Tuesday, September 23, 2014

TV Ratings Premiere Notes For Monday, September 22, 2014: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Gotham (FOX), Scorpion (CBS), Sleepy Hollow (FOX), Forever (ABC), The Blacklist (NBC)

Last night was the first big night of the 2014-2015 TV season, and a lot of people were tuned in.  I'll provide half hour numbers for all of the hour long dramas.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Mondays at 8pm ET)

17.752 million Overall Viewers (first half hour)
5.3/17 in the 18-49 Demo

17.985 million Overall Viewers (second half hour)
5.4/15 in the 18-49 Demo

What a massive shocker that TBBT is doing so poorly this season.  Will it survive the current bubble it's on?  Stay tuned to find out. ;)

Gotham (FOX, Mondays at 8pm ET)

7.767 million Overall Viewers (first half hour)
3.1/10 in the 18-49 Demo

8.209 million Overall Viewers (second half hour)
3.2/9 in the 18-49 Demo

These are obviously excellent numbers (the rise in the second half hour is a very good thing), and as long as it doesn't crash and burn the show should easily make it to a second season.

Scorpion (CBS, Mondays at 9pm ET)

14.528 million Overall Viewers (first half hour)
3.4/9 in the 18-49 Demo

13.488 million Overall Viewers (second half hour)
3.1/8 in the 18-49 Demo

That is an ugly drop from the first to second half hour.  I've heard a bunch of bad stuff about the show (not even the slight bit interested in checking it out myself), so we should expect more bloodletting next week.  It's got a bit of room to fall before it's in danger, and only the show's quality will determine whether it continues that fall.

Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Mondays at 9pm ET)

6.030 million Overall Viewers (first half hour)
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo

5.062 million Overall Viewers (second half hour)
1.8/5 in the 18-49 Demo

That's a big drop from the first to second half hour, but I'm comfortable it's no big deal to this show's prospects for renewal.  Its dug in core fan base sits above the cancellation line.

Forever (ABC, Tuesdays at 10pm ET)

8.866 million Overall Viewers (first half hour)
1.7/5 in the 18-49 Demo

7.655 million Overall Viewers (second half hour)
1.4/4 in the 18-49 Demo

I'm very close to calling this show DOA, but for now, I'll just say the morgue has been prepped for its arrival.  Tonight's episode will probably result in a larger loss of its remaining blood.

The Blacklist (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET)

13.381 million Overall Viewers (first half hour)
3.7/10 in the 18-49 Demo

11.524 million Overall Viewers (second half hour)
3.1/9 in the 18-49 Demo

NBC's hit continues to reign supreme in the 10pm hour on Monday nights.  The show doesn't really need to be there anymore, but more power to them for keeping it there.  Unfortunately, the episode was mostly devoid of the humor that made it special in season 1.  I'd prefer it not become some gritty story, but that doesn't mean I'll stop watching.

The first big night of the 2014-2015 TV season is in the books.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, September 22, 2014

TV Ratings Premiere Notes For Sunday, September 21, 2014: Madam Secretary (CBS), The Good Wife (CBS)

Madam Secretary (CBS, Sundays at 8pm ET)

14.28 million Overall Viewers
1.9/5 in the 18-49 Demo

That's a pretty huge amount of overall viewers, but we'll have to wait until next week's episode to see if it continues on this run.  This is way above the necessary numbers needed to return on Sundays, so all Madam Secretary needs to do to return is not crash in the ratings in future episodes.  A 1.4 in the 18-49 will be close to what it needs to survive.  So far, so good.

The Good Wife (CBS, Sundays at 9pm ET)

9.95 million Overall Viewers
1.3/4 in the 18-49 Demo

In news that will come as no shock to anyone ever, The Good Wife returned with its typically crappy Sunday night ratings.  Of course, these crappy ratings have always been enough to get it renewed, so whatever.  The Good Wife is kind of the ratings equivalent of The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesdays at 8:30pm ET).  I don't know why those shows were allowed to return with such bad ratings, but I'm sure the fans of the shows ain't mad at their respective networks.

The numbers I received for these shows (likely due to time slot errors in the document I received) are quite a bit different than what TV by the Numbers reported (I'm using theirs, as it is likely more accurate based on the start times they reported for the shows).  The half hours for Madam Secretary at the time it actually aired were a 2.0 in the first half hour and a 1.8 in the second half hour.  The Good Wife had a 1.4 in the first half hour, and a 1.2 in the second half hour.

Tonight is when everything really begins.  Thanks for reading.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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