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'Pan Am' maybe gone by day's end
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, "Pan Am" fans, but the end is nigh for this worthy drama. The return last night -- yes, there was an original episode -- was seen by a hair over 4 million viewers.
Worse, the young adult demo barely scratched out a 1.3, tying it with "The Firm." Those kinds of numbers simply can't sustain a prime time drama on a network like ABC.
Why is this unfortunate? Besides the human cost -- and a lot of people in the New York production work on this show -- "Pan Am" was one of the better launches of the 2011 fall season; loved the pilot, or at the very least the look of the pilot, and loved the show's apparent ambitions -- to capture a lost part of New York (and American) culture, and do so in a way that would try to do justice by a symbol that was once so potent. But the show had creative problems, which ABC acknowledged, and struggled to bring back viewers who had sampled.
I hope I'm wrong, and that ABC maybe shifts to another night, or does something -- not sure what those options would be -- to salvage it. But the numbers are harsh.