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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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jab April 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

I just found out the show has been cancelled by fox. Below is the link, and read question 2.2


admin April 20, 2010 at 11:30 am
jab April 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

This show was one of the best(if not the best) new show last year. They had better bring it back. I can’t wait…………..


Tami April 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Put it back on. I love the show and have been waiting patiently for season 2.


mividaloka April 14, 2010 at 9:20 am

I love this show I have been waiting for the next season and I am so devastated to find out that it has been canceled. Bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ling April 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm

This show actually portrays mental health struggles as true to life as TV can be. Please continue this series. It’s informative, intellectual, imaginative, and thought-producing. There aren’t any other shows I know of which depict mental health in a decent light.


Anonymous April 4, 2010 at 5:31 am

Keep it. I won’t hold my breath tho.


Kirstie April 2, 2010 at 8:36 am

Keep it, it’s a great show and i really want to see a second season so please Fox don’t cancel it!


E March 31, 2010 at 1:16 pm

This is a KEEPER


Jay-R March 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm

they need to come out with a second season. mental is awesome!


Christina March 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Please keep the show Mental running, my mom and i love to watch it we hope it returns for a second season!!!!!!!!!!


Helene March 28, 2010 at 3:29 am

My husband and I love Mental…..DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW…..there are a few shows that we enjoy watching together and this is one of them.


emil March 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm

keeeeeeeeeep it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Carolyn Meinhardt March 20, 2010 at 11:59 am

Love Mental. Please, Please, Please don’t cancel this show.


john March 17, 2010 at 10:37 am

The series is great, it’s nice with a high level of professionalism and information. It should stay on. Chris Vance, Annabella Sciorra, Derek Webster, Jacqueline McKenzie, Marisa Ramirez and Nicholas Gonzalez are all doing a great job. It’s a great show, and the show should carry on with the second season. ‘Mental’ has a great future ahead, so much suspense!


Elaine Mudge March 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

Don’t dare cancel this, it is far superior to that smirking Mentalist, which I know is not exactly parallel but Simon Baker in that role is not half the actor that Chris Vance is.


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