TV Death Watch: Sophomore Shows

While the Fall TV Death Watch usually focuses around the awful new in the already canceled Do Not Disturb and the soon-to-canceled (we can only hope) Kath and Kim.

But...this year you should also start getting concerned for a lot of sophomore shows - ones that premiered last Fall to pretty decent numbers, had abbreviated seasons due to the strike, and have now returned with far less impressive stats.

Last night, 5.6 million watched Pushing Daisies, 7.3 million saw Private Practice and 5.9 million watched Dirty Sexy Money.

Over on NBC Monday, sophomore dramas Chuck and Life received 5.8 and 5.6 million viewers, respectively (and...not a sophomore show, but Heroes had a series low 8.2 million viewers).

On Fox, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles also had numbers only in the 5 million range - 5.7, this week. Rumors of cancellation have already been circulating about this show in particular.

For each of these shows, not only are the numbers far lower than what they were receiving last year (Private Practice received 14.4 million viewers for its series was an ABC hit), but they are also currently still in decline from week to week.

So...while it's a sad question that I pose...which of the above Sophomore shows do you think will next be canceled. Chuck? Life? Dirty Sexy Money? Private Practice? Pushing Daisies? Terminator: TSCC?

These shows will not all survive to see a third season; that much I am sure of (unless their numbers magically double...a tripling would be ideal). My vote is sadly going to go towards Pushing Daisies as the next victim. This speaks nothing about the show's quality, but I can only imagine that production costs are particularly high for Daisies...and there's no way that it's making any money.

Which show do you think will be the next victim? Weigh in below!

Sources: Variety and THR



Oct 9, 2008 6:47PM EDT

You're a mean girl, RachelL. But sadly very correct. I think the first to go will be T:TSCC, but that's probably just my bias since that's the only one I don't love! Otherwise, my next in line would be Dirty Sexy Money because I don't think that one's gotten as much attention or has as much of a targeted draw as the others do. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for them all! (Except T:TSCC, sorry fans.)

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Oct 9, 2008 7:00PM EDT

I'm hoping its T:TSCC. Really would like to see the back of that. Also I'm not overly keen on Daisies. I just hope they keep Dirty Sexy Money, Private Practice and Life!
Just give things time folks! Sometimes shows need a little run back in. All the stations are very keen to cancel things. Give them a shot to get back to form.

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Oct 9, 2008 7:07PM EDT

I really hope Terminator isn't is def one of my favorite show and has so much potential to further its ratings if the writers could just amp up the stories a bit, that might help.

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Oct 9, 2008 8:50PM EDT

I don't know where you are getting your info, but I read that Chuck's viewership was up 18%. However, Daisies viewership is down almost 50%, so its probably on its way out.

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Oct 9, 2008 8:53PM EDT

T:TSCC is also one of my favorite shows so I'm hoping against all odds it will not kick the bucket. I don't watch Pushing Daisies (couldn't get into it) but it still isn't the show I hope is cancelled. I hope DSM gets the axe. I really liked it's premiere season, but last week's episode was horrible, and even though I said I wouldn't watch it this week, I did, and I was upset again. It's Lucy Lu, she's the kiss of death!!! She's the Ted McGuinley of this generation.

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Oct 9, 2008 8:53PM EDT

Sources are listed at the bottom of the article. Chuck is mentioned in the second article (the Hollywood Reporter...story is here). Chuck viewership is definitely not up this season...In fact, this past week was a series low.

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Oct 9, 2008 10:40PM EDT

i love pushing daisies and i don't wanna see it get cancelled but i see wat the issue is the novelty of the plot is wearing off and with any season u gotta almost re invent to keep viewers intrested and this season seems like more of the same .....

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Oct 9, 2008 10:50PM EDT

How about the mentalist. seems I wasnt able to watch it this week.

Oct 10, 2008 12:31AM EDT

I'm with Jmoss81, I love Pushing Daisies. My only real regret was that stupid ass writers strike that took way too long and cause of that many of my favorite shows. Heroes for example, season 2 pretty much sucked ass!

Default avatar cat
Oct 10, 2008 1:27AM EDT

pushing dasies is a very odd show

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Oct 10, 2008 1:51AM EDT

I love Pushing Daisies. But the writers/director needs to put on their thinking caps. I could see this show trumping the competition, if they would only pull themselves away from poor sub-plots. They would be good to ditch Chuck's Aunts, delve further into the Pie Maker's past, and up the complexity and overall humor of the crime solving sub-plot. The Pie Maker should learn to use his power in more creative ways, while attempting to transcend the pitfalls of never being able to touch his true love. Also, the writers should consider adding a heavier picaresque undertone to the Pie Maker and his past. The Pie Maker comes off too innocent. I mean, he never sought revenge against a childhood bully? Come on, is he Canadian?

Default avatar cat
Oct 10, 2008 5:54PM EDT

I don't care any of them except Pushing Daisies. That show is amazing. All the other shows are senseless and unoriginal.

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Oct 11, 2008 1:34AM EDT

I love life and would hate to see it go. PP and tscc don't do anything for me.

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Oct 12, 2008 6:06PM EDT

I almost completely agree with jkayyx I only care about Pushing Daisies and Chuck. PD is mind bogglingly original with amazing visuals and it's just like nothing else out there I love it! Chuck's a funny spy comedy but it's only real purpose is as a warm up for Heroes, sad but true. Everything else can bite the dust for all I care. it would gust be a crime to feel good television everywhere for PD to get the cut!

Default avatar cat
Oct 16, 2008 1:27AM EDT

I've never really watched Pushing Daisies so I suppose I'm part of it's problem... BUT Terminator: The Sara Connor Chronicles is EXCELLENT television. Anyone who saw the season one finale and doesn't think it was poetic is crazy!! This is Sci-Fi at it's best! Thank you FOX!!

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