ABC's "Day Break" A Major Flop
There are no more excuses. The show that replaced "Lost" on ABC Wednesdays is officially a loser. In fact it is now one of the lowest rated new shows on network television. Will ABC pull the plug?
When Taye Diggs' new drama "Day Break" premiered two weeks ago, it had the luxury of airing after one of the highest rated programs of the season, the 3rd season finale of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" which concluded its run scoring over 27 million viewers.
Those inflated numbers gave "Day Break" a very good sampling - 13 million viewers tuned in to see what the new show was about. Unfortunately for ABC, over 5 million of them were gone by the time the confusing premiere ended.
Last week, the show's second episode plummeted scoring less than 6 million viewers. The cautious ratings analysts pointed to pre-Thanksgiving low viewing levels. After all, even megahits Grey's Anatomy and CSI lost millions of viewers during the holiday.
Last night, however, the show continued to sink scoring 4,75 million viewers, not even being able to hold on to the shabby 7,67 million viewers of its under-performing lead-in William Shatner's game show "Show Me The Money".
Last weekend ABC quietly pulled its struggling 10pm drama "The Nine" and replaced it with a 20/20 special, but that show did equally badly scoring 7,05 million. That means taking "Lost" off the schedule may have been the worst programming move of the season.