Breaking it down, by the network

Posted: May 21, 2013

THE BROADCAST networks unveiled their 2013-14 plans to advertisers in New York last week. Here, in order of how they presented, is how it broke down:

* NBC: The network's scheduled three new comedies and three new dramas for fall, but its plans for the entire season include a total of six new comedies and eight new dramas, including a so-far-unscheduled spin-off of freshman drama "Chicago Fire," called "Chicago PD."

* Fox: Three new comedies and two new dramas are scheduled for fall, with a total of five comedies, four dramas and an "event series," most likely the return of "24," expected to premiere by the summer of 2014.

* ABC: The network, running fourth in the 18-to-49 demographic that advertisers pay to reach, has ordered seven new dramas and five new comedies for next season, though only eight of the dozen - five comedies and three dramas - will premiere in the fall.

* CBS: Time to retire the jokes about CBS viewers all being old. It's expected to end the season in first place in both total viewers and - for the first time since the early '90s - in 18-to-49. It's ordered four new comedies and one drama for fall and expects to add another comedy and a couple of dramas later in the season.

* The CW: It's added three new dramas for fall, including a spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries," and has two more dramas on the bench.

- Ellen Gray

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