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Journeyman: Renew or Cancel?

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November 30th, 2007

UPDATE: NBC has cancelled Journeyman. It will not return.

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NBC's Journeyman, Monday 10PM Eastern, was thought to be the successor to the Quantum Leap ['89-'93] franchise for time traveling.

It's got a great location [San Francisco, personal bias alert], a good actor [Kevin McKidd, Lucius Vorenus of HBO's Rome, more personal bias], but could it catch the same Quantum Leap spark?

With our own chance to jump into the future we ask: Renew or Cancel?

Journeyman's Ratings Rank among New NBC Shows, All New Shows

Date Viewer Rank among New NBC shows Viewer Rank among all new shows
9/24 #4 of 4 #9 of 20
10/1 #4 of 4 #12 of 23
10/8 #4 of 4 #14 of 24
10/15 #4 of 4 #18 of 24
10/22 #4 of 4 #17 of 24
10/29 #2 of 2 #13 of 22
11/5 #4 of 4 #15 of 22
11/12 #4 of 4 #16 of 22
11/19 #4 of 4 #13 of 22

NBC has not been setting the TV world on fire this fall, and even with that low bar for comparison Journeyman's ratings have been last for NBC new shows each and every week.

Among all new shows, Journeyman's ratings have beaten only new CW and Fox shows on a regular basis.

How is it doing against its competition on Monday?

Journeyman's Ratings and Rankings @ 10PM Monday

Date Viewers (Rank) Adults 18-49 (Rank) Adults 18-34 (Rank) Adults 25-54 (Rank)
9/24 9.16m (3) 4.65m (2) 1.98m (2) 5.30m (2)
10/1 8.23m (3) 4.22m (3) 1.96m (2) 4.72m (2)
10/8 6.94m (3) 3.82m (3) 1.53m (3) 4.28m (3)
10/15 6.75m (3) 3.54m (3) 1.64m (3) 3.76m (3)
10/22* 5.72m (3) 2.86m (3) 1.27m (3) 3.22m (3)
10/29 5.75m (3) 2.89m (3) 1.40m (3) 3.24m (3)
11/5 5.13m (3) 2.73m (3) 1.31m (3) 2.89m (3)
11/12 6.09m (3) 3.15m (3) 1.43m (3) 3.59m (3)
11/19 5.61m (3) 2.91m (3) 1.22m (3) 3.34m (3)
11/26 6.05m (2) 3.15m (2) 1.55m (2) 3.48m (2)
12/10 5.28m (2) 2.29m (3) 0.91m (3) 2.64m (3)

Journeyman's ratings started off fine, beating The Bachelor in some age demos its first two weeks.

Since then, it's been all down hill. Journeyman's ratings have stabilized, although at a low level, in the past month. Producers have hinted they've saved the best for last. They may have saved it too long.

12/4 UPDATE: Added the 11/26 numbers and Journeyman ratings did pick up as some predicted and it was #2 in all categories.

12/20 UPDATE: Added the 12/10 numbers.

(*10/22 data is Live, all other data is Live+SD, useful for rankings but not viewership trends).

Conclusions

Negatives

  1. Journeyman ratings are now consistently last place in its timeslot in all demographic categories among major broadcasters.
  2. Journeyman ratings are near the bottom compared to all new broadcast shows from ABC, NBC and CBS.

Positives

  1. Journeyman is set in San Francisco! The lead actor played Lucius Vorenus in HBO's Rome! Ok, straw grasping is over.

Verdict: Cancel. Sadly, there is no past, or future, for Journeyman.

NBC has announced that the last 2 available episodes of Journeyman will air December 17th and 19th. That completes the 13 originally produced episodes. I doubt there will be more.

12/12 Update: NBC has let the option on more Journeyman shows lapse, effectively cancelling it after the fresh episodes air.

Wondering about other shows? Check our all our Renew or Cancel? posts.

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Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • http://www.marketersstudio.com David Berkowitz

    How about “positive: it’s great television”? People don’t even care enough to comment about it on your blog. It’s a shame, as it’s one of the most over the top purely entertaining dramas on TV with a killer cast, even if it doesn’t aim to be truly great television.

  • http://www.marketersstudio.com David Berkowitz

    How about “positive: it’s great television”? People don’t even care enough to comment about it on your blog. It’s a shame, as it’s one of the most over the top purely entertaining dramas on TV with a killer cast, even if it doesn’t aim to be truly great television.

  • http://www.marketersstudio.com David Berkowitz

    How about “positive: it’s great television”? People don’t even care enough to comment about it on your blog. It’s a shame, as it’s one of the most over the top purely entertaining dramas on TV with a killer cast, even if it doesn’t aim to be truly great television.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    David, did it get a lot better in the last month? I’ve stopped watching, but am willing to give it another chance.

