'FlashForward' Returns to ABC, but Attracts Small Audience

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.


Source Here

Comments

4 comments

Picture?type=square&height=200&width=200
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Mar 19, 2010 4:39PM EDT

I don't get it,this show is actually pretty good,why so low ratings then?

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Mar 19, 2010 6:29PM EDT

Flashforward actually redeemed a lot of its problems from early in the season. 1. It actually gave you some new information 2. They presented a tangible enemy of sorts 3. The Dominac Monahan character was turned into a big question mark as to his involvement, motives, and alliance 4. The very sluggish plotline of Penelope Widmore cheating on Richard Alpart in her flashforward was given a big twist when revealed that Llyod was talking on the phone with Richard Alpart(sorry, completely forgetting his characters name in FF), during their flashforwards, and apparently not only have they been working together, but they have figured out that there is going to be another flashfoward happening. This one episode probably had more good information than the first 10 combined. Likening it to Lost, when Lost reveals something, they do it in a way that presents more questions, so you are constantly getting answers but then presented with more questions which keeps the show interesting. That is exactly what FF did not do in their first 10 episodes, but what they were able to do a little better job of in this last one.
It may just be too little too late for this show. Its major problems was that pre-hiatus, the show was not very strong. They take a break to sure up the writing and direction of the show, but after such a long break people who were only so-so on the show in the first place are not going to come back thinking they are going to be getting anything other than more of the same. Another problem I thought was that they really needed to wait to make this show till after the Lost series was over with. Lost is a show that fans are crazy-invested in, so after it is over there is going to be a giant hole left, one that flashforward could have easily came in to fill. Its almost like with these high concept shows they fight one another for your interest. I think about Lost vs. Heroes, Lost won that battle and now Heroes is all but over. I think ABC definitely jumped the gun trying to play off the success of Lost. I think had they waited just until next fall, FF would have done so much better.

Picture?type=square&height=200&width=200
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Mar 21, 2010 10:31PM EDT

i really agree... especially when ppl compare the two shows and they are now airing at the same time! only shows ff's flaws even more

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Mar 25, 2010 3:26PM EDT

Lost wasn't perfect in the beginning. Some episodes involving polar bears capturing people were simply stupid. They certainly didn't knew in the beginning how to wrap up the series.

Want to comment on this? First, you must log in to your SideReel account!