14 May 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

CBS had what was, by their impressive and very stable standards, a down year. Though still the most-watched network on television, the network slipped behind football and Olympics-enhanced NBC for the season among the adults 18-49 demo. "The Crazy Ones," Robin Williams' return to television was a ratings dud, and won't be back. "2 Broke Girls" regressed in the ratings this season, and the network failed to develop any other viable successors to "How I Met Your Mother." (And they also passed on the "How I Met Your Dad" pseudo-spin-off.) And its new Monday night dramas — the fairly off-brand "Hostages" and the very on-brand "Intelligence" — were both resounding failures. As a result of those (relative) struggles, and as a result of the deal to telecast Thursday night NFL games for eight weeks starting September 11, CBS is being more experimental with its schedule than in any year I can remember of the Les Moonves regime, »


- Alan Sepinwall

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