Second Chance Post #3

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With each passing week, it’s more and more clear that FOX’s “Second Chance” will more than likely not be getting one… The show dropped to a 0.6 rating pulling only 2.24 million viewers. A .1 decline from last week’s .7 rating in the demo.

Interestingly enough, the show has been getting paltry ratings but its social media following tells another story. On Facebook, Second Chance has 11,922 likes — not too bad, but then again a show like Empire has 3+ million. What’s interesting about the following Second Chance has is that the interaction their posts have is nearly universally positive. Especially on Facebook, I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen a page whose comments are universally positive. On almost everything they post there are a bevy of comments saying how great the show is and how disappointed viewers will be if the show gets cancelled. The engagement numbers aren’t high, but the engagement they do get is overwhelmingly positive.

Second Chance – Post #1

second-chance-102-rob-kazinsky-shirtless-wet-2016-imagesSecond Chance is a sci-fi/crime drama program airing on FOX. The show is based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. A man is brought back to life in the body of a younger man to essentially relive his life and hopefully do better the second time around than he did in the bad paths he went down the first time. The show stars Robert Kazinsky in the lead role of Jimmy Pritchard and also stars Dilshad Vadsaria, Adhir Kalyan, Ciara Bravo, Tim DeKay, and Vanessa Lengies.

Interestingly enough, Second Chance aired first on the web on December 25th, 2015. That same episode only aired on TV the 13th of January 2016. Since the show’s launch, two episodes have aired. For this week, FOX has already moved Second Chance to Fridays at 9:00 p.m., taking the former spot of Hell’s Kitchen. Things are not looking good for the show. Even with an American Idol lead-in, Second Chance only pulled a 1.2 in its premiere episode and the second episode didn’t fare much better at a 1.0 rating. The move to Fridays almost certainly spells cancellation for the show.

Blindspot Fall Finale

Blindspot aired its fall finale on November 23.  The drama aired 10 episodes over the course of its introductory fall season.  The show is scheduled to be returning to its regular Monday night 10 pm time slot on February 29th.  There are 13 episodes scheduled to run through May 23 for the spring season.

Filling the Monday night time slot previously held by Blindspot is the freshman comedy, Superstore.  I find it interesting that they put a comedy in the old place of Blindspot.  Knowing how well a drama did in that time slot, I would have thought NBC would have replaced the show with another drama.  But, then again, all the other networks are probably changing up programming too.

The live ratings for the fall finale were not that strong.  The show pulled in a 1.9 rating with 6.9 million viewers.  This is the first time that the show has dropped below a 2.0 rating.  The live +3 ratings, however, were the largest for any show that week.  The show managed to increase by 58% to a solid 3.0 rating… right on par with the series premiere ratings.  Seeing as how Blindspot lead-in, The Voice, was also very low in the ratings, perhaps the night’s top program, Monday Night Football, attracted the live holiday week viewing audience.

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Scream Queens – Post #12

With just three episodes left of the first season, it surprisingly remains unknown whether or not Scream Queens will continue on to a second season. In a recent post by Tvbythenumbers, the comedic-horror show received three straight-faced faces  ( 😐 ). These three images, according to TvBytheNumbers, symbolize how they are in a toss-up between the show’s ultimate renewal and cancellation. Viewers question if the decision will be known by the first season’s finale in three weeks.

On an upside, last night’s episode is receiving great reviews by critics, and may just be the best episode for realistic character interactions. Since the episode was focused around Thanksgiving and family, multiple guest stars made their debuts; Rachele Smith, Faith Prince, Alan Thicke, Chad Michael

SCREAM QUEENS: Top Row L-R: Guest stars Rachele Brooke Smith and Chad Michael Murray, series star Glen Powell and guest star Patrick Schwarzenegger. Bottom Row L-R: Guest stars Julia Duffy and Alan Thicke in the "Thanksgiving" episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Nov. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Cook Allender/FOX.

SCREAM QUEENS: Top Row L-R: Guest stars Rachele Brooke Smith and Chad Michael Murray, series star Glen Powell and guest star Patrick Schwarzenegger. Bottom Row L-R: Guest stars Julia Duffy and Alan Thicke in the “Thanksgiving” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Nov. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Cook Allender/FOX.

Murray, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Julia Duffy and Garry Grubbs. Unfortunately, even with such positive praise, the episode went on to receive its lowest rating yet – 0.8. Scream Queens wasn’t the only show with a disappointing rating; the finale of Dancing with the Stars dropped in ratings from last season. Perhaps it’s the holiday week that threw a lot of people off, but viewership continues to be much different than it was a year ago.

Blindspot #11

Blindspot continues to perform well for NBC.  The show just reached a 5 week high in the ratings, dominating the 10 PM time slot for NBC with a 2.3 rating and 8.2 million viewers.  These are the best numbers for the show since the October 12th episode.  That scored a 2.3 rating with 8.2 million viewers.  Also up by 7% was the Blindspot lead-in, The Voice.  NBC ranked #1 for the entire night.

