Virtually No One Watched Ron Moore’s Virtuality
Well okay, SOME people tuned in for Ron Moore’s new sci-fi show on the FOX network called Virtuality, but the ratings aren’t looking good for the show to go to series. As some of you may know, FOX dumped the show as a two-hour movie last week instead of introducing it as an ongoing series. Networks do this all the time, as a form of “back door pilot” — i.e. to gauge interest in the show. If the movie did well, FOX would have certainly given the greenlight for an ongoing TV show. It didn’t, alas, so the chances of Virtuality going to series is slim to none.
According to THR, the back-door pilot managed only 1.8 million viewers in its Friday night premiere, pretty much justifying FOX’s lack of faith in the show in the first place. The numbers landed FOX in fourth place for the night, easily beaten by a re-run of “Farrah’s Story” and a Michael Jackson-centric Dateline episode on NBC.
Obviously airing the show on Friday nights probably didn’t help any. Look what happened to FOX’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dollhouse when the network put both shows there. Apparently it’s going to take another dozen or so sci-fi shows biting the dust in the Friday Night Death Slot for FOX to finally get wise. And they say network suits aren’t dumb blocks of brick. Sheesh.
Below: “This show is sinking fast! Pull the emergency hatch! Pull it!”