Things don't look good for Bionic Woman
We've been talking about NBC's Bionic Woman every week this season. How the show "has potential" and is "entertaining," while at the same time I think we can all agree it's really disappointing, has been all over the place, and has a lead that has the personality of the flashlight that is currently on my desk. What went wrong?
Brian Stelter over at The New York Times TV Decoder blog has a rundown on what happened to the show, from the pre-launch hype to how the numbers dropped so badly that NBC even took the repeat off of Saturday nights and replaced it with a repeat of Chuck.
According to Stetler: "TV Guide called it "the fall's most talked about new action drama" and NBC poured tens of millions of dollars into promotion. In preseason poll, the show ranked No. 1 in the "would definitely watch" category and in measurements of audience awareness, it scored almost 80 percent higher than any other new show this fall."
It was hyped, though I don't know if TV Guide calling something "the fall's most talked about new action drama" means anything. Did a lot of other action dramas premiere this fall? I think that the attention it got was based on two things: it was from the Battlestar Galactica people and people had nostalgia for the original. That's why it polled so well and the first episode numbers were so good.Stetler goes on to say: "Then the program premiered. It delivered a solid 13.6 million viewers, suggesting a high level of sampling. But many people never returned: if the show's ratings were plotted on a chart, they would show a dramatic and consistent weekly decline."
Wow, that sounds like another hour long NBC drama that was canceled earlier this year.
With the show's increasingly bad ratings, the critical drubbing it takes each week, and now the writers strike (plus the fact that NBC hasn't given it a full season order like they've given to Chuck and Life), I would say this show is definitely not going to se a second season.