Minority Report- Post #5 Possibly Losing its Prime Time Spot?

“Minority Report” falls further and further in ratings every week. This week it fell .2 points again to a .7 rating with a total viewership of 2.3 million viewers. According to Variety, “Minority Report” might end up losing its prime time spot following “Gotham” if these ratings continue. According to Variety its opening night, which brought in 3.1 million total viewers and a rating of 1.1, “was the lowest average for any of the fall’s big Four premiers to date, and it has only gone downhill from there.”

The reviews have been tough on the show as well and USA Today in particular did not have very nice things to say about the show and the storyline. To quote USA Today, “A procedural that tries to use gimmicks to mask the emptiness of its characters and the transparency of its central mystery? Check.” Things are not looking good for “Minority Report” and I’m not sure if there will be much more a season to review.



Minority Report- Post #4 Slowly Crashing

This week was not a great week for “Minority Report”. Last week it premiered quietly, going somewhat unnoticed and without making a big splash. Unfortunately this week the rating dropped from 1.1 to a .9 in adults 18-49. It also only brought in a total of 2.57 million viewers.

After watching this week’s episode, I can agree with this rating. The first episode I watched was different than what I had originally watched over the summer. I had the opportunity to watch pilots and write coverage for my internship this summer, and Minority Report was one of the pilots I watched. After watching it live I realized they changed it from the original. They must have changed the pilot once Nick Zano was signed on to the show. The new pilot had a more intense storyline, but unfortunately I don’t see this show doing much better throughout the season. Unless this show manages to get picked up abroad or by a VOD network, I don’t think people will be seeing much more than a season or 2 of it. It’s still early in the season though, so who knows what’s going to happen.

Minority Report- Post #3 The Premier Results

The day has finally come, “Minority Report” has premiered. The pilot episode was pretty much just an episode to set the scene for the series and start a larger story. The format of the show seems like each week will be a mini mystery or crime that needs to be solved, while a potential love story and a family reunion slowly unravel throughout the season. After watching the first episode, I am definitely hooked due to the thrilling possible crime scenes, attractive cast, and the little futuristic digs at things that exist in today’s society, but the overall viewing public did not seem to be on the same page as me.

According to “TV By The Numbers”, the show only got a 1.1% rating for the 18-49 rating and a 3.10% rating for the live + same day viewing. There are no L+5 or L+7 ratings yet because the show just premiered last night. I will have to keep following it and see where the show goes. Unfortunately, Gotham’s new season premiering before did not help with Minority Reports ratings because the ratings dropped between Gotham and Minority Report. People must have tuned out at 9, which isn’t do great for Fox.

Minority Report- Post #2 Turning Blockbusters In To Series?

As discussed in my last blog post, “Minority Report” is a sequel television series that is based off of the Steven Spielberg/ Tom Cruise 2002 film “Minority Report”. It turns out that this is a current trend for the upcoming fall series and Fox is not the only network to jump on the bandwagon. According to Variety.com, NBC is also bringing back “Problem Child” based on the 1990 John Ritter Film and CBS will be airing the series “Rush Hour” and limitless, both based on old films.

This seems to be the new trend for 2015 pilots, but it makes me wonder if movies being turned television series are just a way to lock in high ratings and an automatic fan base. Are networks running low on ideas or are they just trying to stick to what they know will sell. I’m curious to see if this already existing fan base of the 2002 film, “Minority Report”, will effect the ratings next Monday night when the new Fox series premiers.

Below you can find the trailers for both 2002 film and the 2015 TV series.