But then the news came that the show's big comeback had been delayed by three months. Reports surfaced claiming that the Touch delay was simply designed to give the returning show an uninterrupted run and a bigger promotional lift than it would have received with a fall launch.
Some began to speculate about an ulterior motive. Was Fox dissatisfied with Touch's first season, or with the new episodes that were being delivered? Could the hiatus have even been designed to give Kiefer Sutherland time to shoot the long-awaited 24 movie?
This week's Week in Geek blog will be taking a look at the reception to the first batch of Touch episodes and considering whether or not the show is in rude health or deep trouble...
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Touch debuted strongly when it premiered in January, pulling in a total of 12.01 million viewers, with 3.9m in the key 18-49 demographic. The show's 'second premiere' - with episode two '1+1=3' airing two months after the pilot - also impressed. A total of 11.81m (3.3m in the demo) tuned in to watch the continuing adventures of Martin Bohm (Sutherland) and son Jake (David Mazouz).
But it's fair to say that the show's ratings took a tumble - by the time the first season's two-part finale 'Gyre' aired in late May, audience numbers had dwindled to just 4.60m (1.3 in the demo). That's down almost 7.5m from the pilot episode and 1.5m from the preceeding week's 'Tessellations'.
When Fox aired a special 'bonus' episode of Touch last month to bridge the gap between seasons one and two, the show hit a series low of 3.07m (0.7m) - though that's perhaps not surprising given the baffling lack of publicity that the network afforded the special instalment.
The network's apparent lack of interest in 'The Road Not Taken' is perhaps more worrying for Touch than the drop-off in viewers - as fans of Fringe know, it's more important for Fox to have faith in a series than it is for that show to pull in the numbers.
It's no secret that Touch didn't really endear itself to Digital Spy - we variously described the show as "ludicrous", "melodramatic" and "po-faced". But that's just one opinion - what did the wider world make of the show?
The show's pilot episode attracted mixed but predominantly positive reviews - IGN noted that Tim Kring packed "a lot of emotion into forty-some odd minutes" while Time Entertainment said the show had the potential to be "intriguing and emotional", though The Telegraph took a more negative slant, arguing that "the twists and turns of the plot felt too contrived and transparent".
Unlike the show's ratings, the critical reaction to Touch remained relatively consistent as the first season continued - Zap2it called the season finale "brilliant", claiming that it "gripped the heart and never let go", while Assignment X argued that "you've got to love the great sense of hope that the show ends with".
It should be noted though that bonus episode 'The Road Not Taken' was about as popular with critics as it was with viewers - SFX echoed popular sentiment, writing in its review: "While Touch can be wonderful at times, it can also be infuriatingly slow and dreary, and this is an example of the latter with some added Valium."
The magic Touch?
So is Touch in trouble? Critically, probably not - the show has its detractors, but the overall reception seems positive. But ratings are a different matter - clearly Fox had enough faith in the show to pick it up for a second season, though that order was made in May when the show was still attracting almost 7m viewers.
Even if Fox's reported reasons for delaying the season two launch are genuine, it's impossible to deny that - if ratings continue to fall - Touch could be in series trouble. A total of 3m viewers, and less than 1m in the demo, is not a healthy number for a primetime drama series with two big names attached.
Those names will only go so far in maintaining the network's faith in Touch - a second season is already guaranteed, but a third? Unless there's a big ratings uptick, we wouldn't bet on it.
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