    Here’s a positive though — its ratings this past monday were up ~10% over 11/19 and it took 2nd in the 18-49 demo for the first time since its premiere. All of that is probably just a function of ABC running October Road against it, but still…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    David, did it get a lot better in the last month? I’ve stopped watching, but am willing to give it another chance.

    Here’s a positive though — its ratings this past monday were up ~10% over 11/19 and it took 2nd in the 18-49 demo for the first time since its premiere. All of that is probably just a function of ABC running October Road against it, but still…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    David, did it get a lot better in the last month? I’ve stopped watching, but am willing to give it another chance.

    Here’s a positive though — its ratings this past monday were up ~10% over 11/19 and it took 2nd in the 18-49 demo for the first time since its premiere. All of that is probably just a function of ABC running October Road against it, but still…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com/ Bill Gorman

    I really tried to hang in with the show as well, for many reasons, but once the conflict in the present with his brother became such a big deal it just became tiresome.

    I will likely watch the episodes on Dec 17 & 19 though. If only to see if they really did finish with their best stuff.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com/ Bill Gorman

    I really tried to hang in with the show as well, for many reasons, but once the conflict in the present with his brother became such a big deal it just became tiresome.

    I will likely watch the episodes on Dec 17 & 19 though. If only to see if they really did finish with their best stuff.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    I really tried to hang in with the show as well, for many reasons, but once the conflict in the present with his brother became such a big deal it just became tiresome.

    I will likely watch the episodes on Dec 17 & 19 though. If only to see if they really did finish with their best stuff.

  • rick

    Cancel. Nothing good, nothing bad, just not average enogh

  • rick

    Cancel. Nothing good, nothing bad, just not average enogh

  • rick

    Cancel. Nothing good, nothing bad, just not average enogh

  • Jennifer

    It had a decent enough premise, I enjoyed hearing the songs from the various years he jumped to, but, in the end it just wasn’t enough to hold me. I watch way too many shows as it is, and since I’m trying to cut down, Journeyman just wasn’t good enough to make the “watch list”. Sorry, but I won’t miss it. Cancel

  • Jennifer

    It had a decent enough premise, I enjoyed hearing the songs from the various years he jumped to, but, in the end it just wasn’t enough to hold me. I watch way too many shows as it is, and since I’m trying to cut down, Journeyman just wasn’t good enough to make the “watch list”. Sorry, but I won’t miss it. Cancel

  • Jennifer

    It had a decent enough premise, I enjoyed hearing the songs from the various years he jumped to, but, in the end it just wasn’t enough to hold me. I watch way too many shows as it is, and since I’m trying to cut down, Journeyman just wasn’t good enough to make the “watch list”. Sorry, but I won’t miss it. Cancel

  • http://www.tvjots.com/ Chandra

    I’ll miss “Journeyman.”

    The show isn’t Must See for me, but I did catch every episode because I refuse to watch “The Bachelor,” I’ve got a serious case of “CSI” overload, and I wouldn’t bother with “October Road” if it was the last thing on TV–the pilot last year was torture enough.

    NBC should stick with “Journeyman” for one reason: the series, which is already better than average and outfitted with an excellent cast, has potential to improve. I believe the wait would be worth it.

    Give it the back nine and then proceed from there.

  • http://www.tvjots.com/ Chandra

    I’ll miss “Journeyman.”

    The show isn’t Must See for me, but I did catch every episode because I refuse to watch “The Bachelor,” I’ve got a serious case of “CSI” overload, and I wouldn’t bother with “October Road” if it was the last thing on TV–the pilot last year was torture enough.

    NBC should stick with “Journeyman” for one reason: the series, which is already better than average and outfitted with an excellent cast, has potential to improve. I believe the wait would be worth it.

    Give it the back nine and then proceed from there.

  • http://www.tvjots.com/ Chandra

    I’ll miss “Journeyman.”

    The show isn’t Must See for me, but I did catch every episode because I refuse to watch “The Bachelor,” I’ve got a serious case of “CSI” overload, and I wouldn’t bother with “October Road” if it was the last thing on TV–the pilot last year was torture enough.

    NBC should stick with “Journeyman” for one reason: the series, which is already better than average and outfitted with an excellent cast, has potential to improve. I believe the wait would be worth it.

    Give it the back nine and then proceed from there.

  • mike

    I agree with the first commenter: this show IS great television. The problem is that the moment my wife and I realized it was great television, we also realized it would be pulled off the air. After all, you can please all of the people all of the time just so long as what you please them with is empty-headed, brain-eroding, so-called reality-oriented (i.e., fake but looks real), and shows gratuitous sex or violence.

  • mike

    I agree with the first commenter: this show IS great television. The problem is that the moment my wife and I realized it was great television, we also realized it would be pulled off the air. After all, you can please all of the people all of the time just so long as what you please them with is empty-headed, brain-eroding, so-called reality-oriented (i.e., fake but looks real), and shows gratuitous sex or violence.

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