Return of Chief commands low ratings

Commander in Chief wasn't able to muster the troops in its return to prime time Thursday.

The ABC drama, which stars Geena Davis as the nation's first female president, averaged 8.2 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary ratings data from Nielsen Media Research.

In its new 10 p.m. slot, Commander was defeated handily by CBS's Without a Trace (18.6 million, 5.7/16). It had a couple million more viewers than a repeat of NBC's ER (6 million, 2.6/7), but the repeat did better in the demo.

Thursday night belonged to CBS, which averaged prime-time delivery of 19.2 million viewers and a 6.1/18 in the demo. The night's top show was CSI, which averaged 23.9 million viewers and a 7.5/21 in the demo. At 8 p.m., Survivor was the winner with 15 million viewers and a 5.1/17 in adults 18-49.

No one else was even close, with ABC averaging 7.2 million viewers and a 2.5/7, with Commander and a two-hour American Inventor (6.8 million, 2.5/8).

NBC's two hours of sitcom reruns and ER brought in a mere 6 million viewers, but did slightly better than ABC in the demo with a 2.6/8. The 9 p.m. My Name is Earl was the sitcom highlight with 7 million viewers and a 3.1/9 in the demo, while The Office sank to 5.4 million viewers and a 2.6/7.

Fox was barely in the race with an average 3.8 million viewers and 1.8/5 with an original That '70s Show and The Loop plus The O.C. A Chris Rock-directed Everybody Hates Chris was UPN's highlight with 3 million viewers and a 1.2/4.

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My husband and I love CIC. Having a woman run a country isn't such a bad idea.Maybe someone should try it in real life!
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I'm sorry to see that CIC has such bat ratings... I don't live in the US, so I cannot comment on the timeslot, but it seems as though there was a lot of expectations on this show before it had even begun. Two weeks before the show aired it's pilot in my country (the small but beautiful country of Sweden) EVERYBODY was talking about the show and that Geena Davis was supposed to be sooo wonderful, but after the piolt aired suddenly no one cared. I don't know why, cause it deserves debate (and apparently a better time-slot).
Too bad it's not as good as the West Wing, though.
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I think commander in chief is a great show if ABC would not play hide and seek with it like they did 8 simple rules in texas abc canceled them but i like commander in chief.
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if you dont think geena davis looks scary then you must be a stomach bursting alien!!!

SHES A MONSTAR!!!!!
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This show is absolutely terrible. There just isn't enough time in the day to waste watching this political soap opera. I'd rather spend an hour on the O'reilly Factor for my daily dose of political television.
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First of all in my opinion, Ms. Davis is not scary. She is awesome! The only problem CIC is having is the timeslot. To get back on it's feet, ABC needs to give it a strong lead in, such as Lost or Desparate Housewives. I am a truth fan and will be committed to CIC till the end and I do think it will get a second season.
GO CIC!!!
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doesn't anyone else think that this show is just a tool to try to prepare America for Hillary Clinton running for president?
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I was a bit surprised by the State of the Union episode that this article refers to - would a President watch most of the past famous televised SotU speeches over the course of a working day or two? Very unlikely indeed - they'd more likely to be given a written or video highlights summary by a staffer to peruse.

This clumsy start to the episode was further compounded by actually showing *real* past Presidents' SotU speeches (Kennedy, Ford, Carter, Reagan), which is ludicrous because this is a fictional drama (Davis' character took over from another ficitional president, not George W. Bush!) and introducing real recent past presidents [and showing footage of them as well] is a major scripting mistake - something the West Wing never did (they'd mention much older presidents as quotes, but not more recent ones and never any TV footage of them!).
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Commander in Chief is a good show, but its has gooten to real to care about.
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The show has been gone way too long and audiences have moved on. It's hard to establish a connection again to characters that have disappeared for long period of time, especially on a show in its first season. I don't see a second season for this show. It's over.
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Hhm, did ABC expect some other ratings?!
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The timeslot sucked .
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i agree... haha :)
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No wonder it has low ratings Geena Davis Is Scary!
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