Ratings Roundup Week of October 29, 2017

A seven-game World Series affected just about every network last week. There was also another cancellation, a renewal, and several programs are now in real danger of the cancel axe.

CBS schedulers had all sorts of things to deal with last week. Game 7 of the World Series over on FOX forced the network to run repeats last Wednesday, but that was only a temporary situation and easily dealt with. The bigger problem was the shifts on Monday and Thursday nights. With the loss of Thursday Night Football, The Eye started its regular Thursday night lineup with premieres of Mom, Life in Pieces, and SWAT. The two comedies did well. SWAT, a reboot of the 1970s program started with middling numbers. If it holds there it will be fine, but chances are it will drop; how far it drops is the question. With the regular Thursday lineup now in place, the Monday night comedy block lost its big lead-in of The Big Bang Theory, and every show suffered from the loss. Me, Myself & I took the hit, and the show pulled from the schedule after last week and considered canceled at this point. No word on when the remaining episodes will air, though CBS does state it will finish its ordered run at some point.

Program

Rating

Millions of Viewers

Renew/cancel

The Big Bang Theory

2.7

14.1

Renewed

Young Sheldon

2.2

12.7


College Football

1.8

6.5


Survivor

1.6

7.7


Mom (premiere)

1.4

8.5


NCIS

1.2

12.1


60 Minutes

1.2

11.3


Life In Pieces (premiere)

1.2

6.7


Kevin Can Wait

1.2

6.4


SWAT (premiere)

1.1

6.7


Bull

1.0

9.6


Blue Bloods

0.9

9.1


NCIS: New Orleans

0.9

8.9


Hawaii Five-0

0.9

8.5


NCIS: Los Angeles

0.8

7.5


MacGyver

0.8

7.2


9JKL

0.8

5.1


Superior Donuts (premiere)

0.8

4.8


Wisdom of the Crowd

0.7

6.8


Scorpion

0.7

4.9


SEAL Team (rerun)

0.7

4.6


Me, Myself & I

0.7

3.9

Canceled

Madam Secretary

0.6

5.8


SEAL Team (rerun)

0.5

3.3


NBC also chose to run repeats last Wednesday rather than waste new episodes in competition against the World Series; the exception being The Blacklist which ran a new episode and held at its usual numbers. Fans of The Brave and Great News should probably enjoy what episodes are left at this point. The Brave might still squeak through, but Great News is most likely done. Expect some shake-ups on the schedule starting next week as The Peacock takes over the Thursday Night Football duties from CBS. As a result, the regular Thursday night block is preempted until December.

Program

Rating

Millions of Viewers

Renew/Cancel

Sunday Night Football

4.8

13.9


Football Night In America

2.2

6.6


This Is Us

2.0

8.4

Renewed

The Voice (Monday)

1.9

9.6


Will & Grace

1.6

5.7

Renewed

The Voice (Tuesday) (clip show)

1.0

6.2


Chicago Fire

1.0

5.9


Dateline: Friday

1.0

5.4


Superstore

1.0

3.5


The Good Place

1.0

3.1


The Blacklist

0.9

5.2


The Brave

0.8

4.9


Chicago PD (rerun)

0.7

4.1


Law & Order: SVU (rerun)

0.7

3.8


Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

0.7

3.5


Blindspot

0.7

3.5


Great News

0.7

2.6


Vintage SNL

0.6

3.0


2017 Breeders Cup

0.3

2.2


ABC has some decisions to make in the coming weeks, and they won't be the kind fans like. Five programs currently airing are likely to be canceled by the end of the season; and for two of them, The Mayor and Kevin (Probably) Saves The World, it will come much sooner. This may be part of the reason why ABC ordered an additional few episodes for The Middle, Black-ish, Grey's Anatomy, and American Housewife; there are going to be some schedule gaps coming in the near future. The rest of the ABC line-up remained pretty stable last week. The medical one-two of The Good Doctor and Grey's Anatomy led the network, though both lost some viewers.

