Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 12 to 18, 2014 written by Robert Reineke October 17, 2014 We’re almost at the peak of comic book live action television for this fall as shows are settling into their season and THE WALKING DEAD joins the fray this week. One of the biggest media success stories of the current decade is The Walking Dead and its season premiere showed just how big it was again with an 8.7 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 17.3 million viewers total. To put that in perspective, both those numbers are greater than the combined numbers of GOTHAM, THE FLASH, AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D., and ARROW. Perhaps even more shocking, THE WALKING DEAD beat the NFL in ratings. There are plenty of hit movies don’t have as many viewers as THE WALKING DEAD does. Unless there is some plot twist that sours viewers, and it’s hard to imagine what that could be, the only questions for the show are “How long do they want to run?”, “How much do they want to pay the cast?”, and “How many spinoffs do they want?” There certainly is no cancellation threat for the show due to ratings. Back in more mortal territory, GOTHAM seems to be finding it’s level slipping 0.1 in the ratings department to a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 6.39 million viewers total. We’ll see how it plays out, but it looks like GOTHAM will stabilize in the low to mid 2 range in ratings. It’s not a home run, but for a network starved for hits like Fox it at least makes them relevant. GOTHAM is Fox’s #1 rated non-reality show. Obviously there’s a long ways to go in the season, but against stiff competition it’s holding its own. Considering THE BIG BANG THEORY is moving back to Thursday soon, that bodes well for GOTHAM. Now they just have to make the non-Penguin parts of the show compelling television. GOTHAM is joined in being the #1 show on its network by THE FLASH being the #1 show on the CW. THE FLASH was down to a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.27 million viewers total, but those are strong holds from its premiere. We’re probably a matter of days from the CW announcing the show has a full season order. THE FLASH gets the CW all the way up to 3rd in the network rankings which is practically unheard of. It’s one of the great success stories of the season. I think the main question is which DC show is going to join THE FLASH and ARROW next season? I have two suggestions for them in order to diversify the lineup a bit. The first would be BATWOMAN to follow ARROW, assuming the rights aren’t tied up with GOTHAM. A female led show, tying into the BATMAN universe, certainly would draw attention. My second suggestion would be STATIC following THE FLASH. The Milestone line has a ready built city and mythology and the racial diversity might bring a fresh perspective to superhero television. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. held steady, with a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.70 million viewers total. It certainly helps that THE VOICE dropped back to an hour and it’s now up against less formidable competition. Word of mouth is certainly better for season two, so perhaps this is the level for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Finally, ARROW dropped from its premiere to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.32 million viewers total. This is the normal level for ARROW and the CW so nothing to be concerned about here. It will bounce around this level all season, although we’ll see if THE FLASH crossover provides a ratings boost. Our final player of the fall joins us next week with the premiere of CONSTANTINE on NBC. Tracking is supposedly good for the show and there certainly seems to be an interest in horror tinged television with THE WALKING DEAD and AMERICAN HORROR STORY being big hits. We’ll see though as this is the first comic book show of the new crop that really has no guarantee of at least good premiere ratings. Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 12 to 18, 2014 was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ArrowGothamRatingsThe FlashThe Walking Dead 2 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post DC Officially Enters The Shared Universe Arena In A Big Way next post MMM #217: Marvel Marches To Civil War As DC Launches A Universe You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: September 27 to October... October 2, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 2 to 15,... April 16, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: December 13 to 19,... December 24, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 29 to December... 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To put it in perspective though, I only watched the first seven episodes of Arrow season one and had to stop. The Firefly episode was just too much for me to forgive, the show was just not hitting any of the marks for me. I also don’t appreciate the pretend Batman vibe of the show. I skipped all of season two, but people say it became a really great show, so I’m giving season 3 a shot. The first episode was fairly boring, and I felt this week’s was almost nonsensical. Arrow may just not be a show for me, I don’t know. Part of it is my own personal hangups as well, which are not objective criticisms of the show. Still, I do really enjoy Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer quite a bit. Marie I understand your concerns with Gotham. I love crime dramas, but it’s been a struggle for me with Gotham b/c it definitely has its issues. Since it’s been given a full season, I’ll continue to watch to see how things play out. Some shows take a while to find it’s footing, which leads into your issues with Arrow. When I first watched season 1, the DK inspirations were a bit annoying b/c I felt the show couldn’t find it’s own identity. I stuck with it and it had potential. Season 2 is a better improvement and I have to say pretty good. Not every episode is going to be a home run, but I think the show is still finding it’s own voice. I haven’t watched this week’s episode, but I expect season 3 to pick up more as it goes on. I would suggest watching season 2 to understand why things the way they are in season 3. The only thing that’s bothered me about Arrow is it’s heavy use for Batman centric characters in it’s world. I’ve never seen Ra’s Al Ghul as popular as he is today. If you can keep up with it, then maybe you’ll like it. If not, then it may not be the show for you.