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It was only a few days ago that I wrote an article relaying information reported by THR’s James Hibberd (see related article) that Fox was seriously considering picking up Joss Whedon’s latest genre show Dollhouse for a second season. Well, it looks like a renwal is getting even closer to becoming a reality.
Hibberd reports via his Fox sources that the network is leaning towards bringing the show back next fall. While fans will more than likely be thrilled, it would be a very surprising development given the show’s extremely low audience level and week-to-week decline–more on that in a minute.
Despite those low ratings, the show has shown itself to be stronger among other measures, including online streaming and DVR playback and there are other factors to look at (including potentially high revenue for sister-company studio 20th Century Fox TV, who produces).
In the end the decision will come down to money — and Hibberd cautions that Fox’s current feelings towards bringing it back could change again before the networks upfront presenation on Monday — Fox is said to want the show considerably cheaper.
Despite it being on Friday nights, where expectations are low due to smaller audience tune-in, Dollhouse drew rather dismal numbers and lost viewership nearly every week it was on (with the exception of two weeks). That culminated with a series low 2.70M viewers and a 1.0/4 A18-49 rating/share for the season one finale (-43 and -50 percent, respectively, from the series premiere).
Overall, the show drew an average audience of 3.70M viewers and a 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share and a 2.3/4 HH rating/share through 12 episodes.
Source: THR Feed