While “Stalker” drew plenty of trends last night, it managed just a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic for its series premiere. While this looks good paper, remember here that it is common for new shows to lose 20% of their premiere audiences. This would slide the show down to a 1.6, which is fairly weak for CBS and it only ties them with “Chicago PD” for first place. Given the content of this show, it may be a hard one for people to watch.
Speaking of shows losing viewers, “black-ish” lost nearly 25% of its audience, declining to a 2.5 after a pretty strong premiere. This is still a decent number that will get it renewed, but it has to stay constant at around this level. It’s at least better than the other new shows on the network. “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.4) is treading water, and “Red Band Society” (1.1) is more proof that Fox is awful this year.
The biggest winner on the night is probably “Criminal Minds” (2.7), which came close to last year’s premiere number and held on to its finale ratings. Maybe the presence of series newcomer Jennifer Love Hewitt sparked interest a little bit.
At the moment, there is nothing else major to report on the night. We tend not to worry too much about other shows if their ratings are in the expected range. The only thing we wonder is that with a 1.4, maybe “Hell’s Kitchen” is actually starting to wind down after so many years. (Personally, we just got tired of seeing the same thing over and over again with no changes.)
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