Reel TV Ratings: (Monday) – The CW Premieres Start Slow While The Big Four Networks Also See Slight Dips

The CW threw its hat into the Fall TV season ring but the results were on the low end of expectations. It should be noted that The CW ratings standards are a bit different from that of the big four networks. Lower demo scores aren’t necessarily bad but if they are TOO low that is cause for concern. I will explain thoroughly to let you know if your show is safe or in danger.

On The CW, Supergirl tied a series low in adults 18-49 with a 0.5 rating & 1.86 million viewers, and Valor debuted to a 0.3 demo rating and 1.21 million viewers — on par with Jane the Virgin’s average in the timeslot last season but below that show’s 0.4 premiere. For Supergirl, this number isn’t too alarming. It’s in its third season and virtually safe unless it goes completely fractional. Valor’s demo drop isn’t too horrible either but the military drama was probably expensive to produce for the network so it has to maintain this number or go a bit higher if it wants to stay safe.

To be fair, the Big 4 networks were down for the most part as well. The Big Bang Theory led the night with a 2.8 in the 18-49 demographic & 13.05 million viewers, pending updates (CBS had a Monday Night Football pre-emption in Minneapolis). That’s off 0.2 vs. last week. 9JKL slipped a tenth of a point to a 1.5 demo rating & 7.74 million viewers, pending updates. Kevin Can Wait (1.4, 6.68 million viewers) is currently even with last week, while Me, Myself & I (1.1, 4.99 million viewers) and Scorpion (1.0, 5.42 million viewers) are each up a tenth.

The Good Doctor fell 0.3 for ABC but still turned in a solid 1.9 demo rating and 10.59 million viewers. The series also continued to build significantly on Dancing With the Stars (1.3, -0.1, 9.11 million viewers). The Gifted (1.2, 3.85 million viewers) fell three tenths from its premiere on FOX but it did once again build on its lead-in, Lucifer which  was down two tenths to a 0.9 demo score and 3.30 million viewers.

On NBC, The Brave matched last week’s preliminary 1.2 demo score (it adjusted down to a 1.1 in the finals) and 5.34 million viewers. The show has been relatively steady the last three weeks but it still is on the bubble for the network.

Will your Monday shows recover from these dips next week? Check back Tuesday for the Monday ratings recap!


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