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Dollhouse Finale Only Nabs a Tad Over 2 Million

The series finale of Dollhouse could only muster 2.16m for Fox on Friday night, according to overnight Nielsen ratings.

Dollhouse was edged in the 8pm hour by a new episode of Smallville, which pulled in 2.52 million for The CW.

Fox announced late last year it was canceling Dollhouse following ratings for its second season declining even further. Although the broadcaster canceled the series it committed itself to airing all the episodes it had previously ordered. Creator Joss Whedon will direct an episode of Glee next and is rumored to be developing a new science fiction series for cable channel FX.

Dollhouse starred Eliza Dushku and debuted in February of last year to mixed reviews. There were some (too few, according to ratings) who saw the spark that made projects like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity stellar. Then there were those who saw it as flat, complicated, and directionless from the beginning.

Whedon spoke to the Chicago Tribune late last year and said Dollhouse was “difficult to market.”

“The show didn’t really get off the ground because the network pretty much wanted to back away from the concept five minutes after they bought it,” said Whedon. “And then ultimately, the show itself is also kind of odd and difficult to market. I actually think they did a good job, but it’s just not a slam-dunk concept.”

Back to ratings.

ABC’s Supernanny brought in a reasonable 4.72 million, while a repeat of Law & Order nabbed 6.76m for NBC. CBS’s Ghost Whisperer won the hour with 8.34m.

CBS continued strongly in the 9pm hour, taking 7.98 million with Medium. NBC’s Dateline had 7.35m. ABC’s Shark Tank was third with 4.38 million.

The season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares drew 3.28m for Fox, while a repeat of Smallville gathered 1.48m for The CW.

At 10pm, Numb3rs dropped to 8.7 million but won its slot for CBS, with ABC’s 20/20 close behind with 8.07m. The Jay Leno Show put in 4.95 million for NBC.

One Response to “Dollhouse Finale Only Nabs a Tad Over 2 Million”
Kathleen - February 1st, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I was a Dollhouse fan but FOX made the right call. This show just didn’t have a enough story to got the distance. And if I had any doubt that Dollhouse deserved a second chance it was gone after I saw that horrible series finale. It made no sense. It was a disjointed mess. It didn’t wrap up any storylines (except maybe the Victor/Sierra subplot). In fact this episode didn’t even reference any of the major themes and/or storylines of the entire series. What idiot decided that they should introduce a bunch of new characters in the finale? And why did they go to the trouble of creating some weird zombie apocalypse and then immediately end it with a magic bomb? The show had potentional but squandered it. It didn’t deserve a third season but Dollhouse did deserve a decent series finale. It’s a shame really

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