Patrick Swayze’s Beast gets low ratings

February 18, 2009 by  
Filed under ratings, tv shows

A&E Channel’s Detective drama “The Beast” is not faring too well in the ratings, six shows into the season.

 “The Beast” (2.4 million, 0.8 adults 18-49 rating) was down 20% in the adult demo from the network’s last scripted premiere, July’s “The Cleaner.”

Compared to the most recent premiere of its lead-in “The First 48,” “Beast” was down 27% in the demo. Still, “Beast” matched the total viewers of last night’s “First 48.”

 FBI agent Charles Barker has that “screw you” attitude, while his partner gives begrudging approval with lines like ”He gets the job done.”  His brash attitude reminds us of Clint Eastwood’s dirty harry, Denzel Washington’s character in Training Day, and even Charles Bronson’s Death Wish movie series. Watching this show, the reader can’t help but think about his bout with pancreatic cancer.

Struggling to keep up with Swayze is Travis Fimmel as Barker’s rookie partner Ellis Dove. His muted dialogs reminds me of Brad Pitt (Fimmel was a model), and he fits A&E’s desired viewing demo. Fimmel even has hand gestures (with or without gun) that reminds me of Brad, not to mention his stiff uper lip movements when he talks.  Ellis is the newbie who earns Barker’s respect because, as someone says to Ellis in another tired line, “Barker?looks at you and sees himself 20 years ago.”

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