We're now about two (or three, if you're Fox) weeks into the fall television season, which means we can now start to evaluate who's winning and losing, and can prepare ourselves for the inevitable cancellations coming our way. It's certainly been a mixed bag this year, with some surprising successes (Sleepy Hollow) and some major crashes and burns (Ironside).
Loser: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. Okay, so the ratings for its second week were still good, but they dropped 34 percent from the premiere, despite a teased appearance from Samuel L. Jackson. The sort-of superhero show's second outing also took a beating from critics. Scott Meslow at Vulture called it a "fairly bland, disappointingly safe hour of television; cut the references to Tony Stark and Thor, and '0-8-4' could easily pass as a lost episode of Burn Notice without anyone noticing."
Winner: The Blacklist. NBC's criminal mastermind thriller held strong in its second week, only dropping 5 percent in the core 18-49 demographic, and scoring 12.1 million viewers. Update 5:56 p.m.: Yup, it's a winner. NBC gave it a back-9 pickup, meaning it will get a full, 22-episode season.
Loser: Lucky 7. This ABC drama about lottery winners is—wait for it—not so lucky. The second episode garnered just a 0.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, down 46 percent from the premiere, which wasn't that stellar either. The terrible ratings are provoking many to wonder if Lucky 7 will have the ignominious distinction of being the first show cancelled this season. (Another possibility? Another ABC show: Betrayal, which could not stand up to the tough competition on Sunday.) Update 3:02 p.m.: Well, so much for Lucky 7. Just a short while after we published this piece ABC gave it the axe, making it the first show canceled this season. R.I.P. Lucky 7. It's being replaced by Scandal repeats.
Winner[s]: CBS Thursday night comedies. Thanks to The Big Bang Theory, CBS comedies are going strong. While The Crazy Ones's second episode didn't do quite as well as its premiere—it didn't have the Big Bang Theory lead in—its 11.8 million viewers is good enough, even when compared to the 15.6 million it pulled in last week. Hey, at least it's not on NBC. Bringing us to...
Loser[s]: NBC's Thursday night comedies. The ratings for Sean Saves the World, Welcome to the Family, and The Michael J. Fox show all likely made NBC rethink their "let's load our deck with family comedies" strategy. None of these shows rated above a 2.0 last night, according to James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly, which is pretty bad. How bad? So bad that it may have to worry about the CW. "CW beat NBC in 8 p.m. hour among adults under 35, and came within two-tenths of NBC at 9," Vulture's Joe Adalian wrote on Twitter.
Winner: Super Fun Night. Rebel Wilson should be super happy—for now. Her ABC comedy debuted Wednesday night with solid ratings following a Modern Family lead in. Whether viewers stay after the lackluster premiere is the test.
Loser: Ironside. Oh Ironside, who on Earth thought you were a good idea? The drama—a remake of a '60s-'70s show—premiered Wednesday night as NBC's lowest drama premiere ever. Shed a tear for Blair Underwood.