Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 9 to 15, 2014 written by Robert Reineke November 15, 2014 This was a pretty down week for comic book television shows. Holding steady was a win this week. And there were some definite losers. GOTHAM started off the down week by falling to a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 6.35 million viewers. The 2.2 rating is a series low, although the 6.35 million viewers numbers is actually middle of the pack. I think it’s clear that episodes with Gordon and The Penguin at the center, and clearly featuring the overarching storyline, are the audience’s favorites at this point. And, obviously, you can’t do it every week. But that’s something that they can cling to while they’re trying to build other things. Harvey Dent is going to be introduced and we’ll have to see if that is something that they can add to what’s working. Obviously, a few weeks at 2.4 in the ratings would be what GOTHAM is really looking for. Still, it pulls in the highest ratings of any of the superhero related comic book shows and is one of Fox’s lone bright spots on the schedule. It seems to be in a good spot, not least because the rest of the network is struggling mightily. THE FLASH was one of the week’s winners with a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.46 million viewers overall. That rating is flat for THE FLASH but flat was a win this week. THE FLASH is the highest rated show on the CW and it’s doing a fine job holding on to its viewers. Its renewal is a certainty barring some sort of scandal that tanks the ratings. It makes the CW relevant in the ratings race even beating out ABC in the timeslot. It even has a shot at catching AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. in the ratings. It’s hard to make a case that this isn’t a great, relative success for the CW. Remember that boost that the AGE OF ULTRON trailer was supposed to give AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.? Turns out the audience that tuned in to the trailer didn’t stick around for the show, especially after it was preempted for election coverage with AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. receiving a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.27 million viewers, both series lows. It suggests that ratings stunts like exclusive trailers and footage don’t actually make people watch a show. We can talk about corporate synergy and cross-promotional opportunities, but clearly the show is losing viewers and it needs stunts to prop it up. And nothing suggests that those stunts have any residual effect. To me, the clear message is that viewers simply aren’t invested in the continuing adventures of these characters. We can debate the why, lack of starpower, no relatable civilian life, the arrival of plenty of competition, etc. but the numbers are clear. We’ll see how AGENT CARTER does, but maybe the public would rather have a superhero show than a secret agent show. ABC and DISNEY are going to have to answer some tough questions if the ratings continue to fall. Maybe they could string another season or two out. Maybe something like RUNAWAYS would allow the same cross-promotional opportunities while delivering what the public wants. I don’t have the answers here, but clearly something isn’t working. ARROW is pretty much a model of ratings consistency at this point with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.60 million viewers. Given what the bar is for success on the CW, ARROW is going to get renewed. The question basically is how long do they want to keep the show running at this point? CONSTANTINE fell to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic but actually rose to 3.44 million viewers. If the ratings number is all that the network is looking at, the show is in trouble of getting pulled early. There are some bright signs though, the rise in the viewership number, for instance, and the show seems to perform solidly when DVR numbers are factored in. I’d be surprised if CONSTANTINE wasn’t cancelled. But, it wouldn’t be shocking if it gets a full season order and gets to run its course as basically a long mini-series. I don’t think NBC has anything that won’t draw worse than CONSTANTINE until HANNIBAL comes back in the spring. There are some upwards signs in quality in CONSTANTINE as well, so I’d like to see them get a chance to tell their season story and perhaps see if some guest stars can help boost the ratings some. 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January 24, 2016 insideguy Well I guess the good news is the bottom for AOS ratings have to be somewhere. Constantine hmmm. Like the concept not a fan of the execution so far. If all he does is deal with some demon possession every week in some gruesome fashion I cant see where this show is going at all. Robert Reineke It’s pretty clear, to me, that they’re doing Alan Moore’s “American Gothic” story from Swamp Thing where Constantine and Swamp Thing ultimately hold the fate of Heaven in their hands. I’d like to see it play out to a conclusion. insideguy Yea I think its getting better each week. I just dont know if this is the kind of show thats for network tv. Now I dont know if any show friday night at 10 pm is gonna do well so there is that. But NBC has tried this with Dracula. These shows are a better fit on cable or even hbo or showtime I think. I have heard about a possible Preacher show on AMC. That seems like a natural fit to me. Robert Reineke Yeah, CONSTANTINE would probably be a better fit for Syfy or somewhere else, but NBC was willing to give it a shot so I can’t begrudge them wanting to find something that would go along with GRIMM. CONSTANTINE may just suffer from being the original that has to deal with a marketplace that’s been saturated with shows that were influenced by it and the audience doesn’t care if it was the original or not. Personally, I think demographics and ratings are overrated even if it is how the networks do business. Certainly for certain kind of advertisers, say Viagra or luxury autos, I think an older, upscale viewer is more valuable than an 18 year old. In that respect, CONSTANTINE showing an uptick in older viewers isn’t a bad thing. In any event, I don’t begrudge how NBC has handled the show except for perhaps premiering it so close to Halloween. The show came out of the gate with some growing pains and that’s not on NBC. It’s up to the showrunners to continue to improve the show. If they do, they can at least give NBC a good reason to keep it on air. As it is, I don’t think that the show will be pulled off the air suddenly, but it could just be allowed to play out its initial order. I don’t begrudge the network much, a show gets bad ratings, it gets cancelled, that’s the deal. My hope is simply that it gets the back end of the season to wrap things up properly.. insideguy You know thats a good point about the demo. I never really thought of it like that. But if the ads are right in theory older people have alot more money to spend than younger ones. Jett Batmanonfilm CONSTANTINE is my favorite DC-based TV series that premiered this Fall. Clearly, GOTHAM is running on Batman fumes because it’s just not that good. THE FLASH is OK, but it’s not holding my interest.