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The Listener: Poor Reviews and Ratings; Cancel It or Keep It?

The ListenerNBC recently debuted one of their new Summer shows, The Listener. With lots of negative reviews, how did the first episodes perform in the ratings? Is the show worth keeping or should the network listen to critics and cancel it?

The Listener is a Canadian drama that revolves around a young paramedic (Craig Olejnik) who has the ability to listen to people’s inner thoughts. He tries to help those in need while trying to figure out his own place in the world. Others in the cast include Ennis Esmer, Colm Feore, Lisa Marcos, Mylene Robic, Anthony Lemke, John Fleming, Lara jean Chorostecki, Arnold Pinnock, and Paulino Nunes.

The show has already run in several countries around the world and began airing in the US on June 4th. NBC aired the first episode at 9pm and it ranked in fourth place for the timeslot, attracting just 5.25 million viewers and a 1.5/4 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. The 10pm episode garnered a few more viewers (5.34 million) but lost a bit in the demo (1.4/4).

Should The Listener be cancelled?

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Many critics crucified the series and even fellow NBC employee Greg Grunberg may not be crazy about it either. The actor, who plays a mindreader on Heroes, tweeted, “New ‘original’ NBC show about a guy who can hear thoughts… called, uh…The Listener? Uh, no wait, I know this. BRAIN FART!! Genius!!” On Tuesday, he retweeted a fan’s note that said, “wht is ths ‘The Listener’ crap. thr’s alrdy a show abt a mindreader on tv, its called heroes, & @greggrunberg is all we need.”

The peacock network can’t be pleased with Listener’s lackluster performance, even for a Summer series. If NBC was footing the bill exclusively, the show would certainly not be back for another season. But, because the network is simply purchasing the broadcast rights from Canada’s CTV, the show’s much less expensive for them. If CTV decides to produce another season, it might make some sense for NBC to pick it up.

What do you think? Is the show work watching or should it be cancelled already?


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michelle June 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

Barf. The characters are weak as are the plots. Very boring. So many really great shows that actually engage one’s intellect have been cancelled while meaningless, mind dumbing ones like this get renewed. This show needs to go away.


Tayla May 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Does anybody know if you can buy Season one in Canada. I’ve looked on the internet and there is suppose to be season one out, but i can’t find it anywhere. Anybody know?


Lynn March 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

Season 2 is back on in Canada! it’s definitely not the original, but exciting all the same!


Sophie September 3, 2010 at 10:42 am

I so dont agree with you Beth, its a really great show. oh, and BTW, jessica, where can i watch it online?


Beth August 25, 2010 at 8:34 am

Awful show!!


Verna Wright July 27, 2010 at 11:07 am

I have purchased Season 1 on DVD and I would also love to purchase Season 2. Please put it back on the air and release Season 2.


Jessica-age 23 June 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I recently saw a rerun of this show on tv and I loved it! I have since watched all of the episodes online! It is a great show and is just begginning to twist in the plot! Bring it back on air!


Matthew March 29, 2010 at 10:53 pm

I would love to have this show come back on I feel it should come back. I think it’s even better then heroes. I think it even has a good plot to it too. Please bring it back I love it..


Karley March 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

screw Heroes and the poor reviews! The Listener is a great show and if people would just give it a chance they would agree too!


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