Melrose Place: Is Heather Locklear Enough to Save the New Show?

Melrose Place AmandaUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that this week’s episode of the new Melrose Place marked the return of Heather Locklear’s Amanda. It’s also no secret that the new Melrose Place has been struggling in the ratings.

The CW put a lot of promotion into letting TV viewers know that Locklear was coming and hoped that the original series’ most memorable character would help save the show.

Unfortunately, it seems like it’s a case of “too little, too late.” As expected, Tuesday’s episode did see a bump in the ratings — just not a very big one. In the coveted 18-49 demographic, the show registered a 0.8 rating, a slight increase from last week’s installment (0.7).

The news was slightly better in the 18-34 demos but still not enough to get excited about. For males and females, the 18-34 rating rose from a 0.8 to a 1.1 rating. For females alone (CW’s target demo), the rating came up from a 1.2 to a 1.6 this week.

If you play with percentages, those numbers look great. But really, it’s a case of a small number getting a little bigger. The best that one can say is that Locklear’s return gave the show its best numbers in this demo in six weeks. That’s still significantly lower than the premiere garnered back in September and those figures weren’t great.

Curiosity got a lot of people to tune in this week but only a percentage will return to see the next installment. Though it’s good to see Locklear back on the air, the ratings for the new Melrose Place are still terrible and certainly not enough to save it from cancellation.

What do you think? Was Amanda’s return all that you hoped for? Will the show see a second season or be cancelled?

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  1. says

    I think the TV Stations don’t let to evolve a show. Not the viewers are bad or not returning, the script writers sucked up. The first Melrose Place was perfect. So… Just try to stick with your decision to bring back 90-Shows back, and make it right. Make it more drama, not mor fancy. Keep up the spirit. Give us what we want to see. Dynasty, Melrose Place etc etc. are just fabulous!

  2. glory says

    i love the show.. i waiting for the new episodes to air because it was something i really looked forward to…. i hopes not cancelled

  3. Jez Lloyd says

    I THINK THIS NEW SERIES OF MELROSE PLACE IS ABSOLUTLEY ON MARK. THE SHOW IS DEF CLASSY IN THE SENSE OF THE ORIGINAL AND KEEPS ON PAR WITH THE DRAMA. THE NEW CHARACTERS ARE A GOOD MATCH AND THE PERFORMERS ARE WATCHABLE. I DO HOPE THE CW KEEPS IT AROUND FOR A SECOND SEASON. KATIE CASSIDY IS BRILLIANT AS ELLA SIMMS AND THE ADDITION OF HEATHER LOCKLEAR WAS A MAJOR PLUS. I HAVE LITERALLY BECOME OBCESSED WITH THIS SHOW AND I WAIT IN ANTICIPATION FOR MARCH 9TH WHEN NEW EPISODES FINALLY RETURN TO THE CW!

  4. says

    if melrose place gets cancelled i will be SO F*CKING PISSED OFF!! When I first read about it returning back in january of 09 i was so extaticed and i watched it grow on the internet. Bringing back melrose and 90210 was one of the best ideas the cw has ever had. CW TAKE THIS FROM A TRUE MELROSE FAN! SCREW THE RATINGS!! KEEP MELROSE ON TV AND MAKE US FANS PROUD!!!!!!!

  5. Anonymous says

    This show needs to be canceled! It is the worst piece of crap on TV! They took a classic TV show & ruined it! The new characters are lame & stupid. I can’t believe anyone thinks this is a good show. None of the people on it can act & the story lines are LAME! Worst of all is that plot about Jonah & his manish/drag queen girlfiend, Riley. The writers are trying so hard to make people believe that she is hot. Since when does fat, ugly, & manish equal model?!!? Get rid of those 2 characters & maybe, MAYBE the show will improve. Until then, it is UNWATCHABLE!!!!!!

  6. unicogirl says

    amazing how CW struggles to save shows like Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, and 90210. yet won’t show that same energy when it comes to other shows that they just dumped like trash.

  7. says

    Why would u want to remake a show???? is there no ideas for shows anymore?? the show has already been done just like 90210, its just sad and a stupid idea to remake these shows, the cw is stupid for even putting these shows on the air!

  8. Robert says

    I thought the episode was pretty good, and I think it’s only going to get better from here. I hope like hell that we’ll see a second season. Dawn seems to love this show. And I believe, as do many of the show’s fans, that if it was moved to a different time – say, its original Monday night slot – it would do much better.

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