Ratings: ‘Person of Interest’ finale low, ‘Forever’ finale up, ‘Undateable’ live episode so-so

By and large, the Tuesday night ratings were a sorry state of affairs. How else are you meant to describe a lineup where some of the best-performing shows were the ones either hovering around or struggling to get to a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic?

Let’s start here with what is the bad news: “Person of Interest” getting a series-low 1.1 rating for its season 4 finale. This is a show already on the bubble, and this does not help its case for a renewal. CBS also probably feels at the moment like they can do better Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time. There are not necessarily many other strong timeslot competitors at this time, and there is therefore some potential for a show to come in here and be a breakout. This just is not it.

Meanwhile, “Forever” (1.1) at least improved its ratings for its own season 1 finale. Still, we are not anywhere near as optimistic about its chances of coming back for another season. It has a fan following for sure, but the problem that it finds itself running into is strictly one of consistent ratings. Its average lately has not been good, and that may be enough to convince ABC to go in another direction. Also, The network’s decision to bring back the “Dancing with the Stars” results show (1.4) was only good in total viewers, where more than 10 million checked it out.

“NCIS” won the night overall with a 2.0, and while we were very curious to see how the “Undateable” live special would fare, it only mustered a 1.3 rating. Granted, it was not helped much by “The Voice” only drawing a 1.9 going into it. We really hope that more people do check out this comedy, since they are trying to many different things and taking risks.

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