I was thankful to hear last season that Chuck would return this year as one of those newbies that was unlucky enough to have its first season cut short by the WGA strike. With Chuck pulling through the strike, I figured it would be safe and sound for a while, but of course, that can never be the case as those networks like to keep us on our toes!
So, Chuck. What's your situation? (another SNL reference)
Chuck is currently in its 2nd season and back in August, before this 2nd season even got started, NBC signed Chuck on for the full season. Hooray!
But though Chuck is well-loved by many fans and has the trust of its network behind it, the ratings have not been awesome.
According to a BuddyTV article, "Chuck's Monday premiere garnered 6.6 million viewers, down nearly 30 percent from the show's first season premiere a year ago. The 6.6 million is low for a network show, but it is in line with how Chuck did near the end of its first season." And sadly, those numbers are not improving.
This week's episode had 6.2 million viewers, which according to EW's Hollywood Insider, is "a drop of about 300k from the show's previous installment."
Why aren't more people watching?
Some critics and fans blame the Monday night, 8PM timeslot for Chuck's bad ratings as it's a competitive slot running against the all-powerful Gossip Girl, the popularity of How I Met Your Mother and the growing popularity of The Big Bang Theory, plus the reality monster, Dancing with the Stars, and also Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles which draws a pretty good crowd.
So maybe Chuck just hasn't had its fair chance with the huge amount of good Monday night TV shows, plus with last season falling into strike zone, it's possible it was off the air too long for even 1st season fans to return. (Traitors.) And, I hate to say it, but maybe some TV fans gave it a chance, and it just didn't sit right with them being a lighter show than maybe a spy fan expected, which most of us realize is hilarious and is only getting better as it works into its adorable, hilarious, and quirky grove.
Become a Chuck Fan and Unite!
If you're not yet a fan, check out why you should catch up and join in the Chuck love fest:
*The characters are more than addictive and lovable! They're original, yet just like your dorky self and friends you love, plus our main squeeze, Chuck, gets to live out the spy life which is awesome, but also show us just how hilarious (and often dangerous) it'd be if we really got to do it for ourselves.
*The storylines are dramatic in a perfect dramedy sort of way. Chuck gets in all sorts of snafus between his "real life" working at the Buy More selling computers and playing video games with his friends, and working with his gorgeous CIA agent body guard and stiff yet lovable NSA agent, when it's time to go all James Bond on some bad guy's butt.
*For the ladies: Chuck is ADORABLE. For the gentlemen: Sarah the CIA agent is a smoking (and sweet) hottie who knows her way around a hostage situation.
*For the geek in all of us: Chuck and his buddies get into some ridiculous situations at work that lead to plenty of fun, plus the way Chuck occasionally works his geek knowledge into spy situations is priceless!
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