Time: Tuesday, February 17 at 8:30 pm
Genre: Reality/Comedy Competition
Duration: 30 minutes
Theme: Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs) instructs celebrities (Sarah Hyland, Randy Jackson, etc.) to repeat everything she says to normal people. The concept is based on a segment from Ellen Degeneres’ comedy talk show.
Lead-in: Fresh Off The Boat
Lead-out: Marvel’s Agent Carter
Broadcast Competition: NCIS, Parks and Recreation, The Flash, MasterChef Junior
Pros: Wendi McLendon-Covey is well-known for her lead role in The Goldbergs, and ABC could use that show and the other family comedies to promote it. The attachment of Ellen Degeneres’ name may also help. Additional viewers can be easily found through fans of the celebrities on the show.
Cons: The show is seemingly cheap, comedy filler, and although it promises to be funny to those who like the segment on Ellen, it has its work cut out for it given the time slot. The series was just picked up two months ago, whereas all scripted shows were picked up by last May at the latest. To me, that screams an emergency pick-up due to how quickly Selfie and Manhattan Love Story were pulled off the schedule.
ACTUAL RATING: 1.4
Repeat After Me’s premiere didn’t do terrible—two tenths above my prediction—but I personally doubt it will hold up against The Voice. Regardless, it is seemingly cheap filler that will be no loss to ABC if cancelled, but nice to have around. Relative to ABC’s other comedies so far, it was half a ratings point below the rating of its Fresh Off The Boat lead-in, but tied with America’s Funniest Home Videos, which likely appeals to a very similar audience. At this point, it is too soon to make conclusions for the show, but I would describe the premiere as a little mediocre, yet respectable, and somewhat predictable.