‘FlashForward’ Returns To All-Time Ratings Low

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:44 am,

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Despite being one of the best episodes of the entire season, ABC’s two-hour return of FlashForward was down 10% in the ratings from the last original episode that aired in December – making it the lowest rated episode since the series began in September.

With 6.6 million people tuning in for the spring premiere, FlashForward is almost to the point where they’re garnering only half of the 12.5 million people that tuned in for the series premiere. As each subsequent episode steadily declines in the ratings, I’m not sure how much longer ABC will wait before they pull the plug on the series.

Before you decide to crucify ABC for pitting FlashForward up against the NCAA playoffs, remember this; if they would have waited another week to bring back FlashForward, it would have been up against new episodes of all the Thursday night heavy hitters.

If you read my TV status report, you saw that I gave FlashForward a 40% chance of returning. While that percentage remains the same, what will really solidify the show’s fate is how ‘V’ fares in the ratings when it returns March 30, as both series have had their share of trouble and I honestly only see ABC keeping one of them around for a second season. And V continues to be the frontrunner.

News like this really saddens me. As I said in my review of the spring premiere, I’ve completely changed my opinion of the show from a single episode and I’d hate to see it canceled now. Especially since I started to care about it again… but nothing can be done if it continues to get low ratings – no matter good it is.

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Hopefully, as the weeks progress, word will spread and there will be some kind of ratings recovery. If not, I have no doubt that FlashForward’s first season will also be its last.

What do you think can save FlashForward? Were you one of the 6.6 million people to tune in or have you given up on the series?

Tune in to FlashForward Thursday’s @ 8pm on ABC.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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  1. FlashForward – awesome book, mind-numbingly boring tv show. It could have been so much more, but it's just lacking in pretty much every aspect, not unlike Caprica. If it goes, I'm not going to miss it.

  2. i watched it from start, really got my sel into it then my ethusiasm droped, so actually now i dont care any more, characters are good but… i dont know somthing is missing… and i relly miss defying gravity… that i really would watch… and firefly…

  3. I watched the return episode and was amazed at what they did.
    They moved the story along more in two hours than they did in all the previous episodes combined. If they keep this up and word gets out that its not boring anymore, then viewers will return.
    But to be honest. ABC screwed the pooch on both V and Flash Forward.
    Both shows showed lots of promise but was so slow in telling the story that it got hard to watch. It was like watching a 5 or 6 episode series of how to bake a muffin.
    It was boring.
    But then it goes on Hiatus.
    A hiatus is just another nail in the coffin for any new show that comes out and any show that the networks have done this to has died.
    I don't have much hope for the shows, because after all, this is ABC. The network that killed “Defying gravity” any way it could.
    But on the other hand, if you liked the premise of the series to begin with? You really should watch the latest episode.
    It was thousands of times better than any of the shows shown so far.

  4. To ABC's credit, at least they didn't put the shows on “double-hiatus” like FOX did with Fringe.

  5. I watched this episode because of the review of it on here. I really enjoyed it…but I enjoyed the very first episode of the series. The key is if they can continue building the suspense while telling a faster story. I don't think they will and I believe this show will die because, I'm not going to tell people to watch a show that burned me before and I'm pretty sure the rest of world won't do that either.

  6. I don't like the trend of having a 'fall finale', then bringing a show back for, say, four more episodes in 3 or 4 months. They did it with “Burn Notice”, “The Closer”, and “Royal Pains”. “Lie to Me” has disappeared, “Bones” has been gone awhile, on and on and on. And the rigamaroll with “Friday Night Lights” is just stupid! It's getting to where I don't like watching new series because I get hooked, then they go on 'hiatus' for three months or more. Stupid. I lose interest after not seeing a show for several months.

  7. Its a book? Im might have to pick that one up

  8. I watched the return episode and was amazed at what they did.
    They moved the story along more in two hours than they did in all the previous episodes combined. If they keep this up and word gets out that its not boring anymore, then viewers will return.
    But to be honest. ABC screwed the pooch on both V and Flash Forward.
    Both shows showed lots of promise but was so slow in telling the story that it got hard to watch. It was like watching a 5 or 6 episode series of how to bake a muffin.
    It was boring.
    But then it goes on Hiatus.
    A hiatus is just another nail in the coffin for any new show that comes out and any show that the networks have done this to has died.
    I don't have much hope for the shows, because after all, this is ABC. The network that killed “Defying gravity” any way it could.
    But on the other hand, if you liked the premise of the series to begin with? You really should watch the latest episode.
    It was thousands of times better than any of the shows shown so far.

  9. To ABC's credit, at least they didn't put the shows on “double-hiatus” like FOX did with Fringe.

  10. I watched this episode because of the review of it on here. I really enjoyed it…but I enjoyed the very first episode of the series. The key is if they can continue building the suspense while telling a faster story. I don't think they will and I believe this show will die because, I'm not going to tell people to watch a show that burned me before and I'm pretty sure the rest of world won't do that either.

