It’s just about that time of year again: the season when TV shows are being renewed, cancelled or left up in the air for fans to bite their nails in anticipation until an ultimate ruling is finally made. Among the many shows up in the air for the next TV season is NBC’s new vampire drama, Dracula. Dracula, which starred veteran actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular bloodsucker, opened to fairly solid ratings but quickly dipped down during the holiday break; its ratings spiked towards the finale, but the show’s future is still uncertain. NBC has neither cancelled or renewed the show, which despite its average-to-low ratings, has gained a large fan following on social media.
Meyers’ Electric Performance
There is no denying that any property based on Dracula is only as good as its Dracula—and Meyers does not disappoint in that aspect. Meyers was not only able to portray the sensual side of Dracula, a trait now commonly associated with vampires; he was able to bring out his brutality, ruthlessness and—yes—even his “human” side. Meyers made Dracula so much more than an undead creature of the night, which is why fans have flocked to the character.
Exceptional Supporting Cast
One of the most important aspects of any TV show is its characters; and Dracula is one of those rare dramas where the supporting characters are just as interesting as the lead role. From the loyal and complex Renfield, who pledges to follow Dracula no matter where he goes; to the lonely and love-obsessed Lucy, who finds herself joining the ranks of the undead after hurting her friend (and unrequited love) Mina.
A show can be well written, filled with amazing characters played by wonderful actors, and tell an interesting story—and still be cancelled if the ratings are not up to par. NBC has historically shown itself to be particularly harsh on new shows with ratings which are lower than expected, which could work against Dracula if NBC decides to focus more on ratings instead of internet buzz and the size of the fan base. Dracula’s ratings were not horrible—but they were not breakout, either.