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Dracula: Cancel or Keep the NBC TV Series?

Dracula TV show: cancel or keep?Grimm has done very well for NBC on Friday nights and is one of their highest-rated dramas. How has Dracula been performing? Is it safe or likely to be cancelled?

Based on the classic Bram Stoker story, Dracula takes place in London. The title character (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) poses as an American entrepreneur while he seeks revenge on those who cursed him. He doesn’t count on falling in love with a woman (Jessica De Gouw) who looks like his deceased wife. Others in the cast include Thomas Kretschmann, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Victoria Smurfit, Katie McGrath, and Nonso Anozie.

The series debuted on October 25th to a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.26 million viewers. This was a very respectable performance for a Friday airing.

Unfortunately, the ratings took a big dive in week two and then again in week three, falling to a 0.9 rating with 2.96 million.

Should Dracula be cancelled?

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After seven episodes, Dracula is now averaging a 1.1 in the demo and 3.46 million viewers. Unless the next few episodes see a good-size gain, the averages will keep dropping.

With ratings like these, it would seem unlikely that NBC would want to order a second season. However, the network has partnered with Sky Living on the series, decreasing their costs. Dracula started airing in the UK on Sky Living last Halloween.

It’s also worth noting that NBC renewed Hannibal last spring and that show drew even worse numbers on Thursdays.

So, essentially, Dracula’s fate could go either way. We’ll have to wait and see whether it will be cancelled or renewed for a second season.

But, what do you think? Do you like Dracula? Do you think it should be renewed or cancelled?

 

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Joseph Butler September 14, 2014 at 1:54 am

I want to start with the fact that Jonathan Rhys Meyers has put at least 110% into every performance he has ever given. With that said NBC is out of their minds for letting Dracula go. Especially since Hanibal had lower ratings and they kept that show.

NBC has made a very bad decision by letting Dracula go, possibly the company that was partnered with NBC will be able to pick up where NBC stopped. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the pants to NBC if they did pick it up and it became a huge hit despite NBC’s abandonment.

Too many times over the 51 years I have been watching tv have I seen NBC do the same thing over and over. They do not really listen to the people who watch tv to call the shots because 1/2 of the shows or more would still be on the air and would be money makers for NBC if they had listened to the popular vote.

I think that TV stations depend too much on the ratings because that is only a cross-section of people, and many of those people that I know of do not even watch the tv that is being monitored, they turn on the set and let it just stay on one station all day, so the ratings are a bunch of bull.. If tv stations hired a survey company and took a true poll of what people watch and enjoy, tv would be a different place to visit.

I only watch OTA (antenna received) TV, so I think that my opinion is important because I do only watch network tv.

Anyway, kind of got off my focus. Every project that I have seen Jonathan Rhys Meyers involved in, he is always tops in my book. He has done so much and has a career and has been going on for pretty much as long as he has been able to talk. So give the man a break NBC and do the right thing and change your collective minds and bring Dracula back to American TV sets. You (NBC) will see a great return on your invested money if you do this because I know that the show will go through the roof especially when people find out that it was actually resuscitated, or to be a true pun, brought back from the dead.

If you personally know Jonathan Rhys Meyers please let him know that he does have die hard fans and we will always seek out his work. He has done so many things throughout his career that I know he will always be able to take on any acting part and play the part to the hilt. Keep it up Jonathan Rhys Meyers, you are the best!

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robert September 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

Listen up NBC. Dracula was a good show which needs to return to TV. It was great to watch on a Friday night when their were very few shows worth watching. I couldn’t wait to watch it. Please bring it back.

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Roberta Dellenger July 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I love mystery and suspense there are alot of stupid shows still on the air I could name a lot besides the fact they are not as hot as drac!

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Anonymous July 24, 2014 at 2:20 am

I sure hope they renew it! They didn’t advertise this show very well. I just happened to see part on a flight I was on, and it sparked my interest.

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Mike Russell July 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Dracula is a great program & it needs to be returned for a second season. NBC has really bad programs on there network & would be smart to keep this show.

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