Last May, Revenge was on the bubble and could have been cancelled. The ratings had fallen quite a bit over the course of the season and even hit a series low in May. ABC gambled and renewed it but was that the right decision?
It seems so. Revenge has been doing relatively well this season. It returned strong, to a 3.2 rating with 9.74 million viewers — the show’s best showing since its series premiere a year earlier. The numbers have come down since then but are still an improvement over Spring 2012. It’s currently the fourth-highest rated scripted series on the network.
Looking at the list below, it’s very doubtful that ABC will make a similar gamble with 666 Park Avenue or Last Resort.
What do you think? Was ABC wise to renew Revenge or did they just get lucky that its ratings have improved? Comment below.
Here are the season averages as of Thursday, November 8, 2012:
|Modern Family||4.8 (4.83)||12.38||season 4 ratings|
|Grey’s Anatomy||3.6 (3.58)||10.06||season 9 ratings|
|Once Upon a Time||3.4 (3.42)||10.09||season 2 ratings|
|Revenge||2.8 (2.77)||8.54||season 2 ratings|
|Suburgatory||2.7 (2.70)||7.20||season 2 ratings|
|The Middle||2.6 (2.60)||8.60||season 4 ratings|
|Malibu Country||2.3 (2.30)||9.13||season 1 ratings|
|The Neighbors||2.1 (2.14)||6.87||season 1 ratings|
|Nashville||2.1 (2.12)||6.80||season 1 ratings|
|Castle||2.1 (2.05)||10.54||season 4 ratings|
|Last Man Standing||2.0 (2.00)||8.07||season 2 ratings|
|Scandal||2.0 (1.98)||6.13||season 2 ratings|
|Last Resort||1.7 (1.68)||7.29||season 1 ratings|
|666 Park Avenue||1.7 (1.65)||5.02||season 1 ratings|
|Private Practice (last season)||1.6 (1.63)||5.76||season 6 ratings|
|Happy Endings||1.6 (1.60)||4.94||season 3 ratings|
|Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23||1.5 (1.45)||3.73||season 2 ratings|
|Dancing with the Stars||2.2 (2.24)||13.48||cycle 15 ratings|
|Dancing with the Stars (results)||2.1 (2.08)||12.41||cycle 15 ratings|
|Shark Tank||1.8 (1.83)||6.55||season 4 ratings|
|Primetime||1.5 (1.50)||4.72||season 24 ratings|
|America’s Funniest Home Videos||1.4 (1.44)||6.11||season 23 ratings|
|20/20||1.4 (1.43)||5.30||season 35 ratings|
These charts incorporate the daily final ABC show ratings (reported by Nielsen) and are sorted by the 18-49 demographic. Network advertisers typically prize those viewers most and so will pay more to reach them. There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. The higher the ratings, the better chance that the show will be renewed. And yes, they take it into account when a show airs on a Friday or Saturday night.
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