Television Weeky Ratings Roundup: February 8 to February 14, 2015 written by Robert Reineke February 18, 2015 It’s our last week of five shows for awhile, until iZombie debuts in March, and it’s time to contemplate the fate of one show. Here’s a look at the numbers. GOTHAM continues its recent slide dropping all the way down to a series low 1.8 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 5.63 million viewers overall. It’s still Fox’s second highest rated scripted show, only behind the recent hit EMPIRE, and already renewed. And hinting at the introduction of The Joker should give it a boost in the ratings down the home stretch. That said, some of the well documented weaknesses of the show have obviously been weighing on viewers. It’s a fairly weak procedural, the personal dynamics are sometimes daytime soap opera levels of awful, the Wayne murder case is stalled and largely forgotten, and the main character is largely ineffective in regards to the larger plots of a) putting a dent in police corruption, b) making headway on the Wayne murder case, c) doing anything at all about corruption in Wayne Enterprises, and d) having any impact on the mob in-fighting. If anyone is a protagonist, in the classic sense, for this series it’s Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin. Even Jada Pinkett-Smith has been more proactive. IMO, if you want to make the ratings of GOTHAM stable for the long run, start with fixing Jim Gordon’s role. THE FLASH continues its strong streak rising to a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.60 million viewers. It’s a broken record, but those are terrific numbers for the CW and it could survive on the other networks, with a friendly executive, at those levels. It finished above AGENT CARTER this week even. The ratings for THE FLASH have been rock steady since after the expected decline after the pilot, and it’s one of the big successes of the season. Possibly its success has rubbed off on ARROW. AGENT CARTER is still on the bubble but it rose in the ratings to a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.25 million viewers. I have to imagine it will be in the 1.3 to the 1.5 range for the rest of its short run at this point. Will ABC bring it back for a second run in 2016? Honestly I don’t know. ABC could certainly do worse in the ratings than AGENT CARTER, but that’s kind of a slim justification. I imagine the spring performance of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. will play a role in the decision. A weak performance, after a sizable hiatus, might doom both, while a strong performance might convince ABC to keep the status quo. ARROW was down slightly this week to a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.67 million viewers. Some of its mid-season momentum appears to have cooled. Otherwise, it’s still the second most popular show on the CW, already renewed, and in good shape overall. CONSTANTINE ends its season on NBC with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.13 million viewers overall. Frankly, I can’t envision the scenario where it comes back to NBC for a season 2, even if it has solid DVR numbers. That may have been our last appearance by Matt Ryan as John Constantine which would be a bit of a shame as he’s been the best part of the show and the one thing that most viewers would agree worked. There have been rumors that they’re working behind the scenes to bring the show back on another network, so it’s not a given that the show is dead, but it’s certainly dead as a network show. Assuming it does come back, I imagine that there will be changes. I’d suggest the following. 1. Focus on the American Gothic adaptation that they’ve been using as the backbone of the season. Worry about the Resurrection Crusade adaptation later. 2. Make it a supernatural DCU show. They’ve tiptoed around the comics with Jim Corrigan, Felix Faust, and a Dr. Fate Easter egg, but there’s little reason that they shouldn’t dive in with Zatanna, Madame Xanadu, Sargon, The Phantom Stranger, Jason Blood, Baron Winters, Mister E, and, especially, Swamp Thing and Etrigan. I think everyone agrees that weak ties to the greater universe have hampered the ratings of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and AGENT CARTER, so why not dive in and take advantage? Those are my suggestions anyways. If you have any, feel free to share. 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February 10, 2015 Adrian Edmondson Glad Flash and Arrow are doing well . I don’t see Agent Carter getting a season two though . Gotham is all over the place and I agree giving Jim Gordon more to do and some resolution to the premise of the show ( Wayne Murders ) would help but you would have to actually care about the parents other than they died . Batman Begins did the best job with Thomas Wayne especially . The villian of the week and an 8 year old Bruce are really dragging the show down imho . Robert Reineke I think I could invest in a good procedural about a tricky murder case. Dead ends, red herrings, multiple suspects, wild theories, etc. would actually be fun to follow. That would be an active, complicated, fun storyline to follow. The only thing interesting about the mystery, from Gordon’s perspective, is when Selina fell into his lap and told him she witnessed the murder. Other than that, he’s done nada since the pilot. Michael Lalaian Because of the way blue flashes on one side of the title, and red on the other, I’ve started reading the title card to Gotham as “Got Ham?” Somehow that thought is more entertaining than the show. I hate to come off as hyperbolic, I’m really not that kind of fan, but I really, really dislike this show. It actually has gotten to the point where it’s offensively bad. When Leslie Tompkins tells Jim to listen to the blind man’s “prediction,” I thought “Cool, she knows is garbage, but he might have slipped some hints in there that could be useful,” but, no, she’s just superstitious, and throws out the oldest and most tired of cliches by saying Jim needs to be more “open minded.” Ugh. And the romances on this show… it couldn’t get me to care about a Lesbian relationship between two attractive women, what makes them think I can be made to care about the love life of clowns? “My clown family hates your clown family!” Go away, please, just go away. I will say this about the most recent episode though, and this is a spoiler, so stop reading here if you haven’t watched it yet. When that “Jerome” guy turned into you know who. I got chills. That was absolutely brilliant. The show occasionally really, really nails one particular thing despite all of the garbage surrounding it, and that was one of those moments. Speaking of which, how old was Jerome supposed to be? If he’s supposed to be around sixteen or seventeen, and David Mouzous, who plays Bruce, is fourteen, then that really isn’t a significant age different between the two characters, and so I wouldn’t be as bothered by Jerome being, well, you know who. Speaking of young Bruce, he really is the only shining light in this show. Even the Penguin arc has begun to sink to the lows of everything else with lazy writing and plot contrivances. But young Bruce really is the one flawless part of this show, and I really could just watch a show about him and Alfred trying to figure out what’ wrong with Wayne Enterprises. If there is one thing I’d point out about his characterization though, its that Bruce Wayne is always supposed to appear as a silly, flamboyant playboy who doesn’t take things very seriously as a way to throw people off the scent that he’s Batman. With the way young Bruce acts here, I don’t think anyone in Gotham would be surprised to find out he grew up to be Batman. Of course, its early enough that he can learn to act that way publicly before donning the cape and cowl.