Ratings Bubble Report: Is ‘Heroes: Reborn’ destined to never be born again?


We should start this article on “Heroes: Reborn” off with a massive preface: We are well aware that this was never a show intended to be renewed via traditional standards. The feel here was always that it would stand on its own feet, and then maybe the door was always open in the event the ratings showed enough strength that someone wanted to bring the show back.

With that being said, we’re still adding this to our Ratings Bubble Report series, mostly because we still think that this is a series that certainly would be renewed in some form if the ratings were enormous. It’s just not working out that way.

The good news – Not to sound too cynical at this point, but really the best thing we can say about the NBC show is that when it ends, the network won’t have to call it “canceled” because of the way it was structured as an event. There’s not really too much to be optimistic about here, since there is little reason for them to bring a low-rated show back that already has a logical conclusion build in.

The bad news – The ratings just aren’t there. The show performs worse at this point than “The Flash” on The CW, let alone most of other superhero shows on the Big 4 networks. If it had kept the 2.0 rating it averaged for the two-hour premiere, this would be a very different story. It just couldn’t pull that off. It is averaging closer to a 1.1 or 1.2 these days, and has declined almost every week this season with one exception. There is no reason to imagine that NBC wants to bring it back given the trajectory unless they get a whole lot of the original cast back who was not in “Reborn.” Either way, it’s still a gamble.

Odds of renewal – Very low. While we could see it if the show managed to convince Zachary Quinto and a few others for some sort of summer run, there’s very little reason to otherwise justify it. We’re honestly still surprised that the show got another season in the first place given “Heroes” season 4.

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