What are the chances of a Madam Secretary season 6 renewal over at CBS? In this edition of our ongoing Ratings Watch article series, we’re talking a closer look at what has become somewhat of a CBS institution over time.
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Of course, with that being said being a CBS institution does not necessarily mean that you’re going to get another season and as we move forward to the end of the season, the network has a tough choice to make here.
When you look at the ratings for this show alone, it’s hard to claim that Madam Secretary is anywhere close to a success story. It is averaging for this season at present a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is down versus the season 4 average. It’s not an enormous drop, but when you are posting numbers that are on the lower side, you’re at a situation in which almost every single viewer matters and you have to consider that.
Yet, there are still some reasons to hold out hope for the future of this show, starting with the fact that we think CBS likes having a smart, politically-themed television show anchored by someone in Tea Leoni who is extraordinary at what she does. They also like how it performs in DVR / streaming ratings — it also has an international base to go along with it, despite it being a show themed around US policy.
Do we think that it will get a season 6?
Probably, even if it is just a shortened one. We think that the real merit of doing another season at this point is to move Leoni’s character of Elizabeth McCord closer to the Oval Office. Since Madam Secretary as a series has been about the State Department, we don’t think that there is necessarily a reason to move the show into a spot where it is set in the White House. If you get a season 6 here, you could at least tell most of that story — sure, the election doesn’t happen until fall 2020 in the real world, but you can at least put yourself in a position where you can flash forward towards election night at the end of the season.
Of course, if Madam Secretary gets a season 7 there will be a chance that they can tell a story set around election night itself — it just feels somewhat-reckless to bank on that sort of thing right now given that there is still so much time between right now and when even a potential season 6 would premiere.
What do you think the chances are of a Madam Secretary season 6 renewal on CBS? Be sure to share right now in the comments and stay tuned to get some other insight. (Photo: CBS.)