Three Rivers: Poor Premiere Ratings; Cancel It or Keep It?

Three RiversMany Moonlight fans are still upset over the cancellation of CBS’ Friday night vampire series. CBS is counting on viewers wanting more of the show’s star, Alex O’Loughlin, and put him front and center in the new medical series, Three Rivers. So, will O’Loughlin’s physician outlive his vampire character?

Three Rivers revolves around a team of elite surgeons who work in the high-pressure and emotional world of organ transplants. The leader is Dr. Andy Yablonski, (O’Loughlin) a workaholic with a quick wit.

His co-workers include rebellious Dr. Miranda Foster (Katherine Moennig), womanizing Dr. David Lee (Daniel Henney), inexperience coordinator Ryan Abbott (Christopher Hanke), dedicated head of surgery Dr. Sophia Jordan (Alfre Woodard), and Pam Acosta (Justina Machado), Andy’s best friend.

TV show supportMany have suspected that the drama was in trouble even before it got out of the starting gate. Amid some negative early reviews, CBS decided to bump the pilot episode and air the second installment instead. The second episode, which is set to air next week, is called “Ryan’s First Day” and might be a little confusing since returning viewers have already seen Ryan working at his job.

Should Three Rivers be cancelled?

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Based on the early ratings, that may be the least of CBS’ worries. Three Rivers debuted last night with a disappointing 9.17 million viewers and a 2.0/5 rating/share among adults 18-49. It ranked in a distant third place in total viewership and a distant fourth place in the all important demographic.

Three Rivers retained a little more than 70% of its lead-in audience and, in the same timeslot last year, Cold Case brought in almost two million more viewers.

Based on typical ratings trends, even fewer people can be expected to return next week. If you look at it that way, Three Rivers’ life expectancy doesn’t look very good.

Is Three Rivers worth saving or should CBS do a mercy killing and cancel it now? What do you think?

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  1. brad thompson says

    bring it back there isnt much on tv i like especially the way they put shows on for 2 months then have a break for 6 months it was a good show

  2. lakinaz says

    I agree with Lori. CBS and NBC are not reading our commnets. They are not meeting all thier markets. Only the reality show groups. Back to my book!! OR …Cable and Fox.

  3. Lori says

    Is CBS even reading these??? This is crap! Put the show on a decent night and see what happens. Give it a chance, its a smart show about a good topic. I want to see if that guy gets his heart transplant, who’s staying at the hospital!! Plus my husband lived through a double transplant, so i know what i’m talking about.

  4. patti grimm says

    I lOVE Three Rivers. It’s great for informing people of the importance of being organ donors. Give it a chance. I am so sick of all these reality shows.

  5. Grant Carlin says

    Every time that a dood show such as Three Rivers, Trauma, or Southland is aired it is cancelled without having been given a full season to gather a solid following. Conversely, trashy reality shows aren’t held to the same standard and go on and on and on. It’s time the Networks show a little backbone and provide TV fare for thinking viewers who appreciate good acting and storylines.

  6. Jackie M. says

    This was one of the best shows on T.V. and I think that it should be brought back. It showed real life drama and a geat story line not to mention the cast. My mother and I watched it faithfully and would keep watching it. Please please bring it back. We miss it so much. Again, it was one of the BEST shows on!!!

  7. Cynthia H. says

    It is a great show with a great cast. It just needs time to get more of a following. I love it and so does my husband.

  8. David C. says

    Give Three Rivers a chance on another night where it doesn’t have to follow daytime late running football, please. It’s a good show. It just needs a break..

  9. Anonymous says

    I loved this show!!!! Worst thing CBS has ever done by taking it off the air. Will not watch CBS channel anymore after that!

  10. Bob Mervine says

    Three rivers shows real drama, great interpersonal relationships, and a great example of how technology is moving the medical firld. Please find a slot for it. This show MUST GO ON>

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