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Tuesday night was an off night for ABC and CBS, but NBC, The CW, and Fox had their usual programming. As for NBC, they (expectedly) took a big hit from last week. The Voice was down three tenths from last week. Trial & Error was pretty steady, but was down a whole lot from the finale of This Is Us last week. Chicago Fire was the silver lining, up from Trial & Error's series premiere last week. The CW had a Supergirl-Flash crossover, and it didn't help the Flash at all. However, Legends of Tomorrow rose from last week's low. Fox had 0.8s all night, with The Mick returning from a break to a new low.


Finals Update: The Flash (+0.1), The Voice (+0.1), and a Blackish repeat (+0.1) adjusted up.
Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PM
The Voice
2.3/910.83
NBC

The Flash
1.0/42.70
The CW

The Middle (R)
0.9/44.30
ABC

NCIS (R)
0.9/49.36
CBS

New Girl
0.8/31.97
Fox
8:30 PM
American Housewife (R)
0.8/43.15
ABC

The Mick
0.8/32.24
Fox
9 PM
Trial & Error
1.2/55.29
NBC

Bull (R)
0.8/37.02
CBS

Bones
0.8/33.54
Fox

Fresh Off the Boat (R)
0.8/32.85
ABC

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
0.6/21.71
The CW
9:30 PM
Trial & Error
1.1/44.24
NBC

Blackish (R)
0.8/32.62
ABC
10 PM
Chicago Fire
1.5/67.21
NBC

NCIS: New Orleans (R)
0.7/36.08
CBS

People Icons
0.7/33.16
ABC


Tonight on Fox, their new series Shots Fired starts its first season. The series will air before Empire, a slot that has helped boost Rosewood and Lethal Weapon when they premiered in fall of 2015 and 2016, respectively. This season, Lethal Weapon has averaged a 1.6 in the slot, though many of those airings were without Empire. While the slot does not guarantee that Shots Fired will have a good premiere rating, it will likely help it. Do you think Shots Fired can be a breakout success or will it be a spectacular failure like many other midseason entries this season?

Shots Fired, 8 PM on Fox


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The last few premieres of the regular season are almost here, and third-to-last it's FOX's Shots Fired.


What May Cause Shots Fired to be a Hit?

Large lead-out
Shots Fired airs on Wednesday at 8:00 on FOX, and at 9:00 one of TV's highest rated dramas, and FOX's highest rated drama by a ways, Empire airs. We have seen in the past, such as with Rosewood, that lead-outs do help shows. The Empire lead-out could lead to viewers discovering that they are interested in Shots Fired.

Lee Daniels audience may be interested in the topic
I don't know what stories Empire has done, but I know that Star, which shares co-creator Lee Daniels with Empire, did a Black Lives Matter story, and race is frequently brought up on the show. Perhaps the fans of Lee Daniels shows are interested in a show dealing with police shootings.


What May Cause Shots Fired to be a Miss for FOX?

American Crime
ABC may want you to think that American Crime is a successful show, with all of the awards it has won, but in reality it has struggled in the ratings all three seasons that it has aired. Why would this show be any different? Especially when it hasn't received the level of acclaim that American Crime did (Shots Fired currently has a 66 on Metacritic, while American Crime received a 85 in its first season).

Tonal shift between Shots Fired and Empire
Empire may be a high-rated lead-out, but will there even be much overlap of interest between a musical soap and a mystery thriller drama? This could be another case of the Empire lead-out being wasted on an incompatible show.


What to Expect for Shots Fired?

I think that the biggest factor here will be that this is just another American Crime, but with less positive reviews. I really doubt that this would end up being any stronger of a show for FOX that American Crime is for ABC.


Which factors do you think will cause Shots Fired to be a hit or a miss? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

ABC had a pretty good Monday. Even though Dancing With the Stars was lower than the average Bachelor episode, it still returned up year to year and nearly tied its fall premiere. It helped boost Quantico a bit, but the 10 PM drama had rough half hours and is in danger of a downward adjustment. The Voice had yet another drop, this time two tenths. Taken followed that pattern and also fell two tenths. Fox had a rough night, with 24: Legacy hitting a new low, and dipping once again into fractional territory. APB held at its meager 0.7. CBS, however, probably had an even worse night, with all four sitcoms hitting new lows. Kevin Can Wait dipped two tenths and the rest one tenths. The CW's Monday duo returned from time off and Supergirl fell a tenth and Jane the Virgin was steady.

Finals Update: Dancing With the Stars (+0.1) adjusted up. Quantico (-0.1) and Taken (-0.1) adjusted down.
Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PM
The Voice
2.4/910.60
NBC

Dancing With the Stars (P)
2.1/711.93
ABC

Kevin Can Wait
1.1/55.94
CBS

24: Legacy
0.8/43.26
Fox

Supergirl
0.6/32.02
The CW
8:30 PM
Man With a Plan
1.0/45.39
CBS
9 PM
Superior Donuts
1.0/45.21
CBS

APB
0.7/22.89
Fox

Jane the Virgin
0.3/10.90
The CW
9:30 PM
2 Broke Girls
1.0/44.61
CBS
10 PM
Scorpion
1.1/56.31
CBS

Taken
0.9/44.84
NBC

Quantico
0.7/33.64
ABC

Top Ten - The Best Episodes: The Middle


I've occasionally done countdown articles with episodes of shows that I like, but only for their holiday episodes. So, I've decided to expand those articles, and do a top 10 countdown for the regular episodes of the shows I like. First up is The Middle. It's holiday episodes will be excluded, unless it is a holiday to only be done once.



