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Ratings Roundup for the Week of October 16, 2022

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ABC ordered a full back nine episodes of The Rookies: Feds last week, surprising just about everyone in the process. Apparently, the network execs do want to play in the franchise pool and aren't too concerned with numbers while they do it. The freshman show did manage to pick up four hundred thousand viewers last week but is still anaemic at best. Alaska Daily and Big Sky each lost one hundred thousand viewers they couldn't afford. Chances are at least one of the three will be cancelled. Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 picked up two hundred thousand viewers each last week. The Rookie and The Conners had viewer numbers even with the previous week. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
College Football0.603.1 
The Bachelor in Paradise (Tuesday)0.552.2 
The Bachelor in Paradise (Monday)0.522.1 
The Conners0.513.6 
Grey's Anatomy0.493.5 
Abbott Elementary0.492.5 
Station 190.443.9 
Celebrity Jeopardy!0.403.4 
Shark Tank0.403.1 
America's Funniest Home Videos0.393.8 
The Goldbergs0.392.3 
Home Economics0.361.9 
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune0.353.2 
The Good Doctor0.343.0 
The Rookie0.333.1 
20/200.302.4 
The Rookie: Feds0.292.0 
Big Sky0.232.2 
Alaska Daily0.212.9 
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CBS also passed out some good news last week, giving additional episode orders to East New York, Fire Country, and So Help Me Todd. The Equaliser remained the most-watched scripted show on the network, picking up three hundred thousand viewers last week. The Neighborhood also saw an audience jump, gaining half a million viewers. Ghosts lost four hundred thousand viewers but is in no danger. NCIS showed it still had some life left in it, picking up three hundred thousand viewers. NCIS: Hawai'i picked up four hundred thousand viewers, while NCIS: Los Angeles lost two hundred thousand viewers off its premiere. All three should be easy renewals for the network. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
NFL Overrun6.2125.4 
60 Minutes1.5410.7 
The Equaliser0.797.3Renewed
Survivor0.674.9 
The Neighborhood0.595.5 
East New York0.565.4 
Young Sheldon0.556.8Renewed
FBI0.537.1Renewed
Ghosts0.516.1 
FBI: International0.486.1Renewed
FBI: Most Wanted0.485.3Renewed
NCIS0.466.9 
Bob (Hearts) Abishola0.445.1 
NCIS: Los Angeles0.434.1 
Blue Bloods0.405.7 
Fire Country0.405.1 
SWAT0.404.3 
NCIS: Hawai'i0.385.0 
So Help Me Todd0.324.3 
CSI: Vegas0.303.6 
The Amazing Race0.272.3 
The Real Love Boat0.261.6 
48 Hours0.202.4 
So Help Me Todd (rerun)0.101.3 
48 Hours (rerun)0.101.3 
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NBC had a fairly workmanlike week last week. Quantum Leap and La Brea each lost one hundred thousand viewers. Chicago Fire lost two hundred thousand viewers. Chicago Med gained three hundred thousand viewers, while Chicago PD and New Amsterdam were even. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
NFL Football5.8920.8 
Football Night In America1.806.8 
The Voice (Monday)0.706.2 
Chicago Fire0.647.0Renewed
Chicago Med0.646.9Renewed
The Voice (Tuesday)0.606.1 
Chicago PD0.605.6Renewed
Law & Order: SVU (rerun)0.352.8 
Quantum Leap0.352.4 
La Brea0.323.4 
Dateline (Friday)0.302.4 
Law & Order (rerun)0.292.7 
New Amsterdam0.282.6Final Season
Law & Order: Organised Crime (rerun)0.271.9 
Capitol One College Bowl0.201.7 
Quantum Leap (rerun)0.201.2 
Dateline (Saturday) (rerun)0.201.2 
Vintage SNL0.201.2 
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FOX saw losses for most of its shows last week. The Sunday animation block returned to normal without an NFL boost. The Resident lost one hundred thousand viewers. The Cleaning Lady dropped two hundred thousand. Neither show should be in any danger, assuming they don't lose any more viewers. 9-1-1 managed to pick up one hundred thousand viewers. Monarch and Welcome to Flatch each lost another hundred thousand viewers. By rights, neither show should be renewed. Call Me Kat was even with the previous week's viewer number, but its chances for renewal are slim at best. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
MLB: National League Division Series (Saturday)0.904.2 
9-1-10.635.0 
MLB: National League Division Series (Wednesday)0.602.8 
WWE Smackdown0.502.2 
The Masked Singer0.392.5 
Hell's Kitchen0.381.9 
The Simpsons0.351.2 
Family Guy0.321.0 
The Resident0.312.6 
Bob's Burgers0.290.9 
The Cleaning Lady0.272.1 
LEGO Masters0.271.5 
Bob's Burgers (rerun)0.271.0 
The Great North0.260.9 
The Simpsons (rerun)0.251.0 
Monarch0.201.6 
Call Me Kat0.181.1 
Welcome To Flatch0.170.8 
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The CW premiered Criss Angel: Magic with the Stars last week to lackluster numbers. There may be a reason the network buried the show on Saturday night. The Winchesters dropped three hundred thousand viewers off its premiere. Walker: Independence lost a hundred thousand viewers it couldn't afford. Penn & Teller: Fool Us picked up two hundred thousand viewers from its premiere. 

