Hobbling around like a horse with a broken leg, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” is about to get a shotgun to the head. The Aaron Sorkin NBC drama unfortunately, has not been able to hold up to the competition and despite the fact that an order for three more episodes was made on Friday, NBC probably ultimately will pull the plug on the much-hyped Sorkin project, according to insiders. From Fox News:
Last week, Studio 60 had 7.7 million viewers. Compare that with competing “CSI: Miami,” with 17.5 million. That gap cannot be closed. But ‘Studio 60′ has trouble internally at NBC, forget its intramural rivals. According to ratings stats, the “Saturday Night Live” behind the scenes soap opera loses almost half the viewers delivered to it a few minutes earlier by another new show, “Heroes,” which has become a surprise cult hit. On Monday, ‘Heroes’ had 14.3 million viewers. The substantial drop off with ‘Studio 60′ is probably the last nail in its coffin. The order of the three extra episodes is considered by insiders to be a contractual move, and not one based on faith that they will ever be made or aired. The all important demo situation didn’t help: ‘Heroes’ had 15 percent of viewers aged 18-49. Studio 60 had 8 percent. The notion that ‘Studio 60′ is a big draw for NBC among desirables is, sadly, blown on those stats.
That’s a shame. I really liked those posters of theirs.
Written by Lisa Timmons