Following last night’s finale, what are the odds of a Marlon season 2 coming up on NBC? At the moment, let’s just say that Marlon Wayans should be feeling pretty optimistic.
Last night, the comedy drew some of its best ratings since the premiere with a 1.2 and a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic for its two episodes, and when you average the two out, you get a 1.1 — that puts the show roughly at its season 1 average in the demo, which is very good for a scripted comedy show during the summer. Overall, Marlon performed better than the canceled The Carmichael Show and then a number of other scripted network properties this summer including The Night Shift, Zoo, Somewhere Between, and Midnight, Texas. It performed well following the America’s Got Talent results show, and proved that it does have the broad appeal to be a show that could last a few more years.
When you look at the numbers alone, it feels almost as though a Marlon season 2 renewal is close to a sure thing. We can’t imagine why in the world NBC wouldn’t want to bring the show back for more, given that this is a show bringing a lot to the table and also one that has found an audience for itself at a difficult time of the year. Our feeling here at CarterMatt is that a renewal is going to be announced over the coming weeks for the show, and once we hear official word, we’ll be sure to let you know.
As for whether or not NBC should keep it in the summer, our answer to that is a pretty emphatic “yes.” One of the main reasons why AGT has amassed such a huge audience and hit status is because the network has been able to keep it firmly planted in the summer months. If you move a show around, you do start to create a little bit more confusion as to precisely when it’s on and your audience doesn’t know when to watch it.
Also, we hope that with consistently on the show comes an opportunity to see more familiar faces on Marlon itself. Remember that Wayans has a number of famous friends and family members who he can tap into for more story and fun on the second season of the show. This is an old-school comedy, and we’re fine with that given that this is a genre that does need a little bit more of that familiarity. The sitcom isn’t a dying breed just yet, but it doesn’t get the same ratings that it once did and it’s more of a fight to get one on the air and have it draw consistent ratings.
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