Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 11 to 17, 2015 written by Robert Reineke January 17, 2015 GOTHAM wisely decided to take the week off rather than compete with the college football championship game. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is on hiatus until March. FLASH and ARROW are still taking a mid-season break. Not too long ago, there would be nothing to talk about, but instead there’s an embarrassment of comic book show riches on seemingly every week and there are still things to discuss. Let’s take a look at last week’s ratings. We all knew that AGENT CARTER was going to slide from the premiere, and slide it did all the way to a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 5.10 million viewers. At this point, I think it’s safe to assume that a big trailer premiere only adds 0.1 to 0.2 points to the rating, which probably won’t cause Marvel to rethink that strategy in the future but might cause them to keep expectations in check. The 1.5 rating matches the series low rating for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. although AGENT CARTER hasn’t matched the low total viewers numbers of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Yet? We’ll see if the show stabilizes, but if it continues to fall there certainly will be questions about whether it will be back after its 8 episode run. Certainly, it’s better than reruns, but the show also costs a bunch more than reruns or a reality show fill in. It’s probably safe as long as it is consistently over a 1.3 rating, but if it falls below that renewal may be a tough sell. I think there’s also a reasonable question to ask whether the decision to premiere the ANT-MAN trailer with the premiere of AGENT CARTER was a double-edged sword. Certainly it helped a bit, but the ANT-MAN trailer was also the subject of countless water cooler conversations the next day and may have stolen the spotlight from AGENT CARTER. There’s an argument to be made that letting AGENT CARTER stand alone for its premiere and then giving it a boost in Week 2 might have yielded better long-term results. Or, perhaps, simply getting maximum eyes on the show in Week 1 was the right call. If you have thoughts on the matter, feel free to share them below. You have to figure that the return of CONSTANTINE, in a brand new timeslot, was something of a do or die situation for the show. Its DVR numbers are actually pretty good, but NBC is not Netflix and actually needs live viewers. The change of time slot didn’t help as CONSTANTINE drew a low 0.8 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.08 million viewers, subject to adjustments. To add salt to the wounds, CONSTANTINE was beat in the ratings by Fox’s WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS. It’s hard to find a silver lining in those ratings. At this point I find it hard to blame NBC if they cancel the show. Really, the only one I really feel sorry for is Matt Ryan who has consistently been a bright spot even when the show struggled elsewhere. Maybe the CW will consider picking it up if NBC passes on season 2, I think DC’s supernatural characters are a promising group to explore, but they don’t need to rescue a show to do that. As always, your thoughts and feedback are welcome below. Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 11 to 17, 2015 was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Agent CarterConstantineMarvel 4 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post It’s BATMAN VS. ROBIN In New Animated Trailer next post Forbes: Batman May Appear In SUICIDE SQUAD You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: September 20 to 26,... September 23, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 26, 2014 to... November 3, 2014 Weekly Ratings Roundup: February 19 to 25,... February 26, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 24 to 30,... 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Unfortunately, I just don’t trust NBC, but I’m hoping for the best. Michael Lalaian I have to say, I really hope Agent Carter doesn’t come back for a second season. Not because I don’t like the show, I do! I actually love the show. But I don’t want to keep coming up with new things that happened in the past of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that need to be accounted for. I think that this one eight part miniseries is a really fun little adventure, but I also want it to kind of be wrapped up and over with by the end of it. What I would prefer, instead of an Agent Carter Season 2, is if that between the first and second halves of each season of Agents of SHIELD they just have some new eight part miniseries. Maybe next time it can be Deathlok? We haven’t seen him at all yet this season! T.J. Michael, couldn’t say it any better. I think this short mini-series is just the right amount for this story & character. I hope Marvel Studios would consider giving the same treatment to other properties!