Are the Salvation season 2 finale ratings enough to get the show back on the air for a season 3? We do think they introduce more of a debate.
Monday night’s new episode, despite airing opposite the Emmys and also Monday Night Football, ended up drawing a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic — the most important demo for advertisers. While this is not a great rating by any means, it does show that for big episodes, Salvation viewers will end up sticking around — this matches the rating from the week prior, which is impressive given the competition that was out there elsewhere.
The problem does remain that the ratings for the season on average are low, but as we explained in the video below (subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube for more), there are other factors at play here. Salvation has a good streaming deal that helps to offset some costs, it does get a hefty share of DVR viewership, and there are probably people who will catch up on it after the fact.
Also, we definitely do think the season 2 finale gave the writers some very fertile ground to work with moving into a season 3, as we’re going to have a story coming up that is more than likely going to be about aliens / whatever is in that “asteroid” that wasn’t actually what it seemed. It feels like the show for the first two seasons really conjured up what is the perfect bait-and-switch moving into the final episode. They had us thinking one way about the story, only to completely divert us in a different direction.
More than likely we will learn a little bit more about Salvation and its potential renewal once we get around to the end of the year. There is no immediate hurry for CBS to renew it.
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