Despite Efforts, 'Lone Star' Rating Tanks and Thus Canceled

Despite Efforts, 'Lone Star' Rating Tanks and Thus Canceled

The show drew a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, making it the lowest-rated show on a major broadcast network on September 27 night.

"Lone Star" officially becomes the first show that suffers the casualty of broadcast season this Fall. The premiere on September 20 surprisingly only absorbed 4.1 million viewers and creator Kyle Killen had taken a desperate measure to ensure people watch the sophomore episode. Despite Killen's urge for people to tune in, the number tanked lower to 3.2 million.

In place of the unfortunate show, the third season of "Lie to Me" will be premiered earlier than scheduled. The procedural drama was supposed to begin airing in November on Wednesday nights but it will now occupy the Monday 9/8c slot.

For one, "Lone Star" is not a bad drama, review-wise. Metacritic said "if this isn't the best-received pilot of the season, it's close" while The A.V. Club called it "the best network pilot of the year". The "Lone Star" promotional effort is not to be blamed as well, for its logo and posters had been gracing online medias in the past few weeks.

Revealing what he thought would be the cause, Killen talked to Los Angeles Times before the cancellation. "Premiere week looked like a lot of speeding trains on the same track, with lots of carnage and wreckage," he thought. "And Monday turned out to be a surprisingly difficult night. There are really strong returning shows and a heavily hyped new show. I think we got lost - we got missed by a huge swath of America."

"Lone Star" is not the only show in jeopardy. "The Whole Truth" only took 4.9 million viewers while fellow ABC show "My Generation" drew 5.2 million. "Outlaw" on NBC is not doing well either, withdrawing 4.9 million viewers which is still comparably better than "The Apprentice" with 3.8 million.




    Oct 01, 2010

    I didn't watch either episodes, but I wasn't supprise that it got cancelled. Yes, James Wolk is so freaking charming, but double life genre doesn't work, just look at Christian Slater's "My own worst enemy."

    Sep 29, 2010

    They need to give the show to develop and it was just beginning.

    Sep 29, 2010

    What?! Just give 2 episodes to decide?? Ridiculous.

    Sep 29, 2010

    Just another example of FOX's deteriorating programming skills. I'll happily leave FOX to watch whatever savvy network picks up the show. What a moronic move during premiere week, and a good example as to why the Four are failing to compete with cable!

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