ABC’s new paranormal adventure TV show “The River” had decent ratings Tuesday night. Initial reports however state that about 20% of the audience changed the channel during the 2-hour broadcast.
“The River,” is a new show about a family of a missing explorer and they’re trying to find him in an Amazon jungle that has some mega paranormal problems. Eight episodes will be produced for the first season.
Ratings reports show about 8.2 million viewers tuned in at the start of the show and 6.4 million were still tuned in when it ended. We’re pretty sure network executives will keep a close eye on next week’s numbers, since shows like this make it hard for viewers to just ‘tune in’, since the storyline is so involved.
So, what’s this show about?
Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole’s emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother, Tess (Leslie Hope), Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne), film the mission documentary-style. The mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances includes the sexy and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford), loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa) and lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann).