The Mentalist, starring Australia's Simon Baker (right), has shed viewers in the US this season.
There has been a lot of talk this television season about the lack of new hits in the US. Indeed, while a few shows such as CBS' Elementary and Fox's The Following are posting some decent numbers, there have been far more flops in the fall and mid-season.
Indeed, many veteran shows are performing poorly. At CBS, The Mentalist and Hawaii Five-0, starring Australian actors Simon Baker and Alex O'Loughlin respectively, and Two Broke Girls are among the shows that have declined from last season in viewers and the 18-49 demographic.
NBC's Law & Order SVU and Parks & Recreation are down as well. At ABC, Once upon a Time has seen double-digit declines as has Fox's New Girl.
Alex O'Loughlin stars in Hawaii Five-0, which has also performed poorly.
Recent casualties include NBC's Do No Harm and CBS' The Job. Among other disappointments from earlier this season are Fox's Ben and Kate and ABC's Last Resort.
So far this season, only a handful of returning programs are doing better than they were last season. CBS' The Big Bang Theory, NBC's Grimm and ABC's Shark Tank are members of that club.
To be sure, there are lots of factors besides age that can contribute to these declines. In the case of Two Broke Girls, it moved from 8.30pm on Monday to 9pm and now has a much weaker lead-in show than it did last season.
Also, the numbers don't reflect DVR, online and video-on-demand viewing.
But odds are that even with ancillary viewing factored in, the ratings would still be lower. This has to be of concern to the broadcast networks, especially if new shows are not emerging to pick up the slack. This week alone, CBS' The Good Wife and CW's Beverly Hills 90210 hit all-time rating lows.
Overall, NBC is the only network up in both viewers and adults 18-49 this season. However, that was primarily in the fall when The Voice was on. CBS, which is first in both categories, is down 4 per cent in viewers and 13 per cent in adults 18-49. ABC is off 7 per cent in viewers and 8 per cent in 18-49, while Fox has fallen 18 per cent in both categories. The CW is up 3 per cent in viewers but down 13 per cent in the 18-49 category.