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'Desperate Housewives' Ties Ratings Low: Fans Explain Why

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 10th 2011 3:15PM
Desperate Housewives Series Low Ratings'Desperate Housewives' isn't desperate for good ratings, but these numbers aren't looking so hot.

With just 8.46 million viewers this week, the show was down around 10 percent, matching the series' all-time low in their demo, viewers 18-49.

So what does it mean? Well, nothing honestly. Since the show is in its eighth and final season, it's not like it can get canceled, but these signs of viewer fatigue aren't ever welcome, especially when it affects other shows in the lineup. ABC's freshman drama 'Pan Am' continues to make a steady descent in the ratings, and their troubled lead-in is partially to blame.

So why the bad 'Desperate' numbers? Are you still watching? And if not, why not? Fans share their thoughts via Twitter and Facebook after the jump ...


Renée Radia (@reneeradia):
Haven't quit DH yet only because this is the last season. Must...complete...series....

Deena McKinnon Haight (via Facebook):
About the middle of last year I started to realize that I just didn't really care anymore about most of the characters. I also am not exactly sure why, just other shows I enjoy more and only so many hours dedicated to TV.

Judy Lindstrom-Perkins (via Facebook):
I'm watching it -- for sentimental reasons -- but the story line is a bit far out and it's just not as good as in the past. Perhaps it will get better as the season goes on. I'll watch it to the end but I don't do re-runs.

Patricia Daunais (via Facebook):
It got so stupid and I just could not bear to watch it anymore. Far fetched story lines did them in for me.

Leslie Jones (via Facebook):
What happened to the humor, the card games, all the kids (although kids were getting boring)? Is the big story....drum roll...are they all gonna get busted for the murder and cover up, or drum roll...who sent the note...I thought it would be waaay better since it's their last season.


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smart n sassy

I have stopped watching desperate housewives because ABC cancelled OLTL. I would have probably watched Pan Am as well as many of their new shows... oh but No, I will not watch anything on their channel, ever again..Sorry ABC, you made a mistake when you axed the daytime soaps.

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October 24 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
basketsbylynda

I loved this show, but just stopped watching ABC because they canceled all 3 of the ABC soaps, starting with All My Childrenl! As if that was not a slap in the face enough to soap fans, they replaced All My Children with a stupid food/cooking show that is just horrible and has had low ratings and very bad reviews! ABC will not have me as a viewer until they bring back the soaps! Almost all ABC soap fans are boycotting ABC as well, and that is why all of the great shows on ABC are tanking! I really enjoyed DH, and many other ABC shows too, but ABC needs to understand they need to start listening to their viewers!

October 16 2011 at 1:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
totalchaos1105

just feels like I'm watching i know what you did last summer.

October 12 2011 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

This season's story is just ludricrously bad. The writers need to turn this disaster around soon or DH will fade away with a whimper rather than the bang it deserves.

October 10 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gwenshack

I've sat through every season and I still enjoy it. Sure it doesn't have the spunk it did in the beginning, but I still look forward to it every week. I'm definitely sad this is the last season.

October 10 2011 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

Im guessing i have seen every episode....but it has gotten long in the tooth and the writers have too many characters you hate...like Vanessa Williams character.....
and too much weekly relationship/marital dysfunction.... rather than fun....

October 10 2011 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

I'm guessing i ha

October 10 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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