10- The Wedding - S3E24

This was an episode different for the Middle. It had heart to it, but still kept its classic Middle humor. In the season three finale, the Hecks were tasked with having Rusty's wedding at their house, and having to get everything ready for the wedding in a short amount of time because you do for family, as Frankie says. This was a really funny episode, and (as I mentioned earlier) it had heart to it when Mike gave his toast. It was different for Mike, the last thing one would expect out of him, but it was really nice. And for that reason, it made my top ten episodes out of 185.

9- Forced Family Fun (Parts 1 and 2, counted as one episode) - S3E1/2
The Middle's first one hour episode was the season three premiere. This episode was really different. We got to see the Heck family during the summer, and also get some backstory about Mike and Frankie. In Forced Family Fun, Frankie (trying to make memories on the cheap), wanted to do something as a family before summer ended. Mike decided that that something would be camping, which led to bad memories for Frankie since their honeymoon was camping. We had great backstory in this episode, and the setting made it possible for really funny and entertaining plots.

8- While You Were Sleeping - S6E22
This episode was one of the Middle's few sweet moments. The main plot was Sue not having anyone to go to prom with, which led her to start dating a fellow mall worker, Logan. I'm not going to spoil anything, but Sue's story was really nice, and I loved the ending of it. The Middle's sweet moments are great. Elsewhere, Brick and Axl were making BBQ sauce, while Frankie and Mike were trying to watch a movie for date night, but they could not stay awake, which were two really great plots.

7- The 100th - S5E4
For The Middle's hundredth episode, the writers decided that it would also be Orson's hundredth anniversary. This was a great episode, I loved the setting, it was something we don't usually see from The Middle, and having everyone  in the same place for a big event was fun. Some highlights of the episode include Frankie and Mike driving a giant cow, Sue trying to make Darrin jealous with Brad, Brick losing a contest, and Axl was up to another money-making scheme with Boss Co. All around it was really a fun and entertaining episode.

6- The Drop Off - S5E1
This episode was a big step for The Middle. In the season five premiere, the whole family had to drive Axl back to college, which was a big moment for Frankie, having her son leave, and a big step for the show. This episode is a perfect example of classic Middle. The whole family just tried to drive Axl back to college, but being the Hecks, this led to disastrous (and entertaining) results.



5- The Graduation - S4E24
One of The Middle's many graduation episodes, this would have to be my favorite. Frankie and Axl began to get annoyed with each other after being so close for so long, which was the main plot of the episode. Tensions kept rising, and the climax of the episode involved Frankie tackling Axl. This was a really funny episode with crazy Frankie, and it had a really nice farewell ending. It could have worked well as a series finale in my opinion.

4- The Wonderful World of Hecks - S5E24
Part two of the Heck's trip to Disney, this was an amazing episode. We got to see this crazy family and how they handled going to Disney world. There were doctor visits, font choices, fights, fun, all ending with a nice family moment. I loved this episode, it was so funny and fun to watch.



3- Orlando - S5E23
Classic Middle can be seen in season five's penultimate episode. Now any fan of the show knows that when the Hecks get into a car to go somewhere, the trip won't be easy, and will result in a hilarious adventure. We really saw that in Orlando. Brick met his online girlfriend, whose parents later  chased out the family calling them "catfishers", Sue failed at driving, Axl got a new name, it was all really fun.

2- Back to Summer - S2E24
This is a close second place, and always will be.  In the season two finale, the family desperately tried to make it to summer vacation and get through the last few days of school in tact. I really loved this episode, partially because I can really relate to how the whole family felt at the end of the year (I really think The Hecks are my family on TV). It was really relatable, funny, and so much fun to watch. Some of my favorite plots and jokes were in this episode, classic Middle.

1- Last Whiff of Summer (Parts 1 and 2, counted as one episode) - S4E1/2
This hour of television is one of my favorites ever, it was amazing in so many ways. We got to see the family in a new time---over summer, which led to so many awesome plots. Mike revelaed his favorite kid was Axl, which led to the summer of Sue and Dad. Brick grew a tomato plant, the kids revealed that Mike was their favorite parent (but Frankie was a solid second), Axl had to take summer school, it was an awesome episode. All while Frankie was trying to capture the feeling of summer and give it to her kids. The episode ended at the summer fair where nobody noticed Sue was lost, Brick's tomato was SPOILER squashed, Axl's car was destroyed in a Demolition Derby Tournament, and the family finally got the feeling of summer. This episode really felt like summer, and was so much fun. No episode of The Middle could ever top it.

What are your top ten episodes of The Middle? Let me know in the comments below!