“Scorpion” Drops; “Gotham” Down

Week three was less kind to both Scorpion and Gotham, although both still had strong performances.

gothamUp first was Gotham on FOX.  Week three brought in 6.36 million viewers and 2.5 A18-49 demo.  Compared to last week, Gotham was down 15% in total viewers and 10% in the demo.  Once again; however, Gotham remains the only show on FOX with any traction.  It will likely be the only show over a 2.0 on the network, with the exception of The Simpsons.

Scorpion_(TV_Series)CBS’ Scorpion continues to surprise, with the latest episode notching 11.93 million viewers and 2.5 A18-49 demo.  That is a steeper drop than the show experienced in week two (down 3% in the demo last week vs. 20% this week), but Scorpion still is doing much better than many expected.  Of course the big question remains: will Scorpion hold once The Big Bang Theory leaves for Thursdays?  CBS should do its best to protect Scorpion, which is the strongest drama offering the network has aired in the past few seasons.

In addition, The CW debuted the new season of The Originals last night to 1.36 million viewers and 0.7 A18-49 demo.  While those numbers are down sharply from its series premiere one year ago (down 30% and a new series low in total viewers), it is a vast improvement over past CW Monday series’.  We will have to watch and see where The Originals settles, but as of now, I consider this an okay start on a new night.

Updated with finals 10/8 at 221pm.

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Which Returning Dramas Will Return Next Season?

There are 37 returning dramas this season, up five from last season.  CBS leads the pack with ten, ABC and CW follow up with eight each, NBC is close with seven, and FOX is far behind with four returning dramas.  Two dramas, Glee and Parenthood, have already been announced as heading into their final season.  That means a whopping 35 returning dramas have their fates left up in the air.  This is the first year I’ve decided to tackle all the returning dramas.

agents of shieldWhile far from a breakout hit, Agents of Shield put up respectable numbers throughout last season.  This year, its on the move to the tentpole 9 o’clock hour.  In addition to the original series, ABC has a spinoff in the works for mid-season (Agents of Carter).  Barring any major collapse, there is no reason to believe Agents of Shield is done just yet.
Chances of Returning: 100%

castleWhen it debuted in 2009, I didn’t think Castle would be around in 2014 for its seventh season.  ABC has had quite a tough time finding new pieces to its lineup, so the average (and steady) Castle has remained on the schedule.  I don’t see Castle coming to an end just yet, but it’ll likely wrap-up within the next two or three seasons.
Chances of Returning: 90%

GreysS8MainCastCan you believe Grey’s Anatomy is heading into its eleventh season?  It seems almost impossible that the serial medical drama has been able to last that long.  The series recently lost one of its original cast members (Sandra Oh), but that really hasn’t hurt Grey’s Anatomy in the past.  If anything, the move the 8 o’clock timeslot will dent Grey’s Anatomy a few tenths.  With rising costs, Grey’s Anatomy is going to have to end soon.  I’m thinking that means at least one more season after this one.
Chances of Returning: 90%

nashvillABC Studios owns Nashville, along with Lionsgate TV, which may be one of the main reasons the drama has been able to squeak by with low ratings (the music sales help too).  Nashville was one of the final renewals of the past season, and a lot of it had to do with costs.  Negotiations came down to the wire, with ABC scoring an incentive package with the state of Tennessee to keep the series in Nashville.  That helped bring the cost down by about $8 million dollars.  If ratings continue to slip, and ABC can’t find another tax break, the odds become stacked against Nashville.  It seems like too much to ask from a low-rated series.
Chances of Returning: 35%

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