Political debates are still preempting shows and we’ll probably see the MLB playoffs affect the network television schedule as well shortly, but we had two new season premieres this week in THE FLASH and ARROW and things are getting up to speed for superhero related television programming. Let’s look at the numbers.
|Show||Rating in the 18-49 year old demographic||Viewers (in millions)||Previous New Episode Rating||Change|
That’s kind of a blah week overall for our featured television shows.
THE FLASH has always been a steady performer and its premiere numbers are about right where you would expect them to be. Maybe it will hit 1.4 at some point this season, but I expect 1.0 to 1.3 to be its usual spot in the ratings. In general, I’ve noted a positive reaction to the Flashpoint status quo, if not necessarily to the character decision that led there. Still, all appears to be well behind the scenes of THE FLASH and the CW might as well just renew it for season four.
GOTHAM, like MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., continues to struggle with viewer attrition. It’s no surprise that the ratings would hit fractional at some point this season, but it’s looming pretty early in the season. Good thing it’s on Fox. This is also the first sign of weakness on LUCIFER for the season but the viewership numbers suggest it may bounce back some.
ARROW had a surprisingly weak premiere. You would think it would have managed around a 1.0, but that’s a surprisingly weak number. They’ve hit syndication numbers and those are still good for the CW, but it might be time to start considering what they wish to accomplish with ARROW and how many more seasons they would like to aim for.
Also, if you’re pining for more AGENT CARTER there’s a good chance that Haley Atwell will have the time as the premiere of her new show CONVICTION was an underwhelming 0.9 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic. Hard to see renewal based on that start.
We’ll have to see if there is any bounceback in the upcoming week to these shows. Good news is that we have no preemptions and a full slate of shows. In particular, we will have to see how SUPERGIRL manages the transition to the CW and what it’s numbers will be. I’ll throw out a 1.1, but your guess is as good as mine. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW also returns, bringing along the Justice Society of America, so we’ll see if that’s the spark the show needs or not.