Even though the first season of “Mr. Robot” drew immense critical acclaim and awards-show buzz, that did no necessarily equal a boost in its live ratings for season 2 … at least so far.
The early returns are in for the USA Network drama, and in total, it drew a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic coupled with 1.04 million viewers. This number is down from the 0.5 rating both the series premiere and finale received when they first aired.
Are there extenuating circumstances in here? Sure. For one, the series aired outside of primetime for the final thirty minutes, and that may have had a slight imprint on some of the numbers. Also, you have to take into consideration that the season 2 premiere was put online briefly by the network … and of course in turn pirate sites got a hold of it. Given the subject matter of the show, we do have to think that piracy impacts it more than others. There are also DVR and On-Demand numbers to think about.
Ultimately, what we are trying to say is that the ratings for this show are probably far higher than they seem on paper.
As for the premiere of “Suits” season 6, the show drew a 0.5 rating in the demo, even with the season 5 finale. Also, it drew 1.9 million viewers, which is a slight increase in that measure. “Suits” was not released early, and it was down from the 0.6 rating and the 2.1 million viewers from the season 5 premiere.
We firmly expect both of these shows to be renewed, so rest assured that this is not a concern in any way.