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'Party Down' Ratings Jump 129 Percent

by Rich Keller, posted May 4th 2010 10:50AM
Henry Pollard should be smiling since 'Party Down' ratings jumped 129 percentTalk about a reversal of fortune: After a dismal premiere, which drew just 126,000 viewers, Starz' sophomore comedy series 'Party Down' rose to 289,000 viewers in its second episode, marking a jump of 129 percent, according to the Live Feed.

Sure, that's less than the approximately one-million viewers who watched 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' on the same night. However, it may be a telling sign that the positive feedback 'Party Down' is getting is finally funneling down to people who normally don't consider Starz as a home for original programming.

Still, with ratings still in the toilet, and with much of its cast exiting after season 2, the future of 'Party Down' isn't looking too bright.

Numbers aren't looking too hot for 'Gravity.' According to reports, its premiere drew just 123,000 viewers.

'Party Down' airs Fridays at 10PM.

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Hey guys, how did this end up in my Joystiq [Nintendo] RSS feed?

Please keep your Starz out of my Nintendoz kthx.

May 05 2010 at 4:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It might also be up because Starz gave the premier episode away for free all over the place, so many people likely watched it, but were not counted in the ratings.

May 04 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Party Down maybe changed one or two minor characters, it wasn't a reshuffling of it's cast. Gravity is worth checking out as well, it's always unpredictable. With stuff like this, it's no wonder network TV has to go with cheap reality shows to compete...their days are numbered.

May 04 2010 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Party Down didn't follow the right formula. The first thing any new TV show needs to do is to hook American viewers with explicit sexual scenes, because that's a novelty Americans never get to see on regular broadcast TV. After a couple of episodes, the viewers get hooked on the actual storyline instead of just the images, and that's when you can gradually tone down the sex and get into more plot. Most of the other successful cable shows used this method quite successfully (Spartacus, Sex And The City, Big Love, The Sopranos to name a few).

May 04 2010 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Too bad if Party Down is canceled. It is a funny show, and all the actors play their respective roles well. And I'm not even related to one of them!

May 04 2010 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I don't have Starz, I do watch the shows streamed thru Netflix.

May 04 2010 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lawrence fishberg

the dumbing down of culture has reached new heights!

May 04 2010 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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No doubt about that.

May 04 2010 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
franco parilo

Hillarious. Starz is the best. Spartacus and Party Down, what else is there to say?

May 04 2010 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Party Down is one of the best comedies currently on television and one of my favorites. I'm so glad that it got a second season and would be more than happy to watch a 3rd season in whatever form it takes (with old and new characters). I hope it's finding more of an audience.
Incidentally, I don't get Starz, but they seem to put new episodes up on Netflix on the night they air.

May 04 2010 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhett F

I think Starz is more of a OnDemand type of network, I like being able to throw on an episode of Party Down during some mundane task around the house. I liked Gravity but am unsure if its suppose to be a comedy or something more serious.

May 04 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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