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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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Linda October 10, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I have watched all the episodes but I think it is very boring and won’t make it. Brothers and Sisters was much better and I am sorry it was dropped.


Carol L. October 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm

This is my second favorite after Playboy Club! They should put more shows on about what happened during late 50’s and early 60’s before the hippies. I could remember my first flight to San Francisco and dissapointed that the flight people were not classy like the Pan-Am stewardesses and some were men, what a shock! Look at the difference now when you fly on these cheap imitations! The only bad acting is from Christina Ricci.


Gary September 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Great show . worked for a couple of airlines in the early 70s, brings back many great memories.


Lisa September 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I liked Brothers and Sisters a LOT better. The best show I’ve seen so far in the new show category is Revenge, on ABC. The same actress who left Brothers and Sisters stars in it, and it had both me, my husband and middle schooler eagerly waiting for the second episode, which airs in 20 minutes…oops gotta go!!


bluewaterbob September 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I love the show, Can’t wait for the next episode


RJ September 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Nice. Nostalgic for us. This is right when we became of age and those times are good. Nice acting, smooth feel.


SEAL76 September 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

Cancel this show. What a waste of time


Gretta oconnell September 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Anxious to see story line develop.


Kat September 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Agreed with Jason; I liked it, but I wouldn’t recommend it to others, nor would I be particularly heart-broken if it went off the air. It’s kind of like the ’60s more if Disney had been in charge of them, which is fine for a broadcast station on Sunday. It’s definitely got an interesting look to it (and I’m eternally grateful that there’s an alternative to the Playboy Bunnies). I just hope it can keep up its numbers — I’m sure a lot of people who watched last night’s episode just wanted to know what it was like, since the constant advertisements (which didn’t really say when the show was premiering, by and large) were high on style and low on substance.


matt September 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

i really enjoyed it i will watch it again


Val September 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Pan Am has a new fan. I thought it was well written, acted and the props and filming were very realistic. I will definately watch it again and hope I do not invest my time in it to find out is will be cancelled.


Samzon September 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Loved it! This is my new Sunday series now that True Blood is done for the summer season..Although, I think it could use more advertising to really get the ratings it deserves. People I have talked to didnt even know that it had premiered last night. Enjoyed the show and looking forward to this new series!


renna suppe September 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Pan Am has captured my attention from the very beginning. I now have a favorite new series since lost went off the air i have not really been interested in other series. I enjoyed dancing with the stars for a few seasons but now Sunday night @ 10:00 is my favorite t.v. time. Of course i am from the Pan AM era and can remember when women were more classy than todays shows protray them……


T Asplin September 26, 2011 at 10:14 am

Enjoyed Pan Am; the look of the show is fabulous! Looking forward to more.


Jason September 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

I’ll watch again, but it’s not a show I would recommend to others. Sunday evenings are packed with great shows this fall and Pan Am is, in my opinion, one of the weaker offerings.


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