Results for the fall TV race are in, and the bottom line: You're all watching a lot less TV, or at least new TV, this year than you were 12 months ago.
Reasons why are diverse, from increased time-shifting to a natural disaster that left more than 8 million homes without power. But the pattern is unmistakable: It's never been harder to launch a new show than right now.
Here's the new season's winners and losers:
There's much heat on ABC to reverse a cold 2011, and so far not much forward movement. The network's in fourth place among young adults, although in total viewers, ABC remains in second.
Winners: None. ABC continues to rest on established pillars — "Modern Family" and "Dancing With the Stars."
Fence sitter: "Nashville." Broadcast TV's most critically praised newcomer has struggled.
Losers: "666 Park Avenue" and "Last Resort." Sorry, but even good shows don't always win.
Most-viewed CBS is above the fray, but even an established success, "The Good Wife," is having a tough fall.
Winner: "Elementary." It's on a particularly strong night, Thursday, which sure helps.
Fence sitter: "Vegas," which got a full-season order despite so-so numbers.
Losers: "Partners." Almost certainly going, going … "Made in Jersey" — gone.
A protracted carriage battle with Cablevision is over, but the impact has been felt.
Winner: "Arrow," which has a full-season order to prove it.
Fence sitter: "Beauty and the Beast." Weak ratings, but still gets full season.
Loser: "Emily Owens, M.D."
The big picture is crowded by "The X Factor's" erratic performance, where the new judges have not made a big difference in the ratings.
Fence sitters: "The Mindy Project" and — just barely — "Ben and Kate."
Loser: "The Mob Doctor"
Overall, a good season, thanks to "The Voice" and football, but take them away and … but NBC leads where it counts most — adults 18-49.
Winners: "Revolution" — the lights go out and NBC has a minor hit. The country is apparently in the mood for the post-apocalypse now. "Go On," "The New Normal" and "Chicago Fire" have scored full-season orders.
Losers: "Animal Practice," a what-were-they-thinking bomb that's blessedly gone. Don't get too attached to "Guys With Kids," either.
Tune in Tonight
"Castle," 10 p.m., ABC
Beckett and Castle find themselves in the middle of a documentary when they investigate the murder of a rock star.