Ratings: Why Did ‘Hot In Cleveland’ Cool Off In Week 2?

'Hot In Cleveland's Wendie Malick, Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves (TV Land)

'Hot In Cleveland's Wendie Malick, Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves (TV Land)

Things were a little less ‘Hot In Cleveland‘ this week.

OK, things were markedly cooler. The TV Land series drew 3.4 million total viewers in its second time around the block, a drop of some 30 percent from its record-setting premiere.

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Do you think this is simply matter of the show finding its true level after debuting to an etxremely hyped-up high? Is ‘Cleveland’ in actuality a 3-million viewer show, and not one that delivers a bigger audience than some episodes of NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’?

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It could be that the series – starring Valerie Bertinelli (’One Day At a Time’), Jane Leeves (’Frasier’), Wendy Malick (’Just Shoot Me’) and ‘Golden’ gal Betty White – is too “retro” in feel for a TV audience that in recent years has been raised on crackling, fast-moving comedies such as ’30 Rock.’ As Cleveland Plain Dealer TV critic Mark Dawidziak notes, “‘Hot In Cleveland’ has a tremendous throwback feel to it. It feels like a 20-year-old sitcom.”

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Yet that likely is by design, given its cast of “comeback kids” and a roster of guest stars that includes Carl Reiner, John Schneider and Huey Lewis. “They’re trying to be nostalgic in a way,” Dawidziak posits.

Did you pay ‘Cleveland’ a return visit this Tuesday? Or had you tuned out after checking out the premiere?

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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