Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: September 28, 2014 to October 4, 2014 written by Robert Reineke October 1, 2014 GOTHAM and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. still have the board all to themselves as they establish themselves in the new television season. Now that the shiny new glow of a premiere episode has worn off, how did they perform?(ratings courtesy of tvbythenumbers) GOTHAM is unsurprisingly down in its second week to a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and an estimated 7.45 million viewers overall. That’s down from a 3.2 rating in the premiere episode, but still very strong overall. It’s not a runaway hit, but right now it’s clearly Fox’s top rated drama and holding its own against tough competition. The question is where does GOTHAM stabilize at? AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. shed viewers through the fall of the first season and never really won them back. It’s an advantage to start strong, but viewers have plenty of choices these days and they can’t be taken for granted. Speaking of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s also down in its second week to a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and an estimated 5.05 million viewers overall. The series low for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. was a 1.8 rating and 5.46 million viewers overall for T.A.H.I.T.I. in Season 1, so it’s brushing up against series low numbers. That said, series low numbers don’t equal cancellation numbers. Unless AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. hits ratings in the 1.5 or less range consistently, cancellation isn’t a worry. But, it’s clear that the new season doesn’t have any momentum and it’s likely going to have to do something sooner or later to get people excited about season 2. Complaining about viewers attention spans is cute, but not likely to endear viewers to a show that wasted a lot of people’s enthusiasm in the first half of season 1. Next week it gets really interesting with the premieres of THE FLASH and ARROW. How big will their premieres be? Does THE FLASH have enough buzz to break the CW into third place for the night? Will GOTHAM stabilize? Has AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. hit its floor? We should have a lot to discuss next week. Weekly Ratings Roundup: September 28, 2014 to October 4, 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 #14- The Clone Wars: “Rookies” next post Marvel Television Officially Adds Howard Stark & Ex-Agent Ward’s Brother You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 10 to May... May 14, 2015 REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “Come Blow Your... November 13, 2013 REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “One Riot, One... October 23, 2013 Review: HANNIBAL – Season 3, Episode 1... June 9, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 5th to April... April 9, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 17 to 23,... 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That has to ease the pain of a ratings dip somewhat. insideguy Oh I agree that there are other ways to get revenue these days. But that being said at some point the ratings have to matter. Where that point is? I dont know. But it would be good if ratings were going up instead of down. Adrian Edmondson Hope they invest that money well . I started to watch episode 2 of Gotham and had to cut it off after 5 minutes . I think Batman Begins ruined any other retelling of Bruce’s origin for me , with the exception of the comics and anime . I hope it does well for the people that like it , but it’s way to on the “nose” for me . Adrian Sean, might you know how well or not well AGENTS does on streaming? If it along with AGENT CARTER don’t do well enough for the major network do you think that Disney/Marvel would make their base on Netflix and move them there? Assuming DAREDEVIL and the other shows perform well there. I get the sense that a majority who watch these genre shows are also the type that prefer to get their TV online on their own time and schedule. Robert Reineke I believe that AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (and ARROW for that matter) does well in overseas markets and there’s enough revenue there that they can cut ABC a break in what they charge if it comes to that. HANNIBAL is very cheap for NBC to carry for like reasons, which is one of the reasons that HANNIBAL got renewed. Overseas markets kept BAYWATCH on the air for years after all. I assume that there’s some point where ABC would cancel AOS, particularly if Marvel pitched a replacement series, but we’re a ways away from that. Frankly, the better questions for me would be “Why is AOS not connecting with viewers?” and “What can be done about it?”. To me, it comes down to the fact that I don’t believe viewers are all that invested in the characters. Yeah, there’s a mystery of “What is Skye?” but I don’t know if viewers have been particularly given any reason to care about the answer to that question. The character questions all seem to be plot driven rather than internal. Nobody’s shipping characters together. And, frankly, rather than being about the normal people of the Marvel universe, they’ve isolated them from normal society and I think it hurts the show. One of the things that made BUFFY relatable was that she was a normal girl dealing with High School as much as it was about her fighting vampires. These characters, who we’ve really delved into quite shallowly because of the procedural aspect of the show, don’t deal with normal problems or interact with normal people in any way. There’s nothing shown to date that’s effective and personal as young Peter Quill running away from his mother’s deathbed. Certainly, nothing shown. And, on top of that, I think it’s a lousy procedural. A procedural is defined by an attention to detail, to procedures, not by literally handwaving over a holographic table. Obviously, there are still enough people that don’t have those issues, but I think it shows when you just have a normal episode. The series has been at its best when the plot was front and center, such as TURN, TURN, TURN and pulling the characters along. I don’t think the characters are yet strong enough to be a draw to make the average viewer tune in for a building block episode or just to watch the procedural elements at play.