We understand that a lot of Tuesday’s ratings may be viewed now through the lens of the Presidential Address, largely because it did have a big impact on a number of shows after 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Most of everything beforehand was uninterrupted, including Ellen’s Game of Games winning the night with a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and also NCIS winning the night with more than 11 million people watching.
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The shows that we want to focus on here are the ones that we feel have some sort of ambiguous future.
New Amsterdam – Thanks to the Presidential Address, New Amsterdam aired after a repeat of Ellen’s game show (which aired for two hours) rather than a new episode as originally planned. That may have caused the show to fall down to a 1.0 rating in the demo. We’re not worried all that much about its future for now, but we also don’t want to see it continue dropping. If that continues for too long, then we will be at the point where it is fair to start worrying.
The Rookie – Meanwhile, last night’s winter premiere generated a 0.6 rating, at least through the period of time we could measure it. ABC’s schedule was a little skewed given that they picked up programming immediately after the speech and the Democratic response — basically, that caused the show to air a little bit past the standard 10:00 p.m. Eastern timeslot. The future of this show is in such a strange spot — the ratings aren’t great, but it does have a popular international star in Nathan Fillion and has a substantial tax credit for a potential season 2, should it decide to come back. We do think that some of this matters.
For those wondering…
The Conners was the second-highest-rated show of the night with a 1.4 rating — it’s closer to being just another show on ABC at this point, but it is definitely one that the network is still happy with. Why would they want to get rid of what is a comedy anchor for them? It still hasn’t been renewed for a second season just yet, but we know that there have been some discussions and with that, we’re feeling at least reasonably hopeful that it will find its way back on the air this fall.
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