Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: February 28 to March 5, 2016 written by Robert Reineke March 7, 2016 My apologies for being behind on the weekly ratings recaps, but at least there will be no overlap with this coming week’s ratings. There is a season finale to cover, renewal news, and I think we finally have a handle on a new series. THE FLASH, iZOMBIE, and ARROW took the week off, but there’s still plenty to cover. So, let’s get to it. SUPERGIRL was up against the season premiere of THE VOICE and the return of GOTHAM, after a lot of advertising, and hit its series low with a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 year old and 6.69 million viewers. Any other network and I’d say that the 1.4 rating wasn’t an issue, but CBS does have higher standards. Still, I think you can attribute some of it to simply increased competition and I expect ratings to remain in the 1.4 to 1.6 range for the immediate future. I don’t think SUPERGIRL is a cinch for renewal, but I’d lean in the renewal direction. GOTHAM meanwhile returned with a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 4.12 million viewers. All in all, that’s pretty strong in this ratings landscape, especially for Fox, and I think we can count on GOTHAM to be renewed. Apparently, focusing on Batman’s villains was the right move for the series. That bodes well for SUICIDE SQUAD later in the year as well. I’ve been holding off on fully evaluating LUCIFER until we could see it without the ratings lead-in of THE X-FILES. LUCIFER managed to hold onto the vast majority of GOTHAM’s audience finishing with a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.91 million viewers. I haven’t heard much good about the show, other than the lead has charm, but shows have developed devoted followings based on less. Hopefully, the show can either improve its procedural mystery elements or move towards the more philosophical bent of the series it’s based on, but all signs point to the show getting that chance. If nothing else, the show has succeeded where MINORITY REPORT floundered. Which brings us to our big news of the week. First off, ABC announced that AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. would be renewed for a fourth season along with a host of other renewals. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. has struggled with audience attrition right from the premiere onwards, but its ratings are still strong enough that a renewal was warranted. Given that syndication awaits after one more season, renewing the show was a no brainer. Not included in the renewal announcement was AGENT CARTER, which finished its season with a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.35 million viewers. Frankly, those are terrible numbers, even for a midseason bridge. Yet, there are rumors that ABC will bring it back for a third season. If they do, I question the point of this feature as apparently the numbers don’t mean anything anymore. But, let’s not dwell on this feature’s existential crisis, but instead consider why the show hasn’t connected with viewers. We can start by not blaming Hayley Atwell. She’s not a big star, but she’s certainly well-known and talented enough to anchor a television series. But, I think it’s no coincidence that many television shows also feature a prominent male co-lead to play off the female lead, CASTLE, BONES, the proposed MARVEL’S MOST WANTED, etc., and adding a male co-lead might help the show. Especially as we know that Peggy Carter survives until CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, creating a co-lead that we have no idea of the fate of would probably inject some stakes into the show. I think that it also didn’t help the show that it’s the most isolated of all of Marvel’s movies and television series. It’s exceedingly hard to tie into the events of the current MCU in any meaningful way. Couple that with the fact that it’s not a superhero show, even if it exists in a superhero universe, and it’s viewed as something non-essential, regardless of quality. I’d suggest that they take steps to tie it more closely into the MCU via a time travel storyline with AOS or simply by embracing some of the avenues open to it. Why shouldn’t Peggy Carter deal with the Winter Soldier? Or a replacement 1950s Captain America (which might satisfy the male co-lead idea)? You can identify it as part of the superhero universe by actually bringing in superheroes, which seems like a selling point in this day of superhero cinema ruling the box office. Finally, I think that there’s a lot more that you can do with a period setting than what AGENT CARTER is doing. One of the selling points of DOWNTON ABBEY, which is going to end with high ratings, is the attention to period issues and details. AGENT CARTER doesn’t have that reputation at all. Maybe that wouldn’t help ratings much, but it would justify its period setting. Is any of that going to help at this stage? Probably not, as I think at best it gets a third season to wrap up its storylines and make a nice box set, but it certainly would give people reason to talk about the show. And you probably can get a small boost for a short season by making every episode matter to the larger MCU audience. Those are my theories anyways, what are yours? Finally, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW ended up with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.28 million viewers. A rerun of THE BIG BANG THEORY undoubtedly helped. But, still, reruns are part of the season and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is going to finish as the CW’s third highest rated series against tough competition. It’s coming back in some form. This week, with renewal in hand, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to try to help rescue a floundering Tuesday lineup for ABC. It’s a short week with SUPERGIRL, THE FLASH, iZOMBIE, and ARROW taking a break, but there still should be plenty to discuss. Weekly Ratings Roundup: February 28 to March 5, 2016 was last modified: March 8th, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related ABCCBSCWFoxLuciferRatings 2 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post J.K. Simmons Joins JUSTICE LEAGUE As Commissioner Gordon next post Team Iron Man Responds In CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Character Posters You may also like Robert Kirkman Guides You Through The Sets... August 31, 2013 Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 1 to 7,... May 8, 2016 Review: HANNIBAL, Season 3, Episode 4 “Aperitivo” July 1, 2015 Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 5 to 11,... March 12, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 10 to 16,... April 19, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup – September 21 to... September 24, 2014 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 26, 2014 to... November 3, 2014 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 8 to January... January 20, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: February 21 to 27,... February 28, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 3 to 9,... January 11, 2016 Scott Rogers I can see CW moving LEGENDS to Tuesday after THE FLASH. Asking LEGENDS to work out its bugs on the highly competitive Thursday night is a very tall order. I view the show more or less as an addendum to THE FLASH with some ARROW influence. The characters that have resonated well so far on LEGENDS (e.g., Stein, Snart, Palmer) are building on the development they experienced on THE FLASH mostly and ARROW to a lesser degree. It makes sense to me to connect THE FLASH and LEGENDS more directly on Tuesday night so THE FLASH’s audience can follow the good character storylines that started on the THE FLASH. I imagine LEGENDS would retain a lot of THE FLASH’s audience or at least do significantly better than iZOMBIE in that slot. stock Re: Agent Carter and Downton Abbey. As a history buff, DA is hard to beat for period detail. The show itself is little more than a classed up soap opera, but the costumes, settings, cars, even the period attitudes of the characters seem extremely authentic. It’s been the BBC flagship show for 6 years. It’s doubtful that the people behind AC are the kind that care that much about authenticity, primarily because they don’t think this audience cares about it. I don’t like time travel storylines too much, but a replacement CA could stir some renewed interest. And it could be a plausible storyline for the MCU. Of course, the replacement would have to be red-shirted at some point.