Just in case you didn’t think that Chicago Med and Black Lightning had done enough before in order to guarantee that they would return for an additional season, CarterMatt does think that some of the ratings from last night help to guarantee it.
Why is that? Much of it just has to do with lead-ins, or in some cases a significant lack thereof. When it comes to Chicago Med, for example, the new episode Tuesday night drew a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic. While that may technically be down slightly from the week before, consider this: There was no new episode of This Is Us airing before it on the schedule. Not only that, but it actually ended up improving on the performance of Rise, which drew just a 1.1 rating for its second installment on the air.
Chicago Med was actually the #3 show on the repeat-heavy night, finishing just slightly behind The Middle (1.3) and of course The Voice, which won the night fairly easily with a 2.1 rating overall.
As for the other show mentioned in the title, Black Lightning was able to hold steady and keep its entire 0.5 rating despite not having The Flash airing before it on the night. That proves further that this show is largely independent on its lead-in and that could end up really mattering depending on what The CW wants to do with it for a second season. It’s proven itself as a ratings contender enough that it could launch in the fall with a larger episode order — then again, doing that could actually mean five superhero shows all airing at the same time. Maybe The CW wouldn’t consider that so big of a deal if they have Sundays to go along with the typical Monday-Friday programming that they have had over the years.
One show that is clearly not charting towards a renewal right now is For the People, which dropped to a 0.6 rating even though there was no NCIS: New Orleans on the air Tuesday night. If it can’t perform well with limited competition, why would any network have faith in it?
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