Tuesday Daily Ratings

It was a busy night for new series last night, so lets get started.

Week two of NBC’s Marry Me took an expected drop, down to 6.07 million viewers and 1.9 A18-49, down four tenths from last weeks debut.  It looked as if NBC hoped Marry Me would re-start their comedy lineup, but that appears unlikely.  Retention from The Voice was a pitiful 49% among total viewers and 56% in the demo.  Two weeks in, and already below a 2.0 demo.  I think they can do better.

selfieABC had some good news and bad news last night.  Week four of Selfie ticked up to 3.81 million viewers and 1.1 A18-49, up a tenth from last night.  No, the numbers are not good, but at least it stopped dropping, right?  The same could not be said for Manhattan Love Story, which dropped even more this week, down to 2.65 million viewers and 0.7 A18-49.  These numbers are just plain ugly.  Look for a cancellation announcement sooner rather than later.  FYI, both are pre-empted next week for Halloween specials.

Rounding out the night on ABC was a new episode of Forever.  The latest episode brought in 4.77 million viewers and 1.2 A18-49, up a tenth from last weeks low.  Once again, Forever grew in total viewers from Agents of Shield, while demonstrating retention of 80 percent in the demographic.  Maybe a better lead in would help Forever?

Week three of CW’s The Flash took a bigger drop than last week, down to 3.36 million viewers and 1.4 A18-49.  Despite dropping another three tenths, this is still huge for The CW.

NCIS-New-Orleans-1-779x400Finally, reliable CBS and its latest NCIS franchise, NCIS: New Orleans continued to put up modest, but solid, numbers.  Last nights episode totaled 15.9 million viewers and 2.4 A18-49, up two tenths from last weeks episode, despite added competition from the World Series.  NCIS: New Orleans had one of its best retentions yet, 94 percent in total viewers and 100 percent in the demo.  When is that full season order coming CBS?

CW Gives Full Season Orders to Two Series

flash-logoAfter a great start to the new season for the freshman series on The CW, the network is rewarding The Flash and Jane the Virgin with full season orders.

The Flash stormed out of the gate with 4.8 million viewers and 1.9 A18-49.  In week two, it took a slight drop to 4.27 million viewers and 1.7 A18-49, a very slight drop given the huge debut numbers.  These numbers are among the best-ever for The CW, since the premiere of The Vampire Diaries.

jane-the-virgin-key-artIn addition to The FlashJane the Virgin has also been given a full season order.  The series, which actually has some critical acclaim, debuted to a solid 1.61 million viewers and 0.6 A18-49.  In week two, the show surprised everyone, jumping a tenth to 1.78 million viewers and 0.7 A18-49.  There are some network pre-emptions, so numbers could decline (edit: Jane adjusted down to an 0.5 A18-49 in finals).  Despite that, the year-to-year growth in the timeslot is more than enough reason for a full season order.

“We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with THE FLASH launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and JANE THE VIRGIN recognized as the best new show this season by critics across the country,” said Pedowitz. “Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows, and THE FLASH and JANE have both exceeded our expectations on all counts. I’m thrilled to announce full season orders for both of these terrific new series.”

“Jane the Virgin” Solid in Week Two

jane-the-virgin-key-art(EDIT: In finals, Jane the Virgin adjusted down, notching 1.36 million viewers and 0.5 A18-49 – still, enough for its full season order). Week two of CW’s Jane the Virgin surprised everyone, jumping in week two to 1.78 million viewers and 0.7 A18-49up a tenth from last weeks okay debut.  Again, the numbers are not huge, but they are an improvement over past Monday occupants, and the growth is very positive.  The surprise (hit?) of the season appears to be Jane the Virgin.

A new episode of Scorpion held up week-to-week with 10.75 million viewers and 2.4 A18-49, even with last week despite its lead in switch (The Millers began last night – in an ugly performance, 2.1 demo).  Growth from The Millers was 18 percent among total viewers and two tenths in the demo.  If CBS wanted more good news, Scorpion tied The Blacklist for highest-rated drama last night.  Wow!  This should be more than enough reason to order a full season for Scorpion.

gothamFinally, week five of Gotham slipped to 6.09 million viewers and 2.3 A18-49, down another tenth from last week.  Despite the slippage, Gotham is one of the few bright spots on the FOX schedule.

“Madam Secretary” Inches Up

Madam-Secretary-1-779x400Week five of Madam Secretary scored 12.28 million viewers and 1.5 A18-49, up a tenth from last weeks episode episode. Keep in mind, however, CBS started later in some markets, so there could be adjustments in finals (edit: it adjusted up the 1.5 in finals). The stability of Madam Secretary is probably enough for it to secure a full season order.

mulaneyMeanwhile, week three of Mulaney dropped from last week, despite its lead in jumping nearly a full demo point. The latest episode notched 2.25 million viewers and 1.0 A18-49, displaying retention of 47% and 40%, respectively, from Family Guy.  In case you missed it, FOX cut the episode order for Mulaney from 16 to 13 episodes. Production on episode 13 just wrapped, so don’t expect anymore episodes to be filmed.

Week Four (October 12-18)

how the new shows didAs per usual, CBS dominated among total viewers this week, with NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, and Madam Secretary taking the top three spots.  Despite the solid finish in viewership, Scorpion was the only drama from CBS to finish in the top five in the demo (finishing tied for third).  CBS is having a very average season when it comes to their new offerings.

NBC debuted one of the two new series on the week.  Marry Me, which followed The Voice, got off to a solid start, finishing seventh on the week in viewership and fifth in the demo.  Before we make any judgments, its best to wait for a few more weeks of data.  Elsewhere, after spending some time in the middle of the pack, The Mysteries of Laura jumped to number five in viewership for the week.  Whether that is good enough remains to be seen.

The other network to debut a new series this week was The CW.  Monday nights premiere of Jane the Virgin ranks last in both measures for new series, but that is not what matters here.  What does matter is that the new drama scored the best numbers in its timeslot in nearly two years.  We still need more data, but that is at least a promising start.  Meanwhile, week two of The Flash impressed, falling only two tenths from its big debut.  The Flash will finish tied for seventh in the demo on the week.  Not too shabby for a new series from The CW.

ABC gave How to Get Away with Murder and Black-ish full season orders last week, and this week, both shows were down 10% and 14%, respectively.  Despite the week-to-week drops, both will finish as the top drama and comedy in the demo yet again this week.  Cristela dropped a mere tenth in its second week, giving promise to the Friday night comedy block.  As for the rest of the ABC lineup, its probably one they would  rather forget.  Tuesdays are quickly becoming a disaster again, with Selfie and Forever falling to new lows.

Finally, good ole FOX brings up the rear.  Again, the only series to show any traction is Gotham, which will finish tied for third on the week in the demo.  Everything else is way down the list (way, way down).  Last weeks DOA Mulaney perked up a tenth, as did all-but-cancelled Red Band Society.  Ten-part mystery Gracepoint dropped to a new low and came within a tenth of dud-Utopia.  Simply put, FOX is a mess.