Dollhouse, Sarah Connor fail to improve premiere ratings

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

If last week's premiere ratings for Fox's sci-fi drama Dollhouse were weak, at least they weren't as bad as this week's, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed column.

Dollhouse (4.2 million viewers, 1.7 preliminary adults 18-49 rating/7 share), fell 15 percent in the ratings. This is an almost-typical second-episode slip, and the show placed second in its 9 p.m. hour, topped by Supernanny (5.2 million, 1.8/5).

Meanwhile, the Friday episode of the show's lead-in, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, also failed to improve on its premiere last week. At 8 p.m., Sarah Connor Chronicles (3.8 million, 1.3/5) was roughly steady, falling a tenth of a point from last week's midseason return to tie a repeat of Wife Swap to place second in the hour.

We're hoping Dollhouse hangs in, as the second episode, "The Target," had all the Joss Whedony goodness we've been hoping for: twisty story, nice humor, deepening characters, hints of various conspiracies and cover-ups, kick-ass action, etc. Fingers crossed!