Unfortunately for fans of NBC’s The Cape, the superhero TV series just never caught on. It started out okay with a 2.6 rating and 8.45 million total viewers for the two hour premiere but it didn’t stay at that level. The second airing dropped nearly 31% in the demo and the ratings kept falling until they evened out at a horrible 1.2 demo rating and just over four million viewers per week.
The show was still in production so the peacock cut their losses and the episode order — from 13 to 10 episodes. Then, rather than airing the season finale, they simply released it online as an “exclusive episode.”
With ratings like these, we all knew there was no chance that The Cape would be back for season two. Now, we have confirmation. NBC-Universal has announced the upcoming release of The Cape – The Complete Series on DVD.
The two disc set will be released on July 5th and hopefully they’ll also include a few extras that will give some indication about where the storyline might have gone if the series hadn’t met an untimely demise.
Interestingly, the run time for the set is reportedly 371 minutes and that seems a bit short for 10 episodes. Each installment should be about 43 minutes long. If you do the math, it would seem that they’re only including nine episodes. I’m sure they’ll end up including all 10 episodes but thought that was worth a mention.
What do you think? Will you be picking up The Cape on DVD? What would you reasonably like to see for extras on The Cape DVD set?