It’s time for another edition of DVR ratings, where we go through and discuss which shows are really producing big results that could ultimately change their fate. The numbers here come courtesy of the fine folks over at TVbythenumbers.
Note that we focus here primarily on shows that need that extra bump in live+7 data, and not so much those whose futures are already set in stone. Also, this is for the week of December 8-14, so there are a number of shows that also happened to be in repeats. Therefore, don’t fret if some of your favorites are not included.
“The Originals” – While we doubt that CW series is in any definitive danger of being canceled, it grew from a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic for its original December 8 airing to a 1.1 with the live+7 data added. This is the second-larger percentage increase in that time period. This helps to cement its future most-likely for a full four seasons, which is what it would take to meet its syndication threshold.
“Elementary” – Meanwhile, the Jonny Lee Miller show went up from a 1.4 to a 2.6, making it #1 on the list for the week with an 86% increase. It is probably going to be saved due to syndication (it is in its third season) more than it being a DVR monster, at least presumably. Even if this season is only 18 episodes, it only needs 22 next season to make it to the 88 needed.
“Agents of SHIELD” – This is an interesting case. ABC probably wants to keep their Marvel properties strong, but the ratings are fairly low here while the costs are high. Rising from a 1.7 to a 3.0, a 76% increase, is something that the show probably needs to continue to earn a third season. We feel like it’s likely, but not as much of a lock as it once was.
“Stalker” – Going from a 1.4 to a 2.5 in DVR ratings is impressive, but we don’t think it will buy the CBS show another season. The difference between it and “The Originals” is that CBS has higher expectations, and this is a first-year show. Traditionally, rookie procedurals tend to do better in their first year than their second.
“Forever” – The increase here is a 1.1 to a 1.9, but even for ABC rather than CBS, we don’t feel like the increase is going to be enough.
“Jane the Virgin” – It is a little further down the list, going from a 0.5 to a 0.8, but a 60% gain is still strong. Also, there’s zero chance The CW cancels this show unless it plummets in the winter / spring. The Golden Globe nominations are a huge win.
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