Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 29 to December 5, 2015 written by Robert Reineke December 6, 2015 A Fall finale and a big crossover event were the highlights of the week. We’re getting a good handle on this season’s shows and we can really judge how well they’re doing. It looks like the holiday week was mostly to blame for SUPERGIRL’s season low last week as it bounced back to a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 8.02 million viewers overall. That’s less than I’m sure CBS would like, even though it easily has the most viewers of any superhero show, which probably explains why there is talk of a Spring crossover to boost the ratings some. I think the show is still finding its legs a bit. It really could use the introduction of a big bad, or a big turning point, the death of Superman perhaps, to really give the show a boost. Something like THE FLASH’s “THE MAN IN YELLOW” to really get the juices flowing and propel the rest of the season forward would be good for the show. SUPERGIRL received a full season order, so it still has time to get people talking while the continuity is not too much of a barrier for entry. GOTHAM, with perhaps a little assist from a BvS tease, drew a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.51 million viewers overall. Given that it’s in a very competitive spot in the network lineup and competing with the NFL, that’s a good number, especially for Fox, and it certainly looks like GOTHAM will be back for Season 3. GOTHAM, like AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., really wasted a lot of goodwill by not coming out of the gates firing. But, by deciding on a direction, even one somewhat at odds with canon, they’ve managed to stabilize the show’s ratings. I don’t know if they’ll ever be able to make the ratings grow, but they seem to have hit on a formula that works and holds onto viewers. There’s something to be said for being willing to look at yourself in a mirror and make adjustments. THE FLASH drew it’s usual 1.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.94 million viewers overall as part of its big crossover event. THE FLASH is the most consistently rated show on televisions, hovering right around 1.4, and it’s a model for how to develop a loyal audience in this day and age. Basically, don’t hold back. In general, it seems like the first part of the crossover was the better received one of the two episodes. But, again, this is a show that’s constantly bringing in new things. We had the Multiverse this year and a lot of shows would be content to coast on that, but throwing in the immortal Vandal Savage as an antagonist is the kind of thing that I’m always hoping for from superhero shows. THE FLASH keeps multiple plates spinning at all times and if you don’t tune in, you’re probably going to miss something. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., without the benefit of a crossover or tease, was down to a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.84 million viewers overall. My understanding is that last week’s episode was eventful, but we’re seeing the slow attrition of ratings that has come to define the show. It’s certainly not been helped by the fact that THE MUPPETS is clearly not what the audience wants for those beloved characters. I don’t know why the show can’t really seem to hold onto viewers. Has Hydra, after being beaten in three movies and numerous times in the television series, lost a bit of luster as a villainous organization? Nobody outside of comic book fans know THE INHUMANS so it’s no surprise that they’re not much of a draw, especially in the form of pseudo-mutants. Did JESSICA JONES sucking up a lot of attention, and demand for time, actually create competition for Marvel’s own network show? Is the fact that although the MCU is interconnected, the movie, network, and Netflix versions don’t seem interact to any great extent a flaw in the plan? FLASH is able to crossover to ARROW and interact with the main characters there, while Marvel seems to not quite have the equivalent for television figured out. Especially since Jaimie Alexander has a hit series of her own. A JESSICA JONES appearance on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. seems like something of a missed opportunity for corporate synergy. iZOMBIE drew a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 1.55 million viewers overall. Perfectly fine numbers for the CW, iZOMBIE ranks about 4th on the network, but you do wonder if the CW can do better following THE FLASH. iZOMBIE got a pickup for only six more episodes in its second half of the season, for an 18-episode season instead of a full 22-episode season order. That has some reading the tea leaves that the show is in danger of being cancelled and is just being given time to wrap things up. I think that’s premature. But, something like VIXEN replacing iZOMBIE on the schedule seems like something that would be likelier to hold onto THE FLASH’s audience. We’ll have to see. ARROW hit a series high with a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.66 million viewers overall. Clearly, the audience of THE FLASH followed along, but viewership like that is good for the CW’s second rated show. It also bodes very well for LEGENDS OF TOMORROW considering that the two parter was something of an introduction to the concepts. The fact that the CW wasted very little time getting another new trailer for the series which will debut in January is a good sign that the CW is riding this current superhero wave for all its worth. Plus that trailer looks fun. GOTHAM goes on its winter hiatus and the other shows continue their runs until Christmas gives them a break. Can AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. bounce back? Can ARROW hold onto some of the audience that just stopped by? Will THE FLASH draw a 1.4 again? We’ll just have to see this week. Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 29 to December 5, 2015 was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ArrowGothamiZombieRatingsSupergirlThe Flash 1 comment 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Introducing The BATMAN NEWS Podcast! next post Trailer: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 8 to March... March 11, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: November 16 to 22,... November 24, 2014 Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 1 to March... March 5, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 16 to 29,... April 30, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 8 to January... 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