Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Jesse Stone: No Remorse Leads CBS to Ratings Win ... and Loss

Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone

CBS's Jesse Stone: No Remorse, starring Tom Selleck, was, paradoxically, the most-watched and least-watched show on Sunday, helping to lead the network to both a win and a loss for the night. Zap2It has some preliminary numbers.

No Remorse led the evening with over 11 million viewers, the most of any show, but seriously lagged when it came to the coveted 18 to 49-year-old adult audience, which was watching ABC.

Clearly there is appeal (based on overall ratings) to the Jesse Stone series of made-for-television movies based on characters created by the late mystery writer Robert B. Parker; it's just not clear whether or not it is sufficient to ensure more films. No Remorse ended with a a major plot point unresolved, but that is because it will most likely be addressed in the next in the series, Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost, which was filmed last fall and is on the shelf waiting for CBS to schedule an air date. What fans are most eager to hear is whether CBS will order an 8th film. It may not matter: Tom Selleck has already filmed a pilot for a potential Fall 2010 crime drama series, Reagan's Law; if it is picked up as a series, it's unlikely he'd be available to film another Jesse Stone anytime soon.

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