We do want to begin with the Freeform procedural series, given that it remains firmly on the bubble. Monday night’s new episode generated in total 401,000 viewers, the largest audience for the show since the premiere. The demo rating remained firmly at a 0.1, as it’s been for most of the season. The most important thing here is that year-to-year, Stitchers is down about 14% in the demo and 5% in total viewers. You do want to see that viewer total down a little more, but all things considered, this really isn’t so terrible.
We expect that a renewal decision for the show will come around the finale later this month; personally, our hope would be to see one before the finale in the event it’s the last episode. Fans often deserve to know a show’s fate in advance … that way they can emotionally prepare for the end of the road. Stitchers this season has been on quite a journey with Kirsten’s mother plus some of the complicated relationships.
As for some other ratings news…
The latest on Shadowhunters season 2
This past episode generated the best total numbers for the show in a solid month! We’re talking specifically about a 0.2 rating and close to 630,000 total viewers. Our general sentiment is that the positive momentum for both this show and Stitchers stems from the two being near the end of their seasons. Big events happen near the end of seasons, and viewers, in turn, don’t want to feel left out. The worst thing is to see on Twitter/via text messages with your friends what transpired and your whole hour of entertainment is ruined.
There are two episodes left for both Shadowhunters and Stitchers. The good news for the former is that it’s already renewed for another season.
Finally, Insecure season 2
Yesterday with Ballers, we wrote about the Game of Thrones effect where shows were benefiting heavily from airing after the HBO hit. Based on the ratings for Insecure season 2, the proof is clearly in the putting. So far, season 2 is averaging 1.21 million viewers, and that is up almost 200%(!) from the season 1 average. The lead-ins are a big part of the reasoning for that, but so is the show’s critical acclaim and buzz around star Issa Rae. This is the sort of show that should gain in popularity the longer that it stays on the air.
We’ll see about a potential Insecure season 2 renewal, but for the time being, there’s no reason to feel anything other than EXTREME confidence about its odds.
What did you check out in terms of programming earlier this week? Sound off in the comments below! (Photo: Freeform.)