Cancellation Buzz: 'Heroes' Continues Ratings Slump - Featured

On the last episode of Heroes, Nathan's (Adrian Pasdar) plans face was exposed when the President ordered Homeland Security to start an investigation. Meanwhile, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and new protege Luke embarked on a road trip to find his father, which admittedly became the show's saving grace. In addition, Matt's (Greg Grunberg) prophetic images lead Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) to India, where they had to stop a wedding, where he actually said this line, Stop! This woman is marrying him against her will!


The NBC sci-fi series, despite relatively positive reviews from most critics for the first three episodes of Fugitives, have nonetheless continued its downward spiral as far as viewers are concerned. From 12 to 16 million on its debut season and 10 to 14 million on its second, viewership has declined around 7 to 8 million for its third.


The first three episodes of the fourth volume reeled in 8.45, 7.9, and 7.75 million viewers respectively. Aside from the clip show, which was something like a countdown to the premiere aired last September, last Monday's episode saw the lowest ratings for the Heroes ever. The new episode lagged behind one of ABC reality show The Bachelor's last few episodes, a Two and a Half Men repeat, Worst Week, and 24 this week.


On the next episode of Heroes, Noah will be subjected to Matt's so-called unique brand of interrogation while being held hostage, which should reveal how he became part of Nathan's plot to capture them. Elsewhere, Matt discovers something that will bring Peter face-to-face with the Hunter.


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Feb 18, 2009 4:02PM EST

Oh dear....beaten by a repeat of Two and a half men? That's gotta hurt!! I have to say, even though I've watched ever episode of Heroes, those ratings figures are in sync with how interested I am in the show these days. I thought the 1st season was amazing and the decency of the story and characters has just been spiralling downward since. Should it maybe Rest In Peace like Prison Break is doing? I hope it doesn't go as far as needing a mercy killing when viewers finally get too fed up with it.

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Feb 18, 2009 9:12PM EST

I agree entirely with Sabre7. What was once a show I couldn't miss an ep of, now has turned into something i don't mind if I miss an ep or 2. It just doesn't ho,ld my interest as it once did.

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Feb 19, 2009 2:46AM EST

Dull, dull, dull. I don't know why I bother to even watch it anymore except that I want to know how it all ends.

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Feb 19, 2009 6:31AM EST

i think its alot better than most shows on tv now such as lost which doesn't deserve half as many seasons as it got. Don't understand why ppl aren't watching it, i'd say the long wait between 2 and 3 and how short and not great that season 2 was lost alot of viewers, but so far this yr its been really good though if they'd only kill off claire it'd be so much better

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Feb 19, 2009 2:56PM EST

yea claire sucks just die... this show is great and im sure that the next episode will be one we have not seen like in a while, possibly since season 1, because season 3 was really bad at the start due to lots of questions not being answered and how one guy was more powerful then anyone.. they should make the show more mysterious, like in season one sylar was the "unknown" serial killer named sylar... make more suspense so it doesnt get cancelled please!

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Feb 19, 2009 11:07PM EST

i know they just broke up, but now every time i watch heroes i see the cheerleader being taken advantage of by her uncle, which is gross on so many levels. she still has BABY FAT! he's over 30... it disgusts me. i can't help it! i try NOT to imagine it, but it's there and now i fear, since the writing has become so lost there is nothing left for me to enjoy. i had very high hopes for heroes, and now i just think-eeeeewwwww! why can't milo find a girl closer to his own level of experience? they started to date when she was underage??? i can't get it out of my head. don't her parents care???

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Feb 20, 2009 3:58AM EST

I've personally never thought that Heroes was getting worse. I've always loved the show and have always been 'faithful' to it. I'm looking forward to watching every brand new episode each week and it saddens me to hear that the series might get cancelled. I do respect other people's opinions...however, it seems that the audience ratings have been slumping to depths of abyssal proportions - I mean, for this kind of show, because 8 millions viewers is still commendable - and this despite the fact that for more and more fans, that once agreed on the loss of quality of the plot, the series has been getting better during the last few episodes.
I just hope that the show will continue on...

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Feb 20, 2009 5:32PM EST

to be honest once a show goes into a slump its ratings barely ever go up again. they would have to pull on fat rabbit out of the hat to ever get the fame it once had

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Feb 21, 2009 1:07AM EST

Yeh the first season was awesome, it was something new i guess. As the seasons have gone by though iv just got fed up with it. I still watch it but not like the first season. Some of the reasons for me are;1. Characters die and come back, whats the point?2. Problem with series is the episodes are to sort and the length between episodes are just to long, when i watch heroes a barely remember the last episode. Ye nothing can be changed about that, this is actually the only series i watch lol.3. Weres the action gone? what the hell peter and hiro have both lost there powers o.o, they were both well established characters. Peter will probably get them back, but hiro was humourus and was allwayz fighting, Mr.TurboCharger(ando) as hiros replacement? i hope not.4. They keep leaving gaps in the storyline, i cant remember her name 'irish lady', were did she go. Is she going to be stuck in the future forever?
I actually liked the fact that they filmed in ireland =D, they should film worldwide more often.
However i wouldn't want it to be canceled, i still watch it, and enjoy it.

