The first Supergirl season 3 ratings are in, and let’s just say that they leave a little bit to be desired after one episode.
The long-waited first installment of the Melissa Benoist series of the year ended up drawing in total a series-low 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, a rating low enough to make you wonder if something happened over the summer. Our prediction is mostly that this is a series catering mostly to a younger audience, and this younger audience in turn is reluctant to work their schedules around television anymore. It’ll probably pick up more DVR / streaming numbers, but this remains a bummer since it’s a fun show that does deserve a decent amount of ratings love.
As for elsewhere on The CW’s schedule, the ratings start was even worse for the military drama Valor. After posting a 0.3 rating you can almost say that this series is stopping before it even gets started. Personally, we wonder why it was ever considered to be a good fit for a network that doesn’t have much of a military following — our men and women in uniform are worth honoring, but none of the military-themed shows this fall are giving us much confidence they will be back for another season. (For the record, The Brave did do a good job of posting a 1.2 rating this week — it’s losing a ton of its lead-in but at least it’s not struggling week to week to keep its numbers.)
Across the board there were a number of drops last night, but probably the saddest one was seeing The Good Doctor slide below a 2.0 with a 1.9 rating. We hoped that a new show of this quality could sustain a better rating for a while, but that just wasn’t the case. It has been given a full-season order already, so there is a little bit less to worry about there.
Over on Fox both Lucifer (0.9) and The Gifted (1.2) fell, and we wonder if these two timeslots will swap down the road — we hope not because of Supergirl but clearly Lucifer is the show in need of some help.
Where is there good news?
CBS has at least a few positive things to write home about, starting with the performance of Scorpion sliding back up to a 1.0 after one of its weakest outings ever last week. This gives the series a little more of a chance to actually last for a season 5, which is something that would aided by some significant syndication sales in the weeks to come. CBS also saw some better numbers for Kevin Can Wait (1.4) coupled with newcomer Me, Myself & I (1.1). The latter still isn’t stable enough for us to have a whole lot of confidence in its future, but at least it’s starting to move more in the right direction at this point.
What do you think about these ratings?
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