those that continued to watch, they were presented with a compelling story, interesting characters, and great action. Not only is a full season order on the books, but expect this series to return for a second season – and then some (maybe).

No Ordinary Family (ABC)

Airs: Tuesdays @8pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 8.4 million viewers
Fate: Full season ordered on October 25
Explanation: No Ordinary Family was ABC’s response to Heroes. After all the hype and promotion, the series started off with a bang. Unfortunately, each subsequent episode has shown a continuous drop in the ratings – the largest loss being almost 2 million viewers after the series premiere. Even though the average television fan can tell what the eventual future of this series will be (cancellation), ABC has invested too much to just let it go. Don’t be surprised if it gets a second season.

Outsourced (NBC)

Airs: Thursdays @9:30pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 5.79 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 18
Explanation: Out of all the new television series this year, Outsourced was the most perplexing. While the series had its moments, no one could tell if American audiences would warm up to a series that hits so close to home. Fortunately, enough viewers tuned in to garner a full season order. Outsourced is still pulling in a larger audience than that of Parks & Recreations – justifying NBC’s decision to move Parks to the mid-season.

Raising Hope (Fox)

Airs: Tuesdays @9pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 6.37 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 6
Explanation: The best new comedy of the season, Raising Hope, started things out with solid ratings. While nothing compared to CBS, it was still a solid performance for a new series on Fox. Even though the subsequent episodes dropped off in the ratings, it still held enough of an audience to garner a full season order. A second season will definitely be on the books for this wonderful comedy. Even if the audience doesn’t support it, Fox will – for the time being.

The Walking Dead (AMC)


Airs: Sundays @10pm
Total episodes this season: 6
Average Episode Rating: 6.37 million viewers
Fate: Second season of 13 episodes ordered on November 8
Explanation: The Walking Dead was easily one of the most hyped series of the year. From San Diego Comic-Con to New York Comic Con, AMC made sure that their zombie show made an appearance. After delivering the highest ratings that AMC has ever seen, they officially renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes.

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