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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.

 
  • 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.

  • herman

    Cheers to mike — yep – is there room on tv for a program where a guy goes back in time, meets an old fling, does NOT sleep with her because he’s faithful to his wife, and has to juggle a family, job, and external pressures (i.e., time travel) but doesn’t end up in a strip club drunk and lost? Of course not. The show was doomed from the outset. But for those of us who live the naturalistic version of this life, we’ve loved the show and will mourn its loss.

  • herman

    Cheers to mike — yep – is there room on tv for a program where a guy goes back in time, meets an old fling, does NOT sleep with her because he’s faithful to his wife, and has to juggle a family, job, and external pressures (i.e., time travel) but doesn’t end up in a strip club drunk and lost? Of course not. The show was doomed from the outset. But for those of us who live the naturalistic version of this life, we’ve loved the show and will mourn its loss.

  • herman

    Cheers to mike — yep – is there room on tv for a program where a guy goes back in time, meets an old fling, does NOT sleep with her because he’s faithful to his wife, and has to juggle a family, job, and external pressures (i.e., time travel) but doesn’t end up in a strip club drunk and lost? Of course not. The show was doomed from the outset. But for those of us who live the naturalistic version of this life, we’ve loved the show and will mourn its loss.

  • Bonnie

    It took me forever to get into this show, but it is MUCH better than it was in the beginning and is as good as the other dramas/adventure shows out there… it’s too bad it couldn’t have offered a little more in its first few episodes… I think that sunk it.

  • Bonnie

    It took me forever to get into this show, but it is MUCH better than it was in the beginning and is as good as the other dramas/adventure shows out there… it’s too bad it couldn’t have offered a little more in its first few episodes… I think that sunk it.

  • Bonnie

    It took me forever to get into this show, but it is MUCH better than it was in the beginning and is as good as the other dramas/adventure shows out there… it’s too bad it couldn’t have offered a little more in its first few episodes… I think that sunk it.

  • Dirk

    I have to say that this show has quickly become my favorite show on tv. I watch too many shows as it is and had to make some tough decisions on what shows I was going to drop. Journeyman has continued to get better and better, the lead character is the most genuine I’ve seen in a good while. I am a big fan of this show and where the story has taken us.

  • Dirk

    I have to say that this show has quickly become my favorite show on tv. I watch too many shows as it is and had to make some tough decisions on what shows I was going to drop. Journeyman has continued to get better and better, the lead character is the most genuine I’ve seen in a good while. I am a big fan of this show and where the story has taken us.

  • Dirk

    I have to say that this show has quickly become my favorite show on tv. I watch too many shows as it is and had to make some tough decisions on what shows I was going to drop. Journeyman has continued to get better and better, the lead character is the most genuine I’ve seen in a good while. I am a big fan of this show and where the story has taken us.

  • Chris

    GREAT SHOW!!! The trouble is, it is for people who usually find tv to be so empty, low-minded and worthless as to hardly bother. This show is INTELLIGENT, with GREAT PACING, AWESOME ACTORS, a story that keeps us coming back for more, and it is THE BEST THING ON TV IN A LONG TIME. Unfortunately, NBC is considering pulling it without giving it time to build its audience and with almost NO PROMOTION to help it along!!!

  • Chris

    GREAT SHOW!!! The trouble is, it is for people who usually find tv to be so empty, low-minded and worthless as to hardly bother. This show is INTELLIGENT, with GREAT PACING, AWESOME ACTORS, a story that keeps us coming back for more, and it is THE BEST THING ON TV IN A LONG TIME. Unfortunately, NBC is considering pulling it without giving it time to build its audience and with almost NO PROMOTION to help it along!!!

  • Chris

    GREAT SHOW!!! The trouble is, it is for people who usually find tv to be so empty, low-minded and worthless as to hardly bother. This show is INTELLIGENT, with GREAT PACING, AWESOME ACTORS, a story that keeps us coming back for more, and it is THE BEST THING ON TV IN A LONG TIME. Unfortunately, NBC is considering pulling it without giving it time to build its audience and with almost NO PROMOTION to help it along!!!

  • http://www.shaunomacradio.com Shaun OMac

    Journeyman should be on earlier and not buried in that time slot.

    Many have said that JM is a USA Network type show. I say NBC film the back nine and air them on USA and then you can air them..

    In the meantime, its Aspirin to NBC for Journeyman..Drugstore.com has Rite Aid Aspirin for $1.99 ship your Aspirin today to NBC!! They said they would donate the online purchases to various charities.

  • http://www.shaunomacradio.com Shaun OMac

    Journeyman should be on earlier and not buried in that time slot.

    Many have said that JM is a USA Network type show. I say NBC film the back nine and air them on USA and then you can air them..

    In the meantime, its Aspirin to NBC for Journeyman..Drugstore.com has Rite Aid Aspirin for $1.99 ship your Aspirin today to NBC!! They said they would donate the online purchases to various charities.

  • http://www.shaunomacradio.com Shaun OMac

    Journeyman should be on earlier and not buried in that time slot.

    Many have said that JM is a USA Network type show. I say NBC film the back nine and air them on USA and then you can air them..

    In the meantime, its Aspirin to NBC for Journeyman..Drugstore.com has Rite Aid Aspirin for $1.99 ship your Aspirin today to NBC!! They said they would donate the online purchases to various charities.

  • http://simply-basic.com John Kolbert

    I think this is a great show! I agree that the conflict with his brother got annoying, but luckily things are getting better. Of course, with only two for sure episodes left, I hope they can give us some sort of conclusion.

  • http://simply-basic.com John Kolbert

    I think this is a great show! I agree that the conflict with his brother got annoying, but luckily things are getting better. Of course, with only two for sure episodes left, I hope they can give us some sort of conclusion.

  • http://simply-basic.com John Kolbert

    I think this is a great show! I agree that the conflict with his brother got annoying, but luckily things are getting better. Of course, with only two for sure episodes left, I hope they can give us some sort of conclusion.

  • cyn

    RENEW JOURNEYMAN.
    PLEASE!!!!!

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