“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.

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“Black-ish” Up vs. World Series

blackishDespite a strong showing from Game 7 of the World Series, ABC’s Black-ish was able to grow from last week.  The latest episode scored 7.67 million viewers and 2.7 A18-49, up three tenths from last weeks episode.  What makes the growth even more impressive is the fact its lead in, Modern Family, was up only a tenth week-to-week.   Retention from Modern Family was 77% in both total viewers and the demo.  All in all, a very good showing for Black-ish.

After three straight weeks of 1.7 demos, Stalker fell to a series low 7.36 million viewers and 1.6 A18-49, down a tenth from last week.  The show tied Nasvhille for first in the hour, something CBS probably didn’t expect when they ordered a full season (update: in finals, Nashville fell a tenth in finals, and Stalker rose, so the difference was two tenths; 1.6 vs. 1.4 demo).  Retention from Criminal Minds was an okay 70% in both total viewers and the demo.

mysteries of lauraThe other show to hit a series low last night was The Mysteries of Laura, which was also just rewarded with a full season order.  Wednesdays episode notched 7.49 million viewers and 1.2 A18-49, down a tenth from last week.  For some reason, NBC showed repeats of SVU and Chicago PD, but decided to air a new episode of Laura…strange.

In addition, Game 7 averaged 23.52 million viewers and 6.6 A18-49, the highest performance for a World Series game since 2011.

Updated with finals

CBS Gives Full Season Order to Four Dramas

CBS-Logo-e1331750370386A week after The CW gave full season orders to both of its new dramas, CBS is doing the same.

The network announced Madam SecretaryNCIS: New OrleansScorpion, and Stalker have been given full season orders.  The first three dramas have been given 22 episode orders, although the episode order for Stalker is unclear at this point.

Scorpion has been the surprise of the season.  Predicted to be one of the first cancellations of the season by many, it has done well on Mondays at 9.  In its most recent episode, Scorpion was watched by well over 10 million viewers and notched a 2.4 demo – growing from its The Millers lead in.

Madam Secretary and NCIS: New Oreleans have been older-skewing dramas, but have still done very well.  Madam Secretary scored another 1.5 demo this past Sunday, and nearly 12 million viewers.  NCIS: New Orleans had its second highest-rated episode on Tuesday, and held onto nearly 100% of its NCIS lead in.

The only surprise of the group is Stalker, which has done OK on Wednesdays.  The biggest positive about Stalker is the 1.7 demo it has achieved for its last three airings.  Stability is better than falling these days.

“Stalker” and “Black-ish” Stable

Stalker_logoThey may not be big numbers, but they sure are stable.  For the third week in a row, Stalker recorded 7.37 million viewers and 1.7 A18-49.  Whether or not that is good enough remains to be seen.  CBS has a lot of midseason option, so keep your eye on where Stalker ends up.

A new episode of Black-ish finally stopped its roller coaster ride in the ratings, holding for the first time.  The latest episode nabbed 7.95 million viewers and 2.4 A18-49.  Retention from its Modern Family lead in was 78% among total viewers and 71% in the demo.

mysteries of lauraNBC’s The Mysteries of Laura dropped a tenth week-to-week, averaging 8.25 million viewers and 1.3 A18-49.  The show skews pretty dang old, and the demo is awful, so I don’t know where NBC stands on extra episodes.  At this point, why not at least try a full season?

Red Band Society was pre-empted for the World Series (3.4 18-49).

Updated with finals 10/24

“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.