Program

Rating

Millions of Viewers

Renew/Cancel

The Good Doctor

1.9

10.6


Grey's Anatomy

1.8

7.4


Modern Family

1.5

5.5

Renewed

Dancing with the Stars

1.4

9.9


The Goldbergs

1.3

5.0

Renewed

The Middle

1.2

5.1

Final Season

American Housewife

1.2

4.5


Scandal

1.1

4.9

Final Season

Speechless

1.0

3.9


It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

1.0

3.5


Black-ish

1.0

3.5


How To Get Away With Murder

0.9

3.6


Shark Tank

0.9

3.5


Fresh Off The Boat

0.9

3.5


Shark Tank

0.9

3.2


Saturday Night College Football

0.9

3.0


Designated Survivor

0.7

3.9


The Mayor

0.7

2.4


Kevin (Probably) Saves The World

0.6

2.7


20/20

0.5

2.6


Once Upon A Time

0.5

2.4


Marvel's Inhumans

0.5

2.0


The Toy Box

0.4

2.0


FOX won the ratings jackpot last week as it scored not only an NFL overrun but a seven-game World Series. The FOX grid for last week is all the proof needed to see why networks care more about sports programming than anything else. In other good news, FOX also announced The Orville was renewed for a second season, the first renewal notice for the network this year. The Exorcist actually gained a tenth of a point, but without the complete schedule implosion that helped get it renewed last year, chances are low the show will see another season.

Program

Rating

Millions of Viewers

Renew/Cancel

World Series Game 7

8.2

28.2


NFL Overrun

7.0

23.6


World Series Game 6

6.0

22.3


World Series Game 5

5.3

18.9


The OT

4.3

13.6


The Gifted

1.1

3.4


The Orville

1.0

3.8

Renewed

Lucifer

0.9

3.4


FOX College Football

0.9

3.1


Gotham

0.9

2.7


Hell's Kitchen

0.8

3.1

Renewed

The Exorcist

0.5

1.5


The CW kept chugging along in its corner of the TV world last week. No changes to the final order of programs, though some like The Flash took a ratings hit from World Series competition. None of the superheroes or Supernatural are in any danger; the only real question is when Valor and Dynasty are pulled from the schedule.

Program

Rating

Millions of Viewers

Renew/Cancel

The Flash

0.7

2.0


Supernatural

0.6

1.8


Riverdale

0.6

1.5


Supergirl

0.5

1.8


Arrow

0.5

1.3


Legends of Tomorrow

0.4

1.4


Valor

0.2

0.9


Dynasty

0.2

0.7


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

0.2

0.7


Jane The Virgin

0.2

0.7


There are a few weeks left before we enter the holiday specials and reruns. WIll your favorites see the spring or will they fade into television history before Christmas?

Written by LadyShelley on Nov 6, 2017

Comments

JuanArango posted 11 days ago

I am pretty sure Inhumans will be canned. Designated Survivor should get the axe after they changed the tone of the show in the second season from a thriller to a soap opera, but I am sure it will get renewed.

LadyShelley posted 16 days ago

@gmpugs Designated Survivor has a problem. It is well below the scripted average for the network. (I'd need to rerun the numbers but I think the average for last week was a 1.0 -1.1) It's only in season two, so the network could cut its losses and be done with it. The Mayor and Kevin are most likely done; they've just slipped too far down for the network to give them a full season much less a renewal.

The thing with the CW shows, on any other network all four of them would get canned, but since the CW has to have at least a few CBS shows, since CBS is one of its owners, they have to keep something. Jane the Virgin could get the heave ho because it will have enough episodes at the end of the season for syndication. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is in season three and the network may have to keep it another year just to get its episode count up some more. On the other hand the two new shows aren't really any worse than the two veterans. So do you keep Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and one of the new shows? Keep both of the old ones to increase syndication money and drop the new ones? Do you keep both of the new ones, because hey, why not? :) If there was any daylight at all in the ratings for those four shows, it would make things a bit easier to predict; but with basically identical numbers week-to-week, it wouldn't surprise me if they throw darts to decide what to keep and what to cast off.

gmpugs posted 16 days ago

Bummer about The Mayor and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. Marvel's Inhumans is more than likely going to get cancelled, right? If so, no biggie for me since I'm more of a fan of DC's Superhero shows. What about Designated Survivor? Is its ratings concerning enough for ABC to make a decision one way or another for it? And as for your analysis of the CW shows, I would say your comments about Valor and Dynasty could almost apply to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin if you didn't say something similar last week.

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