The series AccusedHoward Gordon’s new project, has established a record of ratings on Fox screens, but some viewers did not get to see the episode’s finale.
The network said the episode garnered 8.4 million viewers in the 18-49 age group, making it the most-watched debut in the past three years on traditional or cable TV screens.
The debut of the show was able to count on the Dallas Cowboys vs San Francisco 49ers football game. However, the programming on the schedule also caused some problems: in 13 markets (including Cleveland, Sacramento, St. Louis, Indianapolis, San Diego, Greensboro, Little Rock, Lexington, Honolulu, Springfield, Ft. Smith, Monroe and Jackson ) the last minutes of the episode were not aired, leaving viewers who could not see how the story ended.
In fact, local stations broadcast commercials from 10.55pm to 10.58pm, overlapping with the conclusion of the case, of which many viewers only saw the last 14 seconds.
Nextar, which carries Fox shows in 39 markets, said:
We have had a technical issue affecting a small number of Fox stations. We have addressed it and have taken steps so that it doesn’t happen again.
The series is based on the BBC project of the same name, in which each episode is set in a courtroom and follows a trial, showing what happens to a “normal” person when he gets involved in an extraordinary situation, revealing the chain of events which have led to the situation from which it is impossible to go back.
The cast includes Rachel Bilson, Whitney Cummings, Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin, Michael Chiklis, Margo Martindale, Molly Parker, Rhea Perlman, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Wendell Pierce, and Jack Davenport.