Cancellation Buzz: 'Heroes' Slips in Ratings Again - Featured

Cold Wars seemed like the last straw for many critics that have gradually lost interest in Heroes. If you missed it, you can read a recap in this article. But in a nutshell, it centered on HRG (Jack Coleman) as he was held hostage and interrogated by Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), revealing how he became involved with Nathan's (Adrian Pasdar) government plot to capture those with abilities. After last week's still-mediocre-but-much-improved installment, many fans hoped that Monday night's broadcast would live up (if not surpass) Building 26 only to be disappointed by its seemingly futile direction. And as BuddyTV Writer Meghan Carlson pointed out, we learned nothing we didn't already know.

Not surprisingly, Heroes' Monday broadcast attracted just roughly 6.92 million viewers, easily making the series primetime's least watched attraction among the four major broadcast networks. Fox won the night with the pairing of House and 24, followed by ABC's reality series lineup and then CBS' slate of reruns. NBCwas fourth overall, which should certainly be a big red flag for the network.

Adding more salt to the injury is that CBS had an entire night of reruns. Leading the hour was Two and a Half Men, which drew in 12.05 million viewers, followed by FOX's 24 with 11.61 viewers and ABC's The Bachelor: The Women Tell All with 11.20 million viewers.

Heroes also finished last in all of primetime among the highly-coveted demographics of 18 to 49-year-olds, but even scored worse with 18 to 34-year-olds, trailing a repeat episode of The CW's One Tree Hill by a four-to-one margin during the 8pm slot.

Despite the fact that some fans still remain optimistic about the direction of Heroes, the show isn't doing any better and the numbers are enough proof to support this. Then again, Bryan Fuller's episodes have yet to air so all hope is not lost.

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Default avatar cat
Feb 25, 2009 2:28PM EST

the bad fact about this show and why i feel it will probably be axed is that there are so many cast members and they all want decent paychecks! the show is doomed for failure simply because of the casting weight. i am a huge fan of the show and i don't think it would be as good without all the characters...but i just wish it didn't cost so much for them to produce episodes.

Feb 25, 2009 2:56PM EST

The cost of the production doesnt have anything to do with how many people watch the show..

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RachelL Editor
Feb 25, 2009 3:02PM EST

One doesn't cause the other...but the two are definitely interconnected and absolutely impact the show's survival.Way less people watching means way less ad costs could begin to potentially outweigh the amount of money the show is generating...which is reason to cancel it.Many shows in later seasons begin cutting cast members to shrink production costs so that they can afford financially to stick around; in fact, I read that Scrubs this season has each of the regulars appearing in a few less episodes to save costs.

Feb 25, 2009 6:15PM EST

That sucks - I'm looking forward to a showdown between those with abilities (good and bad alike) vs. Nathan's group...hopefully the show would last long enough for this to happen.

Default avatar cat
Feb 27, 2009 2:49AM EST

I think part of it is that FOX is completely dominating Monday nights. I mean, House AND 24 IN A ROW? If not for my panic to keep Chuck and Heroes on the air, I'd be watching those, and I bet I'm not the only person who is a fan of both the NBC and FOX Monday line-up.
So maybe more people just need to choose NBC for a few weeks.

I am holding out for Bryan Fuller!

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