Why aren’t Gotham and The Big Bang Theory getting better ratings? We understand that even asking that question for The Big Bang Theory is somewhat absurd given that we’re talking about the biggest hit comedy of this generation.
Yet, the show’s not what it was once was in terms of the numbers. Everything from NFL competition to Netflix to simply viewer fatigue over the years is slowing it down, and these factors all likely contributed to The Big Bang Theory drawing a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic last night — its lowest number in a long time. Will it recover by the end of the season? It’s likely that it will given the fact that at some point, there’s going to be a situation in which the CBS series doesn’t have to air against the NFL and will get the night more to itself.
The thing with The Big Bang Theory at this point in the show’s run is that it’s far from a show that viewers necessarily have to watch live. They know that they don’t have to see every episode as they all come about in order to understand the story. Instead, they can either watch it on DVR or in syndication down the road — it’s not exactly like there is so much that happens per episode that it’s a big spoiler if someone tells you about it in advance.
The good news is clearly still the fact that The Big Bang Theory has already been renewed for a season 12. Therefore, there’s no fear about the show going anywhere in the near future.
As for Gotham…
Seeing the show drop down to a 0.8 rating in the demo just depresses us, mostly because of the show’s creative improvements the past few seasons and the frustrations that come along with old fans not coming back and giving the show another chance. We know the first season had some issues in terms of telegraphing stories and feeling like Batman, but times are different now! We need some of these ratings to improve since otherwise, we’re going to be left sweating out a possible season 5 renewal in a way we really don’t want.
At the very least, is it too much to ask for Gotham to make it to the 100th episode?
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