Concerns over whether Prison Break could sustain its ratings success as the show strayed from its original premise (a wrongfully accused pair of brothers attempt to escape from prison) proved prophetic as last night’s season three premiere (Monday, 8 p.m.) recorded a disappointing 4.9/8 (rating/share), a significant drop from last year’s debut of 6.3/10.
Even more disconcerting for FOX is the drop occurred despite the absence of any competition. With next week marking the debut of one of NBC’s most talked about new series Chuck, the return of CBS’ comedy How I Met Your Mother and the season premiere of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Monday will quickly become one of the most competitive nights of the week. It’ll be interesting to see how Prison Break fares until it gets relief in the form of 24 (which won’t come until Spring).
In a bit of good news, FOX’s new drama K-Ville, the police drama set in a post-Katrina New Orleans performed admirably pulling in a 6.2/9. In spite of the performance, unless K-Ville manages to get a stronger lead-in from Prison Break, it won’t survive the season as starting next week it goes up against juggernauts Heroes (NBC) and Two and a Half Men (CBS) in the 9 p.m. slot.