Do No Harm: New NBC TV Series; Cancel or Keep It?

do no harm tv show nbcLast week, NBC aired their newest Thursday night drama, Do No Harm. Will the series be quickly cancelled or become a big ratings smash for the network? Cancel or keep it?

Do No Harm revolves around Doctor Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale), a dedicated neurosurgeon with an unusual problem. Every night, at 8:25pm, he becomes someone else — an alternate and evil version of himself who goes by the name Ian Price. Jason has managed to keep his alter ego from appearing, thanks to medication. Unfortunately, the serum stops working suddenly and Ian appears, more dangerous than ever.

In addition to Pasquale, Do No Harm also features the talents of Alana de la Garza, Ruta Gedmintas, Phylicia Rashad, Mousa Kraish, Michael Esper, John Carroll Lynch, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Samm Levine.

The show debuted last week to a truly meager 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.12 million total viewers. It was in a distant third place in its timeslot. It’s also believed to be the lowest demo rating for a scripted series premiere in TV history among the four major broadcast networks.

The previous record holders were FOX’s The Return of Jezebel James in 2008 and NBC’s Bent sitcom from last March. Both registered a 1.0 rating and were off the air in three weeks.

While NBC hasn’t pulled Do No Harm off the schedule yet, it’s clear that this series is doomed to be cancelled soon. It also looks very unlikely that all 12 produced episodes will end up airing.

While the show was in production, the network trimmed the episode order from 13 to 12 installments. This was supposedly done because they wouldn’t have room on the schedule for a full baker’s dozen. In retrospect, execs are probably wishing that they’d cut a lot more than just one.

But, what do you think? Do you like Do No Harm? Are you hoping that it survives somehow or are you reconciled to the fact that it will be cancelled? If you were running the network, what would you do?

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  1. Also Anonymous says

    Finally something a little different and you cancel it before it has a shot? So what if the ratings sucked the first night? Ever hear of word of mouth? I loved it!

  2. V says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the show. Why do you networks keep cancelling good shows?? I am about to just give up on television! Sick of all the reality shows, talk shows, etc. Its boring and old. I’ll just cancel tv and watch movies!!!

  3. Ann Marie says

    Keep it….what, are u going to do, replace it with some ridiculous reality show? Two shows in seems a little premature in canceling it. Give it a decent chance, it’s intriguing.

  4. says

    I do not want you to cancel this show, Do No Harm. THE SHOW JUST NEEDS TO BE PUT IN A DIFFERENT TIME SLOT(sorry for the caps but I just wanted to make a statement). There are two shows that I watch and record at that time slot and most cable companies do not allow you to watch a third show while two are being recorded. I love the show, he is handsome and this second show was so heartfelt. He not only turned in the bad guys but he bought a very expensive instrument to operate on this girl that could have gone blind without that laser surgery. The show is really cool, some hospital shows are a little boring and this one gives a little spin that is awesome.

  5. Danielle says

    Keep this show on its better than that crappy Snooki and Jwow and that stupid annoying Crappy Cop show called Blue bloods on CBS. And I think the Carrie diaries suck

  6. Patti says

    I was getting into the story of Do No Harm. I thought the acting was good, and found the story line believeable and interesting. Get rid of these stupid reality shows and keep something interesting.

  7. Gretchen says

    I love this show! Reallly? Cancelled after only two episodes? Come on. Most haven’t even heard of it because it is so new and haven’t had a chance to see it with 4 billion shows on a day. Bad idea to cancel it.

  8. Anonymous says

    Keep the show on. I watched the first episode on demand and loved it. This show deserves a chance. I mean really two episodes and now it is cancelled. At least them air the rest of the episodes, the ratings might go up.

  9. says

    Give the show a chance. Change it to a better day and time don’t cancel it. Smash was cancelled but it came back. What’s wrong with NBC!

  10. Jen says

    Keep it on !! its a good show so far I enjoyed it alot give it a change let it run through the first season atleast the 2nd episode was GREAT!!!

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