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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://zacharybrendaverizon.net Brenda

    I can’t believe they would actually cancel Journeyman! This network seems to be notorious for canceling good programming and keeping garbage. My whole family became fans of this show and were quite disappointed upon hearing about its cancelation. I guess we will all have to depend on CBS or Fox for our nightly entertainment. NBC doesn’t seem to have a clue!

  • http://zacharybrendaverizon.net zachary

    Email NBC directly:
    Make your voices heard!

    http://www.nbc.com/contactus

  • http://zacharybrendaverizon.net zachary

    Email NBC directly:
    Make your voices heard!

    http://www.nbc.com/contactus

  • http://zacharybrendaverizon.net zachary

    Email NBC directly:
    Make your voices heard!

    http://www.nbc.com/contactus

  • Nevyn

    This has been, in my opinion, the best new show for last year. A lot of great shows seem to be disappearing. The 4400 has been canceled (without concluding). Jericho has only been renewed for 1/2 a season after only it’s first season. The 4th season is the last one for Battlestar Galactica (though good on them for knowing when to end it). Avatar the last airbending is ending in a few more episodes.

    Meanwhile 24 got renewed for 2 more seasons despite having, in my opinion anyway, it’s worst season yet last year.

  • Nevyn

    This has been, in my opinion, the best new show for last year. A lot of great shows seem to be disappearing. The 4400 has been canceled (without concluding). Jericho has only been renewed for 1/2 a season after only it’s first season. The 4th season is the last one for Battlestar Galactica (though good on them for knowing when to end it). Avatar the last airbending is ending in a few more episodes.

    Meanwhile 24 got renewed for 2 more seasons despite having, in my opinion anyway, it’s worst season yet last year.

  • Sherry

    The Journeyman is the best show to have come out in over a decade. This was one show I actually could not wait until the next episode.
    The show made my day….the one show my husband
    & I watched together. Everyone in my family and all my friens and co-workers love this show. Is it being cancelled because of ratings…please renew the contract & advertise during the week…those ratings will skyrocket. Please don’t allow a genuine, action packed, well acted show get the axe!!!

  • Sherry

    The Journeyman is the best show to have come out in over a decade. This was one show I actually could not wait until the next episode.
    The show made my day….the one show my husband
    & I watched together. Everyone in my family and all my friens and co-workers love this show. Is it being cancelled because of ratings…please renew the contract & advertise during the week…those ratings will skyrocket. Please don’t allow a genuine, action packed, well acted show get the axe!!!

  • Chelsea

    RENEW RENEW RENEW.

    I love this show, watched every episode. I thought it was just off because of the strike, I had no idea it wasn’t coming back. I’m devastated. It was in my opinion one the best new shows out. I think NBC should give it another chance. Maybe move it to another time slot. Sometimes I think the tv execs don’t give a show enough time to develop a following. It takes time for people to start watching. Imagine if they had cancelled “Cheers” after this long, those ratings sucked in the beginning too, but boy did they pick up~!! BRING BACK JOURNEYMAN.

    BUT I DO AGREE WITH THE OTHER GUY, THAT STUFF WITH HIS BROTHER WAS GETTING TIRESOME. JUST TELL HIM WHATS UP ALREADY – JEEZ!

  • Chelsea

    RENEW RENEW RENEW.

    I love this show, watched every episode. I thought it was just off because of the strike, I had no idea it wasn’t coming back. I’m devastated. It was in my opinion one the best new shows out. I think NBC should give it another chance. Maybe move it to another time slot. Sometimes I think the tv execs don’t give a show enough time to develop a following. It takes time for people to start watching. Imagine if they had cancelled “Cheers” after this long, those ratings sucked in the beginning too, but boy did they pick up~!! BRING BACK JOURNEYMAN.

    BUT I DO AGREE WITH THE OTHER GUY, THAT STUFF WITH HIS BROTHER WAS GETTING TIRESOME. JUST TELL HIM WHATS UP ALREADY – JEEZ!

  • Chelsea

    RENEW RENEW RENEW.

    I love this show, watched every episode. I thought it was just off because of the strike, I had no idea it wasn’t coming back. I’m devastated. It was in my opinion one the best new shows out. I think NBC should give it another chance. Maybe move it to another time slot. Sometimes I think the tv execs don’t give a show enough time to develop a following. It takes time for people to start watching. Imagine if they had cancelled “Cheers” after this long, those ratings sucked in the beginning too, but boy did they pick up~!! BRING BACK JOURNEYMAN.

    BUT I DO AGREE WITH THE OTHER GUY, THAT STUFF WITH HIS BROTHER WAS GETTING TIRESOME. JUST TELL HIM WHATS UP ALREADY – JEEZ!

  • Melissa

    Please bring back Journeyman!! I looked forward to each new episode when it was on and hope that they bring it back next season so that all of the mysteries can be solved!!!

  • Melissa

    Please bring back Journeyman!! I looked forward to each new episode when it was on and hope that they bring it back next season so that all of the mysteries can be solved!!!

  • Melissa

    Please bring back Journeyman!! I looked forward to each new episode when it was on and hope that they bring it back next season so that all of the mysteries can be solved!!!

  • Jason

    THIS WAS A GREAT INSPIRING SHOW. IT JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT THE ONLY THING THAT STAYS IS VIOLENCE, DEATH, SEX AND DRUGS. WHAT A JOKE THEY CANCELLED THIS SHOW. WHEN IS ENOUGH$$ ENOUGH? POSITIVE INFLUENCE IS SACRIFICED EVERY DAY AND VALUES ARE SOLD OUT TO GREED. THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF WE WERE EXPOSED TO INSPIRATION MORE THAN DESTRUCTION!

  • Jason

    THIS WAS A GREAT INSPIRING SHOW. IT JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT THE ONLY THING THAT STAYS IS VIOLENCE, DEATH, SEX AND DRUGS. WHAT A JOKE THEY CANCELLED THIS SHOW. WHEN IS ENOUGH$$ ENOUGH? POSITIVE INFLUENCE IS SACRIFICED EVERY DAY AND VALUES ARE SOLD OUT TO GREED. THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF WE WERE EXPOSED TO INSPIRATION MORE THAN DESTRUCTION!

  • Jason

    THIS WAS A GREAT INSPIRING SHOW. IT JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT THE ONLY THING THAT STAYS IS VIOLENCE, DEATH, SEX AND DRUGS. WHAT A JOKE THEY CANCELLED THIS SHOW. WHEN IS ENOUGH$$ ENOUGH? POSITIVE INFLUENCE IS SACRIFICED EVERY DAY AND VALUES ARE SOLD OUT TO GREED. THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF WE WERE EXPOSED TO INSPIRATION MORE THAN DESTRUCTION!

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