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.