Cancellation Watch: Agents of SHIELD Looks to be Building Back its Audience, Atlantis Renewed for a Second Season.

By | December 1, 2013

Catching up from the holiday week, Tuesday night seemed to buck the Thanksgiving trend of ratings lulls as all of that night’s genre shows did relatively well for the evening.  Agents of SHIELD just may have turned around its ratings decline as it improved for a second week in a row to a 2.6 score in the 18-49 demographic with 9.7 million total viewers.  ABC’s spin department jumped on those numbers and touted that it had its second highest audience based on total viewers as they tried to erase any thoughts that the show might have ever been in a ratings spiral.  Over on The CW, The Originals returned strong for the fifth place network after a one week absence as it delivered a 1.1 rating with 2.4 million total viewers.  And that helped Supernatural which edged up a couple of ticks to 1.1 rating with 2.4 million total viewers.  And on CBS, Person of Interest had its best rating in a few weeks with a 2.2 score and 11.9 million total viewers.

All of the broadcast network genre shows were preempted on Wednesday and Thursday, but Friday got mostly back to business as usual as The CW’s Nikita did not improve any with its second Season 4 episode, pulling again a measly 0.2 rating with 0.9 million total viewers.  On NBC, Grimm slipped to a 1.3 score with 5.7 million total viewers, though it could claim a holiday week lull and will likely rebound this coming Friday.  Dracula stayed low with a 0.9 rating and 2.8 million total viewers and will likely return to the grave once it finishes its ten episode run.  The Neighbors was preempted by a Shrek holiday repeat which topped that show’s rating from the last week by 67%.  (Note that the Friday numbers I list here are based on the preliminaries and could be adjusted slightly when the finals come in.)

The Wednesday cable numbers have not come in yet, but I will post American Horror Story‘s performance on the Cancellation Watch Twitter Site once those are posted.    Also of interest, BBC has renewed their new fantasy series Atlantis after only one episode has aired.  That one scored well in the post-Doctor Who 50th anniversary special timeslot, so apparently they thought that was good enough to give the show a nod for another round of episodes. 

Below are the Top 25 rankings and the DVR numbers.  As expected, Almost Human dropped to the very bottom of the broadcast network Top 25 with its second episode and it will fall completely out for its third episode when those number come out in a day or two.

Top 25 Nov 18th to Nov 24th  

Cable Networks

Total Viewers:  Live + Same Day viewing from the overnights
2. The Walking Dead (AMC) 11.3 Million (Prior Week – #1, 12.0 MM)
7. American Horror Story: Coven (FX) 4.0 Million (Prior Week – #9, 4.2 MM)
16. The Talking Dead (AMC) 3.4 Million (Prior Week – #10, 4.1 MM)

Broadcast Networks

Ratings:  18-49 demographic in Live + Same Day viewing from the overnights
20. Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 2.5 Rating (Prior Week – #17, 2.6 Rating)
21. Agents of SHIELD (ABC) 2.4 Rating (Prior Week – #23, 2.2 Rating)
25. Almost Human (FOX) 2.3 Rating (Prior Week – #8, 3.1)

Total Viewers:  Live + Same Day viewing from the overnights
10. Person of Interest (CBS) 12.3 million (Prior Week – #7, 12.6 MM)

Live+7 Day DVR Ratings: 

Top 25 Ratings Increase for the Week of November 11th to 17th   
4. Sleepy Hollow:  Rating Increase – 1.8, Final Rating – 4.3
5. Agents of SHIELD:  Rating Increase – 1.7, Final Rating – 4.2
10. Once Upon A Time: Rating Increase – 1.3, Final Rating – 3.4
13. Grimm: Rating Increase – 1.2, Final Rating – 2.5
15. Person of Interest: Rating Increase – 1.1, Final Rating – 3.0
17. Revolution: Rating Increase – 1.1, Final Rating – 2.5

Dropping Out: Dracula and Vampire Diaries

I will be getting back to my regular posting schedule this week, but that will only last a short while as we head into the winter hiatus.

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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