Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 16 to 22, 2014 written by Robert Reineke November 24, 2014 Overall, it was a good week for superhero related comic book shows as ratings were up across the board. Let’s look at the numbers. GOTHAM was up slightly to a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 6.49 million viewers. It’s Fox’s #1 scripted show and the highest rated superhero related show on television. It’s definitely had some growing pains, but it seems to have found some stability in the low 2s. It’s going to be taking a break, but the mid-season finale seems to promise that some of the plot threads are coming to a head. If they end strong, that’s probably good news for the spring. Low 2s aren’t anything great, but Fox is in desperate need of any sort of scripted show that can hold its own. Gordon Ramsey, American Idol, and Sunday cartoons can only carry so much of the load. THE FLASH has settled into a nice steady groove at with a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.73 million viewers. Right now, it’s the CW’s flagship show and absolutely certain for renewal. The only real question is whether they can come up with something to boost the ratings even higher. Maybe good word of mouth is helping AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. in season 2 as it was up this week, after a series low, to a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.58 million viewers overall. Not great, but it’s stopped falling and maybe the midseason finale will give it a little boost. Hopefully they have a hook planned that will keep people anticipating its spring return. We’ll have to see if AGENT CARTER can carry the torch this winter. Tuesdays have been pretty much a disaster for ABC though, save for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. at least being competitive. If AGENT CARTER gets dragged down, it’s likely going to be tough going for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. in the spring after 3 months off. ARROW is pretty much a model of consistency with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.64 million viewers. It will definitely get renewed for next year. Otherwise, there’s not much to say except that the FLASH / ARROW two-parter should give it a bit of a bump. CONSTANTINE remains difficult to figure out. It actually was the biggest gainer of the week in the 18-49 year old demographic jumping from 0.8 to 1.1 with a slight rise to 3.53 million viewers. Is it growing? Maybe. Maybe not. The bad news is that NBC has decided not to pick up the back nine episodes of the season. Perhaps if they had more time they might have changed their mind, but CONSTANTINE was far enough along in the production schedule that they had to make a call now. It doesn’t mean the show is definitely cancelled, if it manages to grow viewership down the stretch, NBC hasn’t made a final decision yet. Especially if WB would drop their price some. But the odds are against it. It looks like we’re getting HANNIBAL sooner rather than later. Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 16 to 22, 2014 was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ArrowConstantineGothamRatingsThe Flash 5 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Hot Toys Offers A Bat-Signal And Gotham’s Top Cops next post Oscar Isaac To Serve As X-MEN’s APOCALYPSE You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 22 to May... May 29, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 3 to 9,... January 11, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 5 to November... November 26, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 12 to 18,... 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It can be done in a really good movie, or a series of unrelated events, like X-files, but as a continuous story-line on a major network, its not going to grab Mr. Neilsen in his tighty whiteys. Demons and Hell are just not that appealing on a weekly basis. IMO Robert Reineke CONSTANTINE is close enough to GRIMM and its competitors that success is not that far away. Something as simple as a stronger female lead might be all the difference. Heck why hasn’t Zatanna made an appearance? But they can’t go backwards. Hopefully they make the most of their remaining episodes. Matt Ryan in particular is growing on me. stock I hope it does succeed, for you to enjoy it, if nothing else. As far as characters go, let me compare with Hannibal again, only because I haven’t watched Grimm. I knew and read all about the Mason Verger character. And I saw how he was portrayed in the movie by Gary Oldman. So I was personally interested in how he would be in the TV show, pre-disfiguration, (the show has absolutely no involvement from Thomas Harris. You can’t even get his opinion on it.). But for the majority of other people in the audience, I doubt many had a clue as to Mason Verger. Same, I would gather, for a character like Zatanna on Constantine. She may be what you would hope for a female lead. But a show rises and falls on its premise and execution. Stunt casting or guest star characters is just a bonus for those in the know. My other point is people seem to like their “evil” in small doses. Hannibal is obviously very evil, but he’s still a human in a sense, and his perverse way of caring about people, is a human trait. He’s also a comic book villain. I mean, who would find the time to slice someone up in perfect fractions, with their clothes still on, and place them perfectly in glass casings? I can’t even get a sandwich into a zip-lock bag without screwing it up. Robert Reineke I fully agree that Constantine rises or falls on its central premise and leads. That said, you can buy yourself some time with a guest star and another female character or two. I’ll say this, the story seems to be that NBC is open to the show returning if the ratings continue their trend, partly because the DVR numbers are good. They’re not just burning off episodes. Michael Lalaian Regarding Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I wonder if the first season’s availability on Netflix is one of the things helping out with ratings. I don’t know when it was made available, but my girlfriend and I just noticed and we’ve started going through the first season all over again. Hopefully a lot of people who never watched the show, or perhaps gave up on it, will get caught up and eager to continue with Season 2.