Is NBC’s ‘Heroes’ Worth Saving?

Toward the end of its first season, when “Save the cheerleader, save the world” achieved catchphrase status, “Heroes” seemed poised to become the next “Lost,” picking up the mantle of serialized sci-fi drama.

Now, with “Lost” going off the air in style, NBC faces a conundrum about whether “Heroes” is even renewable for another season.

Monday’s finale was slightly better than the program has been since it flew off the rails a year or two ago, but it also marked a reasonably good place to end the show — (SPOILER ALERT) going back to a scene that occurred in the first season to set up a “Brave New World” (the episode’s title) where people with “abilities” might be able to come out of the closet.

The question now — given the program’s expense — is whether NBC will let it die there. Some of the cast members have indicated that they expect to be back next season, but if they are, it will owe more to NBC’s needs than the program’s performance. Preliminary Nielsen results reveal that Monday’s installment drew 4.4 million viewers and a 2 rating among adults 18-49, which is a pretty weak number to bring any network show back, even with an anticipated bump from DVR usage.

Mostly, “Heroes” is a cautionary tale about putting the cart before the horse — and planning all kinds of merchandising tie-ins and webisodes while the series itself, despite its top-notch cast, was chasing away viewers. NBC also did the show no favors by moving it to 8 p.m. this fall to accommodate “The Jay Leno Show.”

So can “Heroes” (and by extension, the cheerleader) be saved? That probably remains a cliffhanger. The only problem is that relatively few people still genuinely care about the outcome.

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  1. jake says:

    Not only did NBC create a fiasco with the tonight show, they also did heroes in by not giving it the boost that it needed by airing it after the superbowl. I really hope it does come back for another season and I think if people once loved this show, they will return if they come up with some great stories. Unfortunately, this year’s carnival story just was a bummer. No show has been more hurt by the writers strike and no show has been more mistreated by a network. When 24, dancing with the stars came on as competition, it did nothing to help it. Please NBC give it one final season, it was once an emmy nominated show and a 20 million plus viewers a week show — it can be again.

  2. MeeBahbu says:

    Someone needs to fix Heroes if they are going to continue another season.
    It was a good show in the first season. The following seasons do start off okay, but drop in quality as each season progresses. Fox has the best TV of all stations in my opinion … too bad their news is complete B.S. ABC is second. NBC used to be my favorite in the 80s and early 90s, but what happened to them? I hate CBS. I think “Everybody Loves Raymond” was their last great sitcom and “Jericho” was their last great drama.
    I don’t want more reality shows, but I know how dumb American viewers are. They don’t like smart shows or shows that have you pay attention for more than one episode. This would explain why so many watch “Two and a Half Men.” That show is so awful and NOT FUNNY AT ALL!!!

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