Summer TV Winners and Losers
Winner: 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'
This comedy improv show may be one of the cheapest to produce these days (a few chairs, some improv comics and a lot of imagination), but that hasn't stopped it from getting tossed from network to network. Originated in the U.K. and brought to American audiences via Comedy Central, the show was eventually brought to ABC by comedian Drew Carey. The alphabet kept it on the air for eight seasons, which would suggest the concept had been thoroughly wrung dry. When the show finally got rebooted on the CW, expectations weren't necessarily high -- after all, hadn't everyone seen this already? Well, yeah, but a soft showing on ABC is bonzo ratings over at the CW. When the show made its CW premiere to 2.9 million total viewers, it became the network's second-most watched series debut since 2011 and drew in the biggest audience in its time slot since 2009. Not bad for leftovers.
-Liane Bonin Starr