Dollhouse In Good News Shocker

The ratings vultures may have been hovering over Joss Whedon's new show, Dollhouse, and it Friday night graveyard slot partner on the US Fox network, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but finally there has been some good news for both shows.

While initial overnight viewing figures for both shows have been cancellation-worryingly low, they have seen big, big gains once DVR viewership has been added to the equation.

The Dollhouse premiere episode's rating increased 30%, while the episode of Terminator which aired on the same night did even better, with an increase of a whopping 36%. These are extremely high time-shifted figures. By comparison, that night's biggest ratings hit, Ghost5 Whisperer (pause for a moment's confused head scratching) gained only 21%. Terminator had the biggest percentage gain of the week; Dollhouse was fourth.

Quite whether that's enough to stave off cancellation really depends on whether such figures are maintained in subsequent weeks.