Man did those four months fly by! It seems like only yesterday that V went on hiatus, but it was November 24, 2009.
While I don't think a long hiatus did a show like FlashForward any favors, I don't buy into the jibber jabber that that the hiatus hurt its ratings. Its ratings were hurt badly before it went on hiatus.
V is a different situation than FlashForward. It hadn't aired many episodes to begin with, only four total, and its hiatus was a bit longer. Though it dropped off the first few weeks, the third and fourth episodes performed almost identically. On November 17 V scored a 3.1with adults 18-49 and 9.324 million viewers and on November 24 it averaged a 3.1 rating with adults 18-49 on 9.299 million viewers.
While FlashForward returned pretty much exactly as I expected, I'm not really sure what to expect with the return of V. The last time it aired it had the season finale of the fall cycle of
as its lead-in with a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating and 19.29 million viewers. And perhaps more importantly DWTS had a bigger 4.7 rating with adults 18-49 its last half hour.
That likely boosted V's last outing by at least a little.
Correction: Oops! Nevermind. I guess it has been off the air so long I forgot V had itself as a lead-in, and was the lead-in for the DWTS finale, not the other way around.
Tomorrow night V will have Lost as its lead-in. Lost has been averaging around a 4.0 rating with adults 18-49 the last couple of week. Some would say Lost is a very compatible lead-in for V. Others will argue Lost is a compatible lead-in for nothing since the "Losties" minds are too blown to take in anything else immediately after Lost.
Just so as not to be a coward, my prediction: a 2.8 with adults 18-49 and 8.1 million viewers.