TNT’s new series ‘Monday Mornings’ draws weak ratings, ‘Dallas’ continues to fall

By Daniel S Levine,

Most viewers did not tune in Monday night for Monday Mornings, TNT’s new medical drama from the creator of Ally McBeal David E. Kelly and based on a novel by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The show failed to keep viewers from changing the channel following Dallas.

Dallas too is suffering from series lows. Deadline reported that the second episode of its second season drew only 2.232 million viewers, 773,000 viewers in the key 18-49 demographic.

Nearly half of those viewers changed the channel when Monday Mornings, starring Alfred Molina, commenced its inaugural episode. The show drew just 1.34 million viewers, a record low premiere for TNT, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

The show had 386,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic and 472,000 in TNT’s 25-54 target demographic.

According to The Huffington Post, Monday Mornings features a neurosurgery team in Portland. The plot centers around meetings, where doctors discuss the mistakes they made in practice, and how they deal with morbidity and mortality.

“I’ve been fascinated by how doctors learn for a long time,” Gupta recently told Time. “If you are constantly discussing your mistakes, how much of an impact does that make on your learning? At these meetings, which I’ve been attending for 20 years now, everyone keeps their notes because they’re designed for everyone else to learn from [doctors'] unexpected outcomes or complications.”

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