Are the Legends of Tomorrow ratings such at the moment that they give us a great deal of confidence about its future? For season 4 sure, but beyond that we do have a nervous feeling in the pit of our stomach.
Monday night’s new episode, a time-loop hour we strongly consider to be one of the best of the entire series, ended up generating a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. This does mark a small drop of a tenth from the previous episode and is the lowest-rated episode for the entire season.
Are there factors in this rating? Sure, whether it be airing opposite The Bachelor, the Olympics, or even Celebrity Big Brother. More than anything, though, we don’t think The CW is doing enough to give fans confidence in its future by continuing to throw it around on the schedule. This is the third night in three years that we’ve seen the series air on and it could be on the move again in the fall. We’re still confident in its renewal but without some more permanence and promotion, it could be in trouble beyond that. It’s a shame; as we noted last week in a video (see below), there are so many reasons why creatively this show is on the rise.
As for other Legends of Tomorrow news…
Did you know that John Noble is guest-starring … as John Noble? That may sound odd given that he already voices the Big Bad for the season in the mysterious Mallus, but the series is known for bending your brain a little.
Here is what executive producer Marc Guggenheim had to say about the casting decision to the Entertainment Weekly:
“We figured out a very Legends-like way to actually get John Noble the actor into the show … We’re very excited that John Noble will be making a live action appearance on Legends. He’s been voicing our third season’s big bad, Mallus, but he won’t be appearing as the time demon. He’ll actually be appearing as himself. It makes total sense in a Legends-y kind of way.”
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