We are back with another gander at the ratings this fall. Recall that we take the long view here. We don’t care about overnight ratings. We look at Live+7 day ratings and how the new series are trending.
Of the new fall series, we can go ahead and cross NBC’s Sunnyside of the list, because it’s been demoted to streaming only, as well as CBS’s Evil, because it has already been granted a second season renewal. Ratings were not particularly strong for Evil, but CBS likes to stick by their series. Evil only runs 13-episode seasons, too, so the first season will wrap by midseason.
Reminder: Here’s the baseline for 18-49 ratings:
3.0 and Up: Only two shows achieve this, This Is Us and The Masked Singer
2.0 - 2.99: Will likely run for many seasons (911, Grey’s Anatomy and the Chicago franchise, believe it or not)
1.5 - 1.99: Enough to merit renewal (examples New Amsterdam, A Million Little Things, The Voice)
1.0-1.49: Things start to get iffy, and renewal will depend on factors like what else the network has available, production costs, licensing rights, etc. (examples The Good Place, The Rookie, Superstore, Law & Order: SVU
1.0 and below — Unlikely to be renewed, unless it’s a CW series.
So, after four weeks, of the new shows
— Evil got a renewal despite only a 1.18 rating (again, CBS is loyal, especially to showrunners Robert and Michelle King, and they can always kick Evil to CBS All Access).
— Prodigal Son is sitting pretty with a 1.51. In fact, Fox has ordered a full season of the series.
— Stumptown is also performing well enough with a 1.30 to also earn a full-season order, along with Mixed-ish,
— All Rise does well in overall viewers (7 million) but not among the 18-49 demo, which puts it in serious danger.
— Bluff City Law did not get a back order, production has finished, and a season two is unlikely.
— Perfect Harmony — No back order, which was not planned. Due to Bradley Whitford’s availability, he could only do 13 episodes. All the same, it’s not likely to come back for a second season.
— If you’re curious, Batwoman and especially Nancy Drew are doing well … for The CW.
— Bob Hearts Abishola, Carol’s Second Act, and The Unicorn have all also been given full season orders by CBS.
— Also, if you’re curious, on the cable side (among scripted programs), The Walking Dead still leads all shows with a 2.2, followed by American Horror Story with a 1.6, Mayans MC with a 1.0 and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with a .5
Live+7 ratings are not yet available for USA Network’s Bourne series, but overnight ratings have not been good (around a .15).
Personally, I tried to keep up with as many of the new fall dramas as possible, but I’ll be honest. I’ve fallen behind on all of them except for Stumptown, which I love. I’m only one episode behind on Prodigal Son, so I’ll probably catch up. But there are too many episodes of Emergence and Evil on my DVR to catch up on (though, I may jump back on Evil near the end of the season if there’s enough buzz to justify it).
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