“Stalker” Falls, “Black-ish” Up

Stalker_logoWeek two of Stalker fell to 8.17 million viewers and 1.7 A18-49.  Compared to last weeks already disappointing debut, Stalker was down 15% in the demo.  What I thought would be one of the more compatible pairings of the season, Stalker has dropped the ball.  Retention out of Criminal Minds was 78% among total viewers and 74% in the demo.  In addition, Stalker is down from what CSI had been doing in the timeslot (although Stalker did win its timeslot).  If Stalker does not tick up next week, or at least stabilize, CBS may start looking for a new timeslot holder come midseason.

Meanwhile, week three of Black-ish was much more positive than last weeks 21% drop.  The latest episode averaged 8.28 million viewers and 2.9 A18-49, UP THREE TENTHS from last weeks episode.  Retention out of Modern Family was a series high 78% among total viewers and 81% in the demo.  It should be noted this is the first time the retention in the demo has surpassed the retention for viewership.  It looks like ABC finally solved their post-Modern Family problem.  EDIT: Black-ish has been given a full season order.

mysteries of lauraOver at NBC, episode four of The Mysteries of Laura notched 8.69 million viewers and 1.3 A18-49.  Versus’ last weeks performance, The Mysteries of Laura was virtually even in total viewers, while dropping two tenths.  Last week it looked like Laura may have earned a full season order, but this latest drop likely decreases those chances.

And finally, after stopping the bleeding last week, Red Band Society slipped to a new low – 2.91 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49, down 19% (or two tenths) from last week.  Given how bad the rest of the FOX lineup is performing, Red Band Society will stay on the air for all 13 episodes, but anything past that is unlikely.

Updated with finals 10/9 at 1144pm.

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