Some early trends have become apparent just a few weeks into the fall television season, including the strength of NFL programming as well as broadcast's return to its hit-making ways, Bill Carter writes. "It definitely seems that broadcast TV has come back strong and given people a lot of reasons to watch," said ABC's Andy Kubitz. Some executives are also preaching patience when it comes to "middling" shows, as delayed viewing can often delay the emergence of potential hits.

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