Posted: Feb 10th 2005, 5:48 am
"Eyes" will air beginning April 13th, 2005, Wednesdays at 10pm on ABC.
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THE PREMIERE OF "EYES," THE NEW MIDSEASON DRAMA SERIES FROM JOHN McNAMARA, TO MOVE TO WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
The network premiere of "Eyes," the new one-hour drama series from John McNamara -- the executive producer of "Fastlane" and the co-creator of "Profit" -- will move to a new date, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
In the new drama series, impulsive, sharp-witted Harlan Judd (Tim Daly) runs Judd Risk Management, a discreet, high-tech private investigation firm that handles the cases with the highest possible stakes, while operating at the absolute fringe of the law. Along with ruthlessly efficient Nora Gage (Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon) and a staff of brilliantly skilled, driven individuals -- some with their own agendas and secrets -- Harlan does whatever it takes to prevail in a world of unsteady alliances and uncertain loyalties.
"Eyes" will premiere following original episodes of "Lost" and "Alias," with most of the new show's episodes airing after original installments of the two established series. On average, ABC's "Lost" leads the Wednesday 8:00 p.m. hour with 16.5 million viewers and a 6.0 rating, 16 share in Adults 18-49. At 9:00, "Alias" has averaged13.4 million viewers and a 5.6 rating, 13 share in Adults 18-49.
"Eyes" stars Tim Daly ("Wings") as Harlan Judd, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon ("NYPD Blue") as Nora Gage, A.J. Langer ("My So-Called Life") as Meg Bardo, Laura Leighton ("Melrose Place") as Leslie Town, Eric Mabius ("Resident Evil," "The L Word") as Jeff McCann, Rick Worthy ("Collateral Damage") as Chris Didion and Natalie Zea ("The Shield") as Trish Agermeyer.
Created and executive-produced by John McNamara ("Fastlane," "Profit," "The Fugitive"), "Eyes" is a McNamara Paper Products production in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The debut of "Eyes" was a little more private than ABC execs might have wished.
Despite stellar reviews and a big marketing push, Alphabet's new gumshoe drama finished third in its 10 p.m. slot Wednesday, averaging a disappointing 3.1/9 among adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers in Nielsen's fast national numbers. That's about 22% below what ABC had been averaging with reality hit "Wife Swap."
"Eyes" dropped 29% below its "Alias""Alias" lead-in (4.4/11 in adults 18-49, 10.8 million viewers) and, more troubling, dipped at the half-hour.
It was a rare disappointment for the Alphabet, which this season has scored three of the four biggest drama premieres with "Lost," "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy." But it was also in keeping with the net's consistent inability to launch a new drama at 10 p.m. Wednesday (RIP "Gideon's Crossing," "MDs," "Karen Sisco").
So, someone likes it!But now whenever I see Bo, I think "Bice, Bice, Baby," thanks to SnippyScholar, which makes me think of the David Bowie song "Under Pressure," of course, which leads directly to Nip/Tuck normally, but this week leads to Eyes, the new Tim Daly/Laura Leighton show, and I need you to know that that show is freaking awesome. Where did ABC come from all of a sudden? I haven't been this impressed with a pilot since…well, Grey's Anatomy, a couple of days ago.
source: http://www.variety.com"Eyes" ran third at 10 (3.2/9 in adults 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) - on parpar with last week's premiere and 1 share behind repeats of NBC's "Law & Order" (3.6/10 in adults 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall) and CBS' "CSI: NY" (3.6/10 in adults 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall).
TV execs struggle to keep shows alive
By BILL BRIOUX -- Toronto Sun
Eyes opened at ABC last week. Can Eyes open wider?
The stylish detective drama, starring Timothy Daly and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, premiered to good reviews. "Eyes is entertaining, a breezy, sophisticated lark," said the Sun.
Then the ratings came out. Up against two formidable franchises -- CSI: NY and Law & Order -- the show scored 8.39 million U.S. viewers, coming third in its timeslot behind ABC's slow building Alias (11.08 million).
Last year, coming third on ABC was a cork popper, cause for celebration. Along came Desperate Housewives and Lost and expectations shot up.
Besides, just as with movies, TV is now all about opening big. That's why Eyes' executive producer John McNamara sent e-mails to critics over the weekend in a bold attempt to save his brand new show.
It's not an unheard of tactic. Arrested Development's creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, sent critics a T-shirt last week along with a plea to tell viewers to watch that struggling show's season finale (Sunday April 17 at 8:30 on Global and Fox).
Both producers know it takes more than making a good show to survive these days. "You know better than anyone," McNamara wrote. "TV, TiVo, DVDs, music and the internet are like a media rainstorm; a new show can fly by like a single drop. We need help keeping Eyes visible."
Contacted yesterday by phone, McNamara said he was thrilled to have critics from as diverse a field as The New York Times to US Weekly in his corner. The trick now was getting more of the 1,200 Nielsen families -- the test groups who determine the fate of all U.S. shows -- to tune in.
McNamara's been ahead of the curve before. In 1996, his dark drama Profit, about an amoral entrepreneur, flamed out in weeks. Some fans and critics are still trying to save that show.
He says Eyes shines because it combines two genres: Comedy and detective shows. He was getting bored with all those humourless procedurals on TV. "Why can't they be funny, too?" he asked. Eyes was his answer.
Can critics really make a difference, I asked? McNamara says just two words can save a show: "Critically acclaimed." That tag probably bought Arrested Development a second season, he figures.
It helps when the people at the network are patient, he says. He points out that ABC hung in with Alias where others would have bailed. Still, a taste of success has given ABC an appetite. Eyes is fighting for a fall berth, but another mid-season entry, the Sunday medical drama Grey's Anatomy, has jumped to the front of the renewal line.
This time of year, several shows are fighting for renewal (see list). Save Our Shows campaigns are launching earlier than ever, sometimes before a show even hits the air.
Do these fan-based, largely Internet initiatives help? McNamara points to Family Guy. The animated Fox comedy was cancelled three times before DVD sales went through the roof. "Family Guy is the Easter of television," he says. "It came back because people loved it so much and wouldn't shut up."
But do fans -- or critics -- from Canada make a difference? Yes, says McNamara, because we're the third largest International market -- behind England and Germany --and the only foreign simulcast market. In other words, a show could survive with middling U.S. ratings if it was raking in the bucks -- even Canadian bucks.
Meanwhile, McNamara isn't just relying on critics to get the word out. ABC is mounting a relentless campaign, Warners (the producing studio) is working their AOL connection and Daly is booked on every talk show in sight, from Kimmel to Ellen to Dennis Miller.
If that doesn't work, make stuff up, says McNamara. "Any blurb could actually make a huge difference. Write that I was arrested last week for murder: 'Producer kills to get show renewed.' Say I've got Robert Blake's lawyer. Just mention Eyes, Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. (on CH and ABC)."