Despite a commendable start at the onset of its inaugural season (click here to read more), the return of NBC’s ‘Marlon’ (which aired June 14) is appearing to be starting on a different track.
Before its episodes 3 and 4 aired tonight, reports began surfacing the show – starring ‘A Haunted House’ stars Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins – came back to notably lower ratings (less than half) than its season 1 premiere last August.
“The Marlon Wayans-led comedy series aired two episodes back-to-back on Thursday [June 14] night. The first episode averaged a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 3 million viewers. The second episode drew a 0.6 and 2.4 million. For comparison, the series premiere drew a 1.3 and 5.3 million viewers and a second episode the same night drew a 1.0 and 4 million. The Season 2 premiere also fell short of the Season 1 Live+Same Day average of a 1.0 and 4.3 million viewers.
In fairness, “America’s Got Talent” led in to “Marlon” during its first season, while last night its lead in was a steady “Little Big Shots” (0.8, 5.7 million). A repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” followed at 10.”