‘Intelligence’ Producer on Show’s Ratings Plunge: ‘That Sucked’

Jan 15, 2014  •  Post A Comment

After his show plummeted in the ratings earlier this week, "Intelligence" executive producer Michael Seitzman said today during CBS’s TCA presentation: "That sucked — there’s no other way to put it," The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.

THR notes: "The rookie spy drama, starring Josh Holloway and Marg Helgenberger, premiered to a big 16.5 million viewers and a 2.4 rating on Jan. 7 following ‘NCIS.’ But days later, when ‘Intelligence’ launched in its regular Monday time slot Jan. 13, the series nabbed just 6.2 million viewers and sank 50 percent to a 1.2 rating."

"From Seitzman’s perspective, he doesn’t see airing opposite NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ and ABC’s ‘Castle’ in the Monday 10 p.m. period as competition," the report adds. "Instead, he diplomatically stated that they’re ‘friends.’"

The show’s initial 13-episode order is in the can, but the show’s future remains in question, the piece notes.

Said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler: "We’re going to watch very closely. We think the show — looking ahead creatively — is great. Certainly, that time period is a tougher time period right now, but we want to see what the lift is. We want to see what the delayed viewing numbers are. We want to see what the L7 numbers are. We’re waiting a moment to see how many other people watch the show. We’re going to wait and see."

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  1. Speaking of “sucked”: The key element I found unappealing and offputting was the hyper-dramatic story line about Josh Holloway’s character and his wife. That was basically nonsense, and the series of overreactions was silly. More to the point, compared with “Almost Human” (which is kind of Hot) on FOX, “Intelligence” is a real drag. Not an ounce of humor, and takes itself waaay too seriously. And both the “science” and the relationships just don’t work.

  2. Hmmm… aired the premiere on a night with traditionally higher numbers, following the most watched show in prime time, which was a demographically well-matched program to boot. Then moved it to Mondays, following two hours of comedy, up against two similar programs on other networks. Add to that the water cooler talk that the 2nd episode was slower, with less action… and people are not sure why the ratings dropped???

  3. This is no surprise to me. The show just plain sucked.
    Even “Chuck” was better than this. 10 to one this is yanked within two weeks.

  4. I could only watch part of the first episode because I didn’t like the writing or story. This show should NOT have been called “Intelligence” because the script was inferior!!!! What a waste of good actors! As a fan of “Lost,” I was looking forward to seeing Josh Holloway in something worthwhile…Sigh

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