New Fall Show Ratings, Part 5: Supergirl Shakes Things Up, Wicked City Doesn't


After a week off to deal with The Walking Dead-related tragedies and conspiracies, we're back to look at the digits, the numbahs, the stats, the nitty gritty of the ratings that are affecting all the new fall shows. And you know what? I think we've reached the point where we know what's going to happen to all these newbies. As numbers have achieved equilibrium, several have been given full seasons, and several others have been canceled. The great roller coaster ride is over! Well, I know I had fun. 

But if there is something to look for in the following ratings, it's who got renewed or canceled and where, and why word on other shows is still up in the air despite the obvious sitting there in plain sight. Or if you want, try to find some sort of secret code that might show you the longitude and latitude coordinates for the Illuminati's secret pot of gold! 

(All data taken from the good people at TV By the Numbers. All data is final except for this Sunday's, which wasn't available as of press time.)

THE GOOD

Dr. Ken (ABC, Friday at 8:30pm)
Week 1: 6.67 million viewers, 1.4 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic
Week 2: 5.78 million, 1.3 rating
Week 3: 5.79 million, 1.3 rating
Notes: ABC ordered a full season! The doctor is in... all season long.
Week 4: 5.97 million, 1.2 rating
Week 5: 5.78 million, 1.2 rating

Blindspot (NBC, Monday at 10pm) 
Week 1: 10.61 million, 3.1 rating
Week 2: 9.11 million, 2.6 rating
Week 3: 9.06 million, 2.4 rating
Week 4: 8.45 million, 2.5 rating
Notes: Full season ordered by NBC! Congratulations to the lady with a bunch of tattoos!
Week 5: 7.82 million, 2.1 rating
Week 6: 7.91 million, 2.1 rating

Life in Pieces (CBS, Monday at 8:30pm) 
Week 1: 11.28 million, 2.6 rating
Week 2: 8.71 million, 1.9 rating
Week 3: 8.91 million, 1.9 rating
Week 4: 7.84 million, 1.8 rating
Week 5: 8.47 million, 2.1 rating
Week 6: No episode aired because of Supergirl's debut.
Note: CBS ordered a full season! 

Rosewood (Fox, Wednesday at 8pm)
Week 1: 7.54 million, 2.4 rating
Week 2: 6.23 million, 2.0 rating
Week 3: 5.75 million, 1.8 rating
Week 4: 5.03 million, 1.4 rating
Note: Fox picked up Rosewood for a full season!
Week 5: 5.27 million, 1.6 rating
Week 6: No episode, World Series

NEW Supergirl (CBS, Monday at 8:30pm - moves to Monday at 8pm this week)
Week 1: 12.96 million, 3.1 rating

The "good" section this week is all about Supergirl, which had a monster debut that placed it first with total audience for a premiere and tied it with Blindspot for highest rated debut. CBS wisely launched its big investment with The Big Bang Theory and against a weak matchup for Monday Night Football, and it paid off. All eyes will be on Episode 2 as we figure out how much of those impressive premiere numbers were from curiosity and Big Bang leftovers and how much were actually indicative of what the show can do. How exciting, right? 

I've also moved Rosewood up into the top section because it just keeps fighting. A 0.2 ratings bump might not seem like a lot, but in its fifth episode? That's huge. Everything is sliding down, and Rosewood jumped up. Fox ordered a full season, and why not? I was totally wrong about this show when I said it would be axed early, and I apologize. Is the Empire bump real? 

There was a slightly worrying drop for Blindspot, but it got its full-season order. This will yo-yo between a 2.0 to 2.4 range as long as it has The Voice next to it. Dr. Ken also got a well-deserved full season as it proved to be one of the steadiest shows on the air, and that's something networks love to see.


