Ratings: ‘Arrow’ season 5 down, ‘Frequency’ weak in premiere; ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Lethal Weapon’ fall

Arrow -We commented a week or so ago that the fall season was not treating Fox altogether kindly, but we now may have to add another network to the equation: This is starting to look more and more like a bad season for The CW. The two returning shows so far have posted steep year-to-year declines, while the two new series have been exceptionally disappointing on arrival.

Let’s start here with “Arrow,” which started off this season with a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic that marks a pretty severe decline over the start of season 4. This is a show that will probably stay somewhere around here for the rest of the season; its biggest issue is that the past two seasons arguably turned off some fans, and with that the show has a challenge of trying to win some of them back. We did personally think that the premiere was a vast improvement over recent ones (check our review out here), so we’ll see what comes next.

As for “Frequency,” starting off with a 0.4 rating is simply not great. We enjoy Peyton List’s work, but at the same time we don’t quite know why this show was even ordered for the first place given the network. Fans of the original movie probably aren’t watching The CW, and don’t quite have a connection to this particular story.

As for other bad news – Well, pretty much everything was down across the board last night. “Survivor” (1.8) dropped, “Lethal Weapon” (1.7) and “Designated Survivor” (1.6) continue to fall, and “Criminal Minds” (1.4) in particular posted one of its most woeful ratings ever. Other than ABC (where most of their shows stayed relatively steady), so they’re at least good by comparison and “Blindspot” (which only declined by a couple of percentage points), every other show on the air fell by more than 10%. Unlike the night before, there is no Vice-Presidential Debate to blame anything on.

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