Future looks bleak as FlashForward's ratings tank

They should have seen it coming: Thursday's two-hour return of ABC's sci-fi drama FlashForward had the show's lowest ratings yet, partly because of competition from basketball playoffs on CBS.

Here's the news on The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog:

The two-hour "FlashForward" (6.6 million viewers, 1.9 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) was down 10% from its last original episode back in December. If the show continues to perform at this level, the ABC drama's next blackout might be the show winking off the air.

It's kind of a shame; last night's episode—"Revelation Zero," parts one and two— kicked the narrative into high gear, with many reveals and lots of action and suspense.

What this means for the show's prospects for a second season is not good, though Canadian SF writer Robert J. Sawyer—on whose book the show is based—remains sanguine. In a post on his Facebook page, the author wrote:

On the other hand, my Hollywood agent, who is much more savvy about these things than I am, just emailed to say he thinks FLASHFORWARD still has a good shot at a second season, despite last night's ratings—and it's certainly true that a lot of very-high-level conversations have been going on at ABC lately on that topic. Fingers crossed!

FlashFoward airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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