Cancellation Danger Zone: We've Gotta Have More Chuck!

Forget more cowbell! We've gotta have more more Chuck!


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!


Photos courtesy of NBC.com

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RachelLEditor
Nov 11, 2008 9:05PM EST

Great roundup, Kendra!Personally, I think one other reason why the show may not be succeeding is that NBC's previews don't do the show any favors.I've been in the presence of multiple friends when a Chuck preview airs on NBC and their response has almost always been..."This show looks so dumb."I think it's hard to capture the show's goofy brilliance in a 30 second slot...and so far...NBC has done a terrible job.

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Jukke
Nov 11, 2008 10:38PM EST

But is not many pepole looking online on the networks website, I sure do as I don't have anything to record from the tv. I mean there is so many good shows on monday I like to look on most of them.

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Nov 12, 2008 7:04AM EST

I agree, Monday has a ton of good shows on, they should give it a better chance by moving it to a different day, maybe tuesday, I'm trying to think, but I do not think there are really any comedies on tuesday nights. Maybe it could grow an audience by giving it the 8pm timeslot there.

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Nov 12, 2008 10:36AM EST

The show has dipped in ratings because it's fallen off a cliff in terms of both writing and execution. Where I found the first season as you mentioned, quirky, fun, well paced, and pleasurably geeky; the second season is quickly becoming a chore to sit through.
Each episode is now formulaic. Big guest star, check. Slo-motion shots of Yvonne Strahovski, check. Cool Scrubs-like music-video section, check. Chuck now saving the trained agents, instead of the elite agents saving Chuck, check! You know what to expect from each episode with little to no variety this year. They've also cut down on the fun dynamic between Chuck and Morgan, one of the best things about last year in my opinion.
Unless the show's writers can break themselves out of this funk and throw us some curves like they did in year one, I'm unfortunately going to predict Chuck will find itself on the scrap heap by midseason next year if not earlier.

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Nov 13, 2008 6:50AM EST

chuck must stay... ogenaishimus!!!!!!!

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Nov 14, 2008 10:19AM EST

If they get rid of Chuck i will... DIE!!!!!!!!!

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Nov 20, 2008 10:35PM EST

One thing I have noticed is that they don't advertise it as much as they did for the first season. However this could be something to do with me being in England and using Virgin Media as my television provider but it was always on channel Virgin Media 1 twice a week and now it isn't.
NBC seem to kill every program they have going it's really annoying because Chuck is amazing :(

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