Ah, "Drive", we hardly knew ye...
According to several reports, the new FOX drama "Drive" has been cancelled after only two weeks. Yup - "Drive" received a 'generous' four episodes (over an eight day span) to prove itself. I despise FOX executives.
I know the ratings were subpar. FOX is in love with that 'two hour debut on a Sunday, followed up with a new episode on Monday' premiere schedule. I think it is a handicap for a new show, since most people will assume that the show will continue on Sunday and, thus, miss the Monday episode. Maybe I'm off base here, but scheduling counts, especially for a midseason replacement.
Here is a cancellation justification from a Hollywood Reporter article.
..."Drive" didn't click with viewers from the start, and in its two low-rated airings on Monday seem to have hurt its leadout, veteran "24," which this week posted its lowest adults 18-49 rating for an original episode in more than three years.
Now, I have to call BS on that logic. Maybe, just maybe, "24" was hurt by the debut of a brand new "Heroes" episode, coupled with the inexplicable phenomenon of "Dancing With The Stars"? That seems more likely than "Drive" scaring away potential "24" viewers...unless, FOX had a 15 million viewer expectation for "Drive", which would have been completely unrealistic for a midseason replacement.
I feel for Tim Minear. He continues to produce quality shows, and the networks (especially FOX) continue to cancel them. Here's hoping Tim's next venture is on HBO!