THE DECENT

Quantico (ABC, Sunday at 10pm)
Week 1: 7.10 million, 1.9 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic
Week 2: 6.94 million, 1.9 rating
Week 3: 5.67 million, 1.6 rating
Week 4: 5.23 million, 1.6 rating
Note: ABC picked up Quantico for an almost-full season! Six more episodes coming.
Week 5: 5.10 million, 1.5 rating
Week 6: 4.03 million, 1.2 rating

Limitless (CBS, Tuesday at 10pm) 
Week 1: 9.86 million, 1.9 rating
Week 2: 9.73 million, 1.9 rating 
Week 3: 9.57 million, 1.7 rating
Week 4: 8.03 million, 1.4 rating
Week 5: 7.90 million, 1.4 rating
Note: CBS ordered a full season! Clear your schedule, Bradley Cooper.
Week 6: 7.45 million, 1.4 rating

Two of the early nominees for biggest new hit are starting to show cracks past their 4-Episode Tests. The 0.3 drop for Quantico initially looks like a major problem, but Sunday night was incredibly busy. A 90-minute The Walking Dead, the World Series, and a marquee Sunday Night Football matchup all took away viewers from ABC's drama, so I'm not too worried, and DVR numbers should be big this week. Limitless is stuck at its 1.4 rating, which isn't bad, but it's not great either. Both of these shows got full seasons anyway. 


THE BAD

Grandfathered (Fox, Tuesday at 8pm)
Week 1: 5.34 million viewers, 1.5 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic
Week 2: 3.57 million, 1.2 rating
Week 3: 3.17 million, 1.0 rating
Note: Fox ordered six more scripts of Grandfathered.
Week 4: 3.33 million, 1.0 rating
Week 5: No episode, World Series aired instead
Note: Fox ordered a full season of Grandfathered! And after a week it didn't air, too!

The Grinder (Fox, Tuesday at 8:30pm)
Week 1: 4.98 million, 1.5 rating
Week 2: 3.15 million, 1.0 rating
Week 3: 2.53 million, 0.9 rating
Note: Fox ordered six more scripts of The Grinder.
Week 4: 2.86 million, 0.9 rating
Note: Fox ordered a full season of The Grinder! Who cares about crummy ratings, right?
Week 5: No episode, some baseball aired instead

Scream Queens (Fox, Tuesday at 9pm)
Week 1: 4.04 million, 1.7 rating
Week 2: 3.46 million, 1.4 rating
Week 3: 2.97 million, 1.2 rating
Week 4: 2.39 million, 1.0 rating
Week 5: 2.59 million, 1.0 rating
Week 6: No episode, championship baseball instead!

Heroes Reborn (NBC, Thursday at 8pm)
Week 1: 6.09 million, 2.0 rating
Week 2: 5.00 million, 1.6 rating
Week 3: 4.41 million, 1.2 rating
Week 4: 4.01 million, 1.1 rating
Week 5: 3.80 million, 1.1 rating  
Week 6: 3.95 million, 1.0 rating

Code Black (CBS, Wednesday at 10pm)
Week 1: 8.58 million, 1.5 rating
Week 2: 6.83 million, 1.2 rating
Week 3: 6.96 million, 1.2 rating
Week 4: 7.13 million, 1.2 rating
Note: CBS ordered six more scripts. 
Week 5: 5.96 million, 1.1 rating

The Muppets (ABC, Tuesday at 8pm)
Week 1: 9.01 million, 2.9 rating
Week 2: 5.78 million, 2.0 rating 
Week 3: 4.85 million, 1.7 rating
Week 4: 4.34 million, 1.3 rating
Week 5: No episode, The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown aired instead (and did 5.98 million and a 2.0 rating)
Week 6: 4.33 million, 1.4 rating
Note: ABC ordered a full season! Well, three more episodes. 

There's a whole lot of nothing here in the "bad" section to report on as everything was pretty steady. With little in the way of back up, Fox held onto its comedies The Grinder and Grandfathered for full seasons. Looking at what Fox has waiting for midseason, it's not hard to see why Fox picked up these two despite questionable ratings. It's going to be a long road to recovery for Fox, and stability is the first step. Even if it's just for this season. 

CBS has yet to cancel a series this season (it picked up Limitless and Life in Pieces, and Supergirl should be given a full season next), and you'd think Code Black would be its first. But instead the network ordered more scripts, usually a good sign that a full-season order is coming. It looks like CBS is just keeping its options open; if Code Black stays steady, it can stick around. If it sinks, let it run out its 13 episodes and then put a shortened season of Person of Interest in its slot in the new year.  

