Ratings Bubble Report: Should ‘The Librarians’ score a season 4 renewal?


Tonight on TNT, you are going to get a chance to see the end of the road for “The Librarians” for the time being. This is a show that is a great deal of fun for everyone who gets a chance to check it out. It’s imaginative, thought-provoking at times, and refreshingly different from everything else that is out there.

Unfortunately, this is also a show facing a rather uncertain future as we look towards the next couple of years. After all, there is no word just yet as to whether or not we’re going to get a fourth season.

Should it? We feel fairly confident that the answer here is “yes,” with the biggest argument in that direction being a great deal of ratings consistency in spite of the fact that this series receives a fairly minuscule amount of press. Unless you are a regular viewer of this show or TNT, there is a reasonably good chance that you would have no idea that it was on the air; yet, it still managed to average a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, and drop only around 10% versus its second season on the air. Our general rule for ratings in 2017 is that if you can avoid dropping by more than 15% year-to-year, you’ve got a pretty loyal following and should not be immediately concerned with the future. We’ll see if the folks over at the network end up feeling the same way.

We do know already that there is a precedent for the network renewing shows with smaller figures, given that Michelle Dockery’s new series “Good Behavior” was recently granted a second season after averaging around a 0.2 rating. The ratings for “The Librarians” also surpass those of “Animal Kingdom,” which was renewed this past summer after averaging a 0.4 in its first season on the air.

Ratings-wise, the case to bring the show back is clear. We’d argue that the show speaks for itself in terms of quality, and with a premise this creative, you are granting yourself a wide array of opportunities to do fun and interesting things as you move into the future. (Of course, we’re writing this before the finale airs, but we’re assuming that there are some more options out there for what the show can do next.)

Our biggest argument with a show like “The Librarians” is that if you can pull these sort of numbers without much promotion, can you imagine what it would be like with that little bump? If nothing else, this is a show that can stand on its own two feet, and air during odd parts of the year and be just fine. While a renewal may not be a lock per se (TNT does have a tendency to be somewhat unpredictable), we’re feeling fairly good about the future nonetheless.

Do you think that “The Librarians” should be renewed for another season? Vote in the poll below! (Photo: TNT.)

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