Sci Fi TV Status Report: The Orville Slows Down, Stitchers is Cancelled, and More

By | September 19, 2017

On Sunday, FOX’s Trek-like comedy The Orville slipped some for its second episode to to a 2.2 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 6.6 million total viewers. That’s down from last week’s 2.8 score for the show’s premiere, but still quite impressive considering it was going up against the football game over on NBC and the Emmy’s on CBS. Of course, that number was inflated by the bleed-over from afternoon football with the preliminaries (which averaged a 2.6 rating) showing the first half hour of the show pulling a 3.5 rating and the second half hour slipping to a 1.7 score. The drop off its expected, but the show was at least holding its own amidst stiff competition.

All these numbers are moot, though, except for the fact that they indicate the show is getting some good early promotion. The Orville‘s fate will ultimately be decided by the ratings it pulls on Thursday nights when it gets moved to the brutal 9 PM EST timeslot starting this week. I’m guessing it will drop to around a 1.0 score and could slip further in the coming weeks. As I mentioned in last week’s post, FOX has to know that the numbers will drop in that hour, and we will have to see if the network is willing to stand by the show.

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Prior Week Posts:

September 13th: The Orville Has Decent Launch, Class Is Cancelled

September 6th:  Fans Campaign to Save Dark Matter and Zoo

August 29th: Game Of Thrones Sets Another Record With S7 Finale, Midnight Texas Drops in the Scorecard, and More

August 22nd: Stranger Things Eyeing a 3rd and Possibly 4th Season, The Last Ship Starts Slow and More

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