What have we learned courtesy of Monday night’s ratings? A few interesting things. For one, fewer people are really interested in watching Joe Carroll be awful all over again on “The Following,” while a good chunk of the people who would watch “Intelligence” also happen to watch “The Blacklist.” Let this be a sign to CBS to counter-program better on Monday night with something other than another mystery show.
“Almost Human” in a way, though, is the most fascinating entry of the night. For a while, we left this show for dead; but, with a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic for its new episode Monday, we wouldn’t be shocked if it returned and “The Following” (1.9) was canceled. It has the potential to keep more of its viewers year-to-year, and is not so reliant on the mere shock value that is causing the other show to fall apart.
Now when it comes to “Intelligence,” its 1.5 rating is more of a lesson to future shows on CBS than any hope that it will be saved. The show is a lock to be canceled, mostly because it’s just not consistent (and it is also not very good compared to many other similar shows on the network). It also squanders a pretty decent lead-in. “Castle” led the 10:00 p.m. hour with a 2.1 rating, while “The Bachelor” (2.6) somehow continues to do well despite this season being pretty awful.
One final little shout-out that we want to give in this article is to “2 Broke Girls,” which has been completely saved in a way thanks to “How I Met Your Mother” being paired up with it. Early this season, it was looking dead; but, for whatever reason, it pairs up well with the show and it scored a very nice 3.0 rating on the night. We wouldn’t be surprised to see CBS ordering the “How I Met Your Dad” spin-off, and then putting the show in the timeslot right before it just like they have here.
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