Weekly Questions #3: An Open-Ended Discussion


Here are five open-ended discussion questions, as well as my thoughts. Leave yours in the comments below!

1. Where do you think Law & Order: Organized Crime will settle by the end of the season in A18-49 Live + Same Day?

Law & Order: Organized Crime lost roughly half its A18-49 audience in Week 2, and there is nothing to suggest it will plateau here. By the end of the season, I think it and SVU will be in the 0.4-0.5 range. Not terrible for today’s standards, but also far from its premiere. 

2. What do you think of CBS canceling MacGyver?

MacGyver started off a solid Friday lineup that can’t be taken for granted. It would be helpful to know how it performed compared to its lead-in in various markets, but this cancelation felt very sudden. It can’t be said that this was canceled in favor of a focus on more reboots, given that’s exactly what MacGyver is. Between solid Nielsen ratings and a double-digit audience demand multiplier, MacGyver showed no signs ratings-wise of being in risk of cancelation. 

3. How do you think Housebroken, FOX’s new cartoon, will perform this summer in between Hell’s Kitchen Young Guns and Duncanville? 

I don’t have high expectations for Housebroken given its situation. It will air after something incompatible and before something bound to be abysmally rated. The real question is if FOX will go the Duncanville route and drag it to an episode count where it’ll get syndicated and have real success. 

4. If you were told CBS would renew one of these two shows, and one only, which one would you pick: The Unicorn or B Positive?

B Positive isn’t really doing anything The Unicorn couldn’t do. The Unicorn also has more episodes under its belt. On the other hand, B Positive is likely cheaper and more on-brand with the rest of CBS’ sitcoms. I’d go with a B Positive renewal over The Unicorn, but I’m not confident in the chances of either. 

5. This summer, ABC will air nine game shows. Is it too many, or have they struck gold? 

ABC’s game shows seem to be working for them, as they are cheap and allow them to provide new content even when scripted by and large takes a break. They’re bound to oversaturate at some point, just like what happened to their comedy brand. For now, more game shows probably isn’t a bad thing, but it’s also not something I expect to last in the long term. 

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