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Heads Will Probably Roll After Last Night's TV Ratings Bloodbath

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | May 7, 2014 | Comments ()


What the hell was everyone doing last night while I was watching TV? With the exception of Sunday night, there’s no night where I have to watch more TV than on Tuesdays, although with the exception of Fargo and The Mindy Project, it’s not that great a TV night. Apparently, others feel no such obligation to watch mediocre television, as nine (9) network shows hit series lows.

The only bright spot? The Mindy Project actually performed better than New Girl, and beat its sitcom competition in the timeslot, growing 18 percent over last week.

With the exception of Mindy, however, the rest of the ratings looked downright depressing. New Girl had a dismal 1.2 in the demo, and was seen by only 2.6 million overall viewers (that’s less than many cable shows). Agents of SHIELD, despite it being the penultimate episode (and a pretty good one, at that) also hit a series low with a 1.5 in the demo and only 5 million viewers, down from the 12 million that watched the season premiere.

The show that got hit the worst, however, was Trophy Wife, which fell to a .7 in the demo, although it did manage more overall viewers than New Girl. Still, a .7 is FXX numbers, and that’s not going to work on ABC. Keep in mind, that a Big Bang Theory rerun on TBS gets a 1.1, at least, and that an average episode of The Daily Show at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central gets a .7.

New Girl and Mindy have already been renewed, but the fates of Trophy Wife and SHIELD are still up in the air. Last night’s ratings were probably the nail in the coffin for Trophy Wife, and while I’m sure SHIELD will ultimately get a renewal, if the slide keeps continuing like this, Marvel might want to rethink using SHIELD to continue the overall Marvel universe storylines.

About a Boy, with a 1.5 and 6 million overall viewers, looks better than the other sitcom competition, but even it is continuing to fall, while Growing Up Fisher fell below The Mindy Project in the demo.

Person of Interest, The Voice and Glee also hit season lows. In fact. Glee’s .8 was the same in the demo was the CW’s Originals, which also hit a series low.

So, either network executives are going to take a hatchet through parts of their schedule based on last night’s ratings, or this is simply the new normal.

Source: EW

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