Mar. 30th, 2010

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Yes, I check the overnight Nielsen television ratings every day. It's just something I like to do.

So here is where we are now: Castle was just renewed. Zach Braff announced that Scrubs is done. This news has not been officially confirmed yet by ABC, but it already seemed pretty likely so I wouldn't hold out much hope.

Mercy, Chuck, and FlashForward have all crashed and burned with their most recent episodes. Mercy was never doing all that well but until recently, I thought it might squeak by. I kind of hoped it would, since it's grown on me. Now I think that rewnewal is highly unlikely. As for Chuck, it started out this season well enough and then struck out with its two latest episodes. Those numbers are like Heroes-level bad. Being fair, Chuck has got to be much cheaper to produce than Heroes is, but still. Not a positive sign. Finally, FlashForward started out nicely back in September and then lost about half of its audience by the time it went on hiatus. It came back from hiatus, and guess what? Two weeks of new record low numbers. Mercy and FlashForward are pretty likely going to be cancelled. I think Chuck is now in serious danger, too.

My favorite terrible show, Trauma, is still hanging in there, against all odds. It continues to be of absolutely awful quality and it continues to air episodes and they continue to draw very low numbers and yes, of course I watch the thing! Again, though, I believe I'll have to enjoy hating it while it lasts, which realistically should not be for much longer. OTOH, it's not absolutely impossible that NBC will continue the joke and renew it.

The overnight ratings for the return of V will be available tomorrow. This one has a fighting chance at a second season, but we'll soon see how much of the audience showed up. Then there's another new show, Parenthood, that falls into the "too early to say" category. I'm cautiously optimistic about its chances.

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