Gotham Ratings Watch: Trouble Brewing?


That’s right, Bat-fans! It’s time for our weekly Gotham ratings report!

FOX’s Batman-less series might just be in trouble. The final numbers for the re-tooled season 2 premiere were not all that encouraging. The season 1 finale saw about 4.9 million viewers, so how did Monday’s episode fare?

"Final broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, September 21, 2015  (Live + Same Day):  TimeNetShow18-49 Rating18-49 ShareViewers Live+SD (million)8:00PMCBSThe Big Bang Theory -P4.71618.20NBCThe Voice -P3.51112.37ABCDancing With the Stars1.8611.46FOXGotham -P1.654.57CWPenn & Teller: Fool Us0.311.15tvbythenumbers.com8:30PMCBSLife in Pieces -P2.6911.289:00PMCBSScorpion -P2.2711.09FOXMinority Report-P1.133.10CWWhose Line is it Anyway -R0.310.959:30PMCWSignificant Mother0.100.4710:00PMNBCBlindspot -P3.11010.61CBSNCIS: Los Angeles -P1.247.89ABCCastle -P1.246.84Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2015 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.—"

Uh oh. 4.57 million is definitely down from the finale. The saddest part is that it’s about half of the series premiere, which tallied 9 million viewers. What does that mean for the show? I hate to say it, but if the numbers don’t start trending upward we might have to start our cancellation watch about December.

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The reviews were just as mixed and mediocre for this episode as it was for last season. At some point we may have to recognize that the show is flawed in its concept. Until show runners can own up to that it likely isn’t going to improve. Granted, the numbers are solid for FOX, especially for primetime drama, but considering the audience feedback and seemingly high cost of the show, that may not be able to carry it for long.

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For our coverage about all that’s good and bad in Gotham check out our Season 1 Roundtable.

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