TV Report Card: Which New Shows Starring Latinos Made the Grade?

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By now, most of the Fall TV season’s new shows have premiered. But which shows starring Latinos have staying power and which ones are headed for cancellation? Here’s our take:

Monday:

Chase (NBC)
Latin Cast: Boricua Amaury Nolasco plays a U.S. Marshall with a dark past in this cat and mouse drama.
Premiered on: Monday, September 20th
Premiere Ratings: (7.9 million, 5.0/8)
Week 2 Ratings: (6.4 million, 3.9/6)
Week 3 Ratings: (5.8 million, 3.7/6)

Chances of Survival: Decent. Debuting to almost 8 million viewers, Chase had a slight drop in its second week, but nothing so bad that it would prompt the Peacock network to pull the plug. Plus, while the ratings aren’t stellar, this smart and funny action-packed series is immensely satisfying to watch—mostly because stars Amaury Nolasco, Kelli Giddish and Jesse Metcalfe have the kind of chemistry that Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay have on Law & Order: SVU (that’s a very good thing)! The show has done particularly well with adult viewers.

The Event (NBC)
Latin Cast: Lisa Vidal (ER) stars as TV’s first Latina First Lady in this political thriller, which has sci-fi elements.
Premiered on:  Monday, September 20th
Premiere Ratings: (11.2 million, 6.8/10)
Week 2 Ratings: (9 million, 5.3/8)
Week 3 Ratings: (7.5 million, 4.6/7)

Chances of Survival: Good. Yes, it’s complex—and yes it kind of reminds us of ABC’s Flash Forward (which was cancelled after just one season). But this new drama, which is part Lost and part The X-Files, features great performances by a talented ensemble, and the show has loyal viewers who will come back to see it week after week.

Tuesday:

Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC)
Latin Cast: Natalie Martinez plays Arianna Sanchez, a smart, no-nonsense detective whose rough personal background mirrors the tragedies she sees day in and day out on the job.
Premiered on: Tuesday, September 21st.
Premiere Ratings: (9.75 million, 6.5/11)
Week 2 Ratings: (9.2 million, 5.9/10)
Week 3 Ratings: (8.3 million, 5.3/9)
Chances of Survival: Great. Who could’ve predicted that this show about the mean streets of Detroit would draw close to 10 million viewers two-weeks straight? Not us. But that’s exactly what Detroit 1-8-7 did, and that’s very good news for its Boricua star, Natalie Martinez.

Wednesday:

Better With You (ABC)
Latin Cast: JoAnna Garcia plays Mia, a woman who gets knocked up by and engaged to, her new boyfriend, Casey (Jack Lacy).
Premiered on: Wednesday, September 22nd.
Premiere Ratings: 7.9 million
Week 2 Ratings:  7 million
Week 3 Ratings: 6.870 million

Chances of Survival: Good. Sandwiched between hit ABC comedies The Middle, and Modern Family, Better With You had a strong premiere with 8 million viewers. In its first week, it also managed to retain a good chunk of The Middle’s audience (a sign that viewers found it interesting enough to hang around). The show fell slightly in its second week, but only by about a million viewers (that’s not a significant drop for a new show). It will need to stay at about 6.5 million viewers (or more) to get a full season pickup, but right now it’s looking good.

Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC)
Latin Cast: Alfred Molina plays Deputy District Attorney Ricardo Morales, a guy with a deep sense of justice, and an eye for politics.
Premiered on: Wednesday, September 29th
Premiere Ratings: 10.5 million
Chances of Survival: Good. In its first week, the Dick Wolf series performed well for the Peacock network. In addition to getting over 10 million viewers, it also won its 10 p.m. timeslot.

Thursday:

My Generation (ABC)
Latin Cast: Daniella Alonso plays Brenda Serrano, a brainy girl who longs for a guy she loved in high school.
Premiered on:  Thursday, September 23rd.
Premiere Ratings: (5.4 million, 3.3/6)
Week 2 Ratings: (3.9 million, 2.7/5)
Chances of Survival: Already Canceled.The show’s premiere ratings were bad for a new drama on a Thursday night, but its ratings in week 2 were even worse. ABC did a great job of promoting the show, which means viewers simply weren’t interested.

Friday:

Outlaw (NBC)
Latin Cast: Jimmy Smits is Cyrus Garza, a Supreme Court Justice who quits the bench to represent underdog clients as a lawyer.
Premiered on: Wednesday, September 15th.
Premiere Ratings: 10.7 million
Week 2 Ratings: (4.9 million, 3.4/7)
Week 3 Ratings: (4.7 million, 3.2/6)

Chances of Survival: Outlaw premiered on a Wednesday night and did big numbers before moving to its regularly scheduled night (Fridays) where it lost more than half of its audience. 5 million viewers isn’t an awful number for a Friday show—but it isn’t great either. NBC has already put the show on hiatus due to poor ratings. Sadly, this Jimmy Smits vehicle is a goner.

Sunday:

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Latin Cast: Paz de la Huerta plays Nucky’s (Steve Buscemi)  coquettish girlfriend. Premiered on: Sunday, September 19th.                                                          Premiere Ratings: 4.8 million.

Chances of Survival: Immediately after the show’s premiere—which was HBO’s most-watched premiere of any program in six years—HBO renewed the series for a second season.

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