2008-09-24 15:16:00 UTC
Bochco's 'Raising' Is Sinking
The Steven Bochco legal drama has not been able to sustain its early
promise, falling 36 percent in its second week and another 15.5
percent in week three
-By Anthony Crupi
Since bowing to a record 7.74 million viewers on Sept. 1, TNTs
Raising the Bar has lost nearly 71 percent of its total audience,
averaging 2.26 million viewers last night in the 10 p.m. time slot.
According to Nielsen Media Research data, the Steven Bochco legal
drama has not been able to sustain its early promise, falling 36
percent in its second week and another 15.5 percent in week three,
when it served up 4.21 million viewers.
The Sept. 22 episode also took a hit among the core demos, averaging
958,000 adults 25-54, a drop of 44 percent versus the prior weeks
1.72 million. The show drew just 766,000 viewers 18-49, down 44
percent versus its episode three delivery.
After three installmentsa span in which Raising the Bar averaged
5.64 million viewersTNT elected to renew the series for a second
season, ordering 15 new episodes from ABC Studios.
Last nights Bar marked the first time the show has aired without the
support of its 9 p.m. lead-in. Through Bars first three episodes, The
Closer served as an undeniably effective propellant for the new
series, averaging 7.71 million viewers, while drawing 3.21 million
adults 25-54 and 2.41 million 18-49s.