Ratings: ‘The L.A. Complex’ sets new low for The CW (updated)

Some people thought that it couldn’t be done — but now, it has. We have literally seen a show on network television manage a 0.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic for a new episode.

For anyone who has been following the ratings as of late, it’s no surprise to see that this show is Canadian import “The L.A. Complex” on The CW. The irony? It’s actually a pretty good show that nobody happens to watch. Its rating is literally the lowest we have ever seen for network television, as no show at least in the modern era has mustered a 0.0 for new programming. A full ratings point in the demo equals just over 1.2 million viewers aged 18-49, so this means that the show roughtly drew around 120,000 of these people for this new episode.

So why is The CW keeping this show on the air? This is the question that we have a feeling many are asking at this very moment. Really? The answer is rather simple — it’s staying put because A) The CW has nothing better to put on in its place at the moment and B) the series supposedly tracks pretty well digitally. It performs moderately better on MuchMusic in Canada, but at least there it has a strong lead-in in new episodes of “Pretty Little Liars” (which airs on ABC Family in America).

So let’s give a brief round of applause to “The L.A. Complex” for achieving this dishonor, and let’s hope that at some point, people actually realize this show is one of the better things The CW has put on the air. We mock the network’s low ratings often, but there are a few shows that deserve this negative milestone much more than this one does.

For reference, remember that the ratings for “The L.A. Complex” could rise in the final numbers later in the day, and it could recover up to a 0.2. Let’s hope so.

Update: “The L.A. Complex” can breathe a sigh of relief — sort of. The show was adjusted up in the final numbers to a still-woeful 0.2 rating.

Photo: The CW

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