Broadcast networks continue to defy logic by putting shows on hiatus for large mid-season breaks. Revolution being the latest victim of this practice.
The show debuted with excellent ratings for a science fiction series and have held fairly steady after the expected premiere drop off. Roughly 7-8 million Americans tuned in to watch the first ten episodes each week. Only time will tell if those viewers return after a four month hiatus. In an industry that features hundreds of channels and literally thousands of show to watch, a fickle audience can abandon a show if falls off their radar for even short period of time. Especially if that show is a serial and is difficult to pick up after missing episodes. And if that show is an expensive to produce mid-runner . . . it’s days are numbered.
I’m trying to not sound like a pessimist because I do like the show for what it is, as long as you don’t dig too deep below the thin veil of science that shrouds the show. But I’ve trod down this road before. This is exactly what happened with the V reboot in 2009. V debuted to amazing ratings (even better than Revolution) only to have the audience disappear after extended breaks and poor writing that took an interesting premise and turned it in to a drama treadmill. V lasted two seasons. Because of this I’m very wary of the early success of Revolution and hope it turns in to a series that moves forward with its plot and has legs with the network.
There has been no announcement concerning Revolution being picked up for a second season. I think this pickup is predicated on how the show does in the home stretch. So if you want a second season . . . tune in!
Regardless, Revolution will be back to finish out its season starting on March 25th, and NBC has released an preview trailer to get fans hyped up.
Revolution is a post-apocalyptic drama that takes place 15 years after a mysterious event disables all forms of electricity on Earth. Survivors must learn to adapt to the loss of all technology, the loss of failed governments, and the rise of violent militias.