At 10:00 p.m., the series premiere of Awake pulled in a 1.9 among adults 18-49 and 6.247 million viewers. It topped the hour in the demo, but it was up against repeats of The Mentalist and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The big issue of the show is the split life and the reality of the issue. Which life is real or is there some interdimentional travel between two true realities? The problem with that big issue being the root of the show is that it limits the audience. I can't see more that the most devoted fans paying attention to every clue trying to figure out what the real reality is - and for the rest of the audience it can be an annoyance.
If they get away from the big issue and concentrate on the police work with clues in one life solving crimes in another life it might draw a bigger audience (there are a lot of cop shows where the lead cop has special powers or insights that help them solve crimes). But that would also make it more formulaic. The confusion between fellow officers playing different roles in each life makes me feel like I'm flipping channels between two movies.
In the end I don't expect it to last. There are supposed to be 13 episodes but I wonder if all of them will air.
I have come up with an idea for the final scene of the series finale ...