Wednesday, December 2, 2015

10 Ratings Blurbs: 12/2/15 Edition


I managed to scrape together 10 shows to put on the lost this week. Next week shouldn't be much of a problem but after that, I'm not so confident about it. December is a dead month for TV, especially as we get closer to the end of the year.

1. The Walking Dead (13.981 million 7.0)- No records were set with this half of the season but that doesn’t mean this show didn’t destroy everything on TV. It is astounding to see how many people faithfully watch this show live.

2. Dancing with the Stars (13.49 million 2.4)- A few seasons ago, this show was nearly on its deathbed. Three things happened to change fortunes for the better. First, ABC reduced the show to one night except for the first and last week. Second, this show’s ratings stabilized after the change. Finally, broadcast ratings have continued to fall and what used to be bubble shows at this level have now turned into modest hits. Just a snapshot of the world we live in.

3. Real Housewives of Atlanta (2.802 million 1.3)- This isn’t a weak start to the season. It is still Bravo’s highest rated show and I can’t help but think that I will end up putting this show back on the list at some point this month because so many shows are winding down either for the season or to take their holiday breaks.

4. Black Ink Crew: Chicago (1.929 million 1.0)- The numbers have not fluctuated much over the 6 weeks that this show has aired. It looks like this is going to get skipped next week in place of the Big in 2015 special but I don’t expect the 2 week break to hurt this show.

5. 2 Broke Girls (5.93 million 1.6)- For Thanksgiving, these aren’t horrible numbers. CBS took a gamble and it didn’t backfire on them this year. Maybe it was because people were bored after dinner and a day of terrible football.

6. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (1.983 million 0.9)- This is a little bit higher than normal for this show. That’s all I have to say because we’ve entered that time of year where I’m going to be forced to repeat shows and talk about shows that don’t have too many ratings fluctuations.

7. Gotham (4.51 million 1.6)- This show will be gone until the end of February. That’s a bit of a long hiatus but FOX has made an aggressive push to promote their midseason replacement lineup. Now it is up to those shows to try to match what this show is doing. Judging by their fortunes so far this year, it will be tough.

8. Supergirl (8.02 million 1.6)- The demo has been slashed in half since the premiere and as you can see, it has now pulled even with Gotham. That did not stop CBS from ordering 7 more episodes for the season. In a way, I can see why. CBS is in between a rock and a hard place here. They don’t have too much on the bench for midseason and while this isn’t the hit they were expecting, they have a lot of shows that are older, more expensive and doing a whole lot worse than this one. At least they are giving themselves a fair shot to evaluate what they have with this show.

9. Pretty Little Liars (773,000 0.3)- I could criticize these numbers but I won’t. ABC Family (soon to be Freeform) wouldn’t have seen numbers like these with movie reruns so even a special is good for something.

10. Vanderpump Rules (1.346 million 0.7; Aftershow: 465,000 0.2)- The regular episode numbers for this show are fine. The aftershow is clearly struggling. Yes, some of it can be blamed on airing a whole 90 minutes after the main show ends. but most of the blame falls on the fact that a ton of people tune out when Apres Ski comes on and those people don’t really come back to see Watch What Happens Live or this aftershow. Since it’s December, (aka garbage time in the TV world) I don’t expect to see any changes to the way things are set up on Mondays now.

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