WASHINGTON, March 3, 2014 – Last year, the first episode of “Bates Motel” was the most watched original drama premiere in A&E’s history. Not only was the premiere a ratings success, but throughout its ten episode first season this contemporary prequel to the Hitchcock classic “Psycho” averaged almost three million viewers.
Although three million may not sound like a ratings victory to the average TV viewer, it is worth noting that “Breaking Bad,” one of the best TV shows in history, averaged less than two million viewers in its first season.
This does not necessarily mean that “Bates Motel” is destined to go down in history as one of TV’s greatest dramas. But it does mean the show has a lot of potential. The biggest threat to the success of “Bates Motel” is losing too many fans during the eight long months between the finale of season one, way back in May of 2013, and tonight’s season two premiere.
Despite the fact that season one of “Bates Motel” was a critical as well as commercial success, eight months is an eternity in TV years. The most compelling question about “Bates Motel” may be who Norman and mom murder next. But running a close second is whether or not the show has maintained its fan base during its extended hiatus.
We will all find out when “Bates Motel” airs tonight at 9 p.m. on A&E.
For viewers looking for a good laugh, the best viewing choice tonight may be “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC. As a result of Kimmel’s eight-month long effort to convince the embattled crack-smoking mayor of Toronto to appear on his show, Hizzoner Rob Ford is tonight’s featured guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Ford justified this weekend’s trip to the Colonies by informing his 2.5 million constituents that his primary objective while in L. A. will be promoting Toronto as “Hollywood North” to the American entertainment industry. But after destroying his credibility by being caught in one too many lies, it is likely going to be hard for his constituents to believe anything Ford says or see him as anything more than comedic fodder.
During his campaign to convince Ford to be on his show, Kimmel was not shy about mining the public demise of this controversial loonie politician for its wealth of comedic gold. Do not be surprised if Kimmel has the same outcome in mind for the clueless Canadian tonight.
The only key question that remains unanswered is when Ford will realize that the rest of the world is laughing at him and not with him. Until that not-quite-inevitable moment occurs, the duly elected mayor of Canada’s largest city is the global train wreck that people will continue to watch despite their disgust.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs tonight at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.