We knew that most of the shows on Friday night were going to have a hard time delivering huge ratings, and for good reason. Would you really want to compete against Black Friday? It is quite a worthy opponent, and it doesn’t quite matter how you look at it. In addition to the travelers, you have the typical group of people going out on Fridays, and also the exhausted people going to bed early after getting up at 3:00 a.m. to buy a new flatscreen TV.
The show whose ratings are worth watching the most right now is “Constantine,” and it did slip last night to a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic. While this rating has been enough to save “Hannibal” in the past, we don’t think it will here. The nature of the “Hannibal” production makes it relatively cost-effective for NBC to hold onto, and it is also critically-acclaimed, and the network does not have a whole lot of shows that are in the Emmy conversation.
Also, “Grimm” (1.2) slipped last night, but we don’t see that show going anywhere for another season or two. It will have syndication coming, and that may boost its ratings.
As for our favorite “The Amazing Race,” last night’s episode, despite being quite possibly the best we’ve seen in the past year or two, drew only a 1.0. This show was really hurt by this move to Fridays, and it’s a shame, since we really do still love what it brings to the table.
The great news for “The Amazing Race” is that it has another season coming up in the spring. The bad news? It may have trouble getting more after that if the numbers don’t improve. Overall, it has been one of the worst-performing shows on the entire CBS schedule Sunday through Friday.
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