Is there hope for a second season of “State of Affairs“? We still feel like this is a hot-button issue, and when you look at all of the numbers in conclusion, we would say that the jury is still out.
Let’s start this article by just analyzing the ratings from last night. The Katherine Heigl drama series ended up scoring a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is down a tenth from the week before. Granted, it was coming off of the worst-performing “Celebrity Apprentice” episode of the season (1.4), and there was also more competition. For the first time, the series squared off against “Better Call Saul” (1.6), and also a big episode of “Castle” (1.6) that featured the return of the Jerry Tyson character.
We feel like this is a series that NBC would in theory want to renew, given that they spent a ton of money promoting it earlier this year, and Heigl clearly wanted to prove that she was still a viable TV star years removed from the whole “Grey’s Anatomy” debacle. The issue here is looking at the rest of the schedule. “Grimm,” “Chicago Fire,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago PD,” and “The Blacklist” are all renewed, whereas “Parenthood” is cover and “Constantine” is canceled. “Allegiance,” which just premiered last week, looks dead on arrival. The one shred of hope that the series may have is that the jury is still out on many of the network’s other big shows, including the return of “The Night Shift.” This series will be getting the timeslot after “The Voice” that “State of Affairs” originally had when it premiered.
There may also be at least one other factor in this decision for NBC that may be perhaps somewhat under-promoted right now, and that is the international appeal for this show. Like “Extant” and Halle Berry, Heigl is a star with name value around the world, even if it is not on that same level. The network could make more money internationally with this show than others.