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Mental: Drama Premieres to Mixed Numbers; Cancel It or Keep It?

MentalTuesday night, FOX debuted a new drama for the Summer months, Mental. So, did the premiere’s ratings make the network crazy-happy or just drive them crazy?

Mental revolves around an unorthodox psychiatrist who becomes the Director of Mental Health at a fictional Los Angeles hospital. Created by Dan LeVine and co-executive produced by his sister, Deborah Joy LeVine, the series stars Chris Vance, Annabella Sciorra, Derek Webster, Jacqueline McKenzie, Marisa Ramirez, Nicholas Gonzalez, and Edwin Hodge.

The series premiered on Tuesday night and finished in third place for the 9pm hour with 5.8 million viewers and a 2.1/5 rating/share among the 18-49 demographic.

Those numbers aren’t that impressive but the drama did build on its lead-in, a rerun of the popular and very compatible House. There was also very little drop off between Mental’s first and second half hours, indicating that most watched the entire episode.

So, while Mental didn’t have a great debut, it wasn’t bad either. As we enter into the Summer months, viewership tends to fall off so the network may be okay with these numbers. But, will people return for subsequent installments? Will FOX give the show a second season once all 13 episodes have aired? We’ll have to wait and see.

So, what did you think? Is the show worth keeping or should it be cancelled?

 

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NORMA February 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I AGREE WITH ALL THE REPLYS AND JUST HAVE TO SAY THAT IT WAS ONE OF THE BETTER SHOWS I REALLY ENJOYED WATCHING IN A LONG TIME. DO NOT LIKE MEDICAL SHOWS BUT THIS WAS TRUELY AN EXCEPTION. BRING IT BACK

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Taje December 1, 2010 at 3:20 am

Can you please bring this show back??? It was so great….this show wasn’t gven a fair shot alot of people I know havent even heard of it till I showed them the first season and now they are hooked too!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring it back. Ill even sign a petition if I must!!

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Me November 14, 2010 at 8:28 am

Do our comments still count? If I beg for the series Mental to continue will it happen. Or is this hopeless…. I have got my friends hooked but now I find out this series is canceled. Please bring it back

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fan November 14, 2010 at 8:22 am

Please bring it back…….I would like it to continue the series Mental was awsome.

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Cindy Haines September 16, 2010 at 10:12 am

I liked the show, made me think that everything medical is not so black and white. Beats some of the other so called “comedy sitcoms” that are on tv now. Would like to see it come back pls.

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Cassiana Maria August 26, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Deve continuar. Superior as outras sérias relacionadas a área médica; Mental é mais instigante, imprevisível, não enjoa. Voto pelo retorno.

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