Code Black season 3 ratings tie season high leading into finale

Code Black LogoLeading into the season 3 (and likely) series finale on CBS next week, Code Black and its fans are doing what they can to end it with a bang.

This big episode, which featured some stunning reveals for Ethan Willis and also Leanne (read our full review over here for more) tied the best 18-49 rating of the season last night with a 0.8. It also posted around 5.6 million viewers, which is right in line with the show’s season 3 average.

Now comes the portion of the article where we beat the drum about how Code Black never deserved to be cancelled and how, in a perfect world, someone would have already picked the show up. The series drew more total viewers than Big Brother, TKO: Total Knock Out with Kevin Hart, or MasterChef — three unscripted shows with a lot of potential. It also performs better in both viewers and the demo than many series that have already been renewed. We know that there were many complicated factors that went into the decision to cancel the series — with the biggest one likely being CBS’ total ownership of the series compared to shows like Elementary and NCIS — but that doesn’t make the move any less infuriating here on the outside.

Given that CBS still promoted the episode airing last night as the series finale, we don’t foresee them having any plans to pick up the show. We’re also somewhat torn about them doing that in general — while you don’t want to necessarily give anyone false hope that Code Black could be continuing, you also don’t want to make it harder on yourself in the event that it is picked up by another network. (It’s a longshot, but still technically possible.) Are you going to be able to recruit all of the viewers who think now that the show is coming to an end? Beyond CBS, there are still technically a number of other contenders; we know that ABC has a glut of other medical shows, but we don’t quite understand why the network doesn’t pick Code Black up, given the studio connection is already there, and then seeing if it can get similar ratings there. If it does, it’s doing far better than much of their non-Bachelorette programming this summer.

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