Fox has sent critical darling Lone Star to that last roundup in the sky, becoming the first casualty, but far from the last, of the jam-packed new fall season. The much-lauded drama, about a hunky Texas grifter leading a double life, sank in its second week, even though creator Kyle Killen went on a PR tear to try to rally viewers. (He said he'd mow your lawns and dance by the roadside, people! And you couldn't spare an hour of prime time?) After drawing a meager audience of 4.1 million in its premiere, which was considered disastrous for a heavily touted new series, it dropped 23 percent this Monday, pulling in only 3.2 million viewers. If this were a cable show, that would've been a respectable number. But alas, networks have higher goals and shorter attention spans.
Perhaps the worst news was that Lone Star viewership fell from its first half-hour to its second, losing about 44 percent of its already small audience. In the crucial 18-49 demographic, its numbers dropped 23 percent from the debut. It may not have helped Lone Star that its lead-in, House, has slipped in the ratings this season. But other factors no doubt contributed, including the heavy-hitting competition and the criminal at its center (though he's trying to go straight). At any rate, it's history, and that's a damn shame.
Fox has quickly moved to fill the slot with the Tim Roth drama Lie to Me. (Guess I'll be checking out The Event on NBC.) Lone Star has six episodes in the can. Where and when can we see them? That's an open question.