Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 31 to February 6, 2016 written by Robert Reineke February 8, 2016 We have a lot of superhero television at the moment, the most in the history of the television medium, and it looks to go up when GOTHAM returns in a few weeks. This week wasn’t particularly eventful, but it’s useful to seeing what the status quo is. SUPERGIRL on CBS brought in Bizarro last week but that didn’t seem to cut it for audience members as the show fell to a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 6.69 million viewers. There’s no real good explanation for why ratings fell this week, THE X-FILES was expectedly down, and not the previous week. I think we can just chalk it up that the normal distribution for the ratings for the show is between a 1.5 and 1.8. I think there’s enough information now that the show should get renewed, but a few ratings spikes along the way would pretty much assure that. I don’t know if it will lead to any kind of ratings spike, but I’m certainly looking forward to Supergirl’s encounter with the Black Mercy this week. LUCIFER on Fox showed the benefit of a good lead in as it was down, but still had a big boost from THE X-FILES, which was just flat out great last week, to be good for a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 6.00 million viewers. If it holds anywhere close to its lead-in when THE X-FILES is over and GOTHAM returns, it’s going to be renewed. Hopefully, they can improve the show enough to make that renewal worthwhile. THE FLASH on the CW did its usual 1.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.66 million viewers. I have absolutely nothing to say about this except that renewal is certain. The big question is what’s next for Season 3. Earth 3? Mirror Master? The Anti-Monitor? Will we see Green Lantern? iZOMBIE on the CW returned from its hiatus and did the usual 0.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 1.43 million viewers. This is a show that’s definitely on the bubble. The ratings aren’t necessarily bad by CW standards, but it’s not taking advantage of the best lead-in the network can provide. I don’t think the CW will cancel it outright, but I’d be surprised to see it on the Fall schedule in its current timeslot. That may mean it becomes a Summer series or finds another slot on the schedule, but I’d be unsurprised to see one of the CW’s new pilots, my guess is RIVERDALE, take its slot next Fall. AGENT CARTER on ABC drew a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.77 million viewers. I know the show has its fans, but I think it’s clear that the run on ABC is coming to an end with this series. I’m sure we’ll see more of Hayley Atwell in the future, but ABC finished 5th in the ratings on Tuesday, THE MUPPETS is also clearly headed to cancellation, and that’s just embarrassing for one of the Big Three networks, especially during February sweeps. Fans are better off lobbying for Netflix to save the series than hoping that ABC will renew it. As for what went wrong with AGENT CARTER, I’d say that being a period show didn’t help, especially since it appeared to cut off connections to the modern day MCU. They didn’t take advantage of connections they could have, like a hunt for The Winter Soldier or 1950s Captain America, and it left the show as a much more generic spy show than it could have been. Given that there are plenty of relatable women protagonists in prime time dealing with modern issues, there really wasn’t any easy hook to make the show stand out. ARROW on the CW was down to a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.49 million viewers. ARROW is still absolutely getting renewed. I think the bigger question is whether TMNT 2, with Stephen Amell as Casey Jones and Krang, has enough added value to compete in June and, if so, what it does to Stephen Amell’s television future. Finally, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW on the CW wrapped up the week with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.32 million viewers. The CW would probably like a little bit better than that, albeit it was a competitive night, but they were within spitting distance of third place for the hour during sweeps. I think the show will return, albeit perhaps downscaled a bit. Big picture, I think it’s safe to say that THE FLASH and ARROW are destined for renewal and AGENT CARTER is probably looking for a home elsewhere. And LUCIFER’s fate is still up in the air, but I’d be shocked if we don’t get any more of THE X-FILES. The remainder of the shows look like they could be renewed, but we’ll see. 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April 25, 2015 Happy 20th Anniversary To THE X-FILES September 10, 2013 REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “Love Story” October 10, 2013 Scott Rogers I’m actually relieved that LEGENDS didn’t lose more viewers to the new BIG BANG. Given that Thursday is so competitive, I wouldn’t be surprised if its numbers go up significantly when factoring in delayed viewing. I believe a lot of THE FLASH’s audience is interested in its spin-off characters but can do without ARROW, which makes me think the ratings for LEGENDS should be higher than ARROW’s. . Robert, I don’t visit MMM much anymore as there seems to be a dearth of current news posted these days. I am visiting approximately once every two weeks now, whereas previously I visited almost daily. (Enough said about that; I know others have commented on the issues with MMM elsewhere.) Your ratings articles are about the only reason I visit now with any kind of regularity. Thanks for your work. SeanLM One problem is that Agent Carter is hardly a period piece. The outlandish plots are not necessarily the problem, but AC is a phony caricature of a time period and it shows. Nobody even smokes. It’s kids playing dress up on an obvious studio back lot, reading mediocre scripts, with a dash of modern gender politics. It ultimately has the ignoble goal of simply of creating some “cross-media synergy” or whatever corporate succubi call it. Robert Reineke Yeah, I agree that period pieces are more interesting when they actively embrace the period they are set in. I think the minutia of the period helps Downton Abbey for instance.There’s also a point in sending up a period, Blazing Saddles for instance. But, just being vaguely set in a sanitized version seems to beg the question of why did you set it there in the first place.