Tuesday, October 6, 2015

10 Ratings Blurbs: 10/6/15 Edition

This is another cable dominated list this week. I expect next week to be a little more balanced only because The CW shows are returning and I do cover a lot of those shows.

1. Fear the Walking Dead (6.861 million 3.4)- This show was one of those shows where the odds were against it to fail. Had the show failed, AMC would have had to grin and bear it anyway because they renewed the show before it premiered. The show wasn’t a failure and while it doesn’t stack up to the mother show, these are still damn good ratings for cable in a landscape where nothing on cable (reality shows included) except football, debates, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones hits a 2.0 demo anymore.

2. Chicago PD (6.65 million 1.7)- These are perfectly normal premiere numbers for this show. The numbers could remain steady or they may slide a little but whatever happens, cancellation really isn’t in the cards for this season. The show is officially on the outside of syndication territory and because it is a solid performer in a still expanding franchise, NBC will see to it that this show gets its 4th season no matter what happens.

3. Homeland (1.663 million 0.6)- Maybe there are some people out here who think this should be a better performing show but the people at Showtime know better. This is the only show they have currently that delivers on critical acclaim and decent ratings The numbers can dip from here and it will still be the highest rated show on the network.

4. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (1.608 million 0.7)- After a fairly low start, these numbers have since come up to what is practically normal territory for this show. In the grand scheme of things, it is still sad that this many people still watch this show when people obviously know how to ignore this network whenever anything else is on.

5. Married to Medicine (1.134 million 0.5)- This may not have been the best season for the show but no one expected it to be after it got kicked out of the Real Housewives of Atlanta nest. The show posted very acceptable ratings all season long and it looks like the show is now in that category of shows like Don’t Be Tardy, Vanderpump Rules and Shahs of Sunset. I see no reason why this show doesn’t return for a fourth season.

6. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (4.90 million 1.7)- This show while on a different network, is in the same boat as Chicago PD. It is coming into season 3 and needs a 4th season renewal for syndication purposes. I don’t see ABC wanting to jeopardize their relationship with Marvel and while the show has always been a bit of a disappointment with its ratings, it isn’t an outright flop so fans should rest easy this season even if the numbers get a bit uncomfortable to tolerate.

7. Real Husbands of Hollywood (641,000 0.3)- I’m aware the finale is coming soon but these numbers really concern me. I wanted to at something last week when the show hit series low numbers but my list was already full. These numbers aren’t great and this is uncharted territory for a BET scripted show. These numbers are already iffy for reality shows (some have been renewed at this level while others have been canceled) so I don’t know if the series finale is approaching much closer than maybe a lot of people would have anticipated.

8. The Strain (1.171 million 0.5)- I had to look this up because I couldn’t remember if the show had already been renewed (it has been renewed). That being said, I can understand why. FX tends to have a divide with their shows. Their dramas for the most part usually do better than their comedies. Their comedies, should they have terrible ratings, are usually given another chance by getting shipped off to FXX. Low rated dramas don’t have that same luxury. This isn’t a hit show but FX has done worse. It’s a stable, late summer show with middling ratings and that makes it good enough to return for season 3 next year.

9. Kendra on Top (9:00pm: 605,000 0.2; 9:30pm: 543,000 0.2)- It is now becoming glaringly obvious that last season was one large anomaly fueled by a “scandal” and that this show really isn’t the hit show WE thinks it is. For a cable reality show that airs on a Friday night with average in-house promotion and no buzz elsewhere, the show isn’t performing horribly. I’m also not sure why this particular show gets the doubled up episodes but that’s a mystery for another day.

10. Twinning (460,000 0.2)- This is a bubble show to me. When Dating Naked started finding its groove, this show began to show some signs of life. When Dating Naked ended, the numbers crashed. That is why this is a bubble show. I think VH1 may have been looking for a standalone show and since this one is an hour, it seemed like a good candidate. Numbers like these don’t make for good standalone material and they certainly don’t bode well if they need a show that can potentially launch other new shows. However, they have had a handful of Wednesday shows this year that have done worse. I won’t be surprised if it returns and I also won’t be surprised if it’s canceled.