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Dollhouse premiere fails to meet Fox’s expectations, but were they bad?

by on Feb.16, 2009, under Television

Joss Whedon’s new series Dollhouse, which premiered on Friday after the mid-season return of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles in the Friday night “death slot” – failed to meet even Fox’s meager expectations, losing to Supernanny and only scoring 4.7 million 2.0/6 rating. Terminator didn’t fare well either, barely beating Howie Do It with a 3.7m 1.3/5). Hollywood Insider puts a different spin on it though – looking at the increase in viewers over Terminator and that it took in double the female viewers versus its lead-in and scored second among males 18-34. I actually found Dollhouse decent for its first episode – Alias-esque with a bit more SF and a ton of potential for star Eliza Dushku to show off her acting skills in a variety of roles.

3 Comments for this entry

  • PumpHunter

    Of course

    it was a pretty dismal episode, most of that writing I could have done better – that’s not something I expect to say about a Whedon show.

  • mbourgon

    Whedon pilots

    Remember, Whedon season premiers tend to suck. I still haven’t seen the Buffy Vs Dracula episode, and this one doesn’t change my mind. We’ll see how this week’s is, that should be more telling.

    And they needed better Internet advertising, or maybe just better advertising. I found out the day it aired, from a friend, and I’m a Joss fan. Had the same thing happen to two others – and if the fans don’t know that it’s on, how about normal people?!

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