“Red Band Society” Returns After Two Weeks

red-band-society-titleAfter two weeks off the air, Red Band Society returned with 2.87 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49, down a tenth from its most recent episode.  Retention from Hell’s Kitchen was 81% among total viewers and 69% in the demo.  Only a handful of episodes left, and Red Band Society is off of FOX’s list of problems.

A new episode of Stalker brought in 7.28 million viewers and 1.5 A18-49, even with last weeks prelims, but down a tenth from finals.  What makes this performance look a bit better than last week was the slightly increased retention from Criminal Minds (78% this week vs. 70% last week).  Still, CBS can do much better in the timeslot.

mysteries of lauraOlder-skewing The Mysteries of Laura continued to bring in the viewers, scoring 7.76 million viewers and 1.2 A18-49, even with last week.  NBC already gave the show a full season order, so it will be interesting to see what happens with a second season.  We will, of course, have to wait until May for that answer.

“Marry Me” and “Selfie” Fall Again

marry meWeek four of Marry Me took an ugly turn without the help of a new episode of The Voice as a lead in.  Last nights episode brought in a series-low 4.98 million viewers and 1.3 A18-49, down two tenths week-to-week.  Retention from a recap show of The Voice was 53% among total viewers and 59% in the demo – yikes. This is clearly not what NBC had hoped for with Marry Me.  I would like to point out that NBC ran ads for a doomsday episode of Marry Me, in which it touted it as Tuesday Doomsday (or Doomsday Tuesday).  In either event, it appears NBC got its wish.  Any guesses as to what will takeover the timeslot next?

ABC aired two new episodes of Selfie last night, which leads me to believe the series is heading towards cancellation (but ABC denies that is the case).  The first episode, at 8 o’clock, notched 3.94 million viewers and 1.0 A18-49, with the second episode totaling 3.42 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49.  Both numbers are pretty terrible, so I expect ABC to air all 13 episodes and then call it quits (thankfully).

MC_Junior_LogoOn the season premiere side of things, FOX finally had some good news to report.  Masterchef Junior, which aired its first season on Friday nights, came to Tuesday with 5.69 million viewers and 1.8 A18-49.  Those numbers easily top what Utopia had been doing, and lifted the rest of the night too (New Girl – 1.6 / The Mindy Project – 1.3).  There was less competition than the typical Tuesday night, so expect some loses in the coming weeks.  If I had to make a prediction, Masterchef Junior will settle in at 1.4-1.6 A18-49.  Still, this is quite a promising second season start for the competition series.

The Flash, Forever, and NCIS: New Orleans were pre-empted last night.

“Gotham” Rises

gothamThe only glimmer of hope on FOX, Gotham, continued to put up solid numbers.  The latest episode averaged 6.63 million viewers and 2.4 A18-49, up two tenths from one week ago.  Gotham has been performing very well for the struggling FOX.  Gotham also tied The Blacklist for the highest rated drama on the night (and that show didn’t lead off the night).

Another week, another impressive hold for CBS’ Scorpion, which garnered 10.34 million viewers and 2.2 A18-49, down a tenth from last week.  Colored me surprised to see how well Scorpion has performed this season.  CBS should really be protecting it better (ahem, leaving Big Bang on Mondays).  Growth from The Millers was impressive once again this week (6.78 million / 1.6 demo).

jane-the-virgin-key-artWeek four of Jane the Virgin held with last weeks low, scoring 1.01 million viewers and 0.4 A18-49.  The year-to-year growth continues to be a positive.  Not much else to say though.

“Madam Secretary” Jumps, “Mulaney” Done?

Madam-Secretary-1-779x400Last nights new episode of Madam Secretary, which started at 9:02 EST, pulled in 13.21 million viewers and 1.8 A18-49, up three tenths from last weeks episode. Retention from the NFL-inflated 60 Minutes (full hour to hour) was 74% among total viewers and 53% in the demo.  The bigger lead in certainly helped this week, but to see Madam Secretary score its second best performance yet is encouraging.  Again, since the show started late, numbers are expected to change in finals (update: numbers held in finals).

mulaneyHave we seen the last of Mulaney?  Back from its World Series hiatus, the new episode notched 1.63 million viewers and 0.7 A18-49, down three tenth from its most recent episode.  Not only were the numbers minuscule, but so was the retention from a REPEAT of Family Guy – 65% in total viewers and 58% in the demo.  ABC announced the cancellation of Manhattan Love Story when it hit an 0.7 demo, and NBC will pull the plug on A to Z after 13 episodes –  with the announcement coming after it hit an 0.7 last week.  Will Mulaney follow suit?

“The McCarthys” Weak in Debut

CBS-The-McCarthys_article_story_largeCBS debuted its only new comedy of the fall, and it was not pretty.  The series premiere of The McCarthys kicked off its run with 8.78 million viewers and 1.7 A18-49.  Retention from Two and a Half Men (11.02 million and 2.4 A18-49) was a 80% among total viewers and 71% in the demo.  According to a number of publications, this was the lowest series premiere for a comedy in network history.  Needless to say, Mike and Molly may be coming back sooner than we thought.

The other exciting ratings news from CBS is Mom.  It aired its second season premiere last night, getting a new episode of The Big Bang Theory as a lead in for the first time.   Its season debut brought in 10.56 million viewers and 2.5 A18-49.  It is not a great performance, but it really is not horrible either.  Retention was underwhelming, at 72% in total viewers and 61% in the demo.  It was, however, an improvement over what The Millers had been doing.

a-to-zIt looks like we may soon have our second cancellation of the season.  A new episode of A to Z fell to a new series low of 2.56 million viewers and 0.7 A18-49down another two tenths from last week.  Given its low number, I cannot see NBC sticking around for much longer.  As for its lead inBad Judge, things were not much better: 3.96 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49.  Those numbers are pretty ugly too, but I don’t see NBC moving it just yet.

ABC took a slight hit with How to Get Away with Murder.  Following Scandal, the freshman drama averaged 8.52 million viewers and 2.7 A18-49, down three tenth from last weeks episode.  Still, despite the three tenth loss, a 2.7 demo is very impressive for a 10 o’clock drama.  Retention from the aforementioned Scandal was 93% among total viewers and 87% in the demo.

The only other new show on the night was Gracepoint.  It held with its number from last week, notching 3.34 million viewers and 0.8 A18-49.  Not much else to say.