“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.

“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.

“Stalker” Disappoints, “Black-ish” Falls, and More!

It was a busy Wednesday night, with each network getting in on the action.  CBS had the debut of Stalker, ABC aired week two of Black-ish, the third episode of The Mysteries of Laura aired on NBC, and FOX aired a new episode of Red Band Society.

Stalker_logoThe series premiere of Stalker debuted to 9.05 million viewers and 2.0 A18-49.  Similar to the debut of NCIS: New Orleans, this is an okay start (it won its timeslot), but kind of disappointing (only tied CSI from one year ago).  Retention out of Criminal Minds (11.65 million viewers / 2.7 A18-49) was only 77% among total viewers and 74% in the 18-49 demo.  Given most shows drop 10-20% in week two, CBS may have to look for a new timeslot holder soon, or hope that Stalker holds strong.

Over at ABC, week two of Black-ish was a lot less promising this week, but still solid with 8.29 million viewers and 2.6 A18-49.  Compared to its premiere one week earlier, Black-ish was down 21% in the 18-49 demographic and 26% in total viewers.  Retention out of Modern Family was 79% among total viewers and 70% in the demo.

The Mysteries of Laura continues to surprise, notching 8.98 million viewers and 1.5 A18-49 demo.  While The Mysteries of Laura may not be a demo magnet, its total viewership is quite strong.  Whether or not NBC values that remains to be seen.  Versus’ last week, The Mysteries of Laura was down 11% in total viewers and even in the demographic.

red-band-society-titleFinally, over at FOX, the bleeding appears to have stopped for Red Band Society.  The latest episode attracted 3.33 million viewers and 1.1 A18-49 demo, even with last weeks performance.  Retention did decrease from last week; however, holding onto 79% of the demographic audience from Hell’s Kitchen.  Red Band Society is still heading toward cancellation, but appears it will remain on the schedule for all 13 episodes.

Updated with final numbers 10/2 at 958pm.

Ratings for “Black-ish”, “Mysteries of Laura”, and “Red Band Society”

It was another busy night of television!

blackishThe series premiere of Black-ish got off to a strong start with 11.04 million viewers and 3.3 A18-49 demo.  Retention out of Modern Family (11.38 million / 3.9 demo) was an outstanding 97% among total viewers and 85% in the demo.  This is one of the strongest post-Modern Family outings I can remember, just behind Cougar Town in 2009 (which grew a tenth out of Modern Family).  Now its important to wait for week two here.  Many post-Modern Family series have strong debuts, and slip in subsequent weeks.  Still, this is a very impressive start, and one that may finally solve ABC’s timeslot problem.

mysteries of lauraThe timeslot premiere of The Mysteries of Laura surprised with 10.01 million viewers and 1.5 A18-49 demo.  Many (including myself) thought the show would collapse without a lead in, and against tough competition.  It appears that was not the case, and NBC’s branding of “Women Crush Wednesday” worked.  Compared to its series premiere following America’s Got Talent last week, Laura was pretty much even among total viewers, but down five tenths in the demo.  Obviously a very older-skewing series here.

red-band-society-titleFinally, week two of Red Band Society was less positive for FOX, slipping to 3.43 million viewers and 1.1 A18-49 demo.  Versus’ its week ago series premiere, Red Band Society slipped two tenths, which is not good.  Following its low-rated series premiere, it appears Red Band Society won’t be sticking around much longer.  Retention out of Hell’s Kitchen was 93% among total viewers, and 85% in the key demographic.

Updated 9/25 at 648pm.

Ratings for “Red Band Society” and “Mysteries of Laura”

After months of promotion, the fall season is officially here.  The first two new dramas of the 2014-15 television season premiered last night, with one scoring respectable numbers and the other premiering as close to DOA as you can get.

Updated with final numbers, unless noted.

red-band-society-titleThe series premiere of Red Band Society launched to a mere 4.10 million viewers and 1.3 A18-49 demographic.  For a show that has been promoted since May, this has to be extremely disappointing for FOX.  If FOX is looking for any sort of positive news, it did hold onto 93% of the Hell’s Kitchen demographic and hold with its 1.3 throughout the hour.  Red Band Society faced off against encores and the finale of America’s Got Talent last night, but in the coming weeks, Criminal Minds and Modern Family will return.  Given the drops most series take in week two, and the fact none of the competition has yet to return spells bad news for Red Band Society.  As predicted, Red Band Society struggled to find an audience.  Overall, it looks to be an ugly fall for FOX.

mysteries of lauraNBC, which used to take most of the bad news, received much more positive news this morning.  The special preview of The Mysteries of Laura at 10/9c, behind the finale of America’s Got Talent, attracted 10.19 million viewers and 2.0 A18-49 demographic.  Even more positive for The Mysteries of Laura was the retention of 83% in the A18-49 demo from America’s Got Talent (85% if you look at 930 / 10 o’clock numbers – in prelims).  While a very good start, The Mysteries of Laura slipped four tenths at the half (2.3 -> 1.9) and moves to Wednesday nights beginning next week (at 8/7c).  Either way, The Mysteries of Laura was not the bomb I predicted it to be…at least not yet.