Friday night is a night for Blindspot — or at least that’s the trend more often than not. There is no new episode tonight, most because NBC is doubling down on The Blacklist. They gotta do that to get that show up to pace with Jaimie Alexander and company, who are still fairly-far ahead thanks to having that run this fall.
So, alas, there’s nothing new to talk about in the way of scoop within this article … but there is still some room to look ahead towards the long-term future. This isn’t the first time that Blindspot has found itself on the ratings bubble, and it certainly is once more this year. We’re already seeing some #RenewBlindspot campaigns out there, so there’s a certain degree of value that comes now via surveying the field. Is there hope for the show’s future, or are we doomed more towards despair? Let’s dive into that a little bit deeper, starting of course with what actually matters the most: The current ratings.
To date, season 4 — which has been stuffed with some interesting twists including the rise of Remi — is averaging a 0.5 rating and just over 2.8 million live viewers. These are not tremendous numbers, but this is a series with several different mitigating factors.
1. It performs very well all over the world – This is a show that’s got great distribution, people love it, and it’s got some backup via its streaming performance. Consider it a modern-day reminder that you don’t need to perform well via the traditional measurements to have a long life in the television world.
2. It also performs very well via DVR – Hey, it’s Friday night. There are a lot of people who, frankly, just aren’t around their television sets at that point. This is a way for it to pick up a little bit of ratings steam.
3. It’s able to do some shockingly-ambitious things – If Blindspot was forced to cut corners due to its ratings, would it really be able to go to film scenes in Japan or South America? This show, somehow, is able to make more of its budget than almost any other that is out there. It’s remarkable the things that it is able to do, but this level of ambition helps to convince more that this is something it could continue to do for at least another season.
When will we learn the truth?
Think, most likely, May. For now, we remain optimistic that there are more stories for Jane Doe and the rest of the crew. Blindspot is worthy of another chapter, of more stories to shock you and leave your jaw on the floor. The challenge from here on out is watching the show live and hoping that NBC continues to see the value. The ratings are down, but you’re also talking about a series stuck in a terrible timeslot against tough competition. There’s so much more here than first meets the eye … just like some signature tattoos.
For more details on what’s next…
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