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A Gifted Man: Premiere Ratings

A Gifted Man ratingsLast night’s only new series premiere, A Gifted Man, had a decidedly mixed debut. That seems to essentially be on par with what the critics and public thought. Though many of the critics’ reviews gave thumbs up to the cast, many felt that the show’s premise and script were lacking.

Per the fast affiliate numbers, the first episode of A Gifted Man registered a 1.4 in the 18-49 demographic and 9.31 million total viewers. It was in second place for the timeslot in terms of the demo — Kitchen Nightmares posted a 1.6 rating. However, A Gifted Man easily won the timeslot in terms of total viewers, attracting nearly as many viewers as NBC, ABC, and The CW networks combined.

Later in the evening, CSI: New York and Blue Bloods both performed better than Gifted Man. Year-to-year, Gifted Man matched now-cancelled Medium’s demo number but improved on total viewership by 50% (9.31 million versus 6.1 million). It should be noted that CBS cancelled Medium with an average 1.4 rating.

While it’s ultimately the demo numbers that matter most, attracting more than nine million on a Friday is nothing to sneeze at. The show’s fate will ultimately be decided by how well it performs in the next few weeks. For right now, it’s too early to tell.

NOTE: Updated weekly and season ratings are now available.

What do you think? Were you watching A Gifted Man? Will you watch again? Is the TV series worthy of a slot on the schedule or should it be cancelled instead?

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Brooke February 19, 2012 at 9:10 am

I love the show. Please stop all of the negative comments. It’s a great show. A Gifted Man is just a show about a doctor but don’t judge. This show should get a 5 star. I love the acting and the characters. I know this show has ghost but who cares. That’s what makes it interesting. Give A Gifted Man a chance. Please bc this is the best drama show that I have ever seen.


Mary Wheeler September 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

Love the show~~~~give it a chance please!! What do expect on a Friday night!


Craig September 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm

The script was really lacking. Any subplot that could have resulted in some excitement was done and over without any problems. Now we have a ghost around when we really just needed and IT guy. The sister is going to be an annoying basket case who will only be a little less annoying than a show that has a surfer-dude type of shaman.


RJ September 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Liked the show. Give it a chance. Too many cop and medical crap shows. If this one balances High-value human value then it will be a winner.


Carolyn September 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I hope this show is given a chance. I found it interesting and the medical part seemed to be authentic. It’s not Ghost Whisperer, but since that show is cancelled, I’d like to see this one on for at least a year.


Georgia September 25, 2011 at 11:37 am

What a great Friday night of television. Watched Haven on Syfy, then Gifted Man and Blue Bloods. Enjoyed them all! Hope Gifted man makes it! As for Kitchen Nightmares…what a snooze fest!


Sheila September 25, 2011 at 8:18 am

The show was ok. Loved Patrick Wilson’s character. His goofy sister and the shaman were entertaining too; however, I found the ghost clingy and totally annoying! I was hoping he’d get rid of her when the shaman did the ritual on him. I was hoping she’d be gone and maybe another ghost would attach to him. Someone interesting like his friend who died in the premiere. Don’t know if I’ll watch again mainly bc of the ghost. Think I’ll go back to Kitchen Nightmares.


annie September 25, 2011 at 7:42 am

This show although well acted and directed will get old fast if they don’t inject a hypodermic of humour into it!


Jay September 25, 2011 at 6:45 am

Really, really boring…..


Dewsterling September 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm

The ghost-wife character is going to drag the whole show down to cancellation. It’s the worst kind of hackneyed cliches: making snide comments about people (I was particularly impressed that she hated the over-worked executive assistant and didn’t manage her own clinic well enough to have hired a manager); or how she’d talk over other people and smugly assumed that sick poor people are somehow more deserving of medical care than the wealthy. Guess what? Everyone needs treatment. The real issue is about making care AFFORDABLE.

I don’t know what Jonathan Demme was thinking. His New York is apparently all-white and this show is not worth the money or time already wasted.


BILL September 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm



Judy 40 September 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Please give it a chance. Jennifer Ehle is such an underrated actress and while she may never surpass the success of her 1995 Lizzie in Pride and Prejudice, I hope to see her in this series for at least for a couple of years.


lotusgreen September 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

the ghost, i could believe. but the shaman seemed too far-fetched!


Ross September 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

This show will not thwart the Friday night death slot! Cancel it!


Lowell Tebbetts September 24, 2011 at 10:45 am

Pretty good show.


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