/// Ghost Town: The Vanishing 10 p.m. Broadcast Drama

May 25, 2012  |  Media Week

The 10 o’clock broadcast drama tottered further down the road to oblivion this season, as not a single series in the time slot finished among Nielsen’s highest-rated programs. Per 33 weeks of live-plus-seven day ratings, plus two-and-a-half weeks of live-plus-same-day ratings, nary a 10 p.m. drama is to be found among TV’s top 30 series. The first to make an appearance on the list is CBS’s Monday night procedural, Hawaii Five-0 , which in its second season averaged a 3.3 rating in the adult 18-49 demo. Hawaii Five-0 tied the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement for 41st place in the demo. Joining Hawaii Five-0 at the tail end of the top 50 are: CBS’s CSI (3.2), NBC’s Smash (3.2), CBS’s The Mentalist (3.1), and two ABC dramas— Private Practice (3.0) and Revenge (2.9). Two of the aforementioned series ( Smash , Revenge ) are freshman efforts. All told, 11 new 10 p.m. dramas were introduced during the 2011-12 broadcast season; along with Smash and Revenge , only ABC’s Scandal has been renewed for a return engagement. Through seven episodes, Scandal is averaging a 2.5 in the demo, making it No. 73 on the list of top-rated programs. The eight 10 p.m. dramas that didn’t make the cut are: NBC’s The Playboy Club , Prime Suspect , The Firm and Awake ; ABC’s Pan Am and GCB ; and CBS’s Unforgettable and NYC 22 .

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