This lead me to look at exactly who is watching Blindspot.  The Blindspot audience is the most “upscale” of the night among all the major network’s scripted shows.  The show scored a 124 index in the 18-49 demo, with $100k+ income.  The intelligent story lines and intricate characters are attracting the more upscale viewer.  I think that NBC would be wise to continue Blindspot in the Monday night lineup for the spring season.  It seems like it competes well with the other Monday night lineups.

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Scream Queens – Post #11

Inquisitr is the latest source to report on the steady decline in ratings for Scream Queens, which remains in the clear of being axed by FOX. The author of the piece, Nathan Francis, believes the comedic horror show is continually saved each week due to new trends in the television/entertainment business. Network executives are more reluctant to kill off a program if it’s building an audience unaccounted for by traditional ratings. Television shows are also being considered for other options, such as airing solely on OTT services like HULU and Netflix.

In more positive news, Scream Queens is up for a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy. Lea Michelle, Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts are all up for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series. Elizabeth Banks will host the 42nd awards show on January 6, 2016. I’m curious to see if the outcome of these two awards will have any push or pull on the continuation of the series.

Blindspot Massive with DVR

NBC’s hit show Blindspot is growing even larger with the live+3 and live+7 ratings.  For the final week of October, Blindspot grew 62%!  That is a huge jump.  The show lifted from a 2.15 to a 3.49 rating, jumping from 7.9 million to 12 million viewers.  The 4.1 million viewer increase was the biggest lift of the night, beating out hit shows such as, Big Bang Theory (3.9 million lift) and Supergirl (3.1 million lift) both on CBS.  The week prior to last, Blindspot‘s live+3 rating lift of 4.2 million was broadcast television’s biggest live+3 ratings lift of the entire week.

I have a feeling that once Monday Night Football comes to a close next year, the live ratings for Blindspot (assuming they stick with the Monday night 10pm time slot) will get a lift.  I think a portion of the viewers are holding off and waiting for DVR because of the Monday Night Football competition.

I also find it interesting that the creators of the show already have an ending mapped out.  They are prepared for cancellation (which at this point seems highly unlikely) and have the story all planned out in case they don’t receive a second season.  This is the number 1 scripted show for NBC, so I can see the network green lighting a season 2 early on in the spring.  I think it is good for the fans to know that the creators care enough about the show and the story that they already have a complete road map designed just in case… but something tells me Blindspot isn’t going anywhere.

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Blindspot – Post #8

“Blindspot” seems to have hit its average. The past few weeks in the ratings have been somewhat of a rollercoaster, with the ratings increasing and decreasing. The steady stream has seemed to hit an even baseline. This week, the rating was a 2.1 with 7.91 million viewers. This is a .1 drop from last week’s ratings. It was the top rated program in the 10 P.M. time slot among all the major networks.

I also wanted to point out some interesting information I got from an article published in Variety this week. The article was a series scorecard for all of the new shows. “Blindspot” was pointed out as the top freshman series out of all the network’s new launches.

The show has slightly declined in live ratings since its premiere. But that is pretty normal for a show to open high and slightly decline. The key to the show’s success in the ratings is the DVR/VOD audience. “Blindspot” is the new fall show with the biggest DVR and VOD playback. The pilot episode premiered to 10.61 million viewers, but lifted to 16.59 million viewers. With an additional 5.98 million viewers, the lift was the highest among all network shows.


Grandfathered Post #8

Grandfathered is reaching the mid-season mark and the question is raised for Grandfathered staff, “Do I Stay or Do I Go?”. A recent article from TV By the Numbers placed Grandfathered as teetering on the line between renewal and cancellation.

grandfathered-renew-cancel-wk-5Although, its ratings are not as blatantly successful as Fox’s Empire or doing as poor as Fox’s Minority Report, they fall right on the cusp between success and failure. Last week’s ratings demonstrated that the show is beginning to level out at approximately at a rating of 1 and reached about 3.3 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic. These numbers appear pretty stable, but the question is raised, whether or not Fox thinks these ratings are worthy of keeping the show going.

Although the show’s future is unknown, show executives are trying to secure ratings by locking in guest stars for future episodes. Currently, John Stamos’ longtime co-stars on Full House, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are set to be appearing on the show. Their episodes are expected to air in late 2015 or 2016, which will hopefully give the viewers something to look forward to. john-stamos-bob-saget-dave-coulier-1Another guest star, expected to show up will be Dr. Phil, who will play John Stamos’ doctor.

Blindspot Roller Coaster Ratings

‘Blindspot’ ratings hit a season low last night falling almost 16%.  The action drama scored a 2.1 rating with 7.83 million viewers.  The drop is nothing to worry about seeing as how ‘Blindspot’ has already been picked up for a full season, but it is a notable drop.

One major factor could have attributed to the shows drop.  Last night was the premiere of the new Star Wars trailer during Monday Night Football on ESPN.  The highly anticipated blockbuster dropped the new trailer during last nights game, which saw a double digit ratings rise.  I suspect that once the time-shifted ratings come out at the end of the week, ‘Blindspot’ will be back on the top of its ratings game.

On the social media front, it seems that the amount of twitter followers has grown from 19k to 26k since the show’s launch.  The show is now referring to its viewers as “blindspotters.”  I think creating this nickname reinforces fandom, which in turn, will strengthen the shows fan base dedication.