There's been all sorts of Dollhouse news flying around, so it's time to gather it all to see just how our chances lie when it comes to saving this sophomore fav!
The Good News: As reported recently, Fox committed to air all 13 episodes planned for the second season!
The Bad News: Dollhouse is benched for November. When it returns in December, it will "air back-to-back episodes on Friday nights." Ouch. This could be viewed as an attempt to get Dollhouse more love by giving us more of it at once, but really, it just feels like an attempt to quickly air and get rid of those 13 episodes promised to please the Whedon fanatics.
Season 2 Ratings:
Episode 1: 2.56 million viewers
Episode 2: 2 million viewers
Episode 3: 2.2 million viewers
As noted in the ratings roundup for the 3rd episode, "DVR ratings for the first week of the show finally came in and the Dollhouse numbers increased by 50% upon adding on DVR viewers from the 7 days following its live airing."
What does it all mean?
While the ratings aren't hugely dropping and FOX has officially stated they'll air the whole season, they're not shy to admit they feel like they have to do so since they renewed it for this season. As they said in the announcement that they'd air all the episodes:
"We're going to run all the episodes. We're not saying we're happy with those numbers, or accept them, but we don't have to overreact. During [November] sweeps we might have to jack up the numbers a little [with other programming], but we plan on completing the order for this show."
"If you cancel it, you're an asshole; if you renew it and then don't put it back on, you're an asshole," he said. "I'm still paying for 'Terminator.' 'Dollhouse' has a small rabid fan base that in the world of social media seems bigger than it is. We gave them another season knowing full well we were going to burn in hell if we pulled it." (more)
So in other words, they feel obligated to Joss Whedon and the crazy fans to air the episodes, the ratings are terribly unsatisfactory to the point that they followed through with that mentioned possibility of briefly replacing it, and that fear noted before that they're just trying to run off the episodes is sounding darn true right now.
This means the only chance of it sticking around any further than those 13 episodes is if there's a huge surge of fan love/complaints, and there's a surge in the ratings.
So what do you think? Would it be satisfying if Episode 13 could be made into the final conclusion or do you feel we have to have more Dollhouse and need to make that 3rd season happen?? If so, check out our Save Dollhouse campaign to see how you can help: