Every year around this time, the networks bring out mid-season shows to fill gaps in their schedules caused by either already canceled shows or to give them a run to see how they rate with audiences. While some may be critical darlings, it is ultimately up to the viewers, who can make or break a series. Here is a look at how some of the more notable mid-season replacements are doing, as well as which ones might be in danger of cancellation.
"Missing's" latest episode brought in a respectable 7 million viewers, a number many shows would probably kill for. However, where the Ashley Judd vehicle is lacking is in the 18-49 demographic, which is the group that advertisers adore. "Missing" had a 1.5 rating in that respect, which pales in comparison to "The Big Bang Theory," which earned a 4.4 rating (as well as 14 million viewers.)
It's really not fair to judge a show based on the premiere, and when you really think about it, "Scandal" could have done a lot worse. The Kerry Washington vehicle managed to hold onto "Grey's Anatomy's" audience, and even improved on the demo rating of "Missing," earning a 2.0 (which is the average for shows around that time.) The only thing that could possible hurt the show is the fact that even though 7 million is respectable, the number is still half of what CBS's "The Mentalist" brings in.
The premise of this show has the makings of a hit: A man lives in two worlds, one real, one a dream, and is unsure which is which. However, the ratings have not been stellar with the last episode drawing in almost 3 million viewers, with a 0.9 demo rating. Of all the shows on this list, it might be safe to say that "Awake" will be put to sleep very, very soon.
Perhaps "Bent" really never had a chance; after all, NBC did seem to burn out the episodes by airing them back to back. Yet, if the numbers were solid, none of that would have mattered. Unfortunately, the numbers are simply terrible with both episodes of "Bent" averaging around 2 million viewers, and the demos being even worse than "Awake." Even a "Modern Family" repeat managed to score higher. Poor Amanda Peet; she deserves so much better.
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