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Human Target: FOX Gives Show Big Premiere Push; Cancel or Keep It?

Human TargetFOX’s new action series, Human Target debuted this week with two episodes in three timeslots. The network is making a big push to make sure it’s a hit. Did they succeed?

Human Target follows Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), a handsome personal bodyguard with a talent for charming the ladies and protecting his clients at the same time. Winston (Chi McBride) is his partner and Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) is their tech-talented hired gun.

The show is based on a DC Comics character who assumes the identities of the client he’s protecting. Rick Springfield starred in a 1992 version but it only lasted seven episodes on ABC.

FOX is hoping this new version will last a lot longer. While the network has ordered 12 episodes for season one, based on the early ratings, it’s hard to say if the series will last any longer than that.

What do you think of Human Target?

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On Sunday night, airing before the season eight premiere of 24, Human Target attracted an average of 10.19 million viewers with a 2.9/7 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. That puts it in third place in both the total audience and in the all-important demo. It was a positive sign however that the audience for the second half-hour grew from the first.

On Tuesday night, FOX replayed the first episode, leading out of American Idol. The repeat drew 8.83 million viewers and a 3.3/9 rating/share in the demo. While that’s a good showing for a rerun, Human Target lost more than two-thirds of its lead-in audience. That’s not good.

Then, on Wednesday night, episode two attracted 10.46 million viewers and a 3.4/9 in the demo. That’s a 60% loss from its lead-in and Human Target also lost about two million viewers in the second half hour. That’s particularly worrisome because the show’s permanent timeslot will be 8pm on Wednesday nights and won’t have the American Idol lead-in to help draw in viewers. (Next week, it’ll be airing on Tuesday at 9pm because of the President’s address.)

While Human Target isn’t in immediate danger of cancellation, the show could easily be dropped after one season if the numbers erode. Right now, things could go either way and well have to see what happens in the next few weeks.

What do you think? Is Human Target worth watching or should the show be “snuffed out?” Cancel or keep it?

 

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Dennis May 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm

The best show in years, It would be a shame to stop the production

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Robert McLendon April 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

This is a very entertaining program. I and my friends want it back.

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randou April 25, 2011 at 7:00 am

Love Human Target it’s the best show. Can wait to see new episodes.

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Cathy K April 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

I think it is a great show . We watch it every week so please keep it on.

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Saffron April 9, 2011 at 2:52 am

u no i dont understand who the hell is on the rating comity if you dont let the movie play long enuf ofcorse the ratings wont be good and with 12 episodes wat ever hapend with 25 or 30 episodes al u have been doing is cancaling showes without giving them a chance its a wonder u ca still aford 2 to even own a network . pleas disregard speling not mutch of a typer

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Adelaide March 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I thought this was one of the best , the best, shows and was totally glued to see the next episode… the characters are all great, such a good variety.. Ilsa , I thought and my friends, is one of the most attractive female…. classy, and a bit trashy (underneath it all)… I am soooooo dissapointed not to see it anymore… didn’t realize it was or is cancelled as I was watching any “reruns” that were available.
I will be so dissapointed that I didn’t notice the pending cancellation sooner… compared to some of the other crap , well there’s no comparison….Come on Fox, get Foxy

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Yiota March 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

Definitely a KEEPER!!! Excellent cast & action-packed!!!

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Dianne G March 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Human Target is the best!!! Suspense, Intrigue, Romance, and Comedy. You can not go wrong with keeping this show on the air. The cast has great chemistry, which is hard to find, and the writing is brillant.

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N.L. Giftos March 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Keep this wonderfully entertaining program! We all watch and love it!

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Ralph & Ruth Potter March 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm

HUMAN TARGET IS A GREAT SHOW IT KEEPS YOU ON YOUR SEAT WITH SUPENCE WAITING TO SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. THEY HAVE A GREAT CAST TOO, DON’T TAKE IT OFF, WE LOVE TO WATCH THIS SHOW, GERERO IS GREAT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO NEXT. PERSONALLY WE ARE TIRED OF ALL THE GAY AND SEX SHOWS ON THE TUBE KNOW WE LIKE THE ACTION SHOWS. PLEASE DON’T CUT HUMAN TARGET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ALSO LIKE THE GOOD GUYS THEY HAVE A GREAT CAST ALSO WITH TOM HANKS SON. QUITE ABIT OF ACTION AS WELL ON THE GOOD GUYS, WHY DOES FOX WANT TO CANCELL THESE SHOWS, THEY ARE GREAT ENTERTAINMENT KEEP THEM ON THE!!!!!!!!!!i DON’T KNOW WHAT MOST PEOPLE WATCH BUT YOU GOT TO HAVE MORE THAN NCIS, NCNY NSISLA, COME ON THERE IS TOO MANY BLOOD AND GUT SHOWS ON THE AIR.NCIS IS A REALL GOOD ONE THOUGH.

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Nancy February 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

PLEASE keep “Human Target” alive !! My family LOVES it and we NEVER miss an episode. It is one of the few shows that are exciting , filled with action, BUT that the whole family can watch. We are SICK of the shows that are full of blood/gore/ and sex scenes. PLEASE keep something decent on tv for the ‘regular’ folks to watch.

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jo February 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm

The Human target has a good cast and good story lines. I am sick of reality shows and all there drama… I really like all the characters and Mark Valley makes it very easy to watch. I love Guerrero character…you never know what he will do next. I hope it doesn’t get cancelled…but they always cancel the good ones. Like I heard they were going to cancel Detroit 1-8-7 which is real close to what NYPD blues was like…

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BIG MIKE February 26, 2011 at 12:38 am

keep human target the best show sence 24 this is a great show

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Anonymous February 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm

the best in a long time just when use get excited about a new show they stop it nothing like hurring to get home supper done to watch human target a…..n…..d its not on
first show in a long time i couldn’t wait to see

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Anonymous February 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

It is a great show and one of the few worth watching anymore. I am so sick of “cheap” reality TV shows. Please let it stay in the line up!

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