Thanks to DVR data which shows a 50% jump in audience, Fox has confirmed it plans to air all thirteen episodes of the second season of Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” series says Reuters.
As for ordering additional episodes or a third season, Fox says it will make that decision after the current run. That decision however seems unlikely as the first season experienced a similar 50% DVR rate increase but pulled in stronger live numbers.
Stuck on Friday nights which is proving disastrous ratings-wise to all the networks aside from CBS this year, “Dollhouse” has seen a drop in live viewership from 3-4 million viewers on average for the first season, to one of around 2.2 million per episode this year so far.
In the key 18-49 demographic its scored a dismal 1.0 for its second season premiere, a figure which jumped to 1.5 with the DVR additions but still puts it among the least watched prime time series currently airing.
The series is neck-and-neck for fourth place in the Friday 9pm timeslot with The CW’s “Smallville”, and is being beaten by new cable series “Stargate Universe” which is pulling in 2.4 million viewers on its live airing and actually increased its audience slightly for its just aired second episode.
Currently filming the eighth episode, Whedon says he’s scripting the season finale as a series finale, but will leave a few avenues open in case of a potential renewal.