Getting a pilot made is no guarantee that you show will get on television. And following that logic, getting your show on the fall schedule doesn’t guarantee that you’ll see a full season. Networks often take a wait-and-see approach with new shows, watching their early performances before placing an order for a full season. NBC’s Revolution no longer has to worry about this, as the network has quickly come the decision to let the post-apocalyptic drama play out for a full season.
“We’re impressed with the imagination and creative direction of the entire team on Revolution, not to mention the immediately strong response we got from the audience,” said Jennifer Salke, NBC’s entertainment president. That creative team includes creator Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and producers Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek).
The network used the ratings gold that is the Summer Olympics to hype the sci-fi program, which takes place 15 years after all the electricity on Earth mysteriously stopped working. Something they did must have worked, because Revolution was the highest rated premiere in the 18-49 demographic of any new drama in three years. And though the ratings have dropped since the first episode, it has continued to crush the competition in the 10pm time slot on Monday nights—up against Hawaii Five-O on CBS, and Castle with Nathan Fillion on ABC.
With numbers like this, the full-season order seemed like a given. Revolution is an interesting premise and has a great deal of potential. It feels like it should be better, though. At the moment there’s enough to keep me watching from week to week, but it isn’t something I’m terribly invested in. Are you guys watching Revolution? What do you think of the show?