Ratings for Shonda Rhimes’ latest medical drama Off the Map aren’t exactly off the map: The ABC drama is averaging 6.5 million viewers and a mere 2.2 rating/6 share in adults 18-49.
But Jason George, who plays Dr. Otis Cole, doesn’t think it’s time to declare a time of death for the freshman series just yet. “The funny part is that right now we’re really riding that 50-50 shot,” he told EW. “When I talked to the producers of the show, they think things are in our favor and that we’ve done better in this time slot than shows have in the last three or four years or something like that. But the other part is you talk to some folks, and some people naturally protect themselves by assuming that things will go poorly so that they’ll be happily surprised when they go well. I try to be a little more objective.
“I’m hopeful,” he continued. “I would really love to see us come back. When people hit me on Facebook or whatever and are like, ‘Hey, is it looking good?’ It’s like you’re either an out-of-the box hit the first day you arrive, like Lost, or you’re canceled on arrival. And 5 percent of the shows are out-of-the-box hits, 5 percent are canceled on arrival, and 90 percent of shows, which is where we are, ride the bubble. And it’s all on how the fans respond, you know. Like, hit ABC.com!”
Right now, we’ve got Off the Map in the danger zone on our prime time scorecard — and we don’t see that changing. What do think, Shondaland fans? Is Off the Map worth saving? — With reporting from Sandra Gonzalez
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