In looking at the majority of the primetime ratings from Friday night, we regrettably can’t sit here and say a whole lot of altogether grew news about most of them. The numbers are down pretty much across the board, and in some cases, they’re down big.
Let’s start with the small slice of good news: “The Exorcist” (0.8 in the 18-49 demographic) improved on its last outing, and it feels like it has found some sort of loyal viewership at this point. Meanwhile “Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon” (0.7) also ticked up, and this may be something that it just does over the weeks ahead given that it’s disposable TV that will probably consistently draw viewers at around this level.
For those wondering, “MacGyver” was steady at around a 1.1 rating, which should at least make some fans of the Lucas Till series breathe a little easier. As previously reported, it is officially coming back for a full season.
Now, let’s get to all the bad news – Unfortunately, it all begins with “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” returning to a 0.2 rating. We know that critics love the show and Rachel Bloom even has a Golden Globe now to her name; the problem here is just that viewers still have to want to check out what you’re doing, and we’re not sure that the audience is really here. We’ll see as the season goes on.
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” wasn’t the only CW series to premiere down, as “The Vampire Diaries” scored a 0.4 for its premiere. Given that this is the final season for it, this doesn’t quite matter anywhere near as much.
Over at CBS, bad news hit both “Hawaii Five-0” and “Blue Bloods” as they each were down to a 1.1 rating this week; while “Shark Tank” won the night with a 1.2, it still had a relatively small decline of its own.