Did the reviews, ratings or the ice berg sink the RMS TITANIC ABC miniseries?

The four-hour telecast from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes launched last Saturday night to a rating that about tied rivals airing crime drama repeats. Titanic had 4.1 million viewers and a 0.8 rating on Saturday, and slightly more (4.2 million, 0.9) for its final hour on Sunday. Reviews were pretty bad, with some criticizing the show for over-stuffing with too many characters and soft-peddling the tragedy (somewhere, James Cameron is smirking, “See? Not as easy as it looks, is it?”).

The UK showing received equally bad reviews and sinking ratings.

Here are comments about the TITANIC miniseries that were made on CRUISING THE PAST…

Terri said…

I finished watching this miniseries, and I had to find out if I was the only one who hated it. So I searched for reviews and found this. Thank goodness it isn’t just me. None of these characters were well enough developed for me to care about them. I found the three episodes leading up to the finale to be incredibly disjointed. I was hoping that the finale would be more satisfying, but it wasn’t. It is hard to believe that something about the Titanic could be this terrible. I’ve seen all the other films, and this is without a doubt the worst production ever.

Jay said…

ABC sucks! Commercials ruined!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the Titanic screening…….total, crass commercialism and disrepect for the people and the story and the family members who survive. Gross.

Gina said…

This is a total disappointment to say the least. We had the volume turned up and still couldn’t understand what they were saying. Lots of mumbling. It didn’t need to take 40 minutes to get it across that there was “class clash” between the Irish, English, etc. We got it! What’s even worse is that ABC has 5 minutes of commercials then 5 minutes of show throughout the entire 3 hours. I couldn’t recall a single commercial – we were counting how many there were before the show came back on! Who cares what they were advertising – too much overkill makes the consumer tune out the commercials, ABC! Because of them, trying to get into the story is frustrating. We counted 10 commercials in a row and nearly turned it off. We’ll watch tomorrow night’s conclusion but I wouldn’t sit down and watch this again. My husband said the movie was so much better. He was very disappointed that the interior such as the grand staircase, etc. weren’t shown. I was also. This was more like a soap opera than commemorating the anniversary that affected history. I wouldn’t recommend this one.

Mark said…

wow… was this a boring dud. and there were commercials every other minute. i wanted ABC to sink with the ship. network tv sucks.


About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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