Tuesday, May 23, 2017

10 Ratings Blurbs: 5/23/17 Edition

This is one of those rare days where I have been so busy that it's the middle of the afternoon and I'm just about at the point of exhaustion (This thing here is the reason why. Buy a copy. You've spent a dollar on worse).

1. Supergirl (2.120 million 0.6)- This show practically had one goal for this season. No one expected it to bring its entire season 1 audience over from CBS, but it had potential to at least be the #2 show on The CW. This show met those expectations. While that demo isn’t supremely impressive, the total viewers are pretty strong for a CW show at the end of a long season.

2. Chicago Fire (6.303 million 1.3)- This is a show that will retain its timeslot next season. To be fair, NBC has no incentive to move it. It does well enough at 10pm and it allows the new 9pm shows to get some support from The Voice. (I should update that NBC canceled Chicago Justice this morning).

3. Scandal (5.229 million 1.2)- Now that I’ve had a week to think about it, ABC is picking a good time to end the show. Ratings nosedived this season, but I’m not entirely sure that it is all from the late start to the season. There could be some potential for respectable final season numbers, but the story has to be something that brings in fans that fell off over the last couple of years.

4. Little Women: Atlanta (826,000 0.3)- As I said with the Dallas finale last week, I just can’t see a scenario that puts this show in danger of not coming back. Ratings are down, but the franchise as a whole has seen declining numbers.

5. MasterChef Junior (8pm: 3.368 million 0.9; Finale: 3.663 million 1.0)- FOX relies on these shows way too much. That is a fact. What is also a fact is that they honestly don’t have better options. Absolute best case scenario for this show is that it returns in 2018. If FOX lands in any kind of trouble (and it’s highly probable, but unlikely that they do anything about it), it may end up back on the network much sooner than it should be.

6. Real Housewives of Potomac (1.069 million 0.4)- While this aired with Real Housewives of Atlanta, the show held firm at around 1.8 million viewers. It lagged behind RHOA, but it had stability going for it. I just couldn’t buy it. I see I had good reason not to be sold on those numbers, but I will say it puts Bravo in a possibly awkward position. There were rumors before the season that perhaps, they wanted to cut the show loose. Early ratings say that they would be idiots to do so. If the numbers hold here going forward, they may have a case. No matter what happens, the season average should be higher than the recently renewed Dallas edition, so I’m not sure they want to step on a landmine of cutting a show that has yet to find a steady base, but strangely be one of the more successful offerings they have tried behind RHOA.

7. Supernatural (1.697 million 0.6)- One of the more surprising things about The CW’s schedule was that they were pleased enough with this back half of the season to let this show retain its timeslot. We all know that this is the most versatile and mobile show that the network has. We also know that it is the oldest show on the network. It is good to see some stability for a show that appears to show no signs of falling off of a cliff.

8. Elementary (4.110 million 0.5)- It is widely recognized that this show continues to survive primarily because of the syndication money it makes. It is very hard to make an argument against that. Ratings will continue to indicate that this show is living on borrowed time. CBS will keep the show going as long as it is either financially feasible or they just have too many younger, cheaper options to throw their support behind. What I’m saying is don’t be surprised if the show ends next season, but don’t be surprised if it manages to scrape by again.

9. The Challenge: Champs vs Pros (568,000 0.3)- I will continue to say that for some reason, reunion shows don’t tend to do well on MTV. It is a strange phenomenon because so many other networks have seen success with doing reunion shows. That Invasion of the Champions reunion performance (501,000 viewers with a 0.3 demo) could have hurt this premiere, but we won’t for sure until the numbers for tonight’s episode comes out.

10. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.079 million 0.7)- The good news is that the show is coming back next season. The bad news is that it will be held for midseason for the first time in its now 5 season run. ABC will have to experience some utter disasters elsewhere (as in all of their new fall dramas and a couple of comedies would have to implode) for this to somehow find a way to not be doomed to Fridays whenever it returns.

Broadcast Shows:

Dancing with the Stars- 10.540 million (1.8)

The Voice (Monday)- 9.654 million (2.0)

The Voice (Tuesday)- 8.653 million (1.5)

Chicago PD (Finale)- 6.498 million (1.3)

Chicago Fire (Finale)- 6.303 million (1.3)

Empire- 6.142 million (2.2)

Scandal (Finale)- 5.229 million (1.2)

Elementary (Finale)- 4.110 million (0.5)

MasterChef Junior (Finale)- 3.663 million (1.0)

MasterChef Junior (8pm)- 3.368 million (0.9)

Gotham- 2.924 million (1.0)

The Flash- 2.483 million (0.9)

Supergirl (Finale)- 2.120 million (0.6)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Finale)- 2.079 million (0.7)

Supernatural (Finale)- 1.697 million (0.6)

Arrow- 1.444 million (0.5)

The Originals- 841,000 (0.2)

Cable Shows:

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta- 2.517 million (1.3)

Basketball Wives- 1.981 million (0.9)

Better Call Saul- 1.650 million (0.7)

T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle- 1.633 million (0.8)

Real Housewives of New York City- 1.330 million (0.5)

Keeping Up with the Kardashians- 1.328 million (0.6)

Return to Amish- 1.115 million (0.3)

Real Housewives of Potomac- 1.069 million (0.4)

Teen Mom OG- 1.016 million (0.6)

Little Women: LA- 942,000 (0.3)

Braxton Family Values- 835,000 (0.3)

Little Women: Atlanta (Finale)- 826,000 (0.3)

Little Women: Dallas (Reunion)- 730,000 (0.3)

Teen Mom OG (Aftershow)- 721,000 (0.4)

Catfish: The TV Show- 659,000 (0.3)

Little Women: LA (Aftershow)- 640,000 (0.2)

RuPaul’s Drag Dace- 636,000 (0.3)

The Americans- 620,000 (0.1)

Veep- 613,000 (0.2)

The Challenge: Champs vs Pros (Premiere)- 568,000 (0.3)

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition- 515,000 (0.2)

The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions (Reunion)- 501,000 (0.3)