12.02.2005

The Pope Dies
...Again

ABC's Pope Biopic Lands with a Thunk

from MediaLife

Critics weren’t kind to ABC's biopic Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II, and neither were viewers.

The two-hour movie starting at 8 averaged just a 1.4 overnight rating among viewers 18-49 last night, down 44 percent from the already-low 2.5 average the network had averaged on the night over the four prior weeks. The movie averaged just 6.7 million total viewers.

And that came against minimal competition, too. UPN and the WB were in repeats, CBS's CSI was a repeat and NBC's 8 p.m. comedy block was a repeat.

Though ABC rushed into production with its Pope movie shortly after his death, and managed to get it on the air before a similar miniseries debuting on CBS this Sunday, viewers simply weren’t interested.

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