Tuesday, October 9, 2018

10 Ratings Blurbs: 10/9/18 Edition


I think my intention coming into this week's post was try try to be positive, but there aren't a whole lot of positive numbers this week.

1. The Walking Dead (6.076 million 2.5)- This show has been burning out for several seasons. What may worry AMC is that a second week drop may be coming and that they hoped this would have started a little higher to offset that drop. The numbers themselves aren’t troubling. There isn’t another scripted show on cable that will match these numbers for the rest of the year. It’s all a matter of wavering confidence in how long the show can feasibly go on as familiar cast members continue to leave the show.

2. Braxton Family Values (898,000 0.3)- This was up quite a bit over the last several weeks, but that isn’t exactly notable. Much of the numbers this season were in the territory of the first couple of seasons of the show. This show, more than any other show, has had a hand in contributing to the highs and lows of WE. For that, the network will probably try to stay loyal to the family for as long as they can, but there are obviously some cracks under the surface and that ugly head of the long-term effects of reality TV fame are becoming too hard to ignore.

3. Better Call Saul (1.526 million 0.5)- The show is already renewed for next season and this is one of the few shows on TV where everyone knows exactly how the show is supposed to end. Because the numbers don’t mean anything and because the show is already four seasons in, the only major question surrounding the show is if next season will be the final season or if the writers need a little more time to finish their story (If you remember, Breaking Bad went five seasons, but the final season was broken into two, eight episode halves).

4. Ridiculousness (8:00: 446,000 0.2; 8:30: 553,000 0.2)- I’m not too worried about these numbers. After spending weeks on Sundays, this got shoved back to Fridays. The numbers will probably improve a little after fans realize the episodes are new, but everyone knows what to expect here and no result will be a surprise.

5. Jersey Shore Family Vacation (1.053 million 0.6)- This half of the season has consistently lagged behind the first half. We can’t blame it on the start of the broadcast season because the show has been on since August. The numbers are still good for MTV, but they are approaching the territory where it is nothing to gloat over and it’s possibly setting them up for failure down the road with their decision to turn the ‘Shore’ series into an entire franchise.

6. Star (3.986 million 1.2)- This show should be safe this season. It is a third season show and needs a fourth for syndication purposes. I will say that one thing to watch will be how FOX feels about keeping the show paired with Empire after this season. Much of that decision will depend on how well both shows hold up over the course of this season.

7. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (809,000 0.4)- This is a pretty bad result. It’s not the worst the show has ever seen, but the last several weeks have made the show appear as if it has completely relinquished its status as a factor on Sunday nights. It may rebound next week, but given where it has been, that may only be an addition of about 200,000 viewers.

8. Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (410,000 0.2)- This show has gotten to the point in its life where as long as the network can find people to be on it, the show will live on. The night and network it airs on helps it too because if any one of those things were a mark against the show, it would be easy to see why a network would want to cut the show loose. This isn’t exactly a situation where the network needs the show more than the show needs the network. All things considered, it’s probably an equal proposition here. They both need each other because neither side is helped if one goes away.

9. Dancing with the Stars Juniors (5.026 million 0.7)- This show is technically a holdover from last season. I’m guessing there was an issue with assembling a cast that kept this from making it on air (It is my belief that the four week Athletes version that aired this spring was the last minute replacement). The numbers aren’t great, but they also aren’t too far off from how the main show has started this season. Because ABC has struggled with Sunday night dramas for the last several years, I’m not one to think that sticking to that plan would have been better than this.

10. Floribama Shore (562,000 0.3)- This hasn’t done particularly well after either of the Teen Mom shows, but the only other decent spot is on Thursday nights. Maybe that’s a consideration, maybe not, but the numbers now show that while there’s room to give the show another chance, it absolutely cannot stand alone.

Broadcast Shows:

The Voice (Monday)- 9.557 million (1.9)

The Voice (Tuesday)- 9.391 million (1.8)

Chicago Med- 8.833 million (1.3)

Chicago Fire- 8.101 million (1.3)

Chicago P.D.- 7.780 million (1.2)

Dancing with the Stars (Monday)- 7.221 million (1.0)

Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday)- 6.146 million (0.8)

Empire- 5.091 million (1.5)

Dancing with the Stars Juniors (Premiere)- 5.026 million (0.7)

Star- 3.986 million (1.2)

How to Get Away with Murder- 3.015 million (0.8)

Hell’s Kitchen- 2.656 million (0.8)

Cable Shows:

The Walking Dead (Premiere)- 6.076 million (2.5)

American Horror Story: Apocalypse- 2.022 million (1.0)

Love & Hip Hop Hollywood- 1.661 million (0.8)

The Haves and the Have Nots- 1.654 million (0.3)

Better Call Saul (Finale)- 1.526 million (0.5)

Real Housewives of Orange County- 1.266 million (0.5)

Jersey Shore Family Vacation- 1.053 million (0.6)

Black Ink Crew- 997,000 (0.5)

Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies- 969,000 (0.5)

Married to Medicine- 956,000 (0.4)

Braxton Family Values- 898,000 (0.3)

Teen Mom OG- 851,000 (0.5)

Keeping Up with the Kardashians- 809,000 (0.4)

Real Housewives of Dallas- 646,000 (0.2)

The Challenge: Final Reckoning- 627,000 (0.4)

Floribama Shore (Finale)- 562,000 (0.3)

Ridiculousness (8:30)- 553,000 (0.2)

Ridiculousness (8:00)- 446,000 (0.2)

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars- 410,000 (0.2)

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