ABC’s country-music drama Nashville was supposed to be the giant new hit. Mindy Kaling’s Fox comedy The Mindy Project was expected to make a perfect successful companion for New Girl. And didn’t we all think NBC’s Chicago Fire would be extinguished by now?

Man makes plans; fall laughs.

Here’s seven hits and misses from the start of the 2012-13 season:

WINNER: NBC

Who would have guessed the magic formula for rescuing NBC was “karaoke + apocalypse”? Thanks to The Voice and Revolution, along with trusty mainstay Sunday Night Football, NBC shot to first place this fall in the adults 18-49 demographic and is the only broadcaster to post year-over-year ratings gains (up 23 percent). Can NBC’s sunny fortunes last? Unlikely! But it’s great to see the Peacock back in the fight.

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