As has been the case since January, much of the most dramatic television on U.S. screens is being shown on news channels like MSNBC, Fox News and CNN, all of which follow the behavior of President Donald J. Trump very closely, with nearly minute-by-minute commentary of the U.S. president’s tweets and his out-of-the-ordinary conduct. (Interestingly, for the first time ever, the left-leaning MSNBC has ranked as the number one network for cable viewers in the U.S..)

But that doesn’t mean that U.S. TV viewers have fully abandoned scripted television in favor of the unscripted POTUS variety.

Below, some of the hits, and misses, of the summer U.S. TV series, which, sadly, is coming to an end.


NBC’s series premiere of comedy Marlon earlier in August, was the second most-watched new summer comedy premiere among the big-four networks in 10 years, according to Nielsen. The show is about a man who’s learning to live with his ex.

Game of Thrones, HBO’s juggernaut, continues to pull in audiences and critics during its second-to-last season. The season finale–the last episode that’ll air before the final season returns in 2019–is sure to be a major ratings win this weekend.

USA Network’s The Sinner, starring Jessica Biel, is the number one new cable series of 2017, according to Nielsen. The series is about a young mother who commits a startling act of violence and has no idea why.


ABC’s half-hour comedy Downward Dog was canceled after its first season this summer, but according to the Hollywood online TV trade gossiper Deadline, the show is being shopped around to other networks.

Still Star-Crossed, a Romeo and Juliet follow-up from Shonda Rhimes on ABC, was moved to Saturdays after disappointing ratings, which is pretty much seen as a last step before cancellation. 

Hooten and the Lady, an adventure series on the CW about a duo that travels the world to recover priceless and legendary artifacts., will not be returning to The CW for a second season.