Here is the NEW scale that will be used this season:
Breakout (5) – Strong out of the gate; one of the highest rated new series
Hit (4) – Ratings are high, but not one of the highest rated new series
Solid (3) – Neither strong nor weak, simply puts up average numbers
Weak (2) – Not a bomb, but puts up consistently low numbers
Bomb (1) – Fails to catch on; one of the lowest rated new series
Quick Premise: A man marries one woman, while his lesbian best friend is having his baby.
Timeslot: Tuesdays at 930/830c
Lead in: Undateable
Competition: Agents of SHIELD, iZombie, NCIS: New Orleans, and Weird Loners
Analysis: NBC is giving the multi-camera comedy genre another chance to succeed on their network. From Ellen DeGeneres, NBC has been pushing One Big Happy for a couple of months now. Unfortunately, most of the ads have been painfully unfunny. One Big Happy may receive some help from The Voice airing 30 minutes prior, although most of the audience may flee during last summers low-rated Undateable. Luckily, however, the competition in the hour is pretty weak as nothing else in the timeslot is similar to One Big Happy. In the end, the weak lead in, as well as weak premise, will lead to the demise of yet another comedy on NBC.
Prediction: BOMB (1)
Quick Premise: Based on the comic book, a medical student eats the brains of the dead to help solve their murder.
Timeslot: Tuesdays at 9/8c
Lead in: The Flash
Competition: Agents of SHIELD, NCIS: New Orleans, New Girl, One Big Happy, Undateable, and Weird Loners
Analysis: Hoping to cash in on the zombie craze, The CW brings us iZombie from Rob Thomas. The network gave iZombie the best chance possible to succeed, placing it behind The Flash, one of the strongest new series of the season. The premise is a bit odd, but I do believe there are enough people interested to give this a solid preview. Like One Big Happy, there is nothing else on in the hour that will drain viewers from iZombie. Once viewers settle in, I am predicting iZombie will be another The 100: nothing special, but a stable 0.5-0.6 performer.
Prediction: SOLID (3) – renewed for second season
Analysis: No other comedy will have a harder time launching than Weird Loners. FOX is burying it behind low-rated New Girl, at the end of March, with a six episode order. All of these strikes against Weird Loners make me very wary on the chances of success for the new comedy. In addition, the premise is very outdated, and I have not seen many ads for the show. Weird Loners feels like a major bomb. It will be interesting to see if all six episodes even air.
Prediction: BOMB (1)