The ratings are in for Wednesday night’s primetime lineup, and we have to say that if you’re a fan of “Wayward Pines,” the numbers for the season 2 finale probably aren’t doing a whole lot for you in terms of how Fox is feeling about the series’ future.
Overall, the finale drew a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The great news is that this is steady versus the episode the week before; the bad news is that there’s a general expectation that a show is going to post some better numbers for a finale given that this is the sort of episode you don’t want to record and watch later. The odds are certainly there that someone is going to come out and spoil it for you.
As for the rest of primetime, “America’s Got Talent” understandably slipped to a season-low 1.7 rating for the live results show. Even with innovations like the Dunkin’ Save, these are still really hard shows to convince viewers to check out live when they can just look up the results and save an hour of their time.
Meanwhile, “The Night Shift” followed the episode up with a 1.1 rating, which is a small decline from the week before but a number that we do think NBC should be happy with when you consider the circumstances. Take a look at the ratings elsewhere for summer series like “Mistresses,” “BrainDead,” “Wayward Pines,” “American Gothic,” or even “Bones” before its recent finale. “The Night Shift” has fared very well by comparison, and at a tough time when there are many other things that viewers could be checking out (including convention coverage on cable news).
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