'Melrose Place' ratings snapshot: Disappointing

melrose-place-ratings_lIt might be time to speed up those Heather Locklear negotiations. The ratings for last night’s Melrose Place premiere are in and, well, they’re not great. The mega-hyped reboot averaged a disappointing 2.3 million viewers. The show fared slightly better among its core young adult audience, placing second in the 9 pm hour. Also of positive note: Melrose was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter last night for about an hour! (Hey, you take the wins where you can get ‘em).

The second season premiere of 90210 actually fared better with 2.6 million viewers, its highest viewer tally since last winter.

Did you watch either? Thoughts? (Melrose actually gets a lot better next week. Ditto 90210.)

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Desmond /The CW

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  • EntertainmentBlogger

    Watching my TiVo’d ep of MP as we speak. It is so bad. I think this is a one-time view for me.

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  • patrick

    WOW those are some bad ratings. i’m kind of happy about it. 90210 got such awful ratings last year and yet still got renewed. if the cw wants shows that have alot of hype without actual ratings than that is what they are going to get

  • thetvobsessed

    It’s the CW, what can you say?

    • jordan

      i can say smallville. CW does not inherently mean bad television. there have been a number of good shows on the cw/wb/upn. it’s pretty clear, however, that the WB is the stronger half of the CW. veronica mars was great, but of course got cancelled.

      • Jane

        I don’t know. Buffy was UPN. When it was on WB it was awful, but I will concede that that’s when Joss tagged out.

      • thetvobsessed

        That’s not the point of my comment. Even if shows are good, the whole network of the CW doesn’t bring good ratings. Shows like Supernatural would get double the viewers on another network.

  • J

    LOL. I love when awful shows bomb.

  • ophelia328

    Hmm, I actually enjoyed the Melrose Place pilot. It was fast-paced and had some intrigue and mystery. I never watched the original, so I’m not trying to compare it to anything. I’ll tune in next week.

  • Kal_Gr

    I watched both shows, and found them pretty good! 90210 started off way better than last year… felt more of an old 90210ish feeling in the air… MP on the other hand was far better than the original shows’ pilot, getting down to business from the beginning, and enjoyed it a lot! Hope it gets better! Still, those 2.6 and 2.3 mil respectivelly, dont sound that bad for the cw, right? They’re bad for premieres, and for fresh programs on an otherwise night full of repeats, but still…

  • keanna montanna

    wow. 2.3 million only? i wonder why the cw always push through this kind of shows. i mean seriously?!?! supernatural and smallville are the shows they should be promoting

    kudos to the president of the cw! lol

    • paula

      She is the same that axed great shows like Veronica Mars or Everwood, nothing new actually

  • brandy

    I actually liked it, too, and I wasn’t really expecting to. I just watched it because I had nothing else to do, and I got a little hooked.

  • tracey

    Loved the original series (watching on DVD now!) but perhaps I’m too old at 38 to enjoy a CW series. I wasn’t feeling it, though the first season of the original wasn’t great either. Ashley Simpson can’t act, and I want to know how Michael could possibly have a 20-something year old son???

  • lisab.

    MP was just ok for me, dawg. I’ll watch it again, if only for Michael Mancini. Love me some Michael Mancini.

  • Kris

    And they’re going to brush it off and continue with thier remakes and teen dramas. This isn’t the ’90’s anymore.

  • joe

    I love it. That’s what Dawn gets for insisting that the CW become the lily-white teenage girl channel.

  • Bill, in Dallas

    I thought the “quickie” explanations to tied up plot holes from the old show were lame. Sydney faked her death. David is Michael’s son, but was “hidden” for 13 years. Seriously?

    • Karen

      Micheal fathered David while he was in med school but abandoned him for 13 years…whats so wild about that? Micheal is in his late 40s

  • Lau

    I stopped watching 90210 and don’t plan on watching Melrose Place.
    Was 90210 good? I only watched for Navid and Adrianna last season, all the other characters are way too annoying and the show isn’t good imo.

    • Roro

      Posted on We mustve ratsted running at the same time. My younger self wouldve had the same reaction as yours. I remember in high school wondering why in the heck anyone would want to run 7 miles. Oh how perspectives can change!!

  • Chris

    I guess the obvs reason why MP had low season premiere ratings is because it was up against AGT!!!

    • Laura

      Yeah, well the CW will be up against TOUGHER competition in a few weeks when CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox all premiere their regular fall schedules…so…look out below!

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