Don't expect any word about Heroes Reborn and Scream Queens for a while. Both NBC and Fox will let them run out their seasons no matter what. And how about The Muppets? It must be a little demoralizing to be bumped for a half-hour special that's almost half a century old and have it outperform you considerably. 


THE AWFUL

Minority Report (Fox, Monday at 9pm)
Week 1: 3.10 million viewers, 1.1 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic 
Week 2: 2.56 million, 0.9 rating 
Week 3: 2.07 million, 0.7 rating
Week 4: 2.05 million, 0.7 rating
Note: Fox cut Minority Report's episode count from 13 to 10.
Week 5: 1.82 million, 0.6 rating
Week 6: 1.92 million, 0.6 rating

Blood & Oil (ABC, Sunday at 9pm) 
Week 1: 6.3 million, 1.4 rating
Week 2: 5.19 million, 1.2 rating
Week 3: 3.82 million, 0.8 rating
Week 4: 3.50 million, 0.9 rating
Note: ABC trimmed the series order to 10 episodes.
Week 5: 3.77 million, 0.9 rating
Week 6: 3.24 million, 0.8 rating

The Player (NBC, Thursday at 10pm)
Week 1: 4.68 million, 1.2 rating
Week 2: 4.58 million, 1.0 rating
Week 3: 4.43 million, 0.9 rating
Week 4: 3.99 million, 0.7 rating
Week 5: 4.15 million, 0.8 rating
Note: NBC cut the season order to just nine episodes. Bye bye, Player.
Week 6: 3.87 million, 0.7 rating

Truth Be Told (NBC, Friday at 8:30pm)
Week 1: 2.64 million, 0.7 rating
Week 2: 2.24 million, 0.6 rating
Notes: NBC cut the order to 10 episodes and the show is no longer in production.
Week 3: 2.33 million, 0.7 rating

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW, Monday at 8pm)
Week 1: 0.90 million, 0.3 rating
Week 2: 0.79 million, 0.3 rating
Week 3: 0.67 million, 0.2 rating

NEW Wicked City (ABC, Tuesday at 10pm)
Week 1: 3.28 million, 0.9 rating

Is there any chance that ABC is reconsidering its decision to cut down Blood & Oil? After what looked like a major plummet, things have pleasantly steadied out. Sure it's steady at a 0.8/0.9, but that's not HORRIBLE in a very competitive time slot. Okay, I'm just trying to play Devil's advocate here. But I'm not seeing the ratings erosion I thought I would have. 

Wicked City premiered to better ratings than I thought it would! But this is still a dead show that won't go anywhere and is just occupying space until ABC can get to next season's Upfronts. Given the limited-event nature of the series, it's quite possible that ABC won't cancel it, but the network might benefit from putting Quantico reruns here instead. 

The PlayerMinority Report, and Truth Be Told continue to justify their cancellations. They're just here until they aren't anymore. And does anyone want to place a bet on whether Crazy Ex-Girlfriend gets a 0.1 rating soon? 

What do you make of these numbers from the fall season?

