Fall television shows face a serious sophomore slump


Absence may make the heart grow fonder, but when it comes to TV, it’s more like out of sight, out of mind. Several sophomore-season shows are having a hard time finding the love after their writers’ strike-abbreviated freshman years. Shows like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Pushing Daisies, Chuck, Private Practice and Life are all down between 1 to 3 million viewers from last year. Ouch.

So, what gives? Lena Headey and Sarah Shahi in tank tops couldn’t lure you back? Was the hiatus, at least six months (and in some cases, up to nine months) just too long to keep you interested?

If the early numbers on the new season are to be believed, it appears so. Reports show that first year shows that came back for a few episodes after the strike are reconnecting with audiences better than those that stayed away. Gossip Girl came back in April for five episodes and its numbers are still strong. Of course, the show also has Leighton Meester and Blake Lively, so that may throw off the statistical sample.

The new season is still young. Some folks may be slow to rediscover their shows and others might be watching online. But whatever the reason, the numbers aren’t good news. So, fess up. What new shows from last season have you dropped, and why? Not enough time? Just plum forgot?

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