Fall TV's 7 flops: What went wrong?


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Lucky 7 (ABC)
Why it might have worked: A bunch of losers in Queens win the lottery. It’s wish fulfillment!
Why it so didn’t: Never should have made it to pilot — a lotto windfall is an inciting incident, not a TV series. The British original was 11 episodes split across two seasons; each episode focused on a different character and each season was about a different group of winners — a very manageable expression of this concept. ABC’s Lucky 7 opened its pilot by introducing seven different characters all at once amid chaotic flash-forward hijinks and roughly half of the characters were yelling at somebody — I switched this off faster than any other new show this year. ABC saw the writing on the wall before the premiere with this one and spent their marketing dollars elsewhere.

And here’s the rest: CBS’ We Are Men (cancelled), NBC’s Sean Saves the World, Fox’s Dads (a show that’s received more than its share of press — and a full-season order doesn’t change those numbers) and ABC’s Back in the Game and Trophy Wife. There is only so much to be said about sitcoms that didn’t connect, but feel free to give your reasons why you’re watching or not watching each below, or to vehemently disagree with my choices!

Check out my previous multi-page project: 10 TV Characters Who Never Change Their Clothes (and why)

Current ratings for new shows including 7 days of DVR playback when available (takes 3 weeks per episode).

Agents of SHIELD: 11.5 million, 4.5 adults 18-49 rating (full season)
Blacklist 14.5 million, 4.3 rating (full season)
Sleepy Hollow 11.4 million, 4.3 rating (renewed)
Crazy Ones 13.3 million, 3.5 (full season)
The Millers 12.9 million, 3.4 (full season)
Super Fun Night 7.4 million, 2.8 rating
The Goldbergs 7.5 million, 2.7 rating
Mom 8.2 million, 2.6 rating (full season)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5.3 million, 2.3 rating (full season)
The Michael J. Fox Show: 7.1 million, 2.2 rating (pre-ordered full season)
We Are Men 6.4 million, 2.1 rating (cancelled)
Back in the Game: 7.3 million, 2.1 rating
Hostages: 7.6 million, 2.0 rating
Dads: 4.3 million, 1.9 rating
Trophy Wife, 5.7 million, 1.9 rating
Betrayal: 4.7 million, 1.4 rating
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: 5.2 million, 1.4 rating
Sean Saves the World: 4 million, 1.3 rating
Lucky 7: 4.3 million, 1.3 (cancelled)
Ironside: 6.4 million, 1.3 rating (cancelled)
Welcome to the Family: 2.8 million, 1.0 rating (cancelled)
The Originals: 2.5 million, 1.2
The Tomorrow People: 2.2 million,  0.9
Reign 2 million, 0.8 (only 2 episodes, no DVR)



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