We’re starting to have even more questions when it comes to the decision by CBS to cancel Code Black after seeing the ratings for last night’s two-episode block.
Entering the episodes, it was pretty easy to assume that the worst was coming and the shows would slide down to around a 0.4 or 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic. After all, the series was off for a week because of the Survivor finale, it’s the summertime, and after the cancellation news many viewers could’ve just decided to move on. However, that didn’t happen and instead, the network should have quite a bit to be happy about.
Over the course of these two episodes, Code Black averaged a solid 0.7 rating in the demo, without really the help of any substantial lead-in at all, and over 6.2 million viewers. In the 10:00 p.m. hour, the show drew better viewer totals than ABC and NBC combined. It was the most-watched show of the night and by a pretty solid margin. Not only that, but these two episodes were the most-watched iterations of Code Black on the season.
After seeing all of this, you do have to raise the question again: Why did CBS cancel this show when it has the capacity to put up these sort of numbers in the summer? We realize that there’s more going on here than the numbers, including that CBS doesn’t fully own the show and therefore doesn’t profit on it as much as they do some of their other shows. Yet, we would still contend that getting this sort of solid viewership is more valuable — especially when you also think about the fan reaction. We haven’t really heard much publicly on the front to bring the show elsewhere — while ABC would make sense in theory given the studio connection, they have a crowded medical drama lineup already with both The Good Doctor and Grey’s Anatomy on the schedule.
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