Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 17 to May 23, 2015 written by Robert Reineke May 20, 2015 We reach the end of the column for the 2015-2016 season as THE FLASH wraps up its first season. What a trip it’s been as we saw seven series from Marvel and DC invade the network airwaves. THE FLASH scheduled itself so that it would have the week to itself. That paid off with a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.87 million viewers overall. Terrific numbers for the CW. And it had the best social media reaction of any of the superhero series finales. It didn’t ultimately catch GOTHAM in the ratings, but the fanbase is sure excited for THE FLASH’s return in the fall. I’m totally on board with the finale. Especially the way that it dealt with all the emotions of the show, John Wesley Shipp got to me, before diving into superheroics. Emotional arcs were completed, the future was teased along with other worlds, we saw an unexpected heroic action, and were left on a cliffhanger. All in all, a terrific, emotional capper to a really great first season. And it looks like the show was rewarded in the ratings. The audience was generally rock solid throughout the year, speaking well of the loyalty the show instilled in the audience, and ratings grew towards the end of the season. You can see the spirit of the show clearly in the promo for DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW which is clearly more influenced by THE FLASH than by ARROW. The success of THE FLASH may create something of a dilemma for the movie, although I’d suggest that they go even more crazy with stuff like Gorilla City, but it’s made the possibility of what can be done in live action television all the more exciting. Multiverse here we come. iZOMBIE meanwhile followed with a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 1.50 million viewers. That’s fine for the CW, although you’d perhaps like more following the CW’s biggest hit. I expect iZOMBIE will hover around 0.6, maybe dipping down to 0.5, until its season finale. The show has a lot of charm going for it and I hope it sticks around although I don’t know that following THE FLASH is in the best interests of the CW. We’ll see if it sticks in that slot in the fall or if there’s some shuffling. But, it’s getting a full season 2 and that’s a win for everyone involved. Thanks for everyone who has read this column and chimed in. It’s been fun. I hope to do this again in the Fall with the likes of SUPERGIRL joining the network schedule and the host of returning series. I don’t know if we have reached peak superhero television yet, but you have to think that we’re getting close. Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 17 to May 23, 2015 was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related iZombieRatingsThe Flash 2 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post MMM #250 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Roundtable Review next post Open Forum: TOMORROWLAND You may also like AMC Orders a Pilot for PREACHER December 4, 2014 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 1 to November... November 8, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 22 to March... March 29, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: September 20 to 26,... September 23, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: December 7 to 13,... December 15, 2014 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 15 to 21,... November 20, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 26 to May... April 30, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 11 to 17,... October 19, 2015 Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 5 “Contorno” July 7, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 2 to 15,... April 16, 2017 Jett Batmanonfilm Good stuff Robert! Adrian Edmondson The finale was awesome . Season 2 is going to be bananas .