There were a lot of complaints about the second season of NBC’s Heroes – from the lackluster storyline to the writer’s strike causing the season to end abruptly, fans were less than amused with the sophomore trials of the series.Â Unfortunately, those feelings are still reverberating into the third season.
The Hollywood Reporter has viewership for the season three two-hour premiere down 25% from last year.
The “Heroes” debut (9.9 million viewers, 4.9 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and a 12 share and matched its lowest original episode rating ever. (“Heroes” was actually down even more, 33%, if you include NBC’s heavily protested move last fall to roll its Saturday encore rating into its premiere). Clip show lead-in “Heroes: Countdown to the Premiere” (6 million, 2.6/7)Â placed third in the hour.
If the ratings don’t pick up, you can expect some heavy changes and shuffling to occur as the network scrambles to save the show.Â I did get a chance to watch the premiere, and while good, it felt a lot like season one mixed with the remake of the Fly movie.