Ratings Roundup Week of October 1, 2017

Week Two saw more premieres and not a few surprises in the numbers last week. No surprise at all was how NFL football continued to dominate the ratings; all you have to do is look at the grids for CBS and NBC to understand why networks fight so hard for the privilege of airing the games. One freshman program already gained a full season order while several others are starting to scramble to find an audience before the cancel ax falls. Are your favorite programs off to a good start, or are they in danger?


CBS put up another week of strong numbers, none of their current shows are in any danger … yet. The Eye wrapped up its premieres with 9JKL and NCIS Los Angeles last week; 9JKL started well, now comes the hard part, keeping that premiere episode audience. NCIS Los Angeles opened its ninth season with new cast members and a solid opening. MacGyver and Scorpion were at the low end of the chart. MacGyver should be fine for now as it airs on Friday and there's more leeway in those ratings numbers. Scorpion, however, should have better numbers for a Monday night show; things could get interesting if the numbers don't come up a little bit in the coming months.

Program

Rating

Millions of Viewers

Renew/Cancel

Thursday Night Football

5.0

15.4


NFL Overrun

3.8

14.5


The Big Bang Theory

3.2

14.1

Renewed

60 Minutes

2.1

12.5


NFL Thursday Night Kickoff

2.1

7.8


9JKL (premiere)

1.6

8.2


Survivor

1.6

8.2


NCIS

1.4

13.5


NCIS Los Angeles (premiere)

1.3

9.0


Wisdom of the Crowd

1.3

8.8


Kevin Can Wait

1.3

6.7


Bull

1.2

10.8


SEAL Team

1.2

8.4


Criminal Minds

1.1

6.2


Blue Bloods

1.0

9.3


NCIS New Orleans

1.0

9.2


Hawaii Five-0

1.0

8.4


Me Myself & I

1.0

5.2


MacGyver

0.8

6.4


Scorpion

0.8

5.3


SEAL Team (rerun)

0.8

4.9


NCIS New Orleans (rerun)

0.5

3.7


48 Hours

0.5

3.7


Wisdom of the Crowd (rerun)

0.4

2.9


No premieres on NBC this week, and while just about every show slipped from its premiere numbers, so far, nothing on the network is in any danger. The Blacklist and Great News were the bottom rated shows for the network last week; however the numbers for both were higher than how they ended last season, good news for those fans. After the football, This Is Us, Will & Grace and The Voice topped out the week. All three saw a big dip from their premieres, but it doesn't matter as two of them are already renewed for next season, and The Voice is sure to get a renewal nod as well.

Program

Rating

Millions of Viewers

Renew/Cancel

Sunday Night Football

5.8

16.7


This is Us

3.1

11.1

Renewed

Football Night in America

2.9

8.8


The Voice (Monday)

2.6

11.0


The Voice (Tuesday)

2.3

10.4


Will & Grace

2.0

7.1

Renewed

Law & Order: SVU

1.3

5.8


Chicago PD

1.2

6.2


Chicago Fire

1.2

6.1


Superstore

1.2

4.5


The Good Place

1.2

4.2


The Brave

1.1

5.2


Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

1.1

4.8


The Blacklist

1.0

5.9


Great News

1.0

3.9


Dateline: Friday

0.9

5.6


The Brave (rerun)

0.6

3.5


Dateline: Saturday (rerun)

0.6

3.3


Superstore (rerun)

0.4

2.0


Will & Grace (rerun)

0.3

2.0


FOX premiered the rest of its schedule last week with high ratings all around. The latest Marvel series, The Gifted, premiered with very good numbers as did Ghosted. Both programs can afford a slight dip after the opening episodes and should be fine. The Orville dropped another couple of tenths and can't afford any more losses if it wants to see a season two. Fans of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, however, should start to worry. The program continues to have low numbers, and since it's produced by NBC and not FOX, money will play as much a role in further seasons as the ratings. The only saving grace for The Exorcist seems to be that it is produced by FOX, but even that may not be enough to save it this time.

Program

Rating

Millions of Viewers

Renew/Cancel

Empire

1.9

5.9


The Gifted (premiere)

1.5

4.9


Star

1.4

4.6


Ghosted (premiere)

1.4

3.6


The Simpsons (premiere)

1.4

3.3

Renewed

Bob's Burgers (premiere)

1.3

2.9


Family Guy (premiere)

1.3

2.8


Lethal Weapon

1.1

4.1


Lucifer (premiere)

1.1

3.9


The Orville

0.9

3.4


Gotham

0.9

2.9


The Mick

0.9

2.4


The Last Man On Earth (premiere)

0.9

2.3


Hell's Kitchen

0.8

2.7

Renewed

The Simpsons (rerun)

0.7

2.0


Brooklyn Nine-Nine

0.6

1.7


The Exorcist

0.5

1.5


FOX College Football

0.4

1.5


The CW wrapped up is summer season with a slate of reruns. No word yet on if any of its summer series' have been renewed.