ProgramRatingMillions of ViewersRenew/Cancel
All American0.130.4 
All American: Homecoming0.100.3 
DC's Stargirl0.090.4 
Penn & Teller: Fool Us0.080.8 
Walker0.080.7 
Whose Line Is It Anyway?0.070.6 
The Winchesters0.070.5 
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (rerun)0.070.5 
Kung Fu0.060.4 
Walker: Independence0.050.5 
Family Law0.050.3Import
World's Funniest Animals0.040.5 
Coroner0.040.4Import
Criss Angel: Magic with the Stars (premiere)0.040.4 
World's Funniest Animals (premiere)0.040.4 
Professionals0.040.3Import

Networks are starting to make their moves regarding the future of their freshman shows. A few will make it past the winter holidays. Will your favorite new shows be among them?

Written by LadyShelley on Oct 24, 2022

Comments

tvseer posted a month ago

@CostaDax wrote:
My favorite new show is Fire Country. It has already received a full season order and its numbers have been good so far: 0.40 rating and over 5 million viewers. I expect the viewership to drop a bit once the looky-loos stop looky-looing :D But it's also possible to gain a few hundred thousand viewers in the process. A great cast and an enticing plot ensure that the show is safe either way.

I'm also rooting for Quantum Leap, mostly because I loved the original show, I like the concept, and I like Raymond Lee. Although I'm not a fan of some of the creative choices they made, I do like the mystery and I believe it can become a great show after a few changes. I just hope it won't be too little too late.

The pilot for Fire Country was great and showed a lot of potential...but the third episode showed the cracks in the foundation ..The dialogue was was just weird i cant put my finger on why exactly...The show could be a smash hit as they have all the ingredients..,They just need better writers..

LadyShelley posted a month ago

@CostaDax wrote:
I don't know if you have watched any of the episodes, but Fire Country is not a show where professional firefighters fight wildfires. I mean they do, but it's not just that. Major spoilers ahead! The main protagonist (played by Max Theriot) is a convict. Not an ex-con, a current convict serving his term. Along with several other convicts, he is recruited into an inmate firefighter program for Cal Fire, which is an actual thing in California. To make things even more interesting, the program takes him back to his hometown. So there's this convict subplot which is a huge part of the show. On top of that, this character is guilt-ridden with his sister's death. That's not the reason he ended up in prison though. Blaming himself for her death is another important subplot, an emotional subplot accompanied with flashbacks and little by little details surrounding her death along with the emotional involvement of other characters. And here's another huge part of the show, the family drama. Both his parents are firefighter chiefs with total opposite reactions to their son's coming back home. His mother is unconditionally welcoming, his father is deprecating and unforgiving. Will he give up and get away as he father wants him to do? Will he ever win his father's heart back? Will he ever forgive himself? Will he find out about his mother's serious health condition? That's another subplot. On top of all that, we have the ex best friends turned adversaries. We have crime. We have women's empowerment. We have romance. Romance is also another important subplot. We have a great cast, including Max Thieriot, Billy Burke, Diane Farr, Kevin Alejandro, and Jordan Calloway. And yes, amongst all that, people fight wildfires, so there's a lot of action and suspense. You see, the writing team has done an excellent job since the beginning. It's not a show with a singular plot about fighting fires, as you may think.

