Pan Am: Premiere Ratings

Pan Am ratingsLast night, ABC unveiled their new retro-drama, Pan Am, and it performed a lot better than NBC’s Playboy Club did nearly a week ago.

Per the fast affiliate numbers, Pan Am attracted a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.87 million viewers. The new series essentially retained the audience from lead-in Desperate Housewives and was second in the timeslot, well behind NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Compared to last season’s debut of now-cancelled Brothers & Sisters, Pan Am improved by 7% in the key demo (a 2.9 rating).

These numbers are positive but certainly not impressive. The TV show’s not an immediate bomb and it’s not an instant hit either. ABC execs were surely hoping for better, especially given all of the promotion they poured into it. We’ll likely have to see how the next episodes perform before we have an idea about the show’s chances for a second season.

What do you think? Did you watch Pan Am last night? Will you watch again? Do you think this show has a future or will end up being cancelled?

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  1. Mike says

    I love the show.It brings back memories of the sixties when everything was fun and fresh and naive.Please don’t cancel the show.Give it a chance

  2. says

    A favourite saying during the 60’s “it was the worst of times and it was the best of times”
    My wife and I enjoyed this series of Pan Am, we were young in those days and the 60’s the world was going through major changes. Pan Am brings back those memories of the Kennedy Assassination and how the world became so different and the lead into the Vietnam Crisis. The story lines regarding the Cold War crisis and the lead into the stewardess’s espionage role is totally believable, we believe the CIA was capable as were the Russians of using and manipulating people to their own ends. Remember these were new and difficult times. We feel that Pan Am was not an innocent bystander in all of this as well. We only have to look at what is going on in the world scene now as to the amount of corruption that exists. If they ever decide to bring Pan Am back again we will definitely watch it, we never missed an episode. Unfortunately the networks want a 100% rating never satisfied with just only 10.87 million viewers and the fact that they had an demographic of 18 to 49 age group of those watching tells us that there are more younger people interested in learning about the 60’s through a medium that is capable of researching truths in history. And we’re in our 60’s who lived it.
    Bring it back and keep the history lesson going right up to the time Pan Am’s Lockerbie bombing and the airlines subsequent demise. At least another 1 to properly complete the series. Pan Am went on beyond the 60’s

  3. Sarah says

    If you are looking for mindless reality TV…then don’t watch this. This is REAL TV. I love this show. I’ll follow it wherever it moves to. I’ll buy the DVD’s and I’ve already introduced 3 friends to it. KEEP IT!!!

  4. Laura says

    I really love Pan Am. It is a show I shall watch every sunday night. The cast is great and you really get attached to the characters and the story. It’s a wonderful new show, I haven’t been this excited about one in a long time. I really hope it doesn’t get cancelled. Success sometimes takes time!

  5. walter says

    I was watching both Pan Am and the Playboy club but thought the playboy club was much more interesting. I am continuing to watch Pan am right now but miss the playboy club.

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