Are Network TV’s Reboots and Revivals Succeeding This Season?


As they struggle to reinvent themselves in the age of Netflix, old-school broadcasters are leaning heavily on nostalgia to keep audiences invested. Last season brought successful revivals of classic comedies Will & Grace and (briefly) Roseanne, along with remixed versions of S.W.A.T. and Dynasty. All four shows attracted audiences, which is one reason why the trend has continued this fall, with two reincarnations (Murphy Brown and Last Man Standing), two reboots (Charmed and Magnum P.I.), and one reboot of a revival (The Conners). While the new season is still relatively young, there’s enough Nielsen evidence available to offer an early verdict on how well this latest crop of retreads is doing.

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Author: mike