Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 8 to 14, 2015 written by Robert Reineke November 15, 2015 The second full week in November saw some highs and some lows this week. Superhero shows are a fixture of television now, but it’s quite clear that the creators are still trying to figure out what will really hit. Case in point, SUPERGIRL took another steep tumble after its impressive premiere falling all the way down to a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 8.07 million viewers. SUPERGIRL is still the highest rated superhero show on television, but that’s a low number for CBS. I’m not sure what’s responsible for that quick tumble either, but clearly something isn’t connecting right away. The shadow of Superman is something the show has to deal with as well, but that appears to be something that they’re quickly dealing with. If SUPERGIRL holds around 1.7, that’s good. If it keeps tumbling, then it’s future might be somewhat in doubt. GOTHAM, meanwhile, has developed a fairly consistent record this year drawing a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.11 million viewers. While those aren’t great numbers, they might as well be great numbers for Fox which has problems all over its schedule. What’s more, those are steady ratings, indicating that the show has developed a loyal audience. It’s not certain, but it sure looks like GOTHAM will score a renewal for a third (and likely fourth) season. Word is that LUCIFER will be replacing the flop that was MINORITY REPORT in January, which will make it a full night of DC related shows on Fox, albeit LUCIFER looks like a very loose adaptation. THE FLASH is still going strong on Tuesday garnering a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.63 million viewers. It helped boost the CW to a third place finish for the night. There’s a chance that THE FLASH could end up the highest rated superhero show by the end of the year. Its renewal is guaranteed. And, really, good for it. We got to see Zoom wreck The Flash in style. This week, we’re getting a Gorilla Grodd episode in sweeps. There have been few comic book shows that have truly embraced their comic book roots like this one. Heck, it makes some of the movies look tepid. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. really struggled this week dropping to a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.49 million viewers. The Republican debate was on Tuesday, and perhaps that hurt the ratings, but regardless both those numbers were series lows. Overall, Tuesday night was a disaster for ABC with THE MUPPETS crashing to Earth and WICKED CITY being the first official cancellation of the year with numbers that MINORITY REPORT would laugh at. It was so bad that ABC finished behind the CW. We’ll have to see if ABC bounces back this week with no political debate. If not, perhaps AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. could use an injection of star power. THE MUPPETS is getting retooled for its spring run, and perhaps some adjustments will be coming to AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. as well. It has enough in the bank that I think ratings would have to slip below 1.0 in the spring for it not to come back, with syndication so close, but ABC also doesn’t want to punt a night of the week. I don’t know if a shift in focus to Civil War will necessarily help, except for a few episodes around the movie, but the Inhumans seems to be getting very few people excited. iZOMBIE, meanwhile, didn’t seem bothered by the debate at all jumping up to a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 1.40 million viewers. For the CW those are very safe numbers for renewal, although internal politics and perhaps the opportunity to insert something more likely to hold onto the audience of THE FLASH may impact that. Thirteen episodes of iZOMBIE in the fall and thirteen episodes of LEGENDS OF TOMORROW in the spring seems to me like an ideal situation. Otherwise, reviews are still strong and it seems like the fans are loyal. I’ll need to catch up on this season at some point, but it seems like quality isn’t the problem. Finally, ARROW finished out the week with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.30 million viewers. It was down this week which adds fuel to the idea that Matt Ryan as John Constantine was able to draw in more viewers. I’m expecting that means that Matt Ryan will be back, perhaps in Season 2 of LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. Otherwise, it was business as usual for ARROW which is the second highest rated show on the CW. Again, renewal is just a formality at this point. It probably helps that the general word of mouth is that this is a step up in quality over season 3. We’ll have to see if it can sustain that goodwill over the course of the season, but there’s no reason for the CW not to let the storyline play out as planned. The world has thrown us a curveball with the tragic attacks in Paris. Not to put too light a level of importance on those attacks, but we’ll have to see whether it means people will be tuning into the news to catch the latest developments or whether it means they’ll be tuning to shows for escapist entertainment. Either way, the ratings may tell us something. Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 8 to 14, 2015 was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ArrowCBSiZombieRatingsSupergirlThe Flash 2 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post POP – Top 25 Superhero Movies Of All Time, Part 5 next post Open Forum: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: February 12 to 18,... February 23, 2017 Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 10 “…... August 12, 2015 REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “Dead Man Walking” October 31, 2013 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 1 to November... November 8, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 2 to 8,... 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Jason Segel seems to have come closest to cracking what to do with them, and it seems like Disney missed a bet by dropping him as a continuing creative presence. Certainly, repeating the formula of The Office seems like a bad idea.