Does Torchwood's Ratings Dive Spell Doom?
The numbers certainly looked good after the first episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day premiered last week to 1.51 million, the strongest premiere yet for a Starz series and pulled in another half million by the end of the weekend. After all repeat airing, DVR and On Demand viewings were calculated in, the premiere episode has brought the numbers up to a strong 2.7 million. But according to EW.com the second episode didn’t quite live up to the premiere’s numbers, with about 1.4 million viewers tuning in over the weekend. Of course there is still time to add in DVR and On Demand numbers, but the drop in the ratings has the C-word being whispered. Is Torchwood in danger of cancellation?
There is certainly a precedent; in April Starz premiered Camelot to ratings that were on much the same level. The ratings declined over the span of the fantasy series’ first season and it was cancelled. Although production difficulties were the official reason for the decision not to go forward with a second season, there’s no ignoring the ratings. Production difficulties can usually be overcome when the ratings are strong enough, but for weak numbers why bother?
Still, there’s no reason to think Torchwood is on the chopping block just yet. A second episode dip in the ratings is not an unusual occurrence, and the series is creating some buzz. Even if the series can continue to hold steady in the ratings, it will be doing better than Camelot Miracle Day isn’t quite in need of a miracle itself just yet.
Torchwood: Miracle Day airs Fridays at 10pm ET/PT on Starz.
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