Say Goodbye to Dollhouse...

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May 8th, 2009

dollhouse-wake...just in case.

It was fun while it lasted.  I wish Dollhouse had a good chance of being renewed, but it doesn't.  There were several episodes I enjoyed quite a bit and I am looking forward to the season, and very probably series finale.  I'm not as certain about Dollhouse as I was, say NBC's Life - another show I enjoyed that isn't coming back.  I'm almost as sure, but I'll cut the tiniest sliver of a chance because it's on Fridays.

Given the ratings performance, being on Fridays gets its chances up to about .5%.  And because Eliza Dushku is growing on me and Dichen Lachman in the role of Sierra was great at nailing multiple personalities,  and Enver Gjokaj in the role of Victor was good at the multiple personalities too, I will say 2%.  I don't really think it has any real shot at renewal, but the 2% is just to differentiate -- however slim its chances are, they do seem a tiny bit better than the prospects for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

My bet is that neither come back, but Dollhouse has a slightly better chance.  Some people make a lot of noise over the percentage increases via DVR, but they don't really boost the adults 18-49 rating enough to matter, and no matter how you slice it, it's ratings decreased from the premiere.  It had seemed to level off in the 1.4-1.5 range live plus same day adults 18-49 rating, but then after a week off it returned last week with a 1.2 rating.  James Hibberd has a graph of the 18-49 performance and the trend is not Dollhouse's friend.

Sure, if the finale pulls a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating in the overnights, I will revise my thinking, but that doesn't seem realistic.   If it goes back to the 1.4-1.5 range, I don't think its fate improves any.  Either way, we'll hopefully see the numbers sometime Saturday morning.

 
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