Boston LegalOrder in the court: Shelved ABC drama returns on a new night
By Diego Vasquez MediaLifeMagazine.com
Sep 27, 2005
Boston Legal did just fine behind ABC's Desperate Housewives last season, but it never really thrived. The show averaged a 4.9 adults 18-49 rating, solid for a new show, but it lost nearly half of its lead-in in that demo.
Then in late March ABC plopped Grey's Anatomy into Legal's 10 p.m. Sunday timeslot, initially as a temporary fill-in. But when the new show performed so much better, retaining 80 percent of Housewives' audience, ABC angered many media buyers by making the switch permanent for the remainder of the season and pulling Legal from the schedule until fall.
And so tonight Legal returns after some six months, and it does so in a less-cushy timeslot and against much tougher competition. It has a lot to prove. It is the lead-out to Commander-in-Chief, the new 9 p.m. drama that is drawing both high praise and lots of criticism, and it faces NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which last week had its highest-rated premiere ever.
Legal will surely fall off from last year, but even a 4.0 would be good for ABC in this slot, where NYPD Blue faded last year and Blind Justice flopped.
Tonight Rupert Everett guests, and so does Heather Locklear as a frosty murder defendant nicknamed The Black Widow, a role she's perfected since the Melrose Place days. Also tonight, Julie Bowen, from NBC's Ed and more recently, Jack's (ex?) wife on Lost, joins the cast.http://medialifemagazine.com/artman/...rticle_317.asp