Were the Taken premiere ratings such that they took viewers away from other shows? It may be a tad much to say this, but we can at least say based on some of the ratings for Monday night that the prequel-of-sorts to the Liam Neeson movies got off to a fairly decent start.
The series, which stars Clive Standen as the younger version of Neeson’s character from the movies, began its run with a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That’s a pretty strong beginning to the season, but you also have to remember that this is actually down from the 1.8 Timeless drew for its own premiere in the fall. Given that this show is now on the bubble, this is more about retention than anything else. If Taken can maintain more than 75% of its audience the remainder of the season, odds are it gets renewed. If that number falls to around 50%, there’s a good chance it doesn’t come back. Week 3 or so should be when we get a really good test as to how the show is actually doing.
As for the show that preceded it on the night, The Voice ended up drawing in total a 3.1 rating, a good start but also down slightly versus its most-recent spring premiere.
Before We Rise fails to rise to the occasion
Despite having a powerful message and telling an important story, this is yet another show airing after The Bachelor that failed to capitalize on its momentum. The limited series drew just a 0.7 across its two hours (on average) — we anticipate that the remainder of it will air, but it’s not looking as though this was a worthwhile risk commercially.
Meanwhile, The Bachelor posted a 2.4 for its shortened episode, which isn’t bad when you consider that it had far more competition than it has for some time.
Other news of note
-The biggest thing is the drop of Jane the Virgin down to a 0.3 rating, not that this is a huge issue right now given that the show’s been renewed already for a season 4.
What did you watch Monday night? Be sure to share in the comments below! (Photo: NBC.)