Fox‘s “Terra Nova” was meant to be a show that stole even more viewers away from NBC, CBS and ABC. However, it appears that Fox execs are debating pulling the plug on the show that is drawing in very few viewers, despite its pricey production costs.
According to TV insiders, the fate of “Terra Nova” needs to be made early and can be a gamble. With all the sci-fi effects, this show takes more time than the average show to perfect each week (which also means more money). Fox had originally intended to end the show after the first season, airing all 13 episodes. It seems that producers aren’t ready to give up yet and plan to meet with Fox execs this week to pitch a second season.
There’s a number of factors that go against “Terra Nova” at the moment.
- “Terra Nova” lacks the viewers execs expected. Each week a combined DVR and Nielsen Ratings show that only three million people tune in each week. This is a quick decline of 30 percent from its premiere.
- The show does not have a lead from an already established program like newcomer “Revenge.” This show is only succeeding because people are already tuning in for “Modern Family” and “Happy Endings.”
- The background shots are cheesy and unbelievable, even if it’s one of the most expensive shows on TV to film at the moment.
- “Terra Nova” is up against “Monday Night Football,” “Dancing With the Stars” and CBS’ comedy block. As a new show, it hardly stands a chance for big ratings.
- There’s no buzz about this show at all, not even from sci-fi fan boys and girls. Critics aren’t paying attention either.
One thing working in “Terra Nova’s” future is that the show is competing for a slot with two upcoming dramas, so Fox has no definite plans for its Monday nights. In all honesty, maybe it’s meant to be the type of show that airs in the UK. A short lived, highly reviewed show that isn’t canceled, but designed to last only one season. In the future it could be one of those shows everyone watches on Netflix and wonders “why on earth was there only one series?” An instant cult classic. “Freaks and Geeks” anyone?