Thursday, March 16, 2017

10 Ratings Blurbs: 3/16/17 Edition


Some weird outage at Nielsen has kept the ratings delayed for days. At the time of this post, everything isn't caught up yet. I have what I need to post numbers for last week, but I have no idea if the delays will continue into next week.

1. Hip Hop Squares (Premiere: 2.078 million 1.1; Episode 2: 1.966 million 1.0)- These are good premiere numbers, but it would be premature to make any assumptions about this show knowing that VH1 aired 2 more episodes of this last night. I expect those Wednesday episodes to lose at least half of these numbers.

2. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (1.480 million 0.7)- This is down from last season’s premiere, but it is right in the area where last season’s episodes settled. People have been trying to declare the death of this show for years. I’ll believe it when E! finally ends up with a variety of other options (which means they still need to try to find some hits or WAGS and Botched need to put up stronger numbers).

3. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (1.628 million 0.6)- It’s hard to imagine a show like this flying under the radar, but it does. It has a firm core of loyal followers who watch every week and that keeps the ratings stable throughout the long season. It’s good for the show and good for Bravo that they don’t have to worry about trying to fix the show.

4. The Vampire Diaries (1.148 million 0.5)- This got the tiniest of bumps for the series finale. Even though the show spent much of the last 2 seasons being largely irrelevant, the show had a good life. For half of its run, it was The CW’s top show and it kept the network afloat as it tried to find an identity. That is how I think the show should be remembered. Will it be remembered that way? Only time will tell.

5. The Americans (925,000 0.2)- FX has already decided that next season will be the final season of the show. That means the ratings don’t matter here. FX may be angling for awards (SAG, Critics Choice and Emmys to be more specific). This show receives a lot of critical acclaim and they are probably hoping to clean up among voters who have shown recently that they tend to prefer cable and streaming dramas over broadcast dramas. Giving voters an ultimatum of not being around much longer has proven to be a winning strategy, but it could backfire on them (considering that HBO is essentially doing the same thing with Game of Thrones).

6. Duck Dynasty (980,000 0.4)- 2017 is quietly shaping up to be the year of the swan song. There appears to be more shows than normal that are either ending this year or have known final season dates. This show is going into its final episodes and that is an impressive thing to accomplish given the history of the show (a short summary would be that it grew to be one of the most popular reality shows to ever air on cable TV. A cast member expressed his highly conservative views. LGBT groups called for the show to be canceled and viewers fled from the show. The network benched it for a short time, but later decided to keep the show going for several more seasons).

7. America’s Next Top Model (858,000 0.4)- This show managed to recover after the night change. The numbers never came back to Monday levels, but it did recover to at least equal its numbers from last season (on The CW). VH1 managed to cut costs to make the show work for them. I think the numbers are good enough to give the show another shot, but VH1 has quietly gone down that road of not publicly renewing reality shows until they are almost ready to either hold a casting call or premiere the new season.

8. Nashville (965,000 0.2)- The first half of the season is now complete and the show did hit a little bit of a rough patch. The numbers have managed to recover a little over the past couple of weeks. CMT doesn’t have to make a renewal decision right away, but it doesn’t appear that they made a terrible decision by giving the show a new life.

9. Riverdale (1.028 million 0.4)- The day after I made my comments last week, The CW decided to renew the show. Personally, I think they did it a little too soon. By renewing this show, they gave fans of The 100 a scare for a couple of days (those fears have subsided because the network also renewed that show last week). Since the show is renewed, the only two major questions left to be decided are how many episodes the new season will get and when it will premiere.

10. Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (687,000 0.3)- This is the best showing all season. It is probably also why WE decided to tweak the next season by using reality star families instead of couples (straight out of the VH1 Couples Therapy/Family Therapy playbook). Who knows how the next season will do, but they need it to do better than this season.

Broadcast Shows:

The Voice (Monday)- 12.180 million (2.6)

The Voice (Tuesday)- 11.619 million (2.6)

Chicago Justice (Sunday)- 6.432 million (1.2)

Chicago Med- 6.290 million (1.1)

Chicago Justice (Tuesday)- 6.072 million (1.3)

2 Broke Girls- 5.451 million (1.1)

Scandal- 5.255 million (1.4)

Elementary- 4.503 million (0.6)

Grimm- 3.951 million (0.7)

Star- 3.798 million (1.2)

MasterChef Junior- 3.793 million (1.1)

Once Upon a Time- 3.062 million (0.9)

The Flash- 2.516 million (0.9)

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow- 1.538 million (0.5)

Supernatural- 1.493 million (0.5)

The Vampire Diaries (Series Finale)- 1.148 million (0.5)

The Vampire Diaries (Special)- 1.068 million (0.4)

Riverdale- 1.028 million (0.4)

Cable Shows:

The Walking Dead- 10.676 million (4.9)

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta- 3.087 million (1.6)

Real Housewives of Atlanta- 2.651 million (1.2)

The Haves and the Have Nots- 2.409 million (0.6)

Hip Hop Squares (Premiere)- 2.078 million (1.1)

Hip Hop Squares (Episode 2)- 1.966 million (1.0)

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills- 1.628 million (0.6)

Keeping Up with the Kardashians- 1.480 million (0.7)

Teen Mom 2- 1.431 million (0.8)

Vanderpump Rules- 1.325 million (0.5)

Black Ink Crew 5 (9:00)- 1.309 million (0.7)

Homeland- 1.274 million (0.4)

Bates Motel- 1.244 million (0.4)

The Breaks- 1.201 million (0.6)

Black Ink Crew 5 (8:00)- 1.178 million (0.6)

Teen Mom 2 (Reunion Madness)- 1.148 million (0.6)

Duck Dynasty- 980,000 (0.4)

Nashville (Finale)- 965,000 (0.2)

The Americans (Premiere)- 925,000 (0.2)

Little Women: LA- 884,000 (0.3)

America’s Next Top Model (Finale)- 858,000 (0.4)

Being Mary Jane- 837,000 (0.4)

Little Women: Atlanta- 805,000 (0.3)

The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions- 795,000 (0.5)

Duck Dynasty (Special)- 697,000 (0.2)

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (Finale)- 687,000 (0.3)

Catfish: The TV Show- 664,000 (0.4)

Ridiculousness- 534,000 (0.3)

Switched at Birth- 435,000 (0.2)

Bad Girls Club: East Meets West- 410,000 (0.2)

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