Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 24 to 30, 2016 written by Robert Reineke February 1, 2016 It was an eventful week as we got a new series premiere in LUCIFER and were able to assess how AGENT CARTER and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW were holding up. We also got to witness the power of a lead-in, so there’s a lot to discuss. First off, SUPERGIRL on CBS continues to show strength as it garnered a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 7.90 million total viewers. A 1.8 rating is a moderate hit in today’s ratings system, but it still makes a good case for renewal. More impressive is that it held that 1.8 rating despite going up against the massive return of THE X-FILES which garnered a massive 3.2 rating and 9.67 million viewers. It’s not totally surprising that THE X-FILES returned big, it’s a hit from an earlier era when television viewing wasn’t so fractured, but what’s surprising is that it apparently didn’t hurt SUPERGIRL’s ratings at all. THE X-FILES return certainly had an impact later in the night as Fox’s LUCIFER debuted to a surprisingly large 2.4 rating and 7.16 million viewers. Commence with “LUCIFER must have made a deal with the Devil” jokes. Unfortunately the reviews of the show, and particularly the concept that it would be another police procedural instead of something more daring, don’t bode well for it holding onto those ratings. You only have one chance to make a first impression and LUCIFER apparently didn’t take advantage of it. Still, most reviews say that the lead is charming and I tend to think that people will hang around for a show to find its footing if they like the lead. We’ll see this week though. Tuesday was a good night for THE FLASH on The CW as it rose to a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.71 million viewers. That was enough for THE FLASH to tie for first in the timeslot, albeit with NCIS in rerun. Again, it’s CW’s greatest success. The show most often draws a 1.4 rating and this continued stability speaks to the loyalty of the audience. ABC has no shortage of problems on Tuesday night with AGENT CARTER drawing a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.90 million viewers. At least it didn’t fall and there’s no real downside for ABC to show the rest of the episodes in the regular timeslot instead of burning them off quickly, there’s only five episodes to go although February sweeps presents an interesting wrinkle. AGENT CARTER is a test for whether ratings still matter. If it comes back, clearly other factors are in play as there’s no way to justify those ratings on a Tuesday night on ABC. ARROW held steady at a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.78 million viewers overall. Holding that steady in its fourth season speaks very well for ARROW. There’s not much else to say about the show at this point, other than it’s one of the pillars of the CW and largely responsible for the resurgence of DC television. Finally, the second episode of LEGENDS OF TOMORROW largely held onto its premiere audience with a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic, down 0.1, and 2.89 million viewers. So far, it’s shaping up to be an ARROW level hit rather than a hit on the level of THE FLASH. Not bad for a collection of, at best, B-list characters. Reportedly the show is a bit expensive, so a Season 2 may be scaled back some. But, CW would be foolish to not renew the show based on these ratings. Overall, this week is mostly proof of the viability of superhero television. Only one show is in any real trouble, and I don’t think either Marvel or ABC are that surprised. We’ll get proof in about 24 hours on whether LUCIFER did better with audiences than it did with critics, but everything else is as steady as they could be. I can’t think there’s room for much more superhero inspired network television, but the depth of ratings strength indicates that we’re not close to the end of this cycle of superheroes on television. Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 24 to 30, 2016 was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Agent CarterArrowCBSLegends of TomorrowLuciferMarvelRatingsSupergirlThe Flash 3 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post THE FINEST HOURS Review next post Making Mine Marvel Is Now Marvel News! You may also like Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 7 “Digestivo” July 23, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 10 to 16,... April 19, 2016 Review: HANNIBAL – Season 3, Episode 2... June 12, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 11 to 17,... October 19, 2015 Review: DOCTOR WHO S8, Ep. 3 “Robot... September 8, 2014 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 19 to April... April 25, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: February 15 to February... 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Robert Reineke I think you pointed out exactly how the series could be interesting, the seemingly cool character that realizes he’s a loser and tries to change. So far, the show doesn’t seem interested in exploring that. stock Have to admit, other than the ads, I haven’t seen it. I’m not sure Satan has much room to change. I just think dealing with him would be Hell. But we’ve already had a show about the devil–Hannibal. With all the problems that show had, I could rarely find fault with how it treated Hannibal. He was obviously given super-human powers of intelligence and had few if any weaknesses, but somehow, he was still a little human. I’m not sure how they do that with Satan himself. Seems they just fall to making him sexy or too much the charming rogue. And he’s going to solve crimes to boot. Good luck with that.