‘Cosmos’ Got Outranked by ‘Resurrection,’ a Show About People Coming Back to Life

According to the L.A. Times, the first episode of Cosmos, a Spacetime Odyssey, drew 5.8 million viewers on Fox last night. Not horrible, but hardly a, um, stellar performance.

Instead of true science, more viewers seemed to prefer sci-fi drama, with 13.3 million tuning in to the launch of ABC’s Resurrection, about the dead returning to life.

On the other hand, Cosmos‘ numbers should increase due to its spread-out distribution model.

[I]t premiered simultaneously on 10 networks, including Fox, National Geographic, FX and FXX. …. Given the broad distribution, plus the time-shifting capabilities of DVRs, Cosmos might ultimately yield a decent audience.

(Hemant adds: It’s also worth noting that Long Island Medium, another show involving dead people communicating with the living, was trending on Twitter last night at a rate outpacing the Cosmos chatter. While it’s on basic cable and didn’t have the Fox-boosted ratings, it’s still a disappointing outcome. However, Cosmos Executive Producer Seth MacFarlane just pointed out on Twitter that the show reached anywhere from 12-17.5 million people.)

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder and Main Mischief Maker of Moral Compass, a site that pokes fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards.


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