In today’s edition of our ongoing Keep or Cancel article series, we’re putting the focus on an NBC series in Blindspot that brings a lot of greatness to the table. There are really not all that many other shows out there quite like it. It comes some of the classic elements of a crime procedural with relentless action, mystery, and almost a touch of science fiction with the glowing tattoos. There’s always something to speculate over, and there’s always a reason to watch live.
Unfortunately, just because there is a reason to watch live does not necessarily mean that every person out there does. This is a show that is currently on the bubble — it’s got a ton of action and we know that doesn’t come cheap. Meanwhile, we also know that it’s not fully an in-house show and that can often hurt with major networks. There are many things working for the show, but also a couple of others working against it.
Let’s start here by discussing what we think is working well — the creative. Blindspot is one of those shows that does deliver a number of big surprises, but doesn’t necessarily do them at such a rapid pace that you feel as though it’s exploiting them. They make sense to this world and to some of these characters. The characters themselves are absolutely another reason why it works, and with getting more Rich Dotcom and the whole Avery mystery this season, we feel like it’s fair to say that things have gone up to another level.
Yet, here is the show’s problem at present: The ratings. We’re sure that NBC anticipated the numbers to slip in the move to Friday night, but by this much? Blindspot is down more than 30% in live 18-49 viewers versus the second season, and is drawing in total a 0.7 rating. It could be worse given the timeslot, but it’s routinely being defeated by MacGyver and it is performing worse than any other hour-long show airing on NBC Monday-Thursday. The only series it is beating right now is Taken.
Our prognosis for now
Blindspot, despite the ratings slide, will probably get another season just because we don’t quite know what NBC wants to put there that will actually perform better. We do think that it does need some sort of shot in the arm to get past season 5, though, whether it be a really shocking twist or some big-name guest stars who will draw new viewers into its world.
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