Christian Slater hasn’t had much luck in television (his three previous attempts were all cancelled) and ABC hasn’t been able to find a hit for their Tuesdays at 10pm timeslot. Is Mind Games a change of fortune for both of them or is this new series headed for cancellation as well?
Mind Games, follows two brothers/entrepreneurs (Slater and Steve Zahn) who use psychological manipulation to solve problems and to make people’s dreams come true. The rest of the cast includes Megalyn Echikunwoke, Wynn Everett, Gregory Marcel, Cedric Sanders, and Jaime Ray Newman.
The show debuted last week to a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.58 million viewers. It was a very disappointing start and the show was in third place in its timeslot. On the positive side, it wasn’t quite as bad as the premiere of the previous timeslot occupant, Killer Women.
This week however, Mind Games dropped a staggering 39% in the demo and 33% in overall viewership to a 0.6 rating with 2.39 million. That’s lower than any of Killer Women’s episodes.
After just two weeks, the new series has the lowest viewership average of any show on the network this season — even worse than Killer Women, Betrayal, The Assets, or Lucky 7. The latter two were cancelled after two episodes and it wouldn’t surprise me if the network didn’t give Mind Games the same treatment.
ABC ordered 13 episodes of Mind Games and its unlikely that they’ll let them all air — nevermind consider ordering a second season. They could move the show to Friday night but the network is already doing far better with its existing programming. ABC has been running movies on Saturday nights and they often pull in better numbers too. Whatever they do, the future does not look bright for Mind Games.
But, what do you think? Why do you think that it’s done so poorly? Is it worth watching? Do you think it should be cancelled?