So in your office pool betting for the first cancelled fall show, did you pick Fox’s The Mob Doctor by chance?
Because you’re probably going to get some extra beer money. Monday night’s episode fell 23 percent to 3.5 million viewers and a mere 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. That makes Mob Doc the lowest-rated show on a major broadcast network last night, putting it 47 percent below the second-lowest show. Fox won’t accept that number for long and even Bones repeats would probably do better than this.
I’m told that as of this morning, The Mafia Physician is still scheduled to run next week. But after that it’s being pre-empted by Fox’s baseball coverage. I bet that’s how the whacking is going to happen. “Come on Doc, we’re just taking you off the schedule for a few weeks here to make room for the games, come around behind the barn for a minute … [boom!]” Then, once baseball is over, Fox will be like: “The Mob Doctor? What Mob Doctor? James, we don’t know what you’re talking about…” Bones (6.9 million, 2.1) was the lead-in.
We don’t mean to pick on Monday’s weakest link, but otherwise the numbers were pretty uneventful. Every show was down just slightly from last week, with the exception of NBC’s The Voice (12.3 million, 4.5) and CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 (7.7 million, 1.9), which were up a tenth each.
I know many of you are curious about NBC’s Revolution (8.4 million, 3.2), and that’s the first show I looked at too — down 6 percent, not bad. Most shows drop for their first three episodes, at least, so it would be amazing if NBC’s The Walking Dead Without Zombies settled around this number. It continues to be firmly watchable, moreso than The Event, FlashForward and the rest of the post-Lost crowd (and you had to love that reference to The Stand).
CBS’ comedy block was all down slightly, including new show Partners (5.7 million, 2.1), dipping 13 percent when it needs to be growing. Also: HIMYM (8.2 million, 3.2), 2 Broke Girls (9 million, 3.4) and Mike & Molly (8.5 million, 2.9). ABC had Dancing (12.2 million, 2.0) and Castle (10.3 million, 1.9). Castle matched its lowest rating ever, down 10 percent from last week.
Both Hawaii and Castle are down pretty notably this fall. As much as we like to think we’re all above the influence of time slot scheduling in this DVR era, I gotta blame/credit Revolution, since NBC having a strong show in this hour is the only big new variable in play here.
Lot of battles going on. And starting tonight, The CW begins to wade into the fray…