The big television news this week was the presidential debate which managed to suck up all the headlines and knock LUCIFER off the air. But, it probably is a good sign of what normal is going to be for the shows that aired moving forward. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
|Show||Rating in the 18-49 year old demographic||Viewers (in millions)||Previous New Episode Rating||Change|
|MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.||0.9||2.95||1.1||-0.2|
GOTHAM tapped into Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery for a version of Mad Hatter. I suppose he’s enough of a name via the Adam West series and BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES to be a bit of a draw. Incidentally, I think a lot of griping about the villains being too old when Batman finally appears is a misguided complaint. These villains are in their 20s for the most part which will make most of them in their 30s when Batman appears, he’s hardly going to be beating up on senior citizens. A small drop from the season premiere was to be expected. Let’s see if it can keep out of the fractional range for awhile.
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. took a bit of a bigger hit dropping into the fractional range. My understanding is that DVR watching is still relatively healthy for the show, but fast forwarding through commercials doesn’t help pay the bills. I suppose that’s to be expected from the shift to 10 pm ET as well. It doesn’t make things look better though that NBC has one of the hot new series of the Fall, THIS IS US, playing in the same slot. There’s a slim difference between GOTHAM and MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. in the ratings, but ABC really does have higher expectations and standards.
This coming week, THE FLASH and ARROW have their season premieres with THE FLASH promising a take on FLASHPOINT. That’s a pretty interesting high concept for a season, we’ll see if it impacts the ratings though. LUCIFER also returns after a preemption. It’s not going to be long now before we see the full gamut of comic book related shows in this new season.