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Upfront Report: Grading the Broadcast Networks

CBS stands above the rest in primetime this fall; Fox remains in the cellar

From Campaign US: Five broadcast networks, five presentations and endless promises and exaggerations. You guessed it — it was network upfront presentation week, where sometimes unwarranted boasting results in advertising dollars spent. Before we get to the real scoop, let’s look at some stats.

Twenty new network series will be introduced next fall, 12 dramas and eight sitcoms. That’s the fewest new network series in the fall since at least the formation of Fox in 1985. CBS is the most aggressive with six new series, followed by five for ABC, four for Fox, three for NBC and two for The CW. Mirroring last season, over a dozen new series are waiting in the wings for midseason.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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