Pitch premiered on Thursday night, and y'all, it was excellent. The storytelling, the diversity, the music, the acting, the production, the characters. They all pulled me in right from the beginning and never let me go. And that's no small feat. As much as I love to watch television (probably too much, to be honest), I don't particularly like to watch pilots. It's the equivalent of watching a superhero's origin story, and although I know they're necessary, I still have little patience for it. But Pitch was one of the rare exceptions that I can see myself watching again and again.
Unfortunately, being awesome didn't save the show from getting bad ratings (1.1 18-49, 4.3 million viewers). And I'll be honest--I don't understand it. I'm sure there's some expert explanation for it that I can't put my layperson finger on, but it's mind-boggling to me.
When I saw the ratings on Friday morning, I was sitting at work like
Sigh. Why can't we have nice things? I'm having serious Minority Report flashbacks right now. That was a dark time, and I'm still not happy about it. But I digress.
All may not be lost, however. Although the numbers weren't good, Joe Adalian from Vulture, doesn't see it as a total loss. He seems impressed that Pitch did as well as it did given that it's lead-in, Rosewood, did so badly that he described it as "DOA" (0.7 18-49, 3.6 million viewers). Ouch, but accurate. He also notes that it came within 0.3 of all the other Thursday dramas. That's something to hang our hats on, right? Right?
Okay, @tvmojoe, you calmed me down a little. But just a little. Since Fox supposedly doesn't count same day ratings in their assessment of television worthiness, I'll hold out hope. I'll still be hoping and praying for the same day ratings to improve because I really don't believe that a major network doesn't care about same day ratings, but I'll try to freak out less over the ratings each week.
I will say this though: after the still-smoldering dumpster fire that Sleepy Hollow turned into, I'm mad that I even have to depend on Fox for this show. I want to quit that network so badly, but I also want to support black women by watching the few shows we get to be leads in. But that's another sad subject for another day.
For now, I'll support the lovely Kylie Bunbury and hope that Pitch begins to do as well as it deserves to.
*Cross-posted on Fangirl Uprising