ABC’s submarine-themed drama may be close to scraping bottom.
Fans of “Last Resort” — which features the crew of a ballistic-missile sub, nuclear warhead detonations, a fictional island in the Indian Ocean and a few treason charges for good measure — got good news last week when the network ordered two more scripts in addition to the series’ planned 13-episode run.
But an extended script order isn’t the same as a renewal for a second season — it doesn’t even guarantee those extra shows will be produced. And it doesn’t address the show’s ratings slide: Thursday’s show scored a 1.3 rating and a 4 share in the coveted 18-to49-year-old demographic, down 0.4 points from the previous week.
While the show has received a boost from viewers watching later thanks to their DVRs, the initial number brings back bad memories of the show that occupied the timeslot for ABC last fall — a remake of “Charlie’s Angels” that featured decidedly fewer nuclear explosions than “Last Resort” … and lasted seven episodes.
The night before ABC pulled the plug on the female crime-fighters, “Charlie’s Angels” pulled a 1.3 rating and a 4 share.
Based in part on numbers such as these, the ratings-trackers at TV by the Numbers have ranked “Last Resort” as “certain to be canceled.” ABC might give the sub crew a pass for this week — competition was tougher thanks to a World Series game — fans might want to start thinking about their save-our-show stunt of choice.