The ratings have officially come in for Wednesday night’s primetime lineup, and there is some good news here and there for certain shows. Then again, there are also a few things that were certainly easy to predict. For example, wouldn’t you assume that a show like “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” would be a little bit lower given that it aired without a lead-in?
The good news – Once again, “Survivor” continues to be the modern-day ratings marvel. With a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic, the show rose versus some recent outings. While this season is as a whole down almost 10% from “Survivor: Cambodia,” this is still retention that you can easily salute and support. We’ve of course wondered if there is an end in sight for the series, but for the time being, the answer seems to “no.” Let’s just hope that it remains that way for a little while.
Elsewhere, it was a nice recovery for “Arrow” (0.9) for its first episode in many weeks; meanwhile, “Heartbeat” (0.8) and “Rosewood” (1.3) also improved on their recent outings. “Heartbeat” still is probably going to flatline by the end of the season, mostly because NBC already has a dominant show in the medical genre now in “Chicago Med.”
The bad news – Are we really going to bury “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” for its most-recent outing? It seems like a pretty poor move to do so, given that it generated a 1.2 rating without any real lead-in, and that was still enough for it to easily defeat “Nashville.” We don’t know if CBS is going to renew the show or not just yet, mostly because they seem less likely to support things from outside studios. (That’s one of the reasons why the “Criminal Minds” negotiations go on for so long.)