Ratings: ‘Smallville’ Flying High, ‘FlashForward’ Losing Viewers

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:59 am,

smallville flashforward Ratings: Smallville Flying High, FlashForward Losing Viewers

With November sweeps and the World Series both starting last week, it causes a strange effect in television ratings. While November sweeps is supposed to bring in high ratings, the World Series always cuts into their usual audience as we’re seeing with ABC’s much touted drama, FlashForward. The new series created by David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga saw its lowest ratings last week and conversly, this past week Smallville saw their highest ratings since the ninth season began.

Still, can the World Series really account for all these ratings fluctuations? As a fan of Smallville, I make sure to always tune in, but even with the show being able to pull in 2.6 million viewers; it’s still down over 1 million viewers from last season. When Smallville made the move to Friday night, The CW was putting their veteran series up against the powerhouse that is CBS’s Friday night line-up. Since the Kryptonian visitor has been able to hold its own on the toughest night of the week, I have a feeling that Mr. Kent may receive another season order.

That is something, sadly, Dollhouse will unlikely be given as FOX’s decision to replace Dollhouse for the month of November with reruns of their number one rated medical drama, House. While the rerun of the two-hour series premiere received marginally more viewers than Dollhouse in that time slot, it was still bested by Smallville.

Alright, enough of the Smallville talk. While I could go on forever, we’ve got to get down to the nitty-gritty; what is up with FlashForward? Is this show on the decline? Will we even make it to the April 29, 2010?

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ABC has been promoting FlashForward for as long as I can remember (My memory only goes back about a year). They’ve been setting this series up to be the replacement for Lost and if you looked at the premiere, you might think they were correct.

The series premiere pulled in 12.45 million viewers but as the sixth episode just aired, the latest episode received just 9 million viewers. I know that no one expects any series to retain 100% of their premiere audience, but I have a feeling that this has less to do with the World Series and more to do with what’s going on with show itself.

Since the news of FlashForward being down in the ratings, discussions behind-the-scenes at Screen Rant have been back and forth trying to figure out why exactly the show is losing viewers. Some people think it’s because of the direction that they’re taking the show, some people think that it’s the long, artificially drawn-out storylines, but almost everyone agrees that something’s up – we just can’t put our finger on it.

Not yet at least.

So, I pose the question to you, the reader; What is up FlashForward? Are you happy with the show the way it is and the way they’re taking it? Is there anything that you’re not enjoying? Do you think that this show will be able to reach the three to five year mark needed to tell the entire tale?

Let’s hear it!

(I’m not trying to leave all you Smallville fans out, so if you want to throw in some fist pumps, go for it. Also, if anyone wants to mention how great last weeks Supernatural was, I just might have to agree with you.)

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If you want to make it to April 29, you better tune in to FlashForward Thrusdays at 8PM on ABC.
Fans of the blue blur tune into Smallville Fridays at 8PM on The CW.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter & The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I was really looking “forward” to Flash Forward went it first aired. But, for some reason I just lost interest in the series. I missed one episode…then I could have cared less to keep watching, I have no reason for it. Maybe they tried to compare it to lost…but you can’t compare a new show to a great show like lost, even if you try to use some familiar faces.

  2. Never got into FF. It seemed so boring to me… the concept was good but all the promos look the same. It doesn’t look exciting… The only new shows worth anyone’s time this season are V and Glee… everything else is just horrible. Must stick with veteran shows…

  3. There is nothing wrong with Fast Forward in the uk, obviously the viewing figures from uk are not counted over there, but it is a big hit over here, and i really hope it contiunues.

    if i had to pick one fault with it, i would say it is slow! very little happens in one episode, like 1 key piece of information per episode and that could be the problem, as someone has said above that could come across as boring but nobody can deny the story line and plot is very good, they just need to speed up the search a little and put more action into it.

    But in summary so far i am pleased with it, and looking forward to the next episode.

  4. flashforward just dosnt no what to do with its self the story is slow and the story just seems pointless. I do feel abit sorry for flashforward tho being compared to one of the most groundbreaking shows ever of course im talking abut lost and i dont think any show will be a match for that

  5. Personally I’m very happy with FF and think it is improving every week.

    I’m stunned by some of the comments here from people who think the pacing is too slow. I guess these are the sort of people who, even if they ate for free, would rather eat at McDonalds than a 3 star Mitchelin restaurant because it’s just quicker and easier?… what is up with you people, don’t be so impatient, why do you want to rush things?… savour and enjoy the journey!

    I really hope the impatient American masses don’t cause another promising series to be axed so more appreciative non-American viewers like me suffer.

  6. I’ll tell you what’s up. It doesn’t play to middle America. The writers left leaning slant is subtle, but still visible. Just write a good story and stop with the America bashing…(The German prison scene). The stupid gay woman story line, and all the sex…(Dominic’s sex pose on the train). America is sick of Hollywood and their lack of morals and the inability to tell a story without slipping in their twisted view on life.

  7. I love Flash forward and if people stopped trying to criticise it on the basis of it being 'real' they might just enjoy it. It is fiction for goodness sake and is wonderful with great actors. I love it and cannot wait for a second series. People are just so negative about everything and cannot simply sit and watch something play out. I know the UK love it.

  8. Totally agree with you Josh and we love it in the UK. It is great and this stupid comparison to the book is exactly that, stupid. Based on is not going to mean that the show copies the book faithfully and only the idea is used. Why people cannot just enjoy these things is beyond me. What makes me laugh is this is written very well and I doubt anyone criticising it on here could make a paragraph as interesting. Flash Forward is great, nothing is as good as Lost but it is still great. All the USA audience seem to want is action and no plot.

  9. I love Flash forward and if people stopped trying to criticise it on the basis of it being 'real' they might just enjoy it. It is fiction for goodness sake and is wonderful with great actors. I love it and cannot wait for a second series. People are just so negative about everything and cannot simply sit and watch something play out. I know the UK love it.

  10. Totally agree with you Josh and we love it in the UK. It is great and this stupid comparison to the book is exactly that, stupid. Based on is not going to mean that the show copies the book faithfully and only the idea is used. Why people cannot just enjoy these things is beyond me. What makes me laugh is this is written very well and I doubt anyone criticising it on here could make a paragraph as interesting. Flash Forward is great, nothing is as good as Lost but it is still great. All the USA audience seem to want is action and no plot.

  11. It's boring – I tuned in once and couldn't get into it.