Was Fox's "Sci Fi Friday" Fated to Fail?


It turns out that Sarah Connor was the one in need of protection, and not her son John. And Dollhouse? Its engagements may not have proved engaging enough.


The future doesn't look bright for Fox's experiment in relaunching a 'Sci Fi Friday" lineup. Poor ratings make it increasingly likely that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles will be powered down for good, and Dollhouse boss Joss Whedon admits that Echo & Co. are about to be imprinted with a "FIRED" stamp.


The show's odds of renewal are "not very good," Whedon told SciFiWire.com. "Obviously our numbers are pretty soft ... but we live in hope. I'm really proud of the episodes that are coming out. More than that, I can't really ask."


A source close to Sarah Connor tells TVGuide.com that "nothing" has been decided as of yet. Sarah Connor writer Ashley Edward Miller has also Twittered that Entertainment Weekly's story about the show's cancellation was "false."


Though Sarah Connor and Dollhouse top the pack in Live+7 DVR playback boosts, on Fridays both pull just 3.5 mil and what advertisers truly care about is live (maybe Live+1) viewing.


Dollhouse hovered around the exact average audience size of Whedon's previous cult "hit," Firefly, prior to its cancellation. Terminator, meanwhile, took a small though significant hit when it got shuttled from its Monday slot at midseason.


Dollhouse (along with Fringe) was also part of Fox's "Remote Free TV" initiative, which claimed fewer ad breaks. But the network was never able to command a premium price for the rarified ad space.


Should either show get axed, there may be some solace for cast members with new gigs. Brian Austin Green is on board for The CW's Body Politic pilot, while Dollhouse's Tahmoh Penikett recently landed a lead in a prospective series on - wait for it - Sci Fi.


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Apr 16, 2009 5:51PM EDT

Fox are absolute idiots to consider chopping Sarah Connor as after Terminator: Salvation the ratings will increase. If they cancel it, I hope there is an exec in a different network to have the balls to buy it and give it the decent time slot it deserves. I'm not from the USA but why was it moved from monday nights to the friday death slot? I mean, Fringe is a bit gash but still gets ratings on tuesdays so why not have the sci-fi night then.
Save Dollhouse as well because it has so much potential and to think Fox would do that to Joss Whedon again (Firefly), is unforgiveable.

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Apr 16, 2009 10:01PM EDT

mad about terminator but i knew it was going to happen to dollhouse (didnt really like that show)

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Apr 16, 2009 10:06PM EDT

to cancel tscc would the biggest damn mistake that fox can make. tscc is the best show that i've seen in a long time, at least that didn't get cancelled after one season. i know of alot of people who don't watch shows on tv but they do on the 'net. does the networks take those into account? it seems like they don't.

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Apr 17, 2009 5:17AM EDT

First point:Move any show from the usual Monday - Thursday time slots to Friday and of course the ratings will drop! Duh!!!
Second point:As Walkerke said: lots of people don't watch tv but the watch shows via internet (like me), why? Simply because we have busy lives and can't watch shows in the designated time slots due to work, or other committments.
Third point:as sabre7 said: after the terminator salvation movie comes out, fans will be tuning in BIG TIME to tscc.
I just think Fox has had a long streak of cancelling good scifi shows. No idea why. They just don't seem to have an eye for this sort of thing...

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Apr 17, 2009 11:26AM EDT

They should keep Dollhouse. To come in as a midseason replacement and only have a few episodes to prove its worth isn't fair. They should give it another season and the DVR rating should count. People aren't tied to their TVs for a certain night anymore. I watch the shows that I like when I like online. That is the future of TV anyways, networks shouldn't be so quick to cancel shows.

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Apr 28, 2009 11:25AM EDT

Let Dollhouse go - in spite of the phenomenal bod that (helo) is prone to showing....I feel the whole idea of it - that these people's bodies are being used as sex toys for the rich and powerful - is really distasteful, and i suspect there may be others who feel the same.I f they'd been 'secret agents' or something it might have been easier to deal with - but seeing them tarted up like hookers as they go out to, or come back from, an assignment is just nasty.

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