It is fairly common leading up to Thanksgiving that ratings for many shows start to tumble. Families begin to travel (we saw some horrifying pictures of the traffic on the Los Angeles freeways last night of some early holiday travelers), or sometimes kick off holiday shopping early. Either way, it’s fairly clear that there are a number of other things that people have going on that serve as a rather-large distraction.
By and large, there was good news for a number of shows on the air last night — including new ones that are still facing a rather-uncertain future. For some recent ratings discussion, check out our latest Ratings Watch video below! Be sure to subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube — you can also check out our playlist for more.
Let’s kick things off here with New Amsterdam, which ended up posting a rather-solid 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic last night. That is fairly close to some of the other ratings that we have seen for the series over time and with that, we’re reasonably hopeful that this is a series that is going to find its way to come back for yet another season down the line.
When it comes to The Conners, meanwhile, the comedy generated a 1.4 rating in the demo, which is down only a smidgen from the week before. It is certainly clear at the moment that The Conners is not, at least commercially, the same show that it once was with Roseanne Barr on board. Yet, we’re not sure how many out there seriously expected it to be? There would be some sort of decline here — especially as some of the buzz died off. We do remain confident that if the cast wants to return, so will this show.
Finally, let’s focus for a second here on FBI (1.0) and then one long-running series in NCIS (1.2). While their demo performances may not look like much, we are still talking here about the two most-watched series of the entire night and by a fairly-wide margin. They have done a rather fantastic job of delivering big total viewership and, with that in mind, giving us a whole lot more to be hopeful about when it comes to the long-term future of both shows.
So what’s coming up tonight?
Really the TV landscape is going to be sparse. You’re going to have a chance to see new episodes of Survivor, SEAL Team, and Criminal Minds over on CBS, but the majority of the other networks out there are steering clear of prime-time programming in fear of their ratings being damaged — and understandably so. Nobody wants to lose a substantial amount of ratings steam or endanger their chances of their shows coming back down the line when going up against a holiday as big as Thanksgiving is here in America.
What did you end up watching on TV Tuesday night? Be sure to share right now in the attached comments! (Photo: NBC.)