Let’s face it — when it comes to cable television, it can be hard to convince viewers to watch live. Many people who have cable also have a DVR, and have the means to watch shows in a way beyond just checking out the episodes live.
Therefore, anytime that a show gets off to a great start in the ratings is pretty notable, and we think that there are two great examples of that today.
Mayans MC – The Sons of Anarchy spin-off series premiered with 2.53 million live viewers and also a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. While these numbers may be down from the final seasons of the flagship show, viewership is different now than it was even a few years ago. Also, FX doesn’t even care as much about live+same-day viewers anymore. Instead, they tend to care a little bit more about live+3 data; expect more information from them next week when more DVR ratings are available. Also, expect them to be more than happy with Kurt Sutter’s return to the motorcycle world.
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The Purge – Meanwhile, the adaptation of the horror franchise for USA generated in total a 0.6 rating in the demo and also close to 1.4 million viewers. While these aren’t Mayans MC numbers, at the same time it’s a pretty decent start that puts the show above many of the network’s other hits including Suits, Queen of the South, and The Sinner. The problem here is mostly that new shows often fall week-to-week, and with horror in particular there often tends to be low retention. Look at the ratings for American Horror Story after the fact.
We’ll be checking up on these shows and their ratings against next week. There are quite a few things that we’re curious about!
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