New Series Cancellation Clock Is Ticking
Dramas “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox) and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (ABC) have all impressed, while CBS is doing reasonably well with new Robin Williams comedy “The Crazy Ones.”
On the other hand, it’s already over for a pair of newbies — ABC’s “Lucky 7″ and CBS’ “We Are Men” were axed after just two airings — and the clock is ticking for a handful more.
The networks like to put their best foot forward in November for the sweep, so mid-to-late October is typically when decisions are made to shore up the schedule. DVR playback can certainly help keep a struggling series stay on the air longer, but most times the networks don’t need to wait for that data to know that a show simply isn’t clicking.