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brian
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:25 pm    Post subject: Ratings (or lack thereof) Reply with quote

Ratings this season, to quote Jesse, "are terrrrrible."

It is a very real possibility that this show may not even see all of its episodes aired on the network, much less be picked up for a full season. The ratings are that bad.

I"m sure there will be a "Save Dollhouse" campaign, a la the Save Chuck / Subway campaign, but I think the writing may be on the wall.

The question is, if you're Whedon, what do you do at this point? I'd say damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead: concede this is the last season, and accelerate all plotlines to their conclusion. Sort of like the Serenity movie. Take 2 season's worth of narrative and condense it down into something compact.

Would you have preferred to have 3-4 seasons to tell the story? Sure. But it's better than having it end abruptly in mid season 2. Cuz there is no way there will be a Dollhouse theatrical movie.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely close up shop under my own terms.

If I was the creator of a sci-fi show on Fox, I would put the caveat on my contract that the show can never be scheduled on Fridays, even taking a pay cut if I believed in it. Of course, that's a pleasant fantasy, but I hope Fox and future show runners learn from this.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would go for broke on the remaining episodes and tell the story I want to tell. This way we fans would get 26 episodes that tell the story as a show runner I want to tell.

More is not always better.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/10/smallville-grows-again-ugly-betty-doesnt.html

'Smallville' grows again ('Ugly Betty' doesn't)
Four shows drew a 1.2 rating in the adult demo Friday night and the number means something different for each of them.

For The CW's "Smallville" (2.6 million viewers, 1.2), the rating is a season high, representing additional growth over recent weeks and a rising likelihood the veteran series will stick around for another year despite being jettisoned to TV Siberia.

For ABC's "Ugly Betty" (4.5 million, 1.2), it means the show's third episode held steady and the series is almost certainly not going to return. The cost of programming and standards for a pickup at ABC, of course, are higher than at The CW.

For Fox's two-hour "House" repeat (3.8 million, 1.2), it doesn't mean anything ... except perhaps showing for the millionth time that Fox generating numbers on Friday is not easy trick. This is slightly better in the demo than "Dollhouse" pulled, though given the hefty "Dollhouse" DVR boost, the numbers might come out even in the wash.

And for NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" (5.1 million, 1.2), if this rating sticks, it will be the show's lowest ever as the show becomes a ratings pinata for cable hits and popular repeats to try and whack.

(So, yes, in an unfair way, "Smallville" tied "House" -- not a statement you would have expected to make anytime soon.)

Meanwhile CBS won the night, though posted declines across the board -- "Ghost Whisperer" (8 million, 2.0), "Medium" (7.7 million, 1.Cool and "Numbers" (7.9 million, 1.Cool. ABC and NBC tied for second. ABC's "Supernanny" (4.7 million, 1.3) improved 18% for its second week as viewers discovered it was back on. NBC's "Law & Order" (7.5 million, 1.4) was down a tenth.

Don't know if this will help Dollhouse or not because a repeat has to be cheaper than a new episode of Dollhouse. I wonder which one has a better ad revenue?
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