Will Shawn Ryan's 'Last Resort' Air More Episodes Than His 'Terriers' Did? (Poll)

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September 27th, 2012


Shawn Ryan's Terriers ran for 13 episodes on FX during the Fall of 2010. Despite hopes for a Christmas Miracle, its low ratings doomed it to cancellation. However, in a lemons to lemonade transformation, FX chief John Landgraf turned the ill informed rage of the TV critic media into hugs all around in a masterful exhibition of PR jiu jitsu.

Shawn Ryan is also the executive producer of ABC's Last Resort, which premieres Thursday at 8pm in what many of our commenters term ABC's "death slot".

The roster of recent failed ABC dramas from that Thursday 8pm timeslot is long, but the number of their aired episodes is short: Missing (10 episodes), Charlie's Angels (8 episodes), My Generation (2 episodes), Flash Forward (22 episodes).

Since 2009, only one ABC drama in that timeslot has aired more than 13 episodes, and none has survived into a second season.

Will Last Resort break the trend?

You make the call.

 

 
  • JONNYSBRO

    The great thing about Last Resort is that it will highly appeal to a huge male demographic which is vastly different than X Factor or Big Bang’s audience. So I hope it does very well tonight in its slot. Andre Braugher looks incredible in this role.

  • THE OLD MAN

    Hoping I’m wrong, I’m saying less than 13 eps

    The last successful submarine show I can remember is “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” 1964-68 (age does have its advantage)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Wouldn’t a better comparison beThe Chicago Code?”

    Well, TCC also aired 13 episodes, so what’s your point?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The great thing about Last Resort is that it will highly appeal to a huge male demographic which is vastly different than X Factor or Big Bang’s audience”

    Almost no broadcast primetime dramas draw more men than women. The Last Resort could buck that overall trend, but I wouldn’t count on it.

  • were123

    I hope Last Resort does good, I watched the pilot and liked it, but it’s against hefty competition, with The X factor, TBBT/2.5Men combo, chances aren’t all that good, but one can hope, after all there’s room for multiple hits on the same night, although it’s unlikely

  • Richard

    “Wouldn’t a better comparison beThe Chicago Code?”

    Well, TCC also aired 13 episodes, so what’s your point?

    @ Bill

    well, but it was his most recent show, more recent than terriers.

    also for each 18-49 point, who much money is a 30 second commercial

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I hope Last Resort does good, I watched the pilot and liked it, but it’s against hefty competition, with The X factor, TBBT/2.5Men combo, “

    Commenters continue to forget the Thursday night NFL game, which will likely beat everything but BBT on many Thursdays this Fall.

    And with the “regular refs are back” press tidal wave today, my guess is that the ratings for it tonight go big unless it’s a blowout early.

  • John A

    Flashforware flopped sure but it started great. People would watch a show in that timeslot is all im saying.

  • Richard

    i demand you answer my question >:(

  • Name

    It’s weird to call it a death slot, and then list Missing, Charlie’s Angels, and My Generation, all of which had absolutely putrid reviews (and they were right). I haven’t seen the pilot to this show but I’ve only read good things about it. I have no doubt it would be, due to Shawn Ryan. If it really is a quality show and bombs, then yeah I guess death slot is apt.

    Still miss Terriers.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “also for each 18-49 point, who much money is a 30 second commercial”

    Nobody in public has accurate information, and any numbers you see are either pre-season ballpark estimates or fabrications.

  • forg

    Hoping for 3.5 but predicting a 2.6. ABC can launch shows at 8pm but keeping an audience is difficult

  • Paul

    Wishful thinking: 18-49: 6.0
    Total: 15 million.

    Reality: 18-49 2.5
    Total: 8.9 million

  • Fennerbender

    Watched the first half of the pilot online so I could watch Last Resort after BBT that hooked me in syndication this summer. LR was pretty good so far, but had a few “yeah right” moments. I will check out Elementary tonight.

  • J.G.

    Last Resort – 2.6, 9 million viewers
    Grey’s Anatomy- 4.2, 12 million viewers
    Scandal- 2.3, 7 million viewers

    The Big Bang Theory- 5.9, 16 million viewers
    Two and a Half Men- 5.2, 13 million viewers
    Person of Interest- 2.8, 15 million viewers
    Elementary- 3.1, 16 million viewers

    SNL- 1.4, 3 million viewers
    Up All Night- 1.1, 2 1/2 million viewers
    The Office- 1.8, 4 million viewers
    Parks and Rec- 1.5, 3 million viewers

    X Factor- 3.1, 8 million viewers
    Glee- 2.6, 6 1/2 million viewers

  • x

    Honestly, if ABC can pull 2.2-2.5 range in that timeslot the show could realistically get renewed.

  • Sam

    heard only good things. Hopefully people will watch it too.

  • Jason50

    Last Resort is probably the best pilot this fall IMHO I hope this show can attract and hold viewers. Elementary is a basic crime procedural drama with Sherlock Holmes flavor of solving crimes. It’s on CBS the home to crime procedurals so it might do well but with so many of these type of shows that have their “special” way of solving crimes, I’m not sure if this show is able to separate from the rest of the pack.

  • Ryan

    @JG- do you really think Elementary is going to do better than POI? I’d flip those predictions.

    I’m very unsure about how 2.5 Men is going to do. I only see somewhere in the 4s.

  • omabin

    @Bill,

    Correct me if I am wrong, but don’t networks prefer scripted shows to unscripted shows if ratings are marginally better due to the possibility of syndication? I mean, I could be way off here, but isn’t that what justifies, for instance, the fact that ABC is messing up with a sucessfull, cheap, unscripted Friday lineup by inserting there the two multi-cam comedies? Or am I totally wrong?

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