Dollhouse finale ratings tank

It's not supposed to happen like this. Season finales are supposed to be the big send-off for shows, roping in the audience that's watched for the past few months for one grand party. But the Dollhouse finale on Friday did the exact opposite.

The season finale for Dollhouse registered the show's worst ratings to date, says The Hollywood Reporter. Friday's episode was watched by 2.8 million viewers and drew a mere 1.0 preliminary rating among the coveted 18-49 adult demographic, down from the previous series low of 1.1 in the penultimate episode.

That's a horrible sign for the future of the series, which had a glimmer of hope at renewal about a month ago, but now seems headed for the scrap heap. Even with gains from DVR viewing, the hard truth is these numbers do not warrant a second season.

Do you think there is still a chance for a second season of Dollhouse?

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Only goes to show that when you're a star, you can make pretty much anything happen. The misplaced blind faith of networks in certain producers like Whedon and Abrams are ludicrous. You try, it tanks, move on! The fact that FOX, the network with the worst record cancelling shows before they give them a chance would even dignify this show with a second season shows how much they don't know what they're doing anymore. Same thing for Fringe. Ratings are going down... well... let's move it to another cheaper location and lose an actor and voila!

Ridiculous. At this point Fox seems to be banging their head against the wall trying not to wake up to reality chanting to themselves 'this is not happening... these guys are stars, these shows are working'

Or maybe it's just (like when Chronicles got renewed despite failing ratings) that they thought it would be such a success they didn't bother thinking of an escape plan if it wasn't and they really don't want to leave those kiddies audiences to CW...
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I'm very happy to hear that this one is renewed. It's one of the few new shows that my wife and I really liked to sit down and watch together. I really hope that some of my other favorites will be returning.
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I'm glad it got renewed. But I do tend to agree with other comments that it has a poor time slot and that all the rumors about possibly not renewing leaves us cold. This is a good show and people have to give it a chance... Can't all be American Idol or reality shows all the time!
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The problem with this show is that it started out really bad. There were too many boring episodes of she-goes-out-and-does-this-icky-job plots. This show did not get good until they started in on the conspiracy plot (turning it from an episodic to a serial). By then of course it was already too late and not enough people were watching.
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I can't believe they renewed this show. i watched about five minutes and it appeared poorly acted and unwatchable to me.
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See....this is the reason the season finale tanked. No one once to watch a cliffhanger ending with the posibility of a cancelation leaving all storylines up in the air. I purposely didn't tune in because I thought I would never get to see the resolve of what has now become a completely addicting show.
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WOW low ratings from the target demographic, BIG surprise when that show is broadcast on a night that group is NOT HOME. It's friday night FOX, 18-28 year olds are usually OUT AT THE BAR OR CLUBS. QUIT KILLING SHOWS BY YOUR STUPIDITY.
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This show was average at best, and the Friday night time slot killed any glimmer of hope it had in surviving (especially on FOX). Hopefully Eliza can get a new starring role soon.
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I really like the show, but the finale wasn't that great...
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I love the show as well & I DVR a lot of my shows but this is one of the shows that u can't miss at all.. :)
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I LOVE the show and even I have to TiVo it just to be able to watch it. The time slot is a death sentence.
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if they take it and terminator and put them on a day when their target audience watch tv then it would work
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according to one source the chances of a renewal are getting good, from true hollywood reporter i think
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I honestly don't understand how the ratings could possibly be this bad. I think Fox does have a hand is putting it on a horrid night, but really. This is ridiculous.
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I hope Joss Whedon's next project is better, sorry not a fan of Dullhouse.
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I hope they invest in this show no matter the results are. There were some shows that had a bad record but then developed. I'd like to see what happend to Echo and Ballard when he stays in the DH.
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sooooo episode 12 was really the finale?? there won't be a ep.13? well.......I thought it was good, maybe not the best finale you've seen...but I think the series deserves a second season!! I'll watch it!!
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i thought the finale of dollhouse was quite good if im honest- glad i watched it now :)
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this is ridicilous, how can fox put the show on friday night and expect better ratings for a new show!!If they think Dollhouse's targeted to 18-49 audience then they should put the show on a day that they know the audience would be at least home to have a possibility on getting better ratings..
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Honestly, if it comes down to deciding between the two "FOX Friday Night On-The-Bubble Shows" (Terminator and Dollhouse), my vote is for Terminator:TSCC x 1,000,000! Dollhouse is the exact opposite of Firefly - in Firefly you were DYING to find out ANY scrap of information about the characters, the ship, their mission, hell, their whole world and place-in-time! In Dollhouse - ummm, I didn't care about ANYTHING. Who's Alpha? What happened to the doctor's face? What is "the attic"? WHO CARES?!?! (Plus I couldn't think of any lingering questions I would want answered in a 2nd season...even if I liked the damn show!) But Terminator? Wow. Talk about a show that just got "better with age". Or, to put it another way, I will DEFINITELY be buying both currently existing seasons (and any ones made in the future) of T:TSCC. I won't even be *borrowing* Dollhouse on DVD (if any of my friends are stupid enough to buy it)...not even to see the fabled "set in the future 13th episode".



