As for "Arrested," skein returned from a month's hiatus this week, while "Kitchen" was slated to return Monday. Despite tough competition from a high-rated "Monday Night Football" matchup, "Arrested" performed about as well as it had been in the timeslot before baseball. Ratings for "Prison Break," however, took a notable dip, which is what likely prompted worried Fox execs to reverse their previous plan to keep "Arrested" on the air through year's end.
Wait, so Arrested comes back after a month, does the same numbers it always did, and then the show after it, the show that normally outperforms it anyway, drops in viewership and you blame the lead-in? Since when did they ever count on Arrested as a lead-in? Prison Break did fine even when Kitchen Confidential was sitting there losing Arrested's viewers!
If the same number of people watch the lead-in and fewer people watch the later show, maybe the problem is not the lead-in, but that people either got tired of Prison Break or fell out of the habit when that show had to take time out for baseball. There is no way that a weak lead-in could hurt a strong follow-up if the weak lead-in hasn't even lost viewers. I can understand them pulling Arrested for its own low ratings, but for Arrested to shoulder the blame for Prison Break's low ratings is pushing it. Those are some itchy fucking trigger fingers, and that better not be the reason a great show is getting cancelled.
Because if it is, I'm gonna have to go down there and, you know, challenge some people to, um, fistfights or something.