Saving Hope Makes “Contact” with Fans

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Saving Hope is steadily becoming a successful series, and only two episodes have aired! According to Bell Media, the show was a huge success in Canada.

SAVING HOPE Fever Rises to 1.6 Million Viewers for Episode 2 on CTV

– Medical drama wins its timeslot as ratings rise 19% in the A25-54 demo and 5% with total viewers compared to last week’s series premiere –

Toronto, ON (June 15, 2012) – SAVING HOPE’s temperature continues to rise. In its second week, SAVING HOPE’s audience grew 5% with total viewers (1.6 million) and an impressive 19% with A25-54 (639,000) compared to its series premiere last week. The episode also won its 9 p.m. timeslot nationally and in Toronto with total viewers and all key demos.

On NBC, the numbers are also strong, but not quite so high as to call it a winner for it’s time slot. As NBC’s press release stated:

At 9 p.m. ET, “Saving Hope” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) equaled last week’s premiere in 18-49 despite last night’s NBA competition and grew week to week in total viewers by 22 percent (3.956 million vs. 3.237 million) to deliver NBC’s biggest overall viewership in the hour since May 10. Versus NBC’s total-viewer average in the time period last summer, “Saving Hope” is up 70 percent (3.956 million vs. 2.331 million, L+SD non-sports).

The fact that the numbers have increased in both the US and Canada from the premier to the second episode is something to be thrilled about. Most shows will have lower numbers after they premier because people who tuned in for the pilot decide that it’s not interesting enough and they don’t come back for more. In this case, Saving Hope has been getting a lot of fans chatting and spreading the word, so much so that it really showed in the ratings!

This episode, titled “Contact”, wasn’t quite what I expected, but that is because the preview is pretty misleading. It would have you believe that a boy who comes in to the hospital is for some reason able to see Charlie. In reality, that boy is in fact having a near death experience when he sees Charlie, and he doesn’t exactly remember it afterwards. It was a little disappointing because I was hoping that Alex would have more to go on than a kid’s drawing of a guy in a tux that may or may not be Charlie. However I admit that if Kal had been able to see Charlie while awake we might have been straying a little too close to a science fiction explanation. As it was, the scenes between Kal and Charlie were priceless, and I loved this touching story.

It has now been three days since the accident, and Charlie has a visitor. I was pleasantly confused by Charlie’s ex-wife, Dawn Bell (Michelle Nolden). Typically when a drama involves an ex there’s a lot more, shall we say “claws” involved? I half expected there to be a cat fight between Dawn and Alex, but the women were surprisingly cordial to one another.  I also half expected Charlie to at least take Alex’s side in their discussion, never mind the fact that he can’t be heard. It was his treatment that they were talking about after all. Dawn wanted Alex to try some experimental treatments to rouse Charlie out of the coma, but Alex wasn’t exactly receptive to the criticism. Instead of taking either side, Charlie was very hands-off, merely observing, and continuing to display this extraordinary sense of calm. Does anything ever upset him? Or is it a side effect of his bodiless state?

I am pleased that I was correct in guessing that there would be Charlie-related flashbacks. Without them I think it would be harder to see the depth of his character. All we would see is him in his present non-corporeal state, but who he was before the accident plays a big part in how this coma is effecting the way he looks at life.

The lens flares continue, and it’s starting to get on my nerves, but in general I like where the main plot of the show is headed. The smaller plot threads aren’t coming together for me yet, but it’s early so I’m happy to give them the benefit of the doubt. I have just one question. Are we going to be getting a sex scene in every episode? In the pilot we saw Charlie and Alex in the break room. They are getting married. It makes sense. In “Contact” we see Joel and Maggie. It seems random and pretty pointless to me. The next episode, “Blindness”, seems to promise more. I’m a big girl, I can handle it, but I have people in my household who don’t appreciate it. If this is going to be an ongoing trend I am soon going to be watching Saving Hope and eating my late dinner alone. But I will be watching!

Check out the trailer for the next episode, “Blindness”.

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