Tuesday night, CBS aired the season premieres of their highest rated dramas, NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, which were paired with the freshman series, Unforgettable. With two popular lead-ins and a veteran cast, did Unforgettable make a memorable impression?
CBS’ new series Unforgettable made its big debut last night, adding itself to the network’s long list of procedural dramas. The show stars Poppy Montgomery, who’s best known for her work on the defunct series, Without a Trace and Dylan Walsh, who spent six seasons on FX’s Nip/Tuck.
Montgomery and Walsh have had their fair share of TV success in the past, but will Unforgettable join their predecessor’s fate? According to New York Magazine, the drama pulled in “14 million viewers and averaged a 2.9 rating with viewers under 50, good enough to win the 10 p.m. slot in both categories.” Overall, CBS won all three hours of Tuesday night programming with adults 25 – 54 thanks to NCIS‘ strong 19 million viewers, followed by NCIS: Los Angeles‘ 16 million.
Unforgettable seems to be captalizing on a winning formula. It has a great time slot, as well as talented and familiar leads that share an interesting dynamic. The show centers on an ex-detective with a rare condition that allows her to remember everyone and everything she comes across. She can recall the smallest detail, which comes in handy when you’re going over a crime scene.
Entertainment Weekly says the show’s highlight “was Montgomery, who like Emily Deschanel (Bones) or Stana Katic (Castle), has a knack for revealing her character’s deeper, more emotional side without dragging the audience down.” But on the negative side, they’re not completely sold on the chemistry between her and Walsh’s characters, who are supposed to be former flames.
It has only been one episode, and the show has a whole season to build the relationships and flesh out the flaws. It had a good start and has the potential to have a great year.
Unforgettable airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on CBS.
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