TNT's 'Monday Mornings' Opens Weak
Medical drama draws just 1.34 million viewers in premiere
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/5/2013 4:50:52 PM
Mornings, from creator David E. Kelley and executive producer Dr. Sanjay Gupta, also posted a 40% drop-off from its Dallas lead-in. In the demos, it averaged 386,000 adults 18-49 and 472,000 adults 25-54.
Dallas, for its part, fell to a series-low 2.23 million total viewers, down 25% from last week's two-hour season premiere. The drama drew 773,000 in the adults 18-49 demo, down 24%, and 917,000 adults 25-54, down 25%.
The fascination of the morbidity and mortality conference is the challenge to learn from error. Assigning blame and demeaning the guilty party are the very forces that keep medical mistakes in the dark. The series gets high marks for drama and character devlopment but fails to capture the true spirit of the conference - education of developing physicians guided by an experienced moderator whose intent is education, not punishment. I look forward to the rest of the series to see if this aspect emerges.
Leo A. Gordon MD - 2/5/2013 5:42:41 PM EST
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