Ugh. That is our quick reaction to the ratings on Sunday night, where it is becoming increasingly clear that there are many things that Americans would rather do than tune in to a network TV show. Let’s not waste much time on the introduction here.
The good(?) news – “Madam Secretary” (1.2) and “Family Guy” (1.3) were reasonably steady in the 18-49 demographic versus their most-recent installment, and tonight steady is almost equal to good. One thing that we do find interesting is that the former show manages to hover around 10 million viewers despite a low viewer rating, which makes it a unicorn when it comes to primetime TV. It’s probably right up there with “Blue Bloods” at the moment as TV’s oldest-skewing drama.
The bad news – Let’s begin with “Once Upon a Time”; while it stayed reasonably steady with a 1.3 for its midseason premiere, this was the 100th episode of the show! Not only that, but “Souls of the Departed” (despite being a personal favorite of ours) drew the lowest total-viewer count in the show’s history. It was bad news all around on ABC; “The Family” (0.8) plummeted in its new timeslot, while “Quantico” returned to a 1.1 despite all of the hype that it has generated on the network.
Elsewhere, “The Good Wife” (0.9) reminded us why this is the final season of the show, and “CSI: Cyber” (0.8) basically gave us yet another indication that the same will probably be said for it by the time that everything is said and done. “The Last Man on Earth” returned down on Fox with a 1.1.