The Harsh Facts of New TV Series Life

These stats must be correct; they’re from the Futon Critic. (A site everybody who loves TV should know.)

The 10 Things You Need to Know About the New Season, Part 10: History Is on the Side of the Majority of This Fall’s New Shows – by Brian Ford Sullivan

1) Only 32% of broadcast network shows make it to a second season.
2) Shows that premiere in September have the best chance of survival.
3) Scripted and unscripted shows fail at the same rate.
4) Friday night is indeed the “death slot.”
5) 10 o’clock is just as successful as any other time period.
6) 5% of shows that are announced don’t even air.
7) 4% of broadcast series have changed networks.
8) New shows on average lose 14% of their audience by episode two.
9) Cable dramas are almost twice as likely to return as broadcast ones.
10) History is on the side of the majority of this fall’s new shows.

Welcome once again to “The 10 Things You Need to Know About the New Season,” our recurring feature about, well… the 10 things you need to know about the new season. The goal of this venture is to address not only common questions people have about television but to also demystify (or potentially reaffirm) stigmas out there about certain networks, time periods, genres and so forth. It’s been a few years so we’ll revisit some of our previous research as well as dig into some new areas we haven’t touched on before.

So with that in mind let us put on our journalistic caps and give you the cold, hard truth about what’s potentially ahead for some of your favorite new and returning shows…

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Wow, lookit all those links. Nobody can say we didn’t do our homework! (Thank you, Futon Critic, for helping us look sorta kinda good.)