We have to be honest here when saying that we expected “Crossbones” for its second week to be around a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which in turn did not bode particularly well for its future.
However, perhaps we did not give this particular pirate enough credit for now. The John Malkovich series actually fared decently in its second go-around compared to most other second-week series in terms of percentage drops, losing only 10% of the premiere number in going down to a 0.9. This is around what “Hannibal” got for most of its second season, and so you have to think that if it stays around here, the odds are good that we could see more of Blackbeard in the future.
However, there is a significant caveat here that does need to be mentioned. According to TVbythenumbers, there were preemptions for baseball in a couple of television markets, and while we don’t feel like regular-season games in markets that were not New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles are going to make a huge difference, they could bring “Crossbones” down to the 0.8 that we expected going into this week.
Maybe some of the real tests really are still to come now, given that there will most likely be a hiatus for the Fourth of July, and trying to get people to come back following that time off could be tricky. It’s also just summer, and as time goes by viewers are increasingly fickle when it comes to anything that is entertainment that you need to watch live for the ratings to matter on a great level.
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