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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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Jennifer Carpenter June 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm

This show is definately worth watching. I agree, I hate the fact that I look forward to watching a show and it is cancelled. I definately don’t miss an episode in the summer. I enjoy the show an will be extremely disappointed if it is cancelled :-(

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Cynthia Zimmerman June 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Bring it back pleeeaaaase!!!! This show was awsome and I watched every epeisode! Apparently I wasnt enough. Horrible time slot!

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njjoy June 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm

it’s so sad that there won’t be another season of “MENTAL”; it’s nice to have a show that discusses psychological problems that the world is suffering from these days. Jack was an example of the IDEAL psychiatrist that anyone would love to have as a therapist.

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KittyH June 1, 2010 at 10:57 am

I was so looking forward to seeing more of this! It was so good. Damn you Fox. ><

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arslan June 1, 2010 at 10:56 am

the show is amazing, keep it, gallagher guy is awesome

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lala May 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

i want it back

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sherin May 31, 2010 at 9:20 am

plz keep it
its amazing
who wouldn’t like it

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Kim May 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I am also tired of finding a show I like and then the networks take it off the air! BRING BACK MENTAL!!

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Cami May 7, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Bring back Mental!! It was my saviour last year, the only show I watched religiously. PLEASE continue it!

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Maegan April 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I love mental and I love the anticipation of waiting to see what is wrong?

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Amy Chandler April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm

love it, keep it!!!!!!!!!!

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Kerry April 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm

The show will no longer be and I believe it was because no one knew about it and that it have a very good start.

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Amy May 31, 2010 at 9:24 am

i agree

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Jennifer Coleman April 25, 2010 at 2:57 am

keep it please, Jack Gallagher is awesome!

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Kerry April 24, 2010 at 3:13 am

This show was good where did it go I see that it will not air so sad I watched every show.

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KC April 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Bring back Mental. I am so tired of finding a show that I like and the networks canceling it. Soon there won’t be anything worth watching in the summer!!!!!!!!!

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