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'Do No Harm' a historic ratings bomb for NBC

Drama serves up the lowest rated in-season premiere ever for a big-four network

By Sona Charaipotra Feb 4, 2013 3:14PM
Photo courtesy NBC
Expectations were hardly sky-high for NBC's new Jekyll and Hyde drama "Do No Harm," but the new series, which premiered Thursday at 10 p.m., bombed big time, bringing in, according to, only a 0.9 share and a mere 3.13 million viewers -- the lowest rated in-season premiere ever by any scripted show on the big four networks. 

The low turn-out likely means a quick death for the series, which stars Steven Pasquale -- late of "Rescue Me" -- as Dr. Jason Cole, a neurosurgeon whose life faces upheaval when an alternate personality, Ian Price, takes over his body every night. Phylicia Rashad co-stars as medical director Vanessa Young. 

In the tough TV climate these days, networks shows have at best two weeks to prove themselves, and if "Do No Harm" fails to raise its numbers next week, it will likely be the latest mid-seasoner to get the axe -- although NBC has yet to pull the plug.

So what's to blame? The pre-launch marketing no doubt played a factor, as did a soft lead in with "The Office" at 1.9. The show also suffered some stiff competition from ABC's "Scandal" and CBS's "Elementary."

Of course, then there's the Jekyll and Hyde premise -- a tried-but-frequently-failed idea when it comes to TV, with NBC's 2008 Christian Slater-starrer "My Own Worst Enemy," which also died a quick death, despite more promotion and star power involved. 

"Do No Harm" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC -- at least for now.
Tags: dramanews
Feb 9, 2013 4:18AM

I agree with you, pswndsng, that there are many shows that aren't worth a response and it seems that those are the ones that stay on the air....I just don't get it.  Steven Pasquale is very talented with a wide range and the "ones who make the decisions", should give the show a fighting chance.

Feb 9, 2013 1:39AM
I liked it and I don't like much on TV these days.  I thought the plot line where he was unavailable and a doctor at 8:25pm everyday was stupid but other than that, it was good.
Feb 5, 2013 9:31PM
I really liked the show.  Even my husband which dislikes most the shows on TV nowadays thought it was worth watching.  I liked the premise of the show even though it is not believable (how many shows are believable on today's TV anyway?).  Reality TV is of no interest to me so I typically watch shows that hold my attention & this one did.  It probably doesn't hurt I think Steven Pasquale is not too bad to look at either.  I liked his character on Rescue Me as well so I think he is a decent actor. Even though I don't watch any of the shows on the other networks in this time slot, this show will probably have to be moved to different time/day to have a chance. I personally hope it sticks around for a while.  
Feb 5, 2013 9:00PM
I liked it, I thought it was interesting.  More so than the usual crime or hospital drama.  Bummer
Feb 5, 2013 7:49PM
I've given up on these TV networks on their choices of which series should be kept or cancelled. It seems to me they cancel many series that are really good and keep many that totally s.uck. I especially am not a fan of these reality shows that are mostly sh it.
Feb 5, 2013 4:53PM
They lost me in the trailers for the show when a white man kissed a black tired of the networks trying to "promote" gays, blacks dating whites, etc...notice how many Middle Easterners on shows these days as well....and now they're bringing back "Ironside" with Blair Underwood???

I believe Ironsides was white...why the hell change it?....Sherlock Holmes and Watson was two a woman and a man?...are you going to bring back Superman but make him a woman...or black? about James Bond?....male him a Mexican? Get real...if you don't have the smarts to make a new show, bring back an old one but at least be smart enough not to tinker too much!!!

For the record, I like Blair Underwood....but he is NOT Ironsides....if you don't want Ironsides in a wheelchair, then fine....but stick to the original story...
Feb 5, 2013 3:15PM
I didn't watch the premiere.  (Obviously, I wasn't alone in avoiding this turkey).  The concept was too stupid to even consider watching it.
Feb 5, 2013 11:38AM
Feb 5, 2013 11:25AM
The premise implies there will be horror involved; this actor is about as menacing as a teddy bear with cotton candy. I knew from the first promo I saw that this show wouldn't succeed.
Feb 5, 2013 8:25AM
Can't compete with the shows on CBS.
Feb 5, 2013 3:54AM

It's just gotta be Ann Curry's fault...  right Matt Lauer?

Feb 4, 2013 10:41PM
The ratings are almost as bad as anyhthing on msnbc or OWN ..Its Cop Rock bad
Feb 4, 2013 10:25PM
it's also probable that running against "SUITS" on USA network in the 10pm slot didnt help them either
Feb 4, 2013 9:33PM
This is's George W Bush's fault right?
Feb 4, 2013 8:49PM
Quick, get the Obamas on the show to do a scripted interview!!  They'll do it, and that will save the show for another week.....
Feb 4, 2013 8:32PM
I watched it on Hulu a couple of days later. The premise is nothing new, but they made a major mistake by making him a neurosurgeon. How could he possibly have made it through med school with such a condition?
Feb 4, 2013 7:50PM

Netflex, utube, etc...... So much to watch so little time!!!

Feb 4, 2013 7:48PM
Maybe because they copied 'Fight Club's' plot almost verbatim.
Feb 4, 2013 7:18PM
I would say that NBC certainly set this one up for failure.....I had never heard of this show until I read this article.  So they didn't promote it at all.  I never noticed any previews.  I don't understand why anyone would build a brand new boat to sink.....
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