In this cable ratings discussion, we kick things off with some further news about Nashville following the exit of one Connie Britton: The total number of viewers who watched the episode after Rayna’s death were not all willing to stick around.
The Nashville season 5 episode 11 ratings are in, and they feature the show drawing in total a 0.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and also 970,000 total viewers. These are both down from the week before by a healthy margin, though they are fairly close to the entire season 5 averages to date. These are numbers that the show could use ultimately to get itself a season 6 — that hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, but all indications so far are that this show is proving to be the most successful scripted entity in the history of CMT. It also feels likely that it could have a long life just because it brings such a different flair to the series and you don’t necessarily need the same cast to be there all the time for it to work. Maybe this is meant to be thought of as a show that CMT could create into a new institution. Time will tell in that department!
Jumping over to Major Crimes – The TNT drama’s been the subject of some hard times, but not for anything of its own doing. It’s instead because of a very questionable decision by its network to go ahead and schedule new episodes of the show up against Law & Order: SVU and also Criminal Minds when they clearly didn’t have to do that. They could have very easily just allowed the show to be put on at a different time.
In what should be the furthest bit of evidence yet that the series is damaged in some ways by the competition, this past episode of the show generated in total a 0.3 and just around 2.5 million viewers. These are the best ratings that it’s generated since its move to Wednesdays for the second part of the season. It’s a little early to know for sure if these gains are temporary or permanent, but there is a caveat to remember here: This is the first time that the show aired this year without either a new SVU or Criminal Minds up against it. In other words, it’s clear that the timeslot is hurting it in some way.
What did you watch on cable over the past several days? Be sure to sound off now in the attached comments! (Photo: CMT.)