A couple years ago, FOX cancelled a Monday night TV show with low ratings, Lone Star, after two episodes. Will The Mob Doctor see history repeat itself? Will this new TV series be cancelled after tonight’s episode?
The Mob Doctor stars Jordana Spiro as a talented young doctor who moonlights as a physician for Chicago mobsters while watching out for her family and working at a hospital. Others in the cast include Floriana Lima, Zach Gilford, Željko Ivanek, Wendy Makkena, Jesse Lee Soffer, William Forsythe, and James Carpinello.
The drama premiered to a disappointing 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.11 million total viewers. It received lots of negative reviews, lost a significant percentage of its Bones lead-in, only tied for third place in its timeslot, and hasn’t even faced the very popular programming on ABC and CBS yet.
Based on last week’s ratings and tonight’s full schedule, it’s reasonable to expect that Mob Doctor is going to take a big beating in the ratings. FOX could cancel and pull the show — as they did with Lone Star — or, they could move it around the schedule instead.
One option would be to send it packing to Friday nights. X Factor reruns are airing there right now and Touch is scheduled to debut on Fridays on October 26th. The network could switch the two dramas and return Kiefer Sutherland to his old 24 timeslot. FOX also has Kitchen Nightmares and several other shows waiting in the wings.
Ultimately, Mob Doctor’s immediate fate will depend on how low the ratings sink and how much faith the network has in the series. Either way, it already looks certain that, unless the ratings start to climb, Mob Doctor won’t be getting an additional episode order or a second season renewal.
What do you think? Should FOX stick with Mob Doctor or just cancel it already? Is it a better show than the ratings seem to indicate?