Did The Last Ship season 4 improve its performance without Game of Thrones?

Last Ship season 4When it comes to The Last Ship season 4, it’s having to fight ultimately one battle after another when it comes to the ratings. The latest example of that comes from this past weekend.

For the first time all season long, the TNT show got a chance to celebrate not having to air against an episode of Game of Thrones — that’s not something anyone really wants to do! However, the flip side of that was that it was forced to air on the day before Labor Day. When you consider that it’s a three-day weekend, Sunday almost becomes as bad for television as a Saturday … and that is not a good night for new episodes of TV. That’s why Game of Thrones ensured that it ended before then.

The good news for The Last Ship is that despite the holiday weekend, it did still manage to achieve something that the majority of fans out there can celebrate. This past installment ended up generating in total a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic — while that is equal to the week prior, it’s still a net positive when you consider that aforementioned holiday coming in and messing things up. The more impressive statistic comes via total viewers, given that the show was able to improve to 1.67 million versus the prior week.

What’s the unfortunate news with the TNT drama? It’s mostly that when it comes to competition, the schedule ahead is not doing the show any favors. The next new episode of the show on Sunday is airing against not only Fear the Walking Dead and Ray Donovan, but then also the return of NFL football to NBC. This is without even remembering some of the other programming debuting on network TV later this month, including Family Guy, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Shark Tank. This is the toughest season to date for The Last Ship, and it is in looking at all of this that we’re super-grateful to begin with that there is another season of the show ordered. It doesn’t have anything to be worried about in the near-term, but we do want to see it still have a long life beyond season 5! Let’s hope for, at the very least, consistency the rest of the way.

What do you think about the new The Last Ship season 4 ratings?

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