No, I haven't watched the show. 

With that said, the character development is great, but the main selling point of the show is convicts fighting wildfires. That's the rub. There isn't a lot of room to expand on that. And I will bet some serious money that most of those points you brought up will be resolved at the end of the first season. Then where do you go? We'll have to wait and see if they can adjust or not. 

CostaDax posted a month ago

@LadyShelley wrote:
So far, Fire Country is pulling in enough viewers that as long as it doesn't lose much after the holiday break, it should be renewed. My bigger concern with that series is the plot idea of fighting wildfires doesn't really have legs. They are going to have to do something to expand their plot possibilities or the writing will fall into a predictable rut pretty quick.

I don't know if you have watched any of the episodes, but Fire Country is not a show where professional firefighters fight wildfires. I mean they do, but it's not just that. Major spoilers ahead! The main protagonist (played by Max Theriot) is a convict. Not an ex-con, a current convict serving his term. Along with several other convicts, he is recruited into an inmate firefighter program for Cal Fire, which is an actual thing in California. To make things even more interesting, the program takes him back to his hometown. So there's this convict subplot which is a huge part of the show. On top of that, this character is guilt-ridden with his sister's death. That's not the reason he ended up in prison though. Blaming himself for her death is another important subplot, an emotional subplot accompanied with flashbacks and little by little details surrounding her death along with the emotional involvement of other characters. And here's another huge part of the show, the family drama. Both his parents are firefighter chiefs with total opposite reactions to their son's coming back home. His mother is unconditionally welcoming, his father is deprecating and unforgiving. Will he give up and get away as he father wants him to do? Will he ever win his father's heart back? Will he ever forgive himself? Will he find out about his mother's serious health condition? That's another subplot. On top of all that, we have the ex best friends turned adversaries. We have crime. We have women's empowerment. We have romance. Romance is also another important subplot. We have a great cast, including Max Thieriot, Billy Burke, Diane Farr, Kevin Alejandro, and Jordan Calloway. And yes, amongst all that, people fight wildfires, so there's a lot of action and suspense. You see, the writing team has done an excellent job since the beginning. It's not a show with a singular plot about fighting fires, as you may think.

LadyShelley posted a month ago

@CostaDax wrote:
My favorite new show is Fire Country. It has already received a full season order and its numbers have been good so far: 0.40 rating and over 5 million viewers. I expect the viewership to drop a bit once the looky-loos stop looky-looing :D But it's also possible to gain a few hundred thousand viewers in the process. A great cast and an enticing plot ensure that the show is safe either way.

I'm also rooting for Quantum Leap, mostly because I loved the original show, I like the concept, and I like Raymond Lee. Although I'm not a fan of some of the creative choices they made, I do like the mystery and I believe it can become a great show after a few changes. I just hope it won't be too little too late.

So far, Fire Country is pulling in enough viewers that as long as it doesn't lose much after the holiday break, it should be renewed. My bigger concern with that series is the plot idea of fighting wildfires doesn't really have legs. They are going to have to do something to expand their plot possibilities or the writing will fall into a predictable rut pretty quick. 

One thing Quantum Leap has going for it is NBC doesn't really have anything else in the tank at the moment. The only scripted drama that hasn't premiered yet is The Blacklist. The network also tends to hold onto shows longer (note the previously mentioned Blacklist, as well as CSI: Vegas.) For one of the "big" networks, it has one of the smallest schedules, relying on reality shows that take two-hour blocks of time and sports to fill out their schedule. Otherwise, it's Law & Orders and Chicago shows.  

 

CostaDax posted a month ago

Will your favorite new shows be among them?

My favorite new show is Fire Country. It has already received a full season order and its numbers have been good so far: 0.40 rating and over 5 million viewers. I expect the viewership to drop a bit once the looky-loos stop looky-looing :D But it's also possible to gain a few hundred thousand viewers in the process. A great cast and an enticing plot ensure that the show is safe either way.

I'm also rooting for Quantum Leap, mostly because I loved the original show, I like the concept, and I like Raymond Lee. Although I'm not a fan of some of the creative choices they made, I do like the mystery and I believe it can become a great show after a few changes. I just hope it won't be too little too late.

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