Chuck returns with ratings to back up the hype
by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 11th 2010 2:29PM
Jericho became famous for becoming the first show to really be saved from cancellation by an internet fan campaign. While it did get its second season, the online fervor failed to translate into ratings, and Jericho never saw a season three. Now the NBC comedy Chuck is back for its third season after being similarly saved by devoted fans. So the big question is, did they actually watch?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, you bet they did. Last night's season three premiere of Chuck scored its highest ratings since its special 3-D episode that aired after the Super Bowl. If you're just looking at the ratings of Chuck's non-gimmicky episodes, it hasn't performed this well since 2007. Chuck fans are celebrating today, and NBC execs at least have one bright spot in what has been a difficult week for them.
Chuck premiered with two all-new episodes last night. The first one snagged an impressive 7.7 million viewers with a 3.0 in the coveted 18-49 demographic. It hung onto nearly all of its audience in the second hour, with a 7.2/2.9. This is 21% higher than last seasons average. What's more, is it improved 58% over Dateline, its lead-in.
While these numbers are definitely promising, Chuck has yet to pass its main hurdle. It moves to its regular timeslot tonight, Mondays at 8 PM. This is a notoriously difficult slot, as it puts Chuck up against House and How I Met Your Mother. While it's great that fans showed up last night, it's absolutely crucial that they return tonight, or else Chuck has a good chance of going the way of Jericho.
Thanks to Jonathan Cleary for the tip.
[Watch episodes of Chuck on SlashControl.]