Jericho cast and crew go to convention, but fans don't
Jericho fans, it might be time to grab your nuts again.
Last weekend, Jericho fans got a special treat at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention: a stage filled with the cast and creators of the CBS drama. The only problem? Not many fans showed up at all.
The Showtracker blog at The Los Angeles Times says that this might be because the show is neither sci-fi nor comic book-ish, but I don't know if that's a good enough excuse. It has a certain mystery/action element to it, and the first season was certainly enigmatic in a sci-fi sort of way. And plus we're talking about Los Angeles here, not a small town in Ohio, so I would think a lot more people would have showed up than did. Executive Producer Jon Turteltaub joked about the 80 fans in attendance making the ratings jump, but I don't know if that was a funny estimate by him or an accurate number.
This is really unfortunate. I don't know if you've ever seen Jericho, but it's quite a good little drama. I'd take it over 12 CSIs or another Law and Order any day. I'm just wondering how long CBS can justify keeping the show around (last week's episode was down one million viewers from the season opener), unless they really care about people who Tivo the show and/or view it online.
Is it the time slot it's in now (10pm)? Is it the show itself? Is it just the fact that networks have to start getting used to the fact that some shows just don't get mega numbers but are still worth keeping around because the fan base is loyal and they'll watch it in some way?