Don Johnson's WB series has been shuttered.
Melanie Griffith's WB series has not.
Johnson's WB series was a can't-miss proposition, hailing as it did from the Jerry Bruckheimer hit-making machine.
Two-time-Don-ex Griffith's sitcom was a much less sure thing, being the work of David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, who, yes, brought us "Will & Grace" but also "Good Morning, Miami" and "Boston Common" (blech!).
Johnson's series averaged about 3.1 million viewers in its three broadcasts since the official start of the new TV season.
Griffith's series averaged only about 2.3 million in its two telecasts (Episode 3 airs tonight).
But the drama "Just Legal," in which Johnson played an ethically challenged lawyer, each week lost a couple million viewers off its "7th Heaven" lead-in.
Whereas the sitcom "Twins," in which Griffith plays the ditsy former lingerie-model mom of Sara Gilbert, each week built on its lousy "What I Like About You" audience.
"Just Legal," which also starred Jay Baruchel, did very poorly among WB's target age group, 12-to-34-year-olds. Twelve-year-olds were being potty-trained when Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson divorced for the second time. Thirty-four-year-olds were just entering kindergarten when Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson married the first time.
Seven episodes of "Just Legal" were shot.
On the bright side, WB had ordered a full season's worth of "Supernatural," which is doing well among those 12-to-34-year-olds and hanging on to almost all its "Gilmore Girls" lead-in audience. It's the first of the season's new Die, Women, Die! dramas to get a full season order.
NBC has ordered another drama series from Dick Wolf, but it doesn't start with "Law & Order."
"Conviction" will follow a bunch of young assistant district attorneys in New York as they are confronted with high-profile cases that challenge their limited experience.
NBC says it has ordered 13 episodes of "Conviction," which -- unlike the "Law & Order" shows, which are about the cases -- will be "character oriented."
So far, the only known star of the new series is the "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" set.
Wolf, whose shop is set up at NBC Universal, and NBC, which is owned by NBC Universal, decided not to scrap the sets when NBC killed that show last spring. Some of them will be used in "Conviction."
"I'm pleased and gratified that the gamble that was taken to hold the 'Trial by Jury' sets in place has paid off," Wolf said in a statement.
"Law & Order: Trial by Jury" was the first of the "L&O" franchise not to make it to a second season. It debuted in March, and when NBC pulled the plug it was averaging about 10.7 million viewers and about 3.1 percent of the country's 18-to-49-year-olds in the difficult Friday 10 p.m. period.
But in the '02-'03 TV season, "Law & Order: SVU" had averaged 5 percent of that golden age bracket in the same hour.
Then again, this season, NBC's new drama "Inconceivable" is averaging fewer than 6 million viewers and just 2 percent of the 18-to-49-year-olds.
Which just goes to show you that everything's relative.