This show needs an autopsy. Why did it die so quickly?
Aw, bummer! Do No Harm has been canceled, but we thought it looked pretty good!
Do No Harm had the makings of an awesome show: A super hot lead character, a complicated love interest, an even more complicated past, and a throwback to old-school drama. Do No Harm was based on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde premise, after all.
Sadly, the show’s premiere aired with tragic results. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show aired to roughly 3.1 million viewers. At the end of the night, though, the show only brought home a 0.9 rating. That’s the lowest-rated drama premiere across all four of the major networks — ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. The second episode dipped even lower in both viewers and rating score. Ouch.
Even before the show’s premiere, Steven Pasquale (who played the main character Dr. Jason Cole and his alter ego, Ian Price) had a rather fatalist view of his new gig.
“Ultimately in this scenario, I’m just the actor who’s saying the words,” he told The Huffington Post. “If the show works, it’s a real game-changer for someone like me, and if it doesn’t, then we went down swinging for the fences, but we’re certainly not playing it safe on this show.”
It sounds like that for Do No Harm, taking risks didn’t pay off any better than playing it safe. The show was not only canceled but pulled from the air immediately. Other shows that have been given the axe this season, such as ABC’s Last Resort and The CW’s Emily Owens, were at least allowed to finish out their seasons.
They may have been swinging for the fences, but it looks like Do No Harm ended up as a swing and a miss. We recently explored some untapped markets for television. Maybe next time NBC should cast Pasquale in one of those. (We at least want to see more of that guy!)