Thursday, November 16, 2006

Day After

Well, ABC rolled the dice on "Daybreak," and it's looking like they crapped out.

Based on the overnight ratings, the debut for the show that replaced "Lost" on Wednesdays performed badly.

ABC had a huge night in the 8 p.m. hour with the "Dancing with the Stars" finale that landed a 17.5 rating and 27 share, easily the most-watched show of the night. But despite that lead-in, "Daybreak's" audience dropped by more than half, mustering just an 8 rating and a 12 share.

That "Daybreak" did badly is bad enough for ABC, but the fact that "Lost" has been in a ratings battle with "Criminal Minds" may damage ABC in the time slot when "Lost" returns in February. "Minds" pulled in a solid 10.4/16 last night.

I know networks are loathe to put on repeats these days, but pulling one of your three top-rated shows after just six episodes to introduce a new so-so show is just mind-boggling to say the least.

One might point out that this was the game plan Fox used with "Prison Break" last season, going with a long hiatus between fall and spring. The difference is, A) Fox aired half a season of "Prison Break," not six episodes, and B) Fox was pairing "PB" with the similarly paced and themed "24" when the shows came back for the winter.

No doubt, ABC was hoping for similar success from this same experiment they pulled two years ago, when a decently rated show in "Boston Legal" was pulled in favor of "Grey's Anatomy," which became a phenomenal success for the network. No such luck here.

If "Day Break" doesn't pick up the slack (and considering the confusing, serialized nature of the show, it probably won't), here's hoping ABC gets its act together and brings back "Lost" earlier than announced.

HIRO WORSHIP: "Heroes" breakout star Masi Oka will return to "Scrubs" for a guest appearance some time this year. Oka got one of his key acting breaks as a semi-recurring character on the NBC sitcom.

The twist, and only "Scrubs" could pull this off, is that even though Oka is reprising his "Scrubs" role, he will have Hiro's time-altering powers. God, I've missed "Scrubs."

Speaking of "Heroes," I've come up with a wild theory on who Syler is. I don't check other fan sites, so I don't know if anyone else has come up with this, but I think it's cool and plausible. I don't want to post it if it turns out to be a spoiler, but if you want it, feel free to e-mail me at

THURSDAY'S BEST BET: If you read the book "Desperate Networks" like I told you last week, you'll learn how NBC came up with the supersize strategy as a band-aid to combat the popularity of "Survivor" rather than developing quality new shows.

The network returns to the strategy tonight for one week with supersized "My Name is Earl" (8 p.m.), followed by "The Office" and "30 Rock." I've only seen "The Office" so far, but it's a good episode with the two branches of Dunder-Mifflin merging.

Steve Carell's Michael Scott continues to be painfully funny tonight as the Stamford employees meet their new boss.

Also, for comic book fans, there's a rumor that the Martian Manhunter, aka J'onn J'onzz, makes a guest appearance on "Smallville" (CW, 8 p.m.) tonight.


Zodin2008 said...

Phillip, has there been a BAD episode of "The Office"? There have been some less funny tyhen others, but a less funny 'Office' is still funnier then 85-90% of other sitcoms.

Take the worst episode ever of "The Office" and it is still 100X funnier then any episode ever produced for "Yes, Dear" or "Two and a Half Men".

There seems to be confusion as to whether Ed Helms will also be making a ump with Rashida Jones (as the new romantic rival to Pam for Jim's affections and Quincy's daughter is rather adorable in this role) and as a "Daily Show" regular watcher, I am hopeful that Helms will be joining Quincy's little girl in Scranton!

I am intrigued to see a brief 'Martian Manhunter' appearance tonight as over the last year, I started watching old DVD's of the first few seasons of the "Justice League" on DVD and J'onn J'onzz became possibly my favorite character in the animated series. Voiced superbly, I might add, by former "Alias" star, Carl Lumbly (who played Agent Marcus Dixon).

Finally, thanks for the extended warm greetings to the soon to be returning "Scrubs" which sadly is probably not doing another season after this because of Zack Braff's growing film career. I am especially overjoyed at the wonderful Masi Oka combining Franklyn and Hiro for a wonderful cameo. That would ONLY work and be funny on a show as fantastic and irrevrant as "Scrubs".

Back to Braff, there had been some dicussion as to Braff leaving and maybe Bill Lawrence continuing the show next year without him, but the show is done through his eyes in his voice and to me, this show has never ONCE had a bad episode and should go out that way as well, the cast fully in tact.

"Scrubs" also should get an award for the best use of big name guest stars of all time--from Michael J. Fox to Tom Cavanaugh to Cheryl Hines to Brendan Fraser, this show has always done an outstanding job with guest stars. The only misfire in 6 years was Tara Reid. It's quite a track record to only have one screw up!

Phillip Ramati said...

Well, we do get the Jim-Pam reunion tonight, and it's handled in an interesting way.

The best part of the episode is Ed Helms and his rivalry with Dwight.

Zodin2008 said...

Officially, there wasn't one bad second in the entire episode of "The Office" last night. I am watching "Battlestar" as I type this and along with "The Office", those are 2 shows I could watch every night.

The Ed Helms/Dwight stuff was great but the scene where Dwight and Michael are humiliatingly trying to lift the fat guy onto a table was insane.