Though sci-fi geeks were treated to a new two-hour episode of FlashForward last night, not many chose to watch: The freshman drama on ABC only averaged a 1.9 rating/8 share among adults 18-49 and attracted a measly 6.54 million viewers overall, according to fast nationals. (Final numbers will be released later today.) That's lower than what the series was able to attract from its last new episode on Dec. 3 (2.1/6, 7.06 million). It also did a (bad) number on the 9-10 p.m. timeslot compared to what Grey's Anatomy was able to lure last week (6.48 million versus 10.94 million).
Clearly, these ratings don't bode well for the struggling franchise, which is now on its third showrunner, and was already operating at a deficit in the ratings. (It lost 43 percent of its viewers last fall.) And it's never good for a serialized show like FlashForward to come back after such a long hiatus. (In this case, it was three and half months.) That's why ABC made the decision long ago to begin running Lost later in its season and without interruption. As is the case with most high-concept shows, however, FlashForward could see some improvement in its ratings when reports from DVR usage come in later.
ABC has yet to decide whether to pick up a second season of the show.
The network was still able to crow that it had the No. 1 non-sports program, since Fox aired a repeat of Bones and FlashForward beat NBC's low-rated lineup of original comedies. CBS took the night with the NCAA Basketball Tournament.