Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 12 to April 19, 2015 written by Robert Reineke April 16, 2015 All the cool kids are returning from hiatuses this week. Not all happily. We have five new episodes airing this week and it’s feeling like old times. Let’s take a look at the numbers. First up, GOTHAM returned after a long hiatus. A bunch of the audience apparently didn’t get the memo because it was down a long ways this week to a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.50 million viewers overall. Easily season lows for both numbers. Think Fox is regretting bumping GOTHAM so that they could burn off episodes of THE FOLLOWING right now? I certainly do. Momentum is something you don’t want to mess with, especially during a very busy season of spring shows and seasons moving towards finales. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Especially when you haven’t exactly been riveting television for much of the season. GOTHAM will probably bounce back some, but for the first time this season an episode of GOTHAM won’t be the highest rated superhero related show on network television. THE FLASH returned from hiatus too. Apparently the audience got the memo, although it was a short hiatus, as THE FLASH finished up with a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.67 million viewers. Back to the rock solid ratings it has been getting most of the season. I don’t know if The Atom is a real selling point, but it shows that teamups do still have some cache. And, if you ask me, it was probably a good idea to come out of a hiatus with this one rather than the opposite as I found it a pretty blah episode, probably the weakest since week 3. Next week looks like they’re getting down to the nitty gritty for the stretch run though, at least once Caitlin is convinced, so that’s good. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be gaining some momentum in the last few weeks as it’s up to a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.04 million viewers. Beating GOTHAM in the 18-49 year old demographic is a feather in their cap, at least for this week. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t going to live up to the hype it had before it premiered, but it has stabilized at a sustainable level. Maybe if you’re a stockholder you’re not totally happy, but if you’re just a fan watching at home you should rest easy that renewal is looking like a sure thing. Probably for two seasons considering syndication considerations. iZOMBIE was up to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 1.85 million viewers matching its premiere rating. That’s terrific news. It certainly looks like the zombie adventures of Liv Moore are going to live more. (Sorry. I could only resist so long. I’m not made of stone.) Seriously though, it’s hard to argue that iZOMBIE isn’t looking more and more like a certain renewal. It’s one of the top 5 rated shows on the CW, along with ARROW and THE FLASH proving that DC has been good for the CW and Warner Bros. It’s critically acclaimed. If it pops up to a 0.9 at some point, the CW will apparently have a relative hit on their hands. ARROW returned flat with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.47 million viewers overall. Basically, within the normal range for ARROW. It’s worth noting that this week, THE FLASH, ARROW, and iZOMBIE look to be the top 3 rated shows on the CW. Reportedly there is a limit on how many WB shows the CW can carry, CBS supposedly has to have a certain number of slots, but the CW and DC have been very good for each other over the years. It doesn’t look like that’s going to change in the near future. The relative success of all three probably makes the CW as a savior for CONSTANTINE unlikely as there just doesn’t seem to be room on the network which already renewed a bunch of home grown shows. Maybe NBC will grant a reprieve, but more likely if CONSTANTINE is back it’s going to be on cable. Next week we’ll see if GOTHAM rebounds at all. And does focusing on the Harrison Wells/Reverse Flash mystery prove to be a ratings boost? What do ARROW and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. have up their sleeves? And can iZOMBIE continue to grow? Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 12 to April 19, 2015 was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ArrowGothamiZombieRatingsThe Flash 2 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post New Images From STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! next post Check Out Photos From Day 1 Of STAR WARS CELEBRATION! 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The script needed at least one more revision — if not a complete rewrite. Here are some particular things that bothered me: 1. Iris continues to be written in a way that feeds into the negative stereotype of women being hopelessly emotional to the point of compromising all logic, and this week it reached a new low. Her behavior towards Eddie was hypocritical and just flat-out bitchy. She can have secret meetings with the Flash/Streak, but she gives Eddie an ultimatum to spill all of his beans?! She brings to mind some of my worst ex-girlfriends. She might make for an icier villain than Captain Cold! 🙂 2. I don’t mind having a little fun playing fast and loose with the whole secret identity thing, but, my God, Joe referring to the Flash as Barry in front of multiple criminals?! Joe would not be that irresponsible. 3. As a fan of THE WALKING DEAD, I was glad to see Emily Kinney’s character Beth killed off on that show. The character was poorly written, but, with all due respect to Ms. Kinney, the acting was equally poor. Kinney was on screen for a very small amount of time in this episode of THE FLASH, but she still stunk it up plenty with cheesy acting. Her character was silly to begin with, anyway, so I hope they don’t bring her back. 4. In an episode called “All-Star Team-Up”, I expect more teamwork than Ray leading robot bees away from Tina McGee’s office while Barry makes relatively quick work out of securing crazy bee lady. 5. Joe and Caitlin (an MD!) need to take a CPR refresher class. Joe declares that Barry has gone into cardiac arrest BEFORE he determines that Barry has no pulse. Quite out of order there. Both Joe and Caitlin just launching into some pretty amateur-looking chest compressions was funny, too. Caitlin is the worst of the main characters after Iris, and I have never bought Danielle Panabaker’s portrayal of a medical doctor. Relatively small issue here, but it took me out of this episode more than usual. 6. Another small issue that probably bothers me alone, but worth sharing: Ray Palmer has 3 PhDs, and yet all the characters on ARROW and now THE FLASH call him “Mr. Palmer” instead of “Dr. Palmer” — even characters who should know better, like Dr. Wells. That would not fly for most PhDs; I know first-hand. I have *only* one PhD, and anyone who calls me “Mr.” instead of “Dr.” in a professional setting catches all kinds of hell from me. 🙂 BONUS: Was it just me, or were there a lot of epinephrine auto-injector commercials during the episode? Coincidence? Or intentional because bee stings and anaphylaxis were at the center of the episode? Robert Reineke I think the Iris stuff is the material that bothers me the most. We’re far enough along in the season where the showrunners should have gotten the feedback loud and clear by now. That’s been a continuing problem for the series. While it’s a weak episode overall, most of the rest of the weakness has little carry over effect. Yeah, I never once believed that the Queen Bee/Bug-Eyed Bandit posed much of a threat, but that can be safely ignored. Iris is supposed to be an important part of the show and her subplot will have consequences. Candice Patton isn’t the greatest actress, but I’m putting this problem squarely on the writers.