How can a show that doesn't premiere for another 3 months already be in the Cancellation Danger Zone??
Let me count the ways when it comes to Joss Whedon's Dollhouse:
1. Whedon already has a sordid history with FOX. Do you remember Firefly? Also a Joss Whedon show; also aired on Fox. Shelf life: 12 episodes (3 unaired), sometimes aired out of order (the original pilot was aired on FOX only after the show was canceled).
2. Whedon reshoots the pilot. Apparently the first one didn't make all that much sense.
5. The new trailer looks intriguing, yet reveals no additional direction for the series from the old trailer. For a show being accused of being aimless, that ain't good.
6. And the killer: FOX slots Dollhouse on Fridays. It premieres February 13th at 9PM. Historically, nobody watches show on Fridays unless they're CBS crime procedurals. Recent Friday deaths: Moonlight, The Ex List, Lipstick Jungle. Also soon to be dead: Crusoe.
Is there hope?
Never underestimate the fanbase of Joss Whedon. It's only increased with each of his shows. Firefly lives on (and on and on) in DVD sales. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was considered a raging success.
There's already fan groups.
Of course, 7,000 viewers is not enough. Sell all of your friends on the glory of Whedon (suspend your doubts about the show and assume that all of the kinks will get worked out by the show's premiere) and beg them to watch Dollhouse in February.