Flash Forward: Will Long Hiatus Impact FlashForward's Nielsen Ratings?

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March 18th, 2010

After a three and a half month hiatus, FlashForward returns tonight with a two hour installment between 8p-10p.

When it last aired on December 3, 2009 it averaged a 2.1 rating (2.794 million) with adults 18-49 and 7.068 million viewers between 8p-9p.

Tonight it will air against repeats on FOX,  new episodes of NBC's two hour Thursday comedy block and NCAA Basketball on CBS.

Shows don't usually have such long hiatuses so it is hard to predict the outcome.  I wouldn't be surprised if it came in about the same as the Decmeber episodes, but given the ratings carnage at ABC in general, I also wouldn't be all that surprised if it dropped down into the mid 1.x range especially as it will have to hold people's attention for 2 hours.  I tried to watch the screener of tonight's episode, got distracted after about 5 minutes (some pretty cool special effects are in the opening scene though) and never went back to it.  The DVR will grab it tonight, and sooner or later I'll have to decide whether to watch or delete.  I'll for sure be watching the basketball tonight.

Anything above a 2.2 would surprise me at least a little and a 2.5 or higher would downright shock me.  I'm predicting a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating and 6.4 million viewers. 

What do you think?

 
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