Given that this is January, a time in which some networks out there are at the very least thinking more of what their future could hold. Therefore, now is the time that we have to start thinking about the same thing as viewers when it comes to some of our favorite shows. Sure, you can wait until March or April if you really want to before starting to concentrate your efforts to try and save a show, but do you really want to do that? Is there even any logic in that?
So, throughout the month, we will be revisiting many shows in need of a little extra love with our Ratings Bubble Report, so why not start out with a show in “Blindspot” that, at this point one year ago, felt like a pretty secure lock for renewal? What’s changed over the past nine or so months? There are a few different things that leave its fate somewhat hanging in the balance.
The good – At the moment, the writers remains a good generator of internet traffic in terms of social-media discussion, and it’s got one of the biggest young stars working in Jaimie Alexander as the lead.
Also, you do want to look sometimes at year-to-year comparisons with various timeslots. Last year, Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. were occupied by “The Mysteries of Laura,” which drew on average a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. “Blindspot,” meanwhile, is drawing to date a 1.2. They’re helping NBC to improve at a time that is particularly weak for them, even if it is not a substantial improvement.
The bad – This rating, while still better than the aforementioned show from last year, is still worse off than season 1 — and by a pretty hefty margin, no less. To date, the show is down 34% in the demo, and almost 20% in total viewers. from where it was throughout the first go-around on the network. It also doesn’t help that it is the #3 show on Wednesday night, and this is a stronger year for NBC as a whole when you think about “This Is Us” coming on board and the “Chicago” franchise, at least so far, continuing to be strong.
Our outlook – Still positive. The thing that “Blindspot” does still have going for it is that it feels like there are several other shows that could end for the network first — even with this being a better year for NBC. Also, there are significant holes in their schedule on Fridays that need to be filled, and the fate of “Timeless” is in a similar place. While we recommend watching live if you are a big fan of the show, the
Do you think that “Blindspot” should be renewed for another season? Vote in the poll below, and be sure to head over here in the event you want some additional news when it comes to the show. (Photo: NBC.)