As we inch ever closer to the Madam Secretary finale on CBS tonight, there is no time like the present to discuss a season 6 renewal. To be specific, whether or not we’d like to see that happen and the factors that are currently at play.
At the moment, the one thing we feel reasonably confident about is that there is certainly still some intrigue out there in regards to getting a little bit more of this show on CBS and for good reason. The writers have set up stories for Elizabeth McCord that stretch so far beyond where we are now and into her future. Beyond that, but tonally this is a show that brings something more to the table than what we’re getting anywhere else on CBS. It’s that rare political show that seems geared more to bring people together rather than tear them apart, and it wants you to have a positive view of people in Washington. Sure, there are monsters and horrible people working to puppeteer certain parts of the process, but then you have other people putting their nose to the grindstone trying to make sure things get done for the people. There’s a tinge of optimism through most of the stories that we have a chance to see.
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This is a show that offers hope, that features great performances, and also gives CBS something that they don’t have a lot of — a female-led drama series.
Unfortunately, none of this may guarantee a season 6 for a number of different reasons. For starters, the ratings aren’t great. This is one of CBS’ lowest-rated shows in the 18-49 demographic, though there are a few different caveats for that.
1. The timeslot – Sundays at 10:00 p.m. Eastern is not an easy time to program, given that a lot of people are going to bed early in order to get the work week off to a pretty great start. What makes it harder is due at times to sports, it ends up airing FAR past this timeslot, making it even harder for viewers to watch and harder for it to have consistent viewers.
2. The nature of its viewers – Madam Secretary is viewed by a pretty upscale audience, meaning that a lot of its viewers have at least some money to burn — from an advertising perspective, that’s great.
3. The ratings beyond the ratings – This is a show with a sizable DVR/streaming audience, and there is even an international crowd out there for it. Much like NCIS, there’s a lot of international interest in shows about US institutions that you don’t see much of elsewhere. The State Department fits that bill.
CBS has a lot of stake in Madam Secretary as a whole, and it’s for this reason and others that we feel that it’s got at least one more possible season ready to go. Nothing is official, but we remain cautiously optimistic despite the lower numbers.
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