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Aug 10, 2018
don't get the impression Tim Kring was approaching it like that. New characters, new evil empires. I think he believes it should be a hit regardless, but can't see that he's the wrong person to lead it.............................www.jobsthings.com
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Apr 13, 2016
SUPERGIRL is the only thing that is NOT shaking in that show!! Too slow and helpless!!
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Jan 08, 2016
The ratings game goes on and on. and networks cannot figure out that people from each demographic will seek out the shows that turn them on. I can name dozens of classics that would have been cancelled if they aired these days. Cheers comes to mind first, but there are many, many, more. And a good show is a good show, no matter what night it is on, or what it is up against. Fans want to watch their shows, period. (or at least record it for later).
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Nov 15, 2015
please someone get FOREVER back. A great show that got strangely cancelled.
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Nov 25, 2015
Forever is forever dead. Dont worry another immortal monster of the week show will be made soon enough. In the mean time watch New Amsterdam or highlander or the last witch hunter or anyone of a million stories about unkillable main character, it's all the same stuff, really.
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Nov 12, 2015
Some observations on Wicked City: although I haven't seen anything but the butt of their sidearms, I'd say the detectives are using new technology in advance of the '80's setting of the show. They should be strapped with .38 calibre revolvers NOT Glocks or other automatics that carry 16 rounds or more.
Also, detective #2's wardrobe is slightly out of tune with the show's decade. That vest with the collar was also a bit much for a guy wanting promotion. Wear it to the disco instead.
Watch the footwear too. Some heels are too high and the platforms are questionable. Somebody in wardrobe needs to do more research!
Sunset Strip in those days was similar to New York's Times Square not too long ago. All the dregs of society could be found there. Fortunately, the cities involved cleaned them both up to one degree or another.
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Nov 11, 2015
Yay, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend just hit another viewership high! Really loving it. Also, great that the CW released another version of "I'm a Good Person". It's fun comparing the sanitized and explicit versions of the song :P
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Nov 07, 2015
Crazy Ex-girlfriend just hit a viewership high this week! I am finding myself looking forward to the next episode each week especially for those crazy-*ss hilarious music video parodies :)
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Nov 04, 2015
(1Rosewood could become a sleeper hit...Empire lead in has to help..
(2)Limitless is charming and the lead actor keeps it engaging...
(3)I gave up on Scream Queens after episode 2..Horror/ Comedy to uneven for me..Trying to be Clueless/American Horror Story Hybrid..
(4) Heroes Reborn..Last 3 episodes still on my DVR...to quote McCoy.."He's DEAD JIM"
(5) I liked The Player..if they had made the lead tough/bad ass woman like Blindspot, It might have had staying power for the viewers..Mr.Snipes see you on'Blade-The Series!!' Coming Soon to NETFLIX....here's hoping
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Nov 12, 2015
I like The Player just as it is except for Snipes. Never cared for him. If he couldn't do MME he couldn't get work. He can't act!
Oh, the lead in Blindspot is not the woman it's her old childhood friend from the now cancelled Fight Back.
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Nov 04, 2015
Quote - "Is there any chance that ABC is reconsidering its decision to cut down Blood & Oil?"
I have not watched the show but have seen several postings where people say the show has grown on them and it is getting good.
I feel that way about Minority Report but it already had its eps cut back. Oh well.

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Nov 07, 2015
I am enjoying Minority Report too. The characters are growing and character dynamics strengthening making it a more interesting watch.
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Nov 04, 2015
Quantico is being accused of stealing a concept.
After watching the most recent episode I think that Shonda Rhimes should join in on the lawsuit.
Quantico has more soap opera and hormone flowing sex than any show this side of Grey's Anatomy and it isn't even interesting. And uinfortunately the writing and acting is not in the same league as Shonda's shows. I guess it fills the show's hour so that the plot doesn't have to move along to quickly.

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Nov 03, 2015
Heroes Reborn was only planned for 13 episodes, if I recall, so I don't think there was ever a chance of a second season.
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Nov 05, 2015
I don't get the impression Tim Kring was approaching it like that. New characters, new evil empires. I think he believes it should be a hit regardless, but can't see that he's the wrong person to lead it.
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Nov 03, 2015
this weeks quantico was good with a lot of things being revealed. also it keeps being interestering has it keeps you guessing who is behind the bombing.

rosewood is better than some people give it credit. how many shows have a male pathologist in them, not many.

blindspot is like quantico keeps being interesting with its little reveals of people or tattoos.

supergirl 2nd ep was good, a big twist on the ending of ep1 and could a certain character be a certain alein for a certain planet/
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Nov 03, 2015
Did ABC really think Wicked City was gonna be a hit? oh those weird little fools
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Nov 03, 2015
It is a little surprising that half of the "bad" shows listed have full season orders. And one more is given a partial order. Heroes should play out the season because it's NBC's baby and it's only 13 episodes long. But it won't be back.
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Nov 03, 2015
Wicked City is worth watching just for the ambiance of LA in the 80s - it was a happy place in a happy time.
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Nov 03, 2015
with really great music
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Nov 03, 2015
I'm watching Wicked City like it's a big MTV video and like most MTV videos the acting isn't very important. I do wonder why anyone born after 1980 would watch unless to mock the styles of the era.
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Nov 03, 2015
that they still won't stop playing, 30 years on. :-)
(60s music didn't seem to last much past 20 years.)
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Nov 03, 2015
Rosewood is growing on me for some reason, do I need help?
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Nov 03, 2015
I found "Wicked City" to be ok to watch, so I'm glad is a 1 season story, hopefully I don't get cut off in the middle :)

