Television Weekly Ratings Roundup: May 22 to May 28, 2016 written by Robert Reineke May 29, 2016 And that’s a wrap on the 2015-2016 television season. We had our last three season finales this week, so let’s get to the numbers and some thoughts on the current overall state of network television superhero shows. GOTHAM ended the season on Monday with a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.62 million viewers. And, judging from the general reaction around the internet, a kind of collective shrug at the finale. There was something of a cliffhanger and I think a general sense of a lack of resolution to the season. GOTHAM kind of found its footing this season with its attention to Batman’s future foes and chucking underwhelming procedural stories, but I get the sense that it kind of squandered its momentum down the stretch. We’ll see if that affects its Fall ratings. THE FLASH finished up on Tuesday with a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 3.35 million viewers. Possibly more importantly than it’s usual strong ratings was that there was a lot of buzz around the finale and what it means to the next season. Not all of the buzz was positive, but people were talking about it. One of the things that THE FLASH really gets is that it resolves its season long plotlines in the finale, giving people a chance to binge and catch up, and leaves with a promise for the next season. That’s better than a pure cliffhanger in this day in age as I think with all the competition, you need to find ways to leave the audience satisfied, but hungry for more. THE FLASH also benefits from the well established and expansive source material. THE FLASH could absolutely support a movie. There is a deep rogues gallery, iconic visuals, over 60 years worth of stories, story devices including time travel, parallel worlds, and alternate dimensions, and various other big events, like CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, to pull from. And the showrunners show a willingness to pull from all of that creating a ton of varied story ideas. We haven’t even had an appearance of Mirror Master yet, for gosh sakes. If there’s an A-lister superhero in television, it’s THE FLASH. I think the general consensus is that season 2 was not as strong as season 1, but the show has a ton of basic strengths to build off of, including a hero whose powers are visually fun to watch, and I think it’s built to last. ARROW wrapped up the season on Wednesday with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and 2.19 million viewers. Oliver Queen helped stave off nuclear Armageddon this season, but it seems like the reaction was that it was too big and far removed from what ARROW is to actually register with viewers. I can’t think that the stakes for season 5 of ARROW can possibly be any bigger, so finding a resonant challenge for ARROW is going to be the big challenge. It’s still doing fine in the ratings, for the CW, but I think it’s safe to say that THE FLASH has supplanted it as the center of superhero television. And it may stay that way for awhile because I get the sense that we’re at peak network superhero television. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. gives off all the signs of one final season to wrap things up. GOTHAM will likely get to syndication too. SUPERGIRL wasn’t quite successful enough for CBS. ARROW seems to have peaked. MOST WANTED wasn’t picked up and AGENT CARTER was cancelled. Obviously the Netflix stuff is going to keep going, but who knows how many people are watching? Sure, I expect surprises like LUCIFER, but only THE FLASH has turned out to be an out and out hit. I don’t see any other members of the JLA or Avengers getting their own prime time network series anytime soon and there has to be real questions as to whether it’s worth it to try to force B-listers and C-lister to compete with THE FLASH and superhero movies for attention. How many superheroes are out there that have the depth of stories to support multiple seasons of a television show? MS. MARVEL, Kamala Khan, would certainly have a buzzy debut, but are there 4 full seasons of story for her yet? Even Greg Berlanti sidestepped more superheroes in favor of RIVERDALE. CONSTANTINE didn’t work out for NBC, SUPERGIRL didn’t quite hit the standards CBS was hoping for, and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. was under consideration for cancellation in season 1, so the track record for the big 3. Given the number of superhero movies, cartoons, Netflix shows, and network television, is the audience’s appetite for superheroes near a saturation point? Perhaps it’s time for Marvel and DC to push some of their non-superheroes forward for adaptation to television? So, those are some of my thoughts on the season. If you want to chime in on the state of superhero television, by all means do so below. 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October 29, 2015 Adrian Edmondson Loved Flash , Arrow needs to be more grounded , looking forward to Supergirl , LoT has promise with new lineup . Nuff said .