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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.

 
  • cyn

    RENEW JOURNEYMAN.
    PLEASE!!!!!

  • cyn

    RENEW JOURNEYMAN.
    PLEASE!!!!!

  • Stephanie

    This show is great. It should be renewed. It’s a show that has consistently gotten better. I’ll admit, it was slow in the beginning, but what show isn’t? You need to start somewhere. Kevin is a great actor and the rest of the cast is on par with him. There’s just soo many problems, one is that NBC isn’t doing anything to promote this show, it’s like USA with The 4400 and The Dead Zone (another story for later folks lol!)! Where is the promotional team for Journeyman? Clearly, the only promotion that Journeyman is getting is from it’s fans. And also, I think the timeslot, althought, honestly, I thought was gonna be good, as it is after another somewhat, sci-fi show, Heroes, it’s turning out to be bad. Maybe another time slot would be nice.

    This show has it’s viewers thinking because of what’s been going on, jeez… NBC just give it a chance… I’d hate to see such a great show go to waste, but NBC just seems to be doing that. No wonder why I don’t watch you NBC… you barely publize your shows… especially the underrated good ones. I almost thought Journeyman was The Dead Zone… Sorry, but this was just my two cents.

  • Stephanie

    This show is great. It should be renewed. It’s a show that has consistently gotten better. I’ll admit, it was slow in the beginning, but what show isn’t? You need to start somewhere. Kevin is a great actor and the rest of the cast is on par with him. There’s just soo many problems, one is that NBC isn’t doing anything to promote this show, it’s like USA with The 4400 and The Dead Zone (another story for later folks lol!)! Where is the promotional team for Journeyman? Clearly, the only promotion that Journeyman is getting is from it’s fans. And also, I think the timeslot, althought, honestly, I thought was gonna be good, as it is after another somewhat, sci-fi show, Heroes, it’s turning out to be bad. Maybe another time slot would be nice.

    This show has it’s viewers thinking because of what’s been going on, jeez… NBC just give it a chance… I’d hate to see such a great show go to waste, but NBC just seems to be doing that. No wonder why I don’t watch you NBC… you barely publize your shows… especially the underrated good ones. I almost thought Journeyman was The Dead Zone… Sorry, but this was just my two cents.

  • Stephanie

    This show is great. It should be renewed. It’s a show that has consistently gotten better. I’ll admit, it was slow in the beginning, but what show isn’t? You need to start somewhere. Kevin is a great actor and the rest of the cast is on par with him. There’s just soo many problems, one is that NBC isn’t doing anything to promote this show, it’s like USA with The 4400 and The Dead Zone (another story for later folks lol!)! Where is the promotional team for Journeyman? Clearly, the only promotion that Journeyman is getting is from it’s fans. And also, I think the timeslot, althought, honestly, I thought was gonna be good, as it is after another somewhat, sci-fi show, Heroes, it’s turning out to be bad. Maybe another time slot would be nice.

    This show has it’s viewers thinking because of what’s been going on, jeez… NBC just give it a chance… I’d hate to see such a great show go to waste, but NBC just seems to be doing that. No wonder why I don’t watch you NBC… you barely publize your shows… especially the underrated good ones. I almost thought Journeyman was The Dead Zone… Sorry, but this was just my two cents.

  • Tim

    RENEW! If you like veg TV, you won’t get this show. It is awesome, and has so much more to offer than Quantum Leap ever did. The conflict you refer to is pretty much coming to a head since Jack saw Livia in Blowout.

    If NBC gives J-Man the ‘Back Nine’, maybe more people will get it and see how great this show actually is. Dig deep, you will find plenty of gems.

    ~Tim

  • Tim

    RENEW! If you like veg TV, you won’t get this show. It is awesome, and has so much more to offer than Quantum Leap ever did. The conflict you refer to is pretty much coming to a head since Jack saw Livia in Blowout.

