Over the past few years, NBC has certainly had some problems attracting viewers. One of their biggest trouble spots on the schedule has been Monday nights at 10pm. Great shows like Journeyman, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Black Donnellys have all tried and failed to bring large numbers of viewers to the peacock network. The most recent timeslot casualty is My Own Worst Enemy.
My Own Worst Enemy centers around Henry Spivey (Christian Slater), an everyday businessman with a wife (Madchen Amick) and two kids (Taylor Lautner, and Bella Thorne). Unbeknown to himself and to his loved ones, Henry has another identity. He’s also a secret operative and trained killer named Edward Albright.
In this second persona, he works for a secret spy organization under the supervision of Mavis Heller (Alfre Woodard). He’s frequently partnered with friend and fellow operative Tom Grady/Raymond Carter (Mike O’Malley). Other series performers include Omid Abtahi, Saffron Burrows, James Cromwell, Sarai Givaty, Mark Ivanir, Mindy Sterling, Missy Yager, Eugenia Yuan, and Louis Giambalvo.
The show debuted on October 13, 2008 on NBC and attracted a mediocre 7.27 million viewers and a 3.0/8 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. Over the next several weeks, the numbers dropped to a low of 3.63 million and 1.5/4. Worst Enemy lost over 40% of its Heroes lead-in in overall viewers and even more than that in the key demographic. The disappointing ratings caused NBC to pull the plug and shut down production almost immediately.
Last week, NBC aired episode nine called “Henry and the Terrible… Day.” Unfortunately, unless the network decides to change its mind or another channel decides to take over Worst Enemy, this is the series’ last episode. If you missed it and would like to see where we left Henry/Edward, take a look….
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