For the sake of this Friday ratings piece, we’re focusing yet again on shows that haven’t been officially renewed yet for another season, and how there could be some really key decisions for some networks to make come May. Will CBS keep their long-running lineup intact, and will NBC make a move for “Emerald City” despite it losing some ratings steam over the first season? Let’s try to answer some of those questions.
“MacGyver” – The bad news for the show is that last night’s episode drew its lowest 18-49 rating of the season in a 0.9 — still, ratings were down pretty much across the board last night, so it’s not like the show’s the only one to drop. We do feel very confident about the renewal chances here, mostly because it’s not just about its own performance — it also bolsters “Hawaii Five-0” after it and gives that show a slight boost.
“Hawaii Five-0” – It also dropped versus last week, but it still stayed reasonably solid with a 1.1. The only concern with a show like this is that the further it goes on, the more it can cost. Obviously, Alex O’Loughlin’s future after season 8 remains a hot topic, but renew the show and cross that bridge when you come to it. It’ll almost certainly be renewed.
“Emerald City” – This one’s far more of a tossup, given that scoring a 0.6 rating is not the sort of thing that screams renewal, even if this was still a good-enough rating for it to be #3 in the timeslot. We feel like for NBC to really feel confident, the show probably would be needing a 0.8 or so for the final episodes — it needs to be convinced that it can retain a high percentage of its viewers, and we’re not sure it’s there yet.
“Sleepy Hollow” – With only a 0.5 rating, we’re not sure that even the most powerful of warlocks can conjure up a spell to bring this mystical show back. The reboot hasn’t been as ho-hum as many feared, but the ratings just aren’t generating anything that gives hope for the future.
What did you watch on Friday night? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll continue to have these sort of ratings discussions as we push further and further towards decision time in May. (Photo: CBS.)