    If NBC gives J-Man the ‘Back Nine’, maybe more people will get it and see how great this show actually is. Dig deep, you will find plenty of gems.

    ~Tim

  • Tim

    RENEW! If you like veg TV, you won’t get this show. It is awesome, and has so much more to offer than Quantum Leap ever did. The conflict you refer to is pretty much coming to a head since Jack saw Livia in Blowout.

    If NBC gives J-Man the ‘Back Nine’, maybe more people will get it and see how great this show actually is. Dig deep, you will find plenty of gems.

    ~Tim

  • Lisa Magee

    This is a great show. It’s only one of three shows that my brother and I can agree on. He’s 33 and I’m 50, so that’s quite a demographic stretch. We’re tired of investing in shows that get cancelled. There are usually two or three each season. Each time this happens, we watch fewer and fewer new network shows, instead watching movies or cable, so we avoid the disappointment and the lack of closure when the new shows are cancelled.

  • Lisa Magee

    This is a great show. It’s only one of three shows that my brother and I can agree on. He’s 33 and I’m 50, so that’s quite a demographic stretch. We’re tired of investing in shows that get cancelled. There are usually two or three each season. Each time this happens, we watch fewer and fewer new network shows, instead watching movies or cable, so we avoid the disappointment and the lack of closure when the new shows are cancelled.

  • Lisa Magee

    This is a great show. It’s only one of three shows that my brother and I can agree on. He’s 33 and I’m 50, so that’s quite a demographic stretch. We’re tired of investing in shows that get cancelled. There are usually two or three each season. Each time this happens, we watch fewer and fewer new network shows, instead watching movies or cable, so we avoid the disappointment and the lack of closure when the new shows are cancelled.

  • Andrew Ambrose

    For sure the best show I’ve seen in a long while! Have seen every episode and they just keep getting better. I too am tired of investing in shows for them to be cancelled! Keep Journeyman!!!

  • Andrew Ambrose

    For sure the best show I’ve seen in a long while! Have seen every episode and they just keep getting better. I too am tired of investing in shows for them to be cancelled! Keep Journeyman!!!

  • Andrew Ambrose

    For sure the best show I’ve seen in a long while! Have seen every episode and they just keep getting better. I too am tired of investing in shows for them to be cancelled! Keep Journeyman!!!

  • Neon

    Renew or cancel?

    RENEW! Absolutely. Journeyman is the most “Must See TV” show on air this season; better than any new drama on NBC, ABC, or CBS, in my opinion. Great writing, characters and actors, plot development, and it is so clever. It would take an essay to fully convey why this show is “Must See TV” and should be renewed. Which probably doesn’t technically fit with a “by the numbers” supposition.

    Thanks,
    Neon from Alabama

  • Neon

    Renew or cancel?

    RENEW! Absolutely. Journeyman is the most “Must See TV” show on air this season; better than any new drama on NBC, ABC, or CBS, in my opinion. Great writing, characters and actors, plot development, and it is so clever. It would take an essay to fully convey why this show is “Must See TV” and should be renewed. Which probably doesn’t technically fit with a “by the numbers” supposition.

    Thanks,
    Neon from Alabama

  • Neon

    Renew or cancel?

    RENEW! Absolutely. Journeyman is the most “Must See TV” show on air this season; better than any new drama on NBC, ABC, or CBS, in my opinion. Great writing, characters and actors, plot development, and it is so clever. It would take an essay to fully convey why this show is “Must See TV” and should be renewed. Which probably doesn’t technically fit with a “by the numbers” supposition.

    Thanks,
    Neon from Alabama

  • Neon

    PS — do we commenters get to vote as to whether a show should be renewed or cancelled? I can’t find a link…

  • Neon

    PS — do we commenters get to vote as to whether a show should be renewed or cancelled? I can’t find a link…

  • Neon

    PS — do we commenters get to vote as to whether a show should be renewed or cancelled? I can’t find a link…

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