Tuesday, November 21, 2017

10 Ratings Blurbs: 11/21/17 Edition

Going with a lot of cable shows this week. Holding off on the unmentioned broadcast shows because almost all of them should be wrapping up their fall seasons over the next 2-3 weeks.

1. Scandal (4.971 million 1.1)- The winter break won’t as long as previous years, but ABC doesn’t have much of a choice. Since this show is ending and How to Get Away with Murder is bound by its short seasons, ABC might as well use those extra in-season weeks to try to find something that works on Thursday nights. They won’t get their answers by pushing midseason shows into late spring or early summer.

2. Project Runway (1.898 million 0.5)- We have reached the end of another successful season of this show. We have also reached the end of a season for a show that doesn’t have its future in doubt. The show will live on and hopefully they stick to their plan of limiting exposure. Now if they would only learn how to do that with their other reality franchise.

3. Real Housewives of Atlanta (2.203 million 0.8)- This show is off to an okay start. That’s all I’m going to say because I told you that this is intentionally a cable-heavy list this week.

4. American Horror Story: Cult (1.974 million 1.0)- This hasn’t been a super strong season, but it is more than a solid performer for FX. The network continues to look for their one yearly, cable blockbuster that viewers can look forward to. They will have their chances to make an impression next year, but at least they know that this show should still be able to deliver some good numbers next year.

5. Teen Mom 2 (1.084 million 0.5)- The ratings story of this season is the ratings story of the last several seasons. The show’s best days are so far behind it that it’s almost forgettable that the show used to pull four million viewers. Times have changed and situations have changed. MTV realizes that the show will never see those glory days again, but they also believe that the show (and the franchise as a whole) still has value and they can’t afford to let it go.

6. How to Get Away with Murder (3.718 million 0.9)- The ratings have not been great this season. Anyone that says otherwise is clearly delusional. As I’ve been saying for a while, ABC is not in a healthy place, especially among their dramas. I still have to believe that the show is safe because there is absolutely no way that they are going to want to replace 2 hours (not including whatever midseason replacement they need to cover the March-May spot left by this show) next season on what has been their strongest night for dramas.

7. Keeping Up with the Kardshians (774,000 0.4)- This isn’t the first time this season where the show has dipped sharply below the 1 million mark, but this time has an explanation. In the past, E! used to put the show on a two-week hiatus to devote their night to covering the various awards shows. Though the AMA’s aren’t considered to be one of the major awards shows, I think the fans may have believed that the episode wasn’t new and made other plans in advance.

8. Married to Medicine (742,000 0.3)- This show isn’t doing as well as Don’t Be Tardy, but I wouldn’t say that the show isn’t meeting expectations either. This is exactly where I expected to see the show and it will be just fine if it continues to draw in these numbers.

9. Scared Famous (974,000 0.5)- It feels like I’m picking on this show. Maybe I am, but my point still stands. If VH1 believes that this can only be viable as a Monday show, the numbers do not warrant another season. If they believe the show can survive on a different night, it has a chance to get another season. There have been several shows in the last few years that have either been moved to another network, outright canceled or under that shroud of deafening silence that either signals cancellation or represents a brutally long hiatus that has also proven to be the death of shows. The shows I am describing have all aired on Mondays and all had better season averages than this show.

10. Little Women: Dallas (589,000 0.2)- This season has been a struggle. There are times when it appears to show some fight. There are also times when you get numbers like this. A couple of years ago, these numbers would have signaled inevitable death. These days, the show is only in danger, but it does have some things going for it that may keep it alive for a little while longer (I would point to the show being a part of a fairly young franchise and because the stronger shows in the franchise have also experienced pretty major ratings declines in their most recent seasons as reasons why the show may not be dead).

Broadcast Shows:

Dancing with the Stars- 10.077 million (1.4)

The Voice (Tuesday)- 9.980 million (2.0)

The Voice (Monday)- 9.148 million (1.7)

The Voice (Wednesday)- 7.709 million (1.4)

Chicago P.D.- 6.390 million (1.2)

Empire- 6.050 million (2.0)

Scandal (Fall Finale)- 4.971 million (1.1)

Star- 3.741 million (1.2)

How to Get Away with Murder (Fall Finale)- 3.718 million (0.9)

Hell’s Kitchen- 3.212 million (0.9)

Gotham- 2.616 million (0.9)

The Flash- 2.455 million (1.0)

Once Upon a Time- 2.271 million (0.5)

Supergirl- 1.922 million (0.5)

Supernatural- 1.893 million (0.7)

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow- 1.531 million (0.5)

Riverdale- 1.431 million (0.5)

Arrow- 1.279 million (0.5)

Cable Shows:

The Walking Dead- 7.845 million (3.4)

Real Housewives of Atlanta- 2.203 million (0.8)

American Horror Story: Cult (Finale)- 1.974 million (1.0)

Project Runway (Finale)- 1.898 million (0.5)

Real Housewives of Orange County (Reunion Part 1)- 1.870 million (0.7)

Love & Hip Hop- 1.823 million (0.9)

Real Housewives of New Jersey- 1.197 million (0.4)

Teen Mom 2 (Reunion Part 2)- 1.084 million (0.5)

Black Ink Crew: Chicago- 1.001 million (0.5)

Scared Famous- 974,000 (0.5)

Don’t Be Tardy- 930,000 (0.4)

The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30 (Reunion Part 1)- 837,000 (0.5)

Keeping Up with the Kardashians- 774,000 (0.4)

Married to Medicine- 742,000 (0.3)

Teen Mom 2 (Clip Show)- 709,000 (0.2)

Tamar & Vince- 631,000 (0.2)

Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party- 621,000 (0.3)

Little Women: Dallas- 589,000 (0.2)