Good news for all those who have been following the “24: Live Another Day” ratings like a hawk the past several weeks: The ratings surged upward for the finale Monday night!
The unfortunate news? It was still not enough to topple another show on Fox (one that seems to have a much smaller budget) for #1 on the night. The show’s possible series finale posted a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which ties it with “The Bachelorette” and “American Ninja Warrior,” and then puts it right below “MasterChef.” If there is a silver lining here, it’s that “24” is one of those shows that does get good DVR numbers, and will also probably do well in binge-viewing at some point down the road. It’s easy to blow through these hours watching them in succession.
In going back to the question in the title, these numbers are probably enough to make Fox consider having a tenth season of the show at some point down the road, especially considering the lack of good action-oriented programming on network TV in the summer. While the ratings weren’t phenomenal, they were also not a disaster by any means. The “24” brand is also such that you don’t have to bring it back right away for people to still be interested in tuning in.
Ultimately, we still feel like the decision for another chapter will fall mostly to the producers, who claim that they will only make more if they come up with a good story, and also whether Kiefer Sutherland wants to be Jack Bauer at least one more time. The ratings will be secondary in the decision-making most likely.
What do you think: Are the ratings good enough to merit another season, or do you even care since they are not the final factor? You can sound off in the comments, and click here to score some additional timely TV updates via our newsletter.