Program

Rating

Millions of Viewers

Renew/Cancel

Whose Line Is It Anyway (rerun)

0.3

1.2


Whose Line Is It Anyway (rerun)

0.3

1.2


Penn & Teller Fool Us (rerun)

0.3

1.1


Masters of Illusion (rerun)

0.3

1.0


Supergirl (rerun)

0.2

0.9


Masters of Illusion (rerun)

0.2

0.9


Masters of Illusion (rerun)

0.2

0.8


Masters of Illusion (rerun)

0.2

0.8


The Flash (rerun)

0.2

0.7


Supernatural (rerun)

0.2

0.7


Arrow (rerun)

0.2

0.6


Legends of Tomorrow (rerun)

0.1

0.5


Machinima's Chasing the Cup: Injustice 2

0.1

0.4


ABC was the first network to give a full season order to a new program. The Good Doctor got the good news soon after the second episode topped the ratings. The program started strong and shows no signs of flagging. The Middle and Scandal also premiered for their final seasons last week. Two new comedies, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World and The Mayor both started with good numbers, though they can't afford to dip very much in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, for fans of Once Upon a Time, and surprisingly How To Get Away With Murder, ratings have dropped significantly, and if they don't find their audiences soon, both could be in trouble. New shows Marvel's Inhumans and Ten Days in the Valley are already in trouble, and both are looking at cancelations in their future.

Program

Rating

Millions of Viewers

Renew/Cancel

The Good Doctor

2.2

10.9


Grey's Anatomy

2.1

8.1


Modern Family

1.9

6.4

Renewed

Saturday Night College Football

1.9

6.3


The Middle (premiere)

1.6

6.2

Final Season

The Goldbergs

1.6

5.8

Renewed

Black-ish (premiere)

1.5

4.7


Dancing with the Stars

1.4

9.1


Scandal (premiere)

1.4

5.5

Final Season

American Housewife

1.4

5.0


Fresh Off The Boat (premiere)

1.4

4.5


Shark Tank (premiere)

1.3

5.1


Speechless

1.3

4.6


The Mayor (premiere)

1.2

4.1


Kevin (Probably) Saves The World (premiere)

1.0

4.2


Designated Survivor

0.9

4.8


How To Get Away With Murder

0.9

3.9


Once Upon A Time (premiere)

0.7

3.3


20/20

0.7

3.1


Marvel's Inhumans

0.7

2.8


Ten Days in the Valley (premiere)

0.5

3.4


The Toy Box (premiere)

0.4

2.2


Written by LadyShelley on Oct 9, 2017

Comments

LadyShelley posted 7 days ago

I tend to agree with you, gmpugs. I started watching the show because I was/am a fan of Scott Caan, and I love the interaction between Danny and Steve. Scott now has a reduced schedule so he can be at home in LA with his young family and if one or both of them choose to leave, that, for me at least would be the end of my interest.

To be fair the original series went through a lot of cast changes over the years. They lost their Kono, Ben, Chin Ho, and finally Danny before it finally limped off into television history.

gmpugs posted 7 days ago

They (Five-0) should go out while still liked. Which, in my opinion the Big Bang Theory should have done, preferably last season. For me the storylines are rather boring and the reason I continue to watch is with hopes that the writing improves. From the new batch of shows I'm liking the Good Doctor, The Mayor, and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.

LadyShelley posted 8 days ago

Scorpion is one of those shows that every year you wonder if it will get another season and every year it manages to squeak through. The Brave is getting close to the danger zone, it's sitting right about at the network's weekly average so it can't afford any more slippage in the numbers. SEAL Team so far is doing OK, not spectacular, but OK. It will need to show it can tell a variety of stories and not get stuck in a plot rut.

Inhumans is in trouble. It hasn't started well and ABC can only hope the ratings at least stay where they are and don't fall any further. Hawaii Five-0 just keeps chugging along doesn't it. :) It gets respectable numbers even for a Friday night show. Alex O'Loughlan has gone back and forth in a few interviews now about his future plans, saying at the end of last season, this one would be his last. Now he may be waffling on that. CBS would love to get another couple of years out of the show, I'm sure. The original lasted twelve years (though to be fair the last few weren't very good). So, do you try to beat the original or go out while the show is still well liked?

zwixxx posted 8 days ago

Scorpion leaves me cold. They have a problem, come up with a solution, something happens, so they come up with another solution, something happens, so they come up with another solution, something happens, so they come up with another solution which fixes it. Could possibly just watch first part up to the ad, then last part (after last ad) and cut out all those dead ends.

Checked the viewing figures and good news about The Good Doctor, fingers crossed for The Brave, big load of meh for Seal Team though. :)

gmpugs posted 10 days ago

For me, Marvel's Inhumans have met my expectations, which I have to admit were rather low. I will admit that I'm still watching it though, just out of curiosity in how the storyline will play out. And for Hawaii Five-0, I have to say it doesn't feel the same without Daniel Dae Kim (Chin) and Grace Park (Kono) in it. Oh well...

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