We’re certainly in the time of the year now where TV show ratings have a tendency to fall and you’re certainly seeing that in the Once Upon a Time season 6 ratings.
The latest episode of Once Upon A Time (that aired on Sunday night) ended up drawing a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is the lowest total that we’ve seen it have since the beginning of the series’ run. Why so low? Most of it just seems to be the result of viewer erosion over time, part of which the show bears some responsibility for given that the ratings were very good at the start of the Frozen arc a couple of seasons ago. The issue is that this story was just so disconnected from the rest of it that when Anna and Elsa left, so did some of the viewers. We’d also argue that the first half of Once Upon A Time season 5 was a big miscalculation (storywise), and many viewers who were watching around the start of it then never returned. Some viewers just naturally stop watching a show just because it’s something that happens — or, they simply opt to record it rather than watching it live.
Given that there’s a good chance that the show could introduce sweeping changes if it’s renewed for a season 7, it’s going to be very interesting trying to see precisely what goes down. We already know that some major cast members could end up departing. (Read more about that over here.)
Other notables – One of the biggest surprises was the decline in ratings for Chicago Justice to a new series low in a 1.0. It’s been tough to succeed in this timeslot for NBC, and the unfortunate thing is that we’ve yet to see the show level off. This may need to happen before NBC feels comfortable with issuing a renewal.
Meanwhile, Time After Time drew just a 0.4 for last night’s episode, and you can all but guarantee that this show is going to be axed by the time upfronts roll around. There’s a reasonably good chance that it could get pulled off the air. Its ratings are further killing American Crime, which only drew a 0.4 and is probably due for cancellation of its own despite being a quality show with a tremendous amount of awards clout.
What do you think about some of the Sunday-night ratings, and what the future could hold for Once Upon a Time season 6? Share in the comments.