Some of the latest primetime ratings from last night are giving us a pretty good sense of what’s working and what’s not on the primetime schedule, and some of the results are certainly surprising to say the least.
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When it comes to The Conners, it’s still a mixture of good news and bad. After a one-week hiatus due to the midterm elections, the ABC show fell down to a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That’s down versus its prior episodes, but it was also still the network’s #1 show of the night and it led the way for the remainder of the lineup. The Rookie being at a 0.7 may be one of the biggest disappointments, especially given how many people out there felt, at least in the early going, like this was going to be the show that would actually turn things around for ABC at their 10:00 p.m. timeslot . The one thing helping The Rookie is that ABC has renewed shows in this timeslot with lower ratings — see For the People.
Meanwhile, NBC is starting to see a little more erosion for New Amsterdam. While getting a 1.1 rating in the demo after This Is Us isn’t terrible (the series is still winning its timeslot), it has dropped a good bit of its momentum from the premiere. If it doesn’t lose any more viewers, there’s really not anything else to worry about here. Yet, it may be a little more distressing if the series, for whatever reason, isn’t able to level things off. For those wondering, This Is Us was the big winner on the night with a 2.0 rating.
The rise in FBI
At the start of the season, we weren’t quite sure if the latest Dick Wolf creation was going to be an enormous hit for CBS. Yet, at the same time we’re seeing it stay remarkably steady and with that, there’s a new reason for hope that it may be on the air for quite some time moving forward. Last night’s episode generated a 1.1 rating and had the second largest total-viewer count of the entire night behind NCIS. While it may not be dominating headlines, it is proving itself to be a stable force for the network and it plus NCIS may compliment each other quite nicely. Basically, it’s starting to look at though an FBI season 2 could be a sure thing, especially with new co-showrunners Rick Eid and Derek Haas working together. These two guys, thanks to what they’re doing on Chicago PD and Chicago Fire, clearly know a few things about what makes a series a hit.
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