“Scorpion” is a part of a family of shows that we happen to consistently love — it’s funny, action-packed, and most of the serialized plots are heavy character-based. Even though it follows a familiar case-of-the-week format, many of these said cases are creative enough that it doesn’t get tired. It has elements of “Chuck” and “Psych,” two of our favorite shows out of the way.
Now that we’ve gotten some of our jubilation out of the way, let’s move forward since this is not really the purpose of this said article. We’re here instead to analyze the show from a ratings perspective in our Ratings Report series, that way we can make a solid estimation as to whether or not the show is going to be coming back for another season.
In the case of “Scorpion” in particular, there’s probably not much for fans to be concerned about at the moment. It averaging at the moment a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which puts it about even with “NCIS: New Orleans” as the #1 series that CBS has airing at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time. It is performing better than “Pure Genius,” “Code Black,” “Blue Bloods,” or “Elementary” in that all-important demo measure, which advertisers look at heavily when determining how they are going to monetize the show.
Also, you just have to read the tea leaves to determine that CBS is thrilled at the moment with what they’re getting. They wouldn’t order this show for 25 episodes (a ton for a scripted series) in a single season otherwise. They have confidence in it, and since they own the show, they have the potential to be able to monetize it even more when it gets to syndication. One more season and it’ll be ready to put out into off-network markets. This in itself basically makes the show a lock for renewal, similar to how “Elementary” was a lock to make it to the fourth season for that purpose alone.
Are there some downsides in the ratings this year? We suppose so, given the fact that the show is down in both the demo and total viewers from season 2, and down versus what “NCIS: Los Angeles” was getting in the same spot last year. Yet, there are some reasons why this is happening. For “Scorpion,” the 9:00 p.m. Eastern timeslot is far friendlier, and there are many more families watching television at that time than later in the evening. Also, last year “NCIS: LA” had “Scorpion” as a lead-in, whereas this year “Scorpion” has comedies. There’s less of a natural lead-in present there than there was one year ago.
If you love the show, we do suggest that you remain a super fun guy and keep watching it live — that could matter in a year or two down the road. So long as the ratings stay reasonably steady this year, though, we’d say that there isn’t anything to worry about. Watch the show with confidence!
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