ABC unveiled its supernatural drama “666 Park Avenue” Sunday night to less-than-impressive ratings, placing third out of three in its time slot.
The dark drama, starring “Lost” alum Terry O’Quinn and singer-turned-actress Vanessa Williams, premiered to 7 million viewers for a Nielsen Fast National overnight rating of 4.6.
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants ruled the night winning each of the three time slots it appeared in, including the hour it went head-to-head with “666 Park Avenue.”
“SNF” attracted 18.5 million viewers during the time slot occupied by “666” for an 11.6 rating, while CBS’ “The Mentalist” came in second with 10.8 million viewers and a 7.0 rating.
“SNF” peaked during its second primetime slot with 21.7 million viewers and a 13.2 rating.
Not surprisingly, “SNF” also won the coveted 18-to-49 demographic with a 7.5 rating during the hour it shared with “666 Park Avenue.”
“666 Park Avenue” Review
Poor John Locke. Not the philosopher, but O’Quinn who portrayed John Locke on “Lost” for six seasons. He’s a good actor who can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to landing a lasting role on a TV series.
Since “Lost”—which is proving to be his claim to fame—he’s been a guest star on “Falling Skies” and “Hawaii Five-O” and has appeared in a few TV movies, but nothing longer.
His role as apartment owner Gavin Doran on “666 Park Avenue” is the first long-term gig he’s had since portraying the ill-fated island tenant—that is, if “666” catches on with viewers.
Ultimately, that depends on ratings, but as far as the quality of the show goes, it deserves to be his next long-term project.
From the opening scene in which a violinist is vanquished to another dimension as a form of punishment, “666 Park Avenue” sets an eerie tone that drives the entire episode.
It’s never clear what the violinist did to deserve his punishment, but it must’ve been pretty serious.
Enter Henry Martin (Dave Annable) and Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor), a boyfriend-girlfriend couple who apply for and, after a little architectural grandstanding, land the job as Gavin’s resident managers.
Unbeknownst to the young couple—as it is in all supernaturally-themed TV shows—they’re obviously being set up for a nefarious future.
After moving in to their fancy onsite apartment, Jane begins to tap into the Drake’s dark past while inspecting the building’s basement, which includes a spooky apparition which viewers see but she doesn’t.
Secondary characters have a part in the unfolding story, but it’s a safe bet they’re not going to be enduring characters.
The violinist wasn’t the only character sent to the dark nether regions of the Drake apartment building; another tenant met a similar fate after failing to follow through on Gavin’s murderous bidding.
Although it’s not clear yet, it seems Gavin is either the devil personified or, at the very least, one of the Evil One’s top dudes. He’s obviously a character that’s not saintly and is definitely not in line for a spot in any “Touched by an Angel” reunions.
Williams’ role as Gavin’s wife, Olivia, has thus far proven to be little more than to serve as eye candy, but it’s probably a safe bet that will change soon.
Of course, this is all assuming the show gets out of the early-cancellation graveyard that’s claimed many a rookie series over the years.
“666 Park Avenue” is an intriguing drama that is well acted and poses enough questions to keep viewers invested in the story and wanting more.
Viewers will have to overlook the fact that the Drake’s address numbers—999—defy the laws of physics and turn upside down to form the numbers 666 when casting a shadow.
But that should be a small price to pay for a good drama.
“666 Park Avenue” airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC 4 in Provo.