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Handicapping the New Broadcast Network Series (Part 1)

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First up: ABC and NBC
With less than three weeks to go before the official start of the new television season, part one of this two-part column for Campaign US offers the odds of survival (based on 1-1, the best, to 10-1, the worst) for the upcoming array of freshman network series about to debut.

In this current era of “Peak TV,” where the “when you want where you want” programming philosophy prevails (particularly among the millennial generation), the challenge for any show on any outlet is to simply find an audience. But foremost is the ability to tap into current tastes. Recent network entries “The Good Doctor” on ABC and “This is Us” on NBC, for example, managed to thrive despite the growing competitive challenges. But those are two rare exceptions. As always, more new series fail than succeed.

I base my predictions on a) the show’s premise, b) the network it airs on (and what the traditional demographic skew for that platform is), c) the network competition, d) the lead-in (if not an 8 p.m. ET show), e) the recent time period history, f) the potential interest in social media, and g) the critical acclaim (or lack of). It never hurts to have the critics on your side!

With that in mind, for my odds of survival on the new ABC and NBC primetime series click here