Dollhouse & Sarah Connor Ratings: Mediocre To Awful

Early Ratings For Dollhouse On Fox:So as Vic said in his review of the premiere, the premise of Dollhouse is a bit creepy, but I thought the story line involving the clients wasn't too bad.  Oh great, a he said - he said article!

At first glance, the ratings for the show are just not that impressive and if the networks are consistent in their responses to the antiquated ratings system, both Dollhouse and The Sarah Connor Chronicles seem lacking, though some call Dollhouse's ratings a success.

The early numbers for Joss Whedon's Dollhouse premiere had an estimated 4.7 million viewers.  These numbers are a lot higher than I expected, I'm glad it at least brought that many viewers in.  On the somber side, FOX usually brings in 5.5 million viewers on Friday nights.

Despite this apparent disconnect in numbers, FOX was still 2nd on Friday night in adults 18-34 and first place across key male demographics.  Which isn't surprising, considering the amount of skin and suggestive "Active's" assignments they're taking with the show.

The real mind bender comes from the network insiders who say that these kind of numbers on any other night would mean certain doom by the third episode of any show.  But being on Friday nights actually gives it a fighting chance since Fridays are notorious for weak numbers to begin with.  Go figure.  So for now, all of us in the Whedon-sphere have to somehow convince all of our friends and neighbors that they want to watch this show!

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Ratings:It looks like the Friday night curse did bite The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Chronicles was the lead-in for Dollhouse and it's numbers weren't too hot.  It brought in only 3.7 million viewers.  The previous week, Cops brought in 4 million viewers.  Ouch.

For now, Chronicles will air its final and probably last episodes in this time slot and once done, Prison Break will take its place to run out its final six episodes.

But I would be remiss to not mention something that is on my mind about this latest episode of Chronicles.  I don't know about you, but just what the heck was all that noise in the mid-season finale about UFO's and taking liberties with a modified version of the California Drone?  Sarah saw a UFO coming down on her when she was shot, and then suddenly Sarah wakes up in a hospital?  They completely skipped the UFO we saw.  If they continue with those kind of disconnects in their stories, this show is going to hurt, and hurt bad.

OK... I got that off my chest.

Upcoming Scenes from Dollhouse and The Sarah Connor Chronicles:

Echo (Eliza Dushku, R) is sent on an engagement as an outdoorsman's (Matt Keeslar, L) dream date in the Dollhouse episode "The Target"

Echo (Eliza Dushku) is sent on an engagement as a back-up singer assigned to protect a pop star from an obsessed fan in the Dollhouse episode "Stage Fright"

Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green, second from L) and Sarah (Lena Headey, third from L) are in search for answers at a funeral in the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode "Desert Cantos"

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

John (Thomas Dekker) sneaks into the sleep clinic where his mother is staying in the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode "Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep"

Sources:  Fox Publicity,, E Online

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