For all you Detroit 1-8-7 fans out there, this news may sting a bit: While pleased as punch with the quality of his show, star Michael Imperioli isn’t feeling so optimistic about a second-season pickup for the ABC cop drama. So far this season, the series is ranked No. 51 among total viewers (7.6 million) and No. 77 among adults 18-49 (1.8 rating/5 share).
“You know, we’ll see. I’m not overly confident about it,” Imperioli tells EW. “I think the show’s good enough. There are a lot of stories to tell. I think it will only get better in the future, but that has to do with a lot of factors that are out of my control.
“I’ve been disappointed that it hasn’t done as well in the numbers,” continues Imperioli, who plays Det. Louis Fitch. “And I think that it’s hard on network television because there’s a lot of competition. You really have to grab people in the time slot and it’s just been a little bit … I don’t think that a lot of people really know that we’re on the air. I think that the people who do know really like it. We do have a lot of loyal fans. Primarily, it’s in the demographic — 18 to 49, whatever. I don’t know how that works that we’re not doing as good. We had some good overall numbers for a while, but you know, these things are hard to predict. They’re out of our hands. We’re doing the best we can do. The work has been really good. So I’m not complaining.”
ABC has already picked up six of its series for next season, including Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Castle. What do you think, Imperioli fans? Should the Alphabet net show more patience toward this clever show? – With additional reporting from Sandra Gonzalez