Good News, Bad News: Friday Night Ratings Edition

Good News: Last night’s return of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES delivered one of its most exciting hours to date. Bad News: One that unfortunately also has the distinction of attracting its lowest audience to date, plunging 27% below its previous series low.

Good News: Joss Whedon’s DOLLHOUSE helped FOX double its viewership levels among women. Bad News: Which sure sounds a heck of a lot better than Joss Whedon’s DOLLHOUSE only managing to attract 4.7 million viewers.

Good News: Thanks to the welcome return of Jason Street and the hilarity that was Tim Riggins constantly repeating (Buddy Garrity’s one line) “When all the scared rats run away from the sinking market, that’s when the real entrepreneurs step in. The true visionaries” FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS continues to score… Bad News: A mere four million viewers a night… way to drop the ball America.

  • I agree that Sarah Connor Chronicles was good, but I wish the plot hadn’t depended quite so much upon coincidences.

    Sarah kidnaps a woman doctor at random who just happens to have a history with an abusive boyfriend?

    Said abusive boyfriend just happens to be a cop looking for Sarah?

    It still worked because of the always-good performances, but I think they’ve had better scripts.

  • Theo

    Please Move Dollhouse with House, 24 or A.I.
    Sarah Connor Chronicles is doomed, I at least think Dollhouse has a chance…

  • I’ve liked some of the recent twists & turns in T:tSCC. I’ll agree this week’s episode had a few coincidences but not too bad. Overall, I think it’s gradually improving.

    I was not impressed with Dollhouse’s first episode. I felt the opening sequence was awkward, the dialogue sucked, the premise of the show was dumped out with buckets of exposition, and I yelled at the TV when Echo wondered into a treatment session because she saw curious blue lights coming from an nearby, unlocked room (as if treatment sessions have never given off curious blue lights before). People, put the treatment room in a basement, or at least put a lock on the door, something.

    If I understand correctly, Joss Whedon had to re-write the pilot episode at the behest of Fox (ala Firefly). Well, it showed. The episode reeked of re-write. We usually complain about shows being moved to Friday because they deserve better in a more prestigious time slot, but to me, the first episode of Dollhouse felt like it deserved to be on Friday, if not Saturday. Hopefully, the problems with Dollhouse’s premiere are solely with the re-write. Maybe the 2nd episode will be better.

  • DB

    note to fox: don’t debut shows on unlucky Friday the 13th (2/13, 3/13, 11/13 of 2009), or any Friday for that matter…

    I sincerely hope we get at least a little closure for Sarah Connor Chronicles by the end of the season, hope for season three is probably dim by now even though the show was definitely the better of the two fox “Grindhouse” double features…Dollhouse, on the other hand was…dead on arrival, not only was it dull, Eliza Dushku’s performance was pretty awful.

  • DB,
    I’m with you on closure for Sarah’s Chronicles. 3.7 million viewers does not bode well for the show’s future.

    Todd W in NC,
    Episode two of DOLLHOUSE is so much better, give it another shot 🙂

  • Linda B.

    Did anyone recognize the cop on TSCC as Trip from Enterprise? It took me a while, but i finally figured out who he was.

    Also, Dollhouse was lame. After the first 30 minutes I found myself updating my FaceBook page while half watching it in the background.

  • Amelia

    I actually could not decide between dollhouse or FNL (i am sorry i betrayed you dear sweet show).
    I decided on Dollhouse because i thought that joss whedon needed good premier numbers lol and that i could watch FNL on hulu or something.

    I am all whedon fan girl but friday night’s episode just brought back how awkward all whedon pilots are, they’re all lackluster and utilitarian. I believe that this show probably will get better as it gets later into the season, that’s basically joss’s trademark. But i think i’d still rather watch Friday night lights 😀
    i was really disappointed in dollhouse i turned off the tv and went to another room to do my hair. My other friend (firefly fan) also turned off the show.

  • Hil

    Too bad about T:SCC. I am not surprised its ratings dipped. Do any shows actually improve in ratings when moved to Fridays? It is like the nursing home of the tv schedule. It really is a shame.

    I didn’t like Dollhouse. The set up squicked me out when I heard about it (really Joss, you’ve got issues to work out) but I thought I’d give it a try anyway. Meh. I was too bored to be enraged and the film style made it look like it was made in the 1990s. Pass.

  • Katie

    I thought THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES was pretty awesome but I’m disappointed but not shocked by the ratings.

    DOLLHOUSE is dead-on-arrival – sexist, boring and a lame nonsensical plot about a kidnapping.

  • I think we can all agree that the Dollhouse pilot was awkward. As a longtime Buffy fan, I’m willing to tag along until it meets whatever fate has been sealed for it (it killed in the demo, raising its chances of renewal and making Terminator’s that much more grim).

    Unfortunately the problem for me is that I don’t think Eliza Dushku is the right actress. She’s good, but not good enough to pull off what the story calls for her to be able to do: make us care about Echo when we know barely anything about her. Part of that’s the writing, but the right actress would have transcended that. Call the Bionic Woman effect.