Ratings: ‘The Good Place’ has very-good start as ‘Gotham,’ ‘The Voice,’ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ fall
The fall season is here; rejoice! We’re finally at a time now where we’ve got a ton of great stuff to report on from the world of TV, and today that specifically includes the first full batch of primetime ratings — and what a busy night it was! Some shows got some good news, while others may be experiencing something akin to a record-scratch right now after coming in with high hopes.
The good news – For “The Good Place,” everything is coming up roses. With a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and over 8 million viewers, this show tied NBC’s best comedy debut in four years. Given that the majority of the reviews to date have also been positive, this almost surely means great things for the remainder of the season moving forward.
Also, CBS should be happy with “Kevin Can Wait” starting off with a 2.6 rating. While the reviews have been more polarizing, it’s still a very strong start and if it retains even most of that, it should be a lock to be around for a while.
The bad news – Basically, it’s all for returning shows. “The Big Bang Theory” (3.6) posted one of its lowest-rated premiered in years, even if it still won the night; we don’t quite understand the current cast negotiations given that you’re asking for more money when the ratings in the most-important demographic are declining. “Dancing with the Stars” (1.7) was also down more than 15% from last week’s episode, while for “Gotham” (1.2) and “Lucifer” (1.3), the drop was more than 25% from the previous premieres.
At least “The Voice” (3.3) had a relatively small decline, but still you want this show to fare well now given that the ratings always drop after the blind auditions.