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Feb 21, 2009 2:11AM EST

to be honest, the first season was absolutely amazing no question but the second season could have been so much butter if that writer strike hadnt happend. they had a solid story and could have made it sweet. villians was alright it deffinately could have been better but they still kept me watching.people think its going downhill but what i think is that its just building up for a really good volume. i know im not the only one that cant wait for everyone with abilities to just come together and kick ass

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Feb 23, 2009 9:06AM EST

i have to say, after watching season 1 i couldnt get enough of heroes.. i just fell in love. season 2 was alright but could be abit better... but i dont know why people dont like it, the people i know at school think heroes is crap. and if i ask y. they say they get confused. but seriously it cant be confusing. its so easy to understand and to follow... anyways. season 3 i reckon is not a down fall.. after watching them.. i still enjoy heroes and it seems to be getting better in my option.. i just love the feel of purpose they have in life (TV Show). because if u relate this to reality u see how boring life can be, without adventure and something exciting to do like saving the world xD

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Feb 23, 2009 10:28PM EST

Wow, so 6 million people stop watching so they are going to deprive 8 million people, still more than half, the privilege of watching.
Thanks corporate America.
Really hope they don't.

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Feb 23, 2009 11:16PM EST

I personally think this show can still be saved, but they need to let go of everyone... Except maybe Sylar, of course.

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Feb 24, 2009 2:19AM EST

I think the problem is that there is a limited audience for "hero" fiction. The writers have a small group to write for to start with and that group is divided into people who cheer on the heroes, those who like the villains and still others who just tune in for the horror. Sylar makes my skin crawl; I'm just NOT into torture. I like good to win over evil. Others on here, I see, love the Sylar character and wish Claire would be axed. Go figure. So, the writers have to keep the ambiguity going to appeal to us all. They kill people off and bring them back and make a character villainous one week and virtuous the next. Trouble is, that kind of yo-yo stuff doesn't lend itself to a coherent story line. The plot becomes too convoluted to believe. We ultimately don't really care about characters who have changing loyalties. And in the end, we all get turned off one by one.

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Feb 24, 2009 10:19AM EST

added this in another post but i think its a decent ideaI lold last episode WTF a bomb again how smart....the beginning shuresh quotes where good now hes gone. the writers and story have not stopped and looked at what they are doing. Turning shuresh into a hero or villan was just plain stupid. the taking of powers was dumb. Claire need to be killed or should of been killed by sylar.
Sylar needs to already get to his father and create a massive trio with him and the sidekick. they should have them recruit villains and attack cities rob banks, kill ppl, world domination. then have noah and nathan try to capture the rest of the heroes only to find out they need help to stop the trio from lets say taking a nuclear bomb so a new recruit absorbs its energy. have them destroy cities with the back plot that humans are inferior and they are angels. that the humans dont deserver the right to live with also sub agenda to make them slaves a complex story that i paid writer should come up as well.
heroes always wanting to just quit but having to continue out of the sake of them losing their homes and dreams since their identity will be televised and they cant return to a normal life. have the trio create a virus with hiros time travel help which sylar happens to absorb because peter borrows it and sylar kills him. only to be revive by clair but the time factor causes him to forget so he becomes a stay home guy helping shuresh create things for the heroes asking questions "way to inform the audience". add some tech now cool gadgets since this whole we got powers and dont know what to do is running on thin ice. make some massive villains who where fascinated as kids with villains some try to recreate the persona. switch over matt to the villans who is bitter that the heroes let Daphne die.
having villains will help out keep the heroes from not going off because they could be needed because there is time limits, have a villain be obsess with money,another with death, another with women, another with power, and another one with beauty simple basic stories just add some insight by shuresh in the beginning and try to relate it with people and life.

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Mar 1, 2009 9:17PM EST

i agree the second bomb thing is pretty gay but are u fucken serious? kill off claire? you need at least one hot chick and shes fucken sweet. its sorta gay how with so many people they just cut them. they suddenly dont have a part and there is no explanation of what happend to them thats pretty gay and pissed me off a bit but its still pretty sweet. but the heroes should team up and fight back i just want the heroes to make an army and haul some major ass

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