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Ratings Roundup for the Week of October 10, 2021


The CW premiered the first part of its fall schedule last week. DC's Legends of Tomorrow opened up from its summer run last season. Batwoman opened with a hundred thousand more viewers than where it ended last season. Legacies dropped a couple hundred thousand viewers in its premiere. Nancy Drew lost one hundred thousand views off its premiere. The network's two new reality shows opened to abysmal numbers and even the CW's habit of renewing anything that holds still long enough, that may not be enough to save either program. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
Penn & Teller: Fool Us0.10.8 
DC's Stargirl0.10.6 
DC's Legends of Tomorrow (premiere)0.10.6 
Whose Line Is It Anyway?0.10.6 
Batwoman (premiere)0.10.5 
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (rerun)0.10.5 
World's Funniest Animals0.10.5 
World's Funniest Animals (rerun)0.10.5 
Roswell, New Mexico0.10.4 
Roswell, New Mexico (finale)0.10.4 
Nancy Drew0.10.4 
Legacies (premiere)0.10.3 
Legends of the Hidden Temple (premiere)0.10.2 
Killer Camp (premiere)0.00.2 

ABC had a quiet week last week. Grey's Anatomy has apparently settled into a new rating reality, down three tenths from where it regularly ranked last season. Station 19, The Rookie, and Big Sky were all even, though those last two are still low enough that fans should be concerned. A Million Little Things gained two hundred thousand viewers last week, but its chances of renewal are basically nil. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
Dancing with the Stars (Monday)0.74.6 
Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday)0.74.3 
College Football0.73.0 
Station 190.64.3 
Grey's Anatomy0.64.0 
The Conners0.63.6 
The Goldbergs0.63.2 
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune0.54.3 
Shark Tank0.53.5 
The Wonder Years0.52.7 
America's Funniest Home Videos (premiere)0.43.9 
The Good Doctor0.43.7 
Supermarket Sweep0.42.4 
Home Economics0.42.1 
Big Sky0.32.8 
The Rookie0.32.7 
A Night in the Academy Museum0.32.1 
A Million Little Things0.31.9 

CBS premiered the last of its fall lineup last week. The Equaliser opened even with where it ended last spring. NCIS: Los Angeles opened to good numbers. B Positive opened down a tenth from where it ended in the spring. SEAL Team was steady, but it will only air three more episodes on the parent network before shifting to the Paramount streamer. NCIS: Hawai'i and CSI Vegas both lost a tenth last week. Bull lost five hundred thousand viewers off its premiere.

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
60 Minutes0.98.5 
The Equaliser (premiere)0.87.7 
Young Sheldon0.66.5Renewed (through 2024)
NCIS: Los Angeles (premiere)0.65.8 
FBI: International0.65.6 
FBI: Most Wanted0.65.6 
The Neighborhood0.65.4 
Bob (Hearts) Abishola0.55.1 
United States of Al0.54.5 
B Positive (premiere)0.53.9 
Blue Bloods0.45.8 
NCIS: Hawai'i0.45.3 
Magnum PI0.45.1 
CSI: Vegas0.43.9 
SEAL Team (premiere)0.43.7Import
Tough As Nails0.42.9 
48 Hours0.22.2 
Ghosts (rerun)0.22.0 
Ghosts (rerun)0.22.0 
B Positive (rerun)0.11.4 
United States of Al (rerun)0.11.0 

NBC premiered its latest reality show, Home Sweet Home, to terrible numbers. Don't expect it to last very long. La Brea has seemingly settled with okay numbers. As long as it maintains its current viewership, it should get a back nine order. Ordinary Joe picked up a tenth last week, however, it remains the lowest-rated scripted drama for the network. Its future is by no means assured. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
Sunday Night Football5.217.5 
Football Night In America2.69.4 
The Voice (Monday)0.97.0 
The Voice (Tuesday)0.96.6 
Chicago Fire0.87.2Renewed (through 2023)
Chicago Med0.86.5Renewed (through 2023)
Chicago PD0.76.0Renewed (through 2023)
Law & Order: SVU0.74.0Renewed (through 2023)
La Brea0.65.1 
Law & Order: Organised Crime0.53.3 
New Amsterdam0.43.3Renewed (through 2023)
Ordinary Joe0.42.9 
Law & Order: SVU (rerun)0.42.4 
Dateline (Saturday)0.32.3 
Vintage SNL0.31.9 
Dateline (Friday)0.31.7 
La Brea (rerun)0.21.5 
Home Sweet Home (premiere)0.21.4 

FOX feasted on football last week. An NFL overrun pumped up the Sunday animation block. The Thursday night game lost a tenth from the previous week. Alter Ego lost another tenth, and more than half of its lead-in audience again last week. Our Kind of People was steady but low. The Big Leap lost another hundred thousand viewers. The chances of any of these freshman shows seeing January are slim at best. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
NFL Overrun6.022.0 
NFL: Thursday Night Football4.114.4 
The OT3.010.2 
The Simpsons1.33.9Renewed (through 2023)
Major League Baseball: Playoffs1.15.3 
The Masked Singer1.04.6 
The Great North0.82.0Renewed
College Football Extra0.74.0 
Bob's Burgers0.71.8Renewed (through 2023)
Family Guy0.61.7Renewed (through 2023)
The Resident0.42.9 
Alter Ego0.42.3 
Our Kind Of People0.31.4 
College Football0.31.3 
The Big Leap0.21.2 

Networks have not recovered to the levels they were at for the 2018-19 season. Only a few shows average at least a 1.0 rating now, and none are scripted programs. It will be interesting to see how networks adjust to this new world. Will networks be able to reinvent themselves to regain some of their relevance? Or will the streamers consolidate back down a few mega streamers and network television will live to fight another day? 

Written by LadyShelley on Oct 18, 2021


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