Ratings: ‘The Flash’ returns solid; ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ preview strong; ‘Agent Carter’ has weak start
We’re not going to say that Tuesday was a home run insofar as TV viewing goes. Most programs saw declines versus their most-recent episodes, and the few who saw gains were minimal at best. Not only that, but a highly-anticipated new series failed to get off the ground with the numbers that many were hoping for.
The winners – The people who probably are feeling the best this morning are executives over at The CW. “The Flash” matched the 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic it received for the midseason finale, and we believe that there is still a chance this could adjust up in the final numbers. This proves that the show has the same passionate following that it always has, and that airing against largely-new programming made little to no impact on the night.
Meanwhile, we also have to say that things are looking bright for “Legends of Tomorrow.” The sneak preview special on Tuesday scored a 0.9, which is pretty great given that the episode itself is airing on Thursday, and this had only limited awareness. Both it and the DC Films special, featuring the new “Suicide Squad” trailer and more, both fared better than “iZombie” has all season.
The losers – The biggest one is “Agent Carter” over on ABC, which premiered to just a series-low 1.0 rating in the demo. The alphabet network lost to every other one on the night, including The CW, and that does not bode well for the long-term future of Hayley Atwell and company.
Elsewhere, both “NCIS” (2.4) and the “New Orleans” spin-off (1.8) each declined without the crossover airing, while in turn both “Chicago Med” (1.7) and “Chicago Fire” (1.6) lost a little bit of steam of their own. In the end, all of this is somewhat surprising given that January so far has produced great ratings for shows thanks to people wanting to avoid cold weather.
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