Crazy Ex-girlfriend... I really liked it at first, I think she's very talented, but I fear laughing at yourself as a needy woman is not for everyone, and I understand it is mostly young women that watch the CW?
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Nov 03, 2015
Crazy Ex surprised me in a good way the first week but I think mostly because of the first music number. Since then I've found it painful. The main character alternates between superlawyer and crazy stalker girl. The switch is jarring especially since it is obvious she will end up with the 'other guy'. You just know when that happens the guy she is stalking will suddenly like her and the show will become crazy ex-boyfriend.

It feels like lazy writing. I doubt it gets that far because the numbers are so low that even the CW will cancel it.
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Nov 03, 2015
Yes, i think we are supposed to be watching this just for the fun of it, sitcom style, cause there is no mystery in this story. I guess that's what made Jane the Virgin a greater show. It is all basically a parody of telenovela style, but because telenovelas are full of crazy twists, it works in Jane's favor, giving that extra layer of unexpected events, within the main frame of the parody. Jane is also more relatable, probably.

I think the personality change is a call for 'hey, i can be both an amazing professional and a crazy ex-girlfriend, this condition doesn't respect social or intellectual bounderies'. Or something like making Sheldon Cooper be both super-smart and super-silly. I'm not as disturbed by it as you are, but i can see how it can be problematic to more people. It is easily going from funny to insulting too.
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Nov 03, 2015
I *so* hope Code Black doesn't get canceled... love medical dramas, please let them be!!
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Nov 03, 2015
I haven't invested in any half-hour comedies (or comedy blocks) since TGIF left the air. I never cared much for them, and could never get particularly invested in them. They always seem like placeholders for better shows, and since the quality of good comedy has plummeted dramatically the last decade, I don't see myself going back for more. I'll stick to hour drams/procedurals.

I don't get the draw of Supergirl. I gave it a shot tonight to gets its stuff together, but I won't be coming back. It's a bit too wishy-washy and there's A LOT of exposition. It reads more like an episode of 7th Heaven. I expected more, but wasn't surprised that it disappointed me. My head hurts from rolling my eyes every time she says "Looks like a job for Supergirl!" I mean....really? C'mon CBS.

Still loving Blindspot and Limitless like new friends.

Might go ahead and get myself re-invested in Rosewood. Guess things turned around for it. That, or FOX is realizing how terribly they picked their fall line-up, and they're just desperate (as per usual).

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Nov 03, 2015
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend really IS quite good and VERY creative, but it's not actually broadcast network type of material. That doesn't mean that it isn't a good product or show, just that it doesn't reach a broad-enough common denominator for a primarily advertising-driven distribution vehicle. Placement with a consumer-paid online venue such as Amazon, Netflix or Hulu probably would have been more appropriate - or even CBS All Access if it had been ready for new series product (which it wasn't).
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Nov 03, 2015
Agreed... This would probably do better on something like Netflix, where it could complement another original show like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, since both fall into the "quirky comedy" category. As it is, I'll feel lucky if we get anything resembling a resolution to the show before the CW has to cancel it.
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Nov 03, 2015
My hope is that given the CW's relatively positive recent history plus the fact that it doesn't have a backup comedy to pair with Jane, it will get to finish the season (though a renewal is of course unlikely). I think it could work well as a one season wonder.
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Nov 03, 2015
Crazy ex-girlfriend is actually good. It's actually the best new show this fall (which granted isn't much of an endowment this season). Seriously though people need to give it a chance! It's very original and risky and more often than not those risks pay off. Don't let the unfortunate title deter you, at the very least check out some of the musical numbers on YouTube
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Nov 07, 2015
I totally agree. Crazy Ex-girlfriend is really really good. The central premise may be a bit of a turn-off for some but the show deals with it in a smart, witty, and subversive way. Episode 4 is the best so far, IMO. And the music videos are just awesome! "Sex with a Stranger" had me in stitches and "Settle for Me" was absolutely charming. Can't wait for more :)
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Nov 03, 2015
0.2 ratings is awful even for CW. They got to pay production cost you know. Even Jane last year did not premiere this bad. I won't get my hopes up if I were you. Prepare for CW to try to plug its slot come midseason. They have 3 back up shows in waiting.
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Nov 03, 2015
Ugh. Musicals. Cuz Glee wasn't enough.
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Nov 03, 2015
I don't care for it.
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Nov 03, 2015
Grinder is very cool, wtf! And Rosewood grows on me!
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Nov 03, 2015
You know, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is kind of growing on me. Sucks the numbers aren't there.

