Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 22 to 28, 2015 written by Robert Reineke November 28, 2015 It’s a gamble to show a new episode during a holiday week like Thanksgiving. THE FLASH, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., iZOMBIE, and ARROW decided to sit the week out, leaving only two shows, SUPERGIRL and GOTHAM to dare the week. Looking at the final ratings, it looks like discretion was the better part of valor as the week wasn’t kind to anyone. First up was SUPERGIRL which hit a series low with a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 7.19 million viewers overall. The total viewership is still, easily, the best of any superhero show but the rating has crashed quickly and considerably since the premiere. It’s not really a surprise that we’re starting to hear rumors about Superman making an actual appearance on the show and even talk of a Flash appearance in May. Clearly CBS is looking to boost the ratings, although they may naturally bounce back some anyways post Holiday travel. Otherwise, the show is doing fine. It really needs a compelling big bad though to carry it through the weeks when it’s still finding its legs. And Calista Flockhart and Melissa Benoist are really the only actors that seem really compelling at the moment. The ensemble on THE FLASH is clearly a stronger bunch. I think SUPERGIRL will find its way given time, but it’s burdened a bit by big expectations. GOTHAM also hit a season low with a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.00 million viewers overall. Fox will take that given the state of their network. Airing EMPIRE last week proved to be a big mistake as people were traveling instead of watching television and that program took a big hit. GOTHAM’s hit was relatively modest, really only down 0.1. While I’m sure Fox would like to do better, GOTHAM is something like the 2nd or 3rd most watched show on the network. It sure seems like it will be coming back. GOTHAM wraps up its Fall portion of the season next week, and we’ll have to see if there’s any boost. Rumors have it that a BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE spot will be attached to the end of the episode. I don’t know if that has the drawing power now when people have figured out that you can watch your shows and watch these spots within 10 minutes of their debut on YouTube, but it can’t hurt. Maybe they’ll follow that up with a Superman-centric spot to boost SUPERGIRL. Otherwise, the rumor mill and general news was in full swing. It looks like LEGENDS OF TOMORROW will be on at Thursdays at 8 pm ET, which gives Greg Berlanti a really nice lock on that hour on primetime network television. Rumors have it that Constantine may join the show for Season 2 as well. Rumors are that iZOMBIE is on the cancellation block with only a six episode back order, although I don’t think that’s a given. If so, I expect a DC show to take it’s spot after THE FLASH, maybe with the CW porting over VIXEN into live action. We’ll have a full slate this coming week with GOTHAM’s Fall finale, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and iZOMBIE returning to the schedule, and THE FLASH and ARROW having their annual crossover. That should give us plenty to chew on as we assess how the shows are doing. Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 22 to 28, 2015 was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related CBSGothamRatingsSupergirl 2 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Trailer Hits Hard next post POP – Talking ANT-MAN With Director Peyton Reed You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 17 to May... May 20, 2015 Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 10 “…... August 12, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 29 to February... February 5, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 23 to 29,... 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I’d like to think that the shows I watch still receive “ratings” even if I’m watching it digitally a day after it’s aired. Robert Reineke My understanding is that the various networks are tracking the various delayed viewing. Live+3 and so on. The problem is that network television basically runs on ads. And, advertisers are a little skeptical of DVR numbers as actual viewers of their ads. Not to mention, some ads are time sensitive. Does it do the advertiser any good to advertise a sale if people don’t view it until after the sale is over? I think they’ll figure out a way to monetize that delayed viewership eventually, but we’re still in the transitional phase.