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Honestly I think this show was solid but has to go if the ratings are that bad, sad to say but the networks are a business and if it doesn't cut it to that extent it has to go. The real problem is when a show is rating okay but to the network's expectations and is cancelled on that grounds. But here is not one of those situations, the ratings are very poor and simply has to go.
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Unbelievable to imagine that a Friday night in the middle of gorgeous weather when nobody is home is going to have great ratings. This show should be brought back & put on a different night -- or just bite the bullet on "ratings" to get a dedicated Whedonite viewing public.
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I loved the finale! Lots to open up for storylines for season 2!!
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I'm a fan of the show and would love to see it come back for another season. Friday night is probably not the best time the network could have chosen if they actually want Dollhouse to get good ratings.
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I thought the finale was fantastic. I had a lot of friends give up on the show because of the slow start. Well that is standard Whedon. All of his shows take time to form, but they reward you in the end. If Buffy were to have started in this day it wouldn't have made it to a second season. I loved where the show could go from here, but I accept that it may not happen. Whedon should shop the show to SCI-FI (I'm not calling it SYFY) mabe it could be thier next BSG. One could only hope, cause we need it.
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Finale was a bit weird going from past to present with Alpha and Echo and multiple wipes
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I thought that it was great.....will give amy Acker more air time next season & agent Ballard will join the Dollhouse!!!!!!!
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The show is getting a lot better, people really should give it a chance. Not renewing it for a second season would be a big mistake.
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I have high hopes for Dollhouse. The DVD sales are doing great so people keep ordering the DVD !!!
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Fox does this to all Sci-Fi type shows. Put me in a room for 5 seconds with the Fox Executives and they'll never cancel a great show again
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It was a solid show and solid plot. It has much potential. Just got the throw in some super surprises.
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Too bad. I liked the show. There were some bad episodes, but in general it was not bad.
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Personally I thought the show was average at best. I really wanted to like it more but I just couldn't. It just made me feel like I was watching some cheesy 70's or 80's show. I gave up in the end.
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Time to call it quits and put a new show on the air - in the fall. I'm not sure if Dollhouse got any better after the pilot (which is the only episode I've seen), but that one was absolutely terrible.
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It is a great show. It DESERVES another season but NOT ON FRIDAYS. American idol and reallity tv is the worst thing that's ever happened to good tv.
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This is terrible, I have loved every single episode of the show, there is so much to it and the finale was just incredible. It really must get, at least, a second season to discover more about the characters.
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The show was way over-hyped and didn't live up to its potential. Disappointment for Whedon fans. Also, it airs on Fridays, not a good night for tv.
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aw that is a shame. that show seemed to have potential. but if u wanna c some dope tv check out UpAllNite.tv and see wsup!
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Dollhouse finale sucked, the show was alright but i did not get the season finale no question's were answered for me and it did not leave me wanting more
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I think FOX got a lot of publicity out of this show with it being a Josh Whedon Production and the general fan reaction both negative and positive. They took it and put it on a Friday night and let it die. It might have done better on another broadcaster. The subject matter was controversial so under any circumstances there was going to be big buzz. At this point I wouldn't be be surprised to see it come back for a second season or be canceled. If I was a betting man I would say canceled.
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What people expect? The show was in the doubt, more afirmation, about the possible cancelattion so many people stop watching the show you know if you are gonna cancell a ttv show do it dont let people wondering because that really hurts a tv show like this for example so if you qwant to cancell it do it do not give "rumors" and then let us wondering for weeks and weeks



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This really sucks Dollhouse has to come back its a great show. I'm sure that if its given a chance more people will tune in there have been some awesome shows that weren't good in the beginning but got really popular in later seasons.
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I still think that Journeyman was far superior to this.
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COME ONNN JUST GIVE IT A SECOND SEASON!!
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its sad that they will cancell it but what exactly will they replace it with? anything moved to fridays will not get good ratings. i can bet that if they aired it monday through thursday that its ratings would of been way higher
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Dollhouse needs to come back and for a FULL season! Joss Whedon tells great stories. This is a great show and Whedon is a proven winner. Hell, if these "reality tv" loving dips who keep killing good TV had a brain in their heads Firefly would still be going on and we wouldn't be having this argument for a few more seasons!
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Eh, I don't really care if it comes back. A month ago I would've been screaming for a second season, but after the finale I couldn't really care less. It wasn't explosive, nothing important or interesting happened. The show left me thinking "Well, at least it's over."
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That's such a pity : Dollhouse is one of this show that need more than a season to get her public. I know a show like that cost much to pull together but don't the Fox let herself give up on this one for bad reasons.

Especially when a fox's season is a half season on most channel.

This is a great show, Joss Whedon do well this season, Buffy wasn't so good (don't misunderstand me, it's one of my favorite show) during first season, and the last one was nothing but simply perfect !

PS : Sorry if my english is not so good, I'm french, I do my best.
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WOW! Incredible a series I don't watch is in danger of being cancelled, I was starting to think I was a bad omen, for my fave shows.
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I don't really understand all the harsh critcism of this show, it was interesting enough. Action, philosophical quandries, pretty girls in skimpy garb and sprinkling of humor, I liked it, and if it gets cancelled I'll miss it. That being said, their finalle still felt more like a sweeps episode that something that was supposed to keep me excited about the series for the next three months.
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