Television Weekly Ratings Roundup – September 21 to 27, 2014 written by Robert Reineke September 24, 2014 The television season returns this week with two big season premieres. Courtesy of tvbythenumbers, we take a look at the numbers and what they may mean. First off is the series premiere of GOTHAM, which debuted against the series premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY and THE VOICE, not to mention MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. GOTHAM received a very good 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and had 8.2 million total viewers. Fox will be happy with those numbers. GOTHAM didn’t reach the heights of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’s series premiere, but it was up against much stiffer competition as well. It’s been awhile since Fox has even been competitive in this slot, so it’s a win to date. Obviously the trick to GOTHAM’s longevity is whether it will be able to hold onto those viewers as the competition is sticking around for awhile, but it’s always good to start high. Meanwhile, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. returned last night with flat numbers of 2.1 in the 18-49 demographic, compared to the season finale, and 6 million viewers overall. That’s a far cry from the 4.7 rating it debuted with last year, but still a number that will stave off cancellation. Still, it’s also an indication that AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t able to build any momentum over the summer break and it has to worry about attrition in the ratings as ratings generally get worse over a season save for big events. We’ll have to see if they have any tricks up their sleeve to goose the ratings, but it may be that this is as good as it gets for the show. Still, neither show is in any trouble at the moment and both are looking at full season orders. GOTHAM has room to fall in the ratings, and it likely will fall some, while AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is much closer to the cliff. I’ll be surprised if all of the comic book related shows make it to next season, so I expect some drama over the course of the season. Both of these shows likely are going to experience some bumps and bruises against stiff competition, big budgets, and big expectations, so they’ll be worth keeping an eye on while ARROW is practically assured to make it to next season and likely will have little drama in the ratings department. Weekly Ratings Roundup – September 21 to 27, 2014 was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.GothamRatings 6 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Star Wars With Friends #12- The Clone Wars: “Shadow of Malevolence” next post Marvel Reveals First Photo Of Adrianne Palicki As Bobbi Morse You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: February 15 to February... February 22, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 29th to April... April 2, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 26 to December... 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I think it’s obvious that Fox believes in the brand enough that they’ll let Gotham open the night and, so far, it looks like their instincts are right. I believe Gotham has a full season order already. And, really, it’s already Fox’s most popular drama. Whether it makes it to season 2 will depend on its ratings, but I don’t sense shenanigans on Fox’s part. They’ve promoted it well and they seem to have been rewarded for that. Plus The Big Bang Theory is moving back to Thursday eventually and MNF ends in December, so if Gotham holds up through the fall the going gets easier for it. Michael Lalaian Glad to see this feature back! I love keeping tabs on how some of my favorite shows are doing. I really can’t wait for this week’s podcast discussing these. I thoroughly enjoyed both Gotham and Agents of SHIELD, despite their various flaws. As a Marvel guy whose favorite superhero is Batman, I’m excited for each week going forward! stock I expected the ratings to be good for Gotham, but after seeing the show, I can’t say much for its chances at longevity. Maybe its just me, but its kind of a mess. I’d like to read what others here thought of it, because if I thought it was a mistake when I heard about it, seeing is believing. And I was hoping to like it. Gregory Walsh These shows need to be on cable channels.Shorter seasons and more serious take on the material. Fox needed to do with Gotham what they did with Sleepy Hollow. But greed overtakes common sense as per the norm with corporate media companies. Arrow is the best superhero show on TV from week to week and it still would benefit from a 13 ep season. Very curious about the Netflix deal for Marvel. I am hoping it succeeds and that wakes up both Marvel and WB to put these shows elsewhere then the broadcast channels. The moment I saw Supergirl was going to CBS I said that show is dead already. stock I agree. I was hoping for an adult version of Gotham, with Batman, on HBO, with a far-reaching and slowly developing story-line. Seems we’ll get the Foxed up version of that, which is better than the networks, but still…I caught a little bit of Sleepy Hollow. Granted, I never saw it before, so I’m not up to speed, but seems like a Dark Shadows type show that doesn’t have to make a whole lot of sense. Supergirl? I don’t know who wants that on any network, really. Why are we taking the cast-offs and making shows about them? You have your big 3 from DC, and then you find out all you’ve learned is at the whim of some other writer, who came up with Supergirl to boost sales for a period, then there’s not much you can do with her, IMO. Oh, remember when Superman said he was the last survivor of Krypton? Well, guess what…And there’s a dog too. That stuff couldn’t get me interested when I was a kid, let alone now. Unless its Cosplay, of course.