Last week was pretty miserable for CBS’ Sunday night lineup — Wisdom of the Crowd, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Madam Secretary all struggled mightily. Not only this, but we’ve got this feeling that the longer some of these struggles continue the more likely it is that some changes will be made.
We’ll go ahead and say, (especially based on the 0.7 rating that it generated in the 18-49 demographic last week) that Wisdom of the Crowd being in the timeslot is hurting the other shows on CBS. This doesn’t give them much of a base, and you want a big one here, especially coming out of the NFL and also 60 Minutes. Last night, (thanks in part to an NFL overrun), it did boost the show rather significantly. It posted in total a 1.1 rating in the demo, which may also show that some of the recent headlines revolving around Jeremy Piven don’t seem to have a whole lot of an impact on the show itself.
As for elsewhere on the night, NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9) and Madam Secretary (0.7) also each recovered slightly from low outings in the demo — more than anything, though, we’d argue that all three shows remain casualties of the same exact thing: Football giving them the heave-ho. When viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones don’t know for sure when you are airing, they don’t want to sit around and wait for you. There are a million different entertainment options out there and this is an impatient culture. It makes a heck of a lot more sense for CBS to prioritize football than their scripted shows given that they make so much money off of it; with that said, though, NFL ratings are falling and this makes the time-slot changes for the scripted lineup all the more damaging.
We wish that there was something that could be done in order to turn things around for these shows, but so long as the NFL is around this is going to happen. CarterMatt’s advice is: if you don’t want to wait around for some of these shows live, just DVR them and come back a little later. It’s better to watch NCIS: Los Angeles or Madam Secretary after the fact than not watching them at all.
We’ll come back later on this season to see how these shows are performing — for Wisdom of the Crowd remember that it was given three more scripts by the network to go along with its original 13-episode order. However, there is no guarantee that these three episodes are going to be made.
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