Still, if it gets canned there's better TV out there right now to keep me entertained.
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Nov 03, 2015
supergirl's ratings presumably are despite the 100k+ people who downloaded the leaked pilot.

wicked city was an incredible waste of a likable cast. I had to give it a shot based on the cast and wont be back.

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Dec 18, 2015
Id say there were more than 100k that downloaded the leaked pilot, i was one of them :) I thought it was good, an the intro of the Martian Manhunter in the fall finale was epic! Plus having a stand in play Superman to save Kara from a bad guy after Max Lord repaired an improved the bad guy's suit/weapon, it was just cool how they did it. It will definitely get renewed.
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Nov 03, 2015
Network tv is for the weak.
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Nov 02, 2015
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW, Monday at 8pm)
Week 1: 0.90 million, 0.3 rating
Week 2: 0.79 million, 0.3 rating
Week 3: 0.67 million, 0.2 rating
Week 4: 0.42 million, 0.1 rating
Week 5: 0.01 million, 0.0 rating
Week 6: 0.00 million, 0.0 rating
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Nov 03, 2015
That's not possible. Even CW never had a show hit 0.0, This is broadcast TV not cable.
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Nov 03, 2015
It's just a joke.

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Nov 03, 2015
Funny...
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Nov 03, 2015
OMG, I meant LOL!
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Nov 02, 2015
I really like The Player, don't understand why it didn't get an audience.
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Nov 03, 2015
A number of reasons. Most notably Snipes overacts all over the place. The premise, though interesting was never given the proper time to linger and be mysterious. Each case gets more ridiculous and outlandish, seriously the norse guy with the ax was a bit much. And on and on.
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Nov 03, 2015
Isn't there room for an over the top silly action series that doesn't require too much brain power and is just simply testosterone laced fun? ;)
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Nov 03, 2015
Sure, Blindspot is there. Ash vs the Evil Dead. And there is some new show that is coming out I think for TNT called Agent X starts soon.
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Nov 04, 2015
Oh don't worry I already accepted it, if I didn't send peanuts for Jericho I'm not sending....ermm poker chips for this one ;) Just grateful at least that some shows I really like do occasionally get saved, often by Netflix/Amazon and the like, Longmire and Ripper Street being two recent examples, guess Sneaky Pete can be added to that as I recently watched the pilot on Amazon and really liked it then saw it was rejected by CBS.
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Nov 03, 2015
@Placebo_obecalP

Well, you can start a writing campaign. GoFundme account, I don't know. It is best not to get attached to any NBC shows.
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Nov 03, 2015
But I want The Player AND those other shows dammit! ;)
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Nov 03, 2015
I'm with you on this one, there have been four new shows with a law enforcement\conspiracy vibe to them Quantico, Blindspot, The Player & Limitless. Out of the four, the last two are the most fun to watch, the other two take themselves way to seriously. With The Player I'm not that invested in the conspiracy but it doesn't matter because each case of week is enjoyable enough. But with Quantico I wasn't invested conspiracy story which is a problem because that's the entire show.
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Nov 02, 2015
At least we still have Limitless :)

Well, I guess it is time to check out those Muppets, I was resisting for a whole month
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Nov 02, 2015
I'm hoping The Grinder picks up steam. It's unique and fun and occasionally pretty funny.

