Screw the hiatus, bring back Lost now
Either way, it's not working. Rather, it's really not working. Day Break premiered with a somewhat disappointing 11 million viewers, despite having the Dancing with the Stars finale drop 27 million sets of eyeballs on their doorstep. But 11 million sounds just grand compared to this week. With the dancing shoes stowed away for the foreseeable future, Captain Kirk's Show Me The Money is delivering just under 8 million viewers as the lead in. And Wednesday, Day Break only managed to hang on to 5.12 million of them. 5 million? The worst repeat of Lost would never approach 5 million viewers.
None of this is doing The Nine any favors either. The show was struggling following Lost, but following Day Break it is positively floundering. Wednesday saw the numbers dip to 4.1 million. For a little perspective, I don't have the viewer numbers from last season, but the household numbers offer some clues. Day before Thanksgiving 2005 Lost was a 10.8, with Invasion following with a 6. This year, Day Break garnered a 3.4, followed by The Nine with a 2.9. Yikes.
So play junior network programmer cat with me here for a moment. What would you do with the mess that is ABC Wednesday? Do you hold the course and just let Day Break play out while getting your ass handed to you by Mandy week after week? Because really, when your viewer numbers are being tripled by someone, your ass has been handed. Keeping in mind that the Idol colossus looms after the new year. Or, do you cut bait and get what you can out of Lost right now while shuffling Day Break off to somewhere else on the schedule? And hopefully salvaging something for The Nine's season.
It's a tricky bit of business, but my vote would be a return to the repeat fueled schedule of Lost.