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Network Report Cards: The CW

WHAT WAS GOOD: What can you really say about the CW? On the one hand, it's developed little niche audiences among the teen crowd with "Gossip Girl" and "90210," and the fantasy crowd with "Smallville" and "Supernatural," but despite doing well in their demographics, they barely register ratings-wise.



WHAT WASN'T GOOD: Even the CW's top shows wouldn't survive on another network (well, maybe NBC these days). The network was one of the few that tried to build a black audience with shows like "Everybody Hates Chris" and "The Game," but those have been axed. A "Gossip Girl" spinoff, set in the '80s, won't be greenlighted after the backdoor pilot failed to garner interest. The network shuttered airing anything on Sundays.



OUTLOOK: The CW is at a crossroads, trying to develop an identity, much like Fox did in its early days. The difference? Fox wasn't trying to do it in a terrible economy against so many more cable choices. Whether The CW can ever grow its audience remains anyone's guess, but the odds are stacked against them. GRADE: D+ (It only gets a passing grade because "Supernatural" is one of TV's best shows, even if most viewers don't know it.)



WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Tonight, ABC re-introduces the wacky "I Survived A Japanese Game Show" at 9 p.m., one of the more bizarre things you'll ever see on TV. It's followed by the series finale of "The Unusuals," yet another decent ABC show that's getting burned off in the summer months.



Fox has a new "So You Think You Can Dance?" at 8 p.m.



On cable, BBC America brings back a new season of "Gordon Ramsay's F Word" at 9 p.m.

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