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Nov 02, 2015
With the terrible opening of Burnt, Bradley Cooper may want to get a little more screen time on Limitless.
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Nov 03, 2015
Eh, I don't think Foodnetwork the Movie failing is enough to send him to TV. He still has GoTG and his other movies.
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Nov 03, 2015
I love Bradley Cooper on TV. If you've ever watched his very underrated, very well cast show, Kitchen Confidential, you'd lose your mind. If you haven't seen it, buy the DVD--it's only one season of like, 13 episodes, but it's definite gold.
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Nov 02, 2015
I'm seeing how well I know the CW ad schedule and giving Ex Girlfriend a live viewing tonight and DWTS (I'm recording Supergirl). I think next year that CBS might have a plan of replacing whichever NCIS is on at 10 on Mondays and just switch it with Limitless and build up a comic book night to rival CW's Tuesday night.
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Nov 02, 2015
Wicked City's premiere did worse than Forever's worst rated episode ever (as I mentioned elsewhere). ABC not only "could do worse than Forever", it did. Spectacularly.

The Muppets is in a good spot. That holiday classic beat out 2/3 of ABC's schedule (which maybe isn't saying much...). Muppets ratings not only leveled out, but got a slight ratings rise last week. When it's good it can be quite fun.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is better than its ratings show, but sadly it's no Jane the Virgin.
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Nov 03, 2015
Still can't believe they cancelled Forever. Seriously WTF ABC. Biggest. Mistake.
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Nov 03, 2015
From a business standpoint they did the right thing. Why?
1. ABC doesn't own it. Any deal that the show gets goes to WB. Production cost is also higher since its not owned.
2. It went below 1.0 ratings last year. It would be getting worse ratings this year since a show's ratings usually decline year to year.
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Nov 03, 2015
This certainly has become ABC's "cursed timeslot". Forever did really well to last all year.
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Nov 02, 2015
There isn't one of these shows I ams till watching.
BUT
As vs Evil Dead is amazing, awesome, great! It needs to get on this list :D
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Nov 02, 2015
This says it all.
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Nov 02, 2015
Too bad Crazy Ex-Girlfriend isn't working out because it's a funny little show! But I'm pretty sure it doesn't cost too much to produce cuz there're no big names attached to it so it'll at least last this season hopefully.
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Nov 03, 2015
The pilot was intended for premium cable so that wouldn't have been cheap. The rest after that must've gotten budget cuts after transitioning to broadcast tv.
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Nov 02, 2015
It's too bad we don't get a peek at the budgets and revenues on these shows, that would paint such a broader picture as to why something gets canned while another gets renewed when many of the ratings are downright middling. Hell, Supergirl was a success with a 3.1 in the key demo, that used to be what we called "sad" in the '90s.
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Nov 02, 2015

Broadcast TV is dying a death of a thousand cuts


The broadcast networks lost almost 50% of their market share since the 1980s. But still advertiser demand kept rising.

So, the price for ads continued to rise.
CPM. Cost per mille / cost per thousand advertising impressions

Less People have cable tv subscriptions. Fewer households actually have a TV because they're watching video on their mobile devices like phones and tablets. Needless to say mobile video is booming. Also the "expensive" cable premium channels are sadly pushing lower-income consumers out of the ecosystem. The money is following the eyeballs. But as long as advertisers are willing to pay large amounts of money for reaching large audiences broadcast TV will not die. Linear TV will survive in some capacity for those of us too lazy to make an active choice about what particular entertainment we want at that exact moment, or when we're too paralyzed by the amount of choice on offer.

Give it ten years. Maybe a little longer...


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Nov 03, 2015
NBC tv had a banner year last year, massive profits, and despite decline the network still clearly reaches a lot of audiences - 50% in 1980 was 113 million people, 15% in 2015 is still 48 million people; there are a lot more eyeballs in the US than there were 35 years ago. It seems to me that any broadcaster who can reach even a sliver of the US population in 10 years for a free, over-the-air signal, will still command a decent amount of coin.
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Nov 02, 2015
This song mocking NBC from the early 80's says, "An 18 rating, a 14 share." Those are numbers that would guarantee a 3-season renewal on the spot today.



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Nov 02, 2015
Sad about Wicked City. I like it a lot but then going by precident if I like a show it is going to flame out so at least precident holds nicely. B
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