'Lone Star' creator reacts to low series debut

Kyle Killen says drama was 'a cable pitch' for broadcast

"Lone Star" creator Kyle Killen is responding to rumors days after his rookie drama premiered to low ratings.

"The time slot has been chewed over a lot since Monday, but going into it, it actually felt like the highest possible compliment [Fox] could pay us to put us after their leading drama in what seemed like a plum spot that used to be great for '24,' " Killen said in an interview with New York Magazine's Vulture on Friday.

"It didn't feel like being thrown to the wolves at all, it felt like this was the best possible place they could think of to put us," he continued.

When the hourlong premiered Monday to 4.1 million viewers, talk of Fox potentially axing the critically acclaimed drama began the same day numbers were released. Instead, the network announced that it would air the drama for at least for one more episode.

The low ratings also prompted Killen to write a letter to fans to rally support for next week's viewing.

"I will be honest: No one thought it would land the way it did," he said.

In addition to Killen's plea for more viewers, an online petition was started to save the show, which stars newcomer James Wolk and Adrianne Palicki ("Friday Night Lights"). Co-star Jon Voight also told THR exclusively this month that the drama was "going to be a hit."

When asked why viewers turned off the remote when 9 p.m. rolled around, Killen wasn't entirely sure himself.

He had hope that the viewers who did stay -- only 3.3 million of them by the final quarter-hour -- for the entirety of Monday's episode would bring along more viewers for a ratings uptick.

"I think there's a lot of theories out there, but I don't know that I have a good pet theory. The people who watched it dug it, but if you only tuned in for five or 10 minutes, it doesn't quite have the same flow as what you would run into on a network television show," he said. "On a night where there's a lot of stuff that does have that flow that you know and are used to, if you look at the numbers, that's [where viewers went].

"The people who made it for the hour seemed to enjoy it and indicated that they would be back -- I just need them to bring an army of their friends," he continued.

Killen also addressed whether "Lone Star" was a better on a cable network instead of broadcast.

"Going all the way back to last season, Fox was looking for a cable show to try on network television, I had a cable pitch that felt like it could work, and I think everyone was very excited," Killen said.