One of Ronald D Moore’s two science-fiction projects this year, Virtuality, failed to garner any significant viewing figures on its airing last Friday in the United States, further reducing its chances for a green light to series.
The show pulled in a mere 1.8 million viewers, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed, a 0.5 adult demographic rating. The figures put it as the lowest-rated drama for that evening along with ABC’s The Goode Family, and pushed Fox into fourth place that night.
The ratings, while not a surprise given its relatively fatalistic scheduling on a Friday night, while being marketed as a TV movie rather than a potential pilot, are still murkily low whatever way you look at it. Critical opinion was, in most cases, particularly positive, with the genre reviewers loving the show and publications such as The New York Times giving it a restrained recommendation. Although all of the cast are signed up to appear in the show should it get the order to continue production, fans of the Phaeton likely shouldn’t get their hopes up.
Virtuality aired on 26 June 2009 on Fox. The feature-length pilot was directed by Peter Berg, and starred Sienna Guillory, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Richie Coster and Jimmi Simpson. SciFiNow’s review of the pilot will be up over the course of this week, on this website.