NBC is evidently bringing out the last ditch effort to save its primetime crime drama “Prime Suspect,” starring Maria Bello. The network is airing the mightily struggling in the ratings drama on four consecutive nights this week at 9 p.m. from Monday through Thursday. The network has branded this week “’Prime Suspect’ Week.” Thursday at 9 p.m. is the show’s usual timeslot.
“Prime Suspect,” based off of the British drama starring Helen Mirren, is based in New York City and stars Maria Bello as New York Homicide detective Jane Timoney, a tough as nails woman trying to prove herself in a world that’s apparently dominated by men.
“Prime Suspect” is likely the best new drama of the fall television season and has the right amount of grit that many TV crime dramas sorely lack. Bello has also already proven to be one of the better performers on television in her role as Timoney that fits her like a glove.
This series is not one that should ever be canceled or even remotely deserves to be canceled, but sometimes the best shows on TV are the ones that few people seem to watch. I’m sure it can be chalked up to many things, one being that viewers might not be willing to give new crime dramas an opportunity because there are seemingly more crime dramas than any other sub-genre on television. I typically chalk it up, though, to the majority of people having poor taste in television shows.
The biggest issue with “Prime Suspect” when it comes to the ratings is that it isn’t performing very well in the coveted 18-49 age demographic, meaning it apparently doesn’t skew young. I would almost guarantee that if this series had been picked up by CBS that it would be doing quite better in the Nielsen ratings, as CBS is both the network that skews older in audience and features the most crime dramas of any network, by far. “Prime Suspect” would definitely fit right along with the “CSI” trilogy, “NCIS” duo, “Blue Bloods,” “Criminal Minds” and “The Mentalist.” So, if you’re a fan of any of those shows you should definitely give “Prime Suspect” a shot this week.
I’ve got to think that some higher-up at NBC really likes this show or has high hopes for this show or they wouldn’t be going to so many lengths or so much trouble to try and boost its ratings by airing it every night for almost an entire week. NBC could have easily dumped this as quickly as they did fellow drama “The Playboy Club” when it underperformed right out of the gate. Hopefully this last ditch effort will work out the way the network hopes, but I unfortunately have my doubts. It’s extremely hard and rare for a TV series to gain viewers, no matter how many times you air it. Though if you haven’t seen the series yet I implore you to give it a shot, as I previously said it’s probably the best new drama of the season. Even if you just viewed the pilot and didn’t get a good first glimpse at it, try watching another episode because oftentimes you can’t truly judge a TV series simply by its pilot.
If you are a fan of “Prime Suspect” than there are a few things you could probably do to help the series chances at survival, as well. First, even though you’ve just recently seen the first three episodes of the season you could watch the re-runs of them this week in efforts of boosting ratings. Second, if you typically watch the series on DVR or online, which many TV viewers do these days, you could try watching it during its normal timeslot. Networks do take into consideration viewers who watch shows via DVR, but it’s the first time airing ratings that seem to mean the most to networks. So you could actually be a pretty big fan of “Prime Suspect” and be hurting its chances of survival if you DVR it and watch it days later.
Take some time this week to check out NBC’s “’Prime Suspect’ Week” because not only will you be introduced to the best new drama of the fall season, but you’ll also be enhancing the chances that this great show featuring a great performance from Bello sticks around longer and us fans, like me, will greatly appreciate that.
“Prime Suspect” can be seen locally on KARK Conway Corp. Channel 4.