V returns to flat ratings and a questionable future

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

ABC's V returned, giving us a look at what the Visitors looked like under their skin. Anna showed off her scary, pointy tail, and Jane Badler teased us the end of the episode, looking enough like Anna's mother to get us keyed up for the next episode. Well, those of us who bothered to watch, that is.

V's season-two premiere on Tuesday drew 6.5 million total viewers and averaged 2.1/5 for adults 18-49. That was 60 percent lower than when V first premiered, and about the same numbers as season one's finale last May, according to tvbythenumbers.com.

However, ABC released a press release that spun the premiere as a ratings win, especially when it comes to "posting substantial growth as time-shifted viewing." Last season viewers jumped by about 1.8 million viewers when it came to time-shifted viewing.

ABC also noted that V "built substantially on its lead-in to stand as the No. 1 TV series of the night in Men 18-49 (2.3/6) and Men 25-54 (3.0/7)."

While all this number-spinning will give you a headache, ABC has to be disappointed that V didn't come closer to its original premiere numbers, especially considering all the hype surrounding its season-two return. V's short second season is only 10 episodes long, so the series isn't going to have long to make its case to the viewers before ABC makes decisions about its future.

What did you think? Do you like the direction the new season is taking?