  11. I don't like the trend of having a 'fall finale', then bringing a show back for, say, four more episodes in 3 or 4 months. They did it with “Burn Notice”, “The Closer”, and “Royal Pains”. “Lie to Me” has disappeared, “Bones” has been gone awhile, on and on and on. And the rigamaroll with “Friday Night Lights” is just stupid! It's getting to where I don't like watching new series because I get hooked, then they go on 'hiatus' for three months or more. Stupid. I lose interest after not seeing a show for several months.

  12. Its a book? Im might have to pick that one up

  13. FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer – I think it's even mentioned in the credits.

  14. I agree about shows going on fall hiatus,but it's necessary.Most shows that premier in the fall have to go on hiatus because of the holiday season which the networks assume that no one will watch tv then.I guess there's some validity to that,but whatever,come back strong first week of January and finish it off.

    What I think ruins tv is this the period just after sweeps when they usually start to show a lot more reruns or special programs.For me,that's what ruined Lost.Season 2 was riddled with long gaps between some of the episodes that it was difficult to actually keep up with when a new episode was going to air.

    Now the one thing that I don't understand is why did they call the last episode of Fringe the fall finale,when it was in the middle of winter?Shouldn't it have been called the winter finale?

  15. Awesome, Thnks man

  16. I absolutely agree with this. Thank God for DVR or I'd never remember when a show came back and would completely miss at least two episodes when they returned. And it's crap that they take the long breaks to only come back with 3-4 weeks worth of new episodes (Burn Notice, I'm looking at you).

  17. This episode was GREAT!!!! So much better than what they were showing the last few weeks of the fall. It was nice to see the main story line move along and to stop developing the annoying side stories (Mark still holding a grudge against his wife, etc.) I really hope they keep this up otherwise I'm not going to hold my breath for season two.

  18. Ditto on the book nod. Even with the insane changes they made the show might have worked if the folks in power had not been trying to reproduce Lost.

  19. I watched it. And I loved it. As did everyone else I know who watched it.

    I think it is horrible what networks do with new shows.. Honestly, if this show gets canceled I may be done with watching new shows. I have watched way too many shows with lots of potential go down. At least it's not on Fox though haha.

    (Ex. Drive, Firefly, Traveler, Blind Justice, Journeyman etc etc etc.)

  20. I'll tell you why I think no-ones watching it. Everybody got stung with the lost series bs and they can't be arsed with watching another 6 or so series of bs made to make you think how great but yet how strange this is, but what can it all mean. What a load of b####cks!

  21. Really? We must therefore also exist in parrellel universes were up is down and down is up.

  22. I had all but given up on the show. With not much else to watch I watched Thursdays 2 hour season return this weekend and was totally blown away. It was amazing! If the first half of season was like this, I'd have a new favorite show. Why can't the TV execs realize that a TV show (especially a new one) needs to be on every single week at the same time, consecutively. With Tivo, TV on DVD and Cable typically showing shows every single week consecutively, people just don't have the time or patience anymore. Might as well just rent it on DVD and watch them all straight through. With that being said though, maybe the break did them good. If the rest of the season is half as good, I'll really be sad when its canceled.

  23. I'm with the ones who saw the 2-hour episode. If ABC had made the earlier episodes like this, FF wouldn't have the ratings problems it has today. I'm actually looking forward to seeing the next episode.

  24. Man, I agree. This two-hour episode was the best one yet. It rekindled my interest in the show. The plot moved forward enough to make it truly interesting and they opened up more potential for suspense than ever before. I wish there was some way to revive this series. “V” certainly “looks” good compared to the original, but the story looks to be nearly a repeat and just too corny to be very good. So, in my opinion, Flashforward is a better show if they will keep only one.

  25. Yes, Flag. It's a very good SF book, but it is absolutely nothing like the TV show. It's a better story, but I don't think it would make a good TV show and probably not a good film either.

  26. I hope flashfoward does not get cancelled.

  27. When shows are taken off the air in the first season, for a lengthy period of time, there is little to indicate that the show will survive. This holds for both Flash Forward and V. Given the broadcast hiatus, I doubt either show will survive past season 1. If so, they will not survive a second season. Though one thing persists, Flash Forward is clearly meant to replace Lost as the time travel/mystery show. The problem is it that it lacks the compelling characters. There are too many characters and they are spread over the planet. The interactions are limited and cursory. It's foolish in comparison to Lost, a constantly compelling and addictive television show. Other critiques I've seen of Flash Forward raise poignant questions on the Flash Forward show we see. For example, if everyone saw that far into the future then what they saw would almost invariably differ from what they actually came to do on the forward date. The list goes on. If the writing does not change dramatically then the existence of the show will.

  28. Sorry but this show is just awful. They missed the opportunity to make this into something with a grand, epic feel to it. I finally deleted it the episodes I had. The real name of the show should be call “fast forward” – because that is what I am forced to do most of the time.

    Also it is way too politically correct for my tastes. The PC moralizing is very tiring – I want to be entertained, not preached to. It feels like the whole show is some sort of “social justice” after school special. Snore!

  29. I really like this show but like others have been finding it hard to get back into it given the super long break. Why build it up and then take it off the air so long? Short sighted and ridiculous schedling on the network's part especially considering it's a new show. If it weren't for the DVR, I wouldn't even have known it was back on the air!

    p.s. I miss Defying Gravity too