NBC has already killed off two of its most-promoted shows of the fall season: Outlaw and Undercovers. Now a third one is close to going on life support. Chase, with Kelli Giddish as a hard-bitten U.S. marshal, dropped below five million viewers Monday night. An audience of just 4.5 million tuned in.
The show's advocates within NBC will doubtless be noting that the whole night tanked for NBC thanks to a decision to air an interview with George W. Bush instead of spy action-comedy Chuck at 8 p.m.. Bush's audience of seven million was higher than Chuck's average, but more lower in the 18-to-49 demo. The older viewers tuned out after Bush finished talking, but the younger ones didn't return. Result: NBC's conspiracy Thriller dropped 15 percent of its audience, Chase 8 percent.
So, blame Bush for one more thing. Nonetheless, another week or two like this one, and those federal marshals on chase will join the ranks of the unemployed.