Chuck: So How’d the NBC TV Show Do Last Night? Awesome?

ChuckAs fans of NBC’s Chuck are painfully aware, the show is on the bubble for renewal. The peacock network’s entire Monday night line-up has been struggling this season. Heroes has declined the most significantly but Angela Bromstad, NBC’s Entertainment President, has said that the network plans to renew the sci-fi show for season four.

With Jay Leno’s new show set to take over the weeknight 10pm timeslot next season, NBC has far fewer schedule positions available for other shows. That’s really bad news for series like Chuck which has often landed in fourth place for its timeslot.

Last night, with its second-to-last episode of the season (or series), Chuck had its best opportunity to shine in the ratings. Rather than the very popular House, FOX opted to air an episode of less-popular Bones. On top of that, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother were both in repeats. In the past week or two, there’s also been a huge amount of online support for the show from blogs like our friend Kath at Give Me My Remote and numerous TV critics. That equates to lots of free publicity and valuable word of mouth for NBC and the show.

So essentially, if Chuck was going to have a breakout night in the ratings, this would be it. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Chuck attracted a disappointing 6.05 6.11 million viewers and a 2.3/6 2.4/7 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. That’s fewer total viewers than last week but the same a little better in the targeted demo. It was also once again in fourth place for the timeslot.

How does this bode for Chuck’s future? Not very well. This performance essentially shows the network that, under the best of conditions, the show’s audience isn’t getting much bigger.

On the plus side, the network isn’t doing very well on the whole and the execs supposedly love the show. They have fewer timeslots to fill but Chuck is at least getting some attention. Though 18-49 viewers are what really counts, the network might be willing to take what it can get. They also co-produce the show which doesn’t hurt.

Unless NBC makes a decision sooner, we’ll have to wait until mid-May to find out their Chuck plans for sure.

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  1. Steve says

    Jason, sorry to piss you off but when facts are wrong, I just pointed them out and everything I said is true you can check them if like. If they were correct about there numbers I would not have said anything so I dont call that being arrogant I call that correcting a mistake. Plus if the show was doing as bad as you say in the ratings I would just chalk it up to another show I like that does not have a chance to return and not say anything but that also this not true it least for NBC.

    plus lets look at what you said,
    “Dancing skews older so with the programming on the other channels Chuck had a great chance to show what it could do and it didn’t. ” Their 18-49 ratings are on the average of 4.4 and a 3.3 on 18-34 so thats to the skews to the older?

    CSI in the demo had a 3.8 and a 2.1 in the demo which is a lot less the DWTS, granted Idol is a lot higher but to say that all nights are tough is just not true. You also say the shows ratings also suck, it has averaged 2.4 all year in the demo which for NBC is higher than their avg so I guess it depends on what you consider “sucks”.

    Again I am a fan of the show but I am also realistic about the shows chances, but when something that is said that is not true I just wanted to point it out. Now I am not going to respond to anything you post which I am sure you will because I dont want to get into any word contest with you, but for you to call me arrogant when all I was doing was stating facts that were wrong in the post, I personally dont find that arrogant and that you calling me that I find a little arrogant. (just saying)

  2. Jasper says

    It’s comments by people like “Steve” that almost make me want to see Chuck get canceled. They think their show is th only one worrth saving and everybody is against it because its such quality. How arrogant.

    Dancing skews older so with the programming on the other channels Chuck had a great chance to show what it could do and it didn’t. Given the choice, even many of Chuck’s fans will watch something else. The little increases aren’t impressive because the show’s overall ratings suck.

    Toughest night on TV? How about going up against young-skewing American Idol or CSI? Weeknights are all pretty tough.

    Chuck is not a hit. I personally enjoy it so I hope it gets renewed but comments like Steve’s just piss me off.

  3. Steve says

    Whoever wrote this has not been paying attention at all to the ratings or the show or have their facts straight

    example Bone is avg? it pull in close to 10 million and 3.0 average I don

  4. Nick says

    This is my favorite show on TV and if it was taken off, I would be crushed. I find myself watching it over and over again. I can’t wait until Monday night to see what happens. I have never felt that way about any other show because it keeps me wondering what is going to happen next. Also, it has a great cast to make it even better. I would be truly discontent to see Chuck go.

  5. Michael says

    The poor ratings I think have more to do with a large portion of the public upset with nbc, msnbc, etc being in bed with the Obama administration. Chuck is one of the few shows worth watching on NBC. If it wasn’t for Chuck, Biggest Loser and Big Bang there will be no reason to watch NBC and I too will boycot NBC due to the fact they are in bed with OBAMA

  6. Chad says

    Of course this just goes to show today’s youth mindset of dumbed down entertainment. Instead of getting great shows like Chuck and Eli Stone we will get to see more trashy stupid reality shows of people degrading themselves. I am tired of these executives to not have any foresight in television. A lot of time shows that become iconic, start slow and gently build into big number powerhouses. If executives are going to make these decisions they should at least give writers 1/2 season 13eps to cleverly tie up storylines and give the true fans the closure that they deserve.

  7. Marie says

    The digital landscape is already littered with the corpses or terrific TV shows that were either too smart or too clever for their own good. The masses seem to want the lowest common denominator – a sad state of affairs for our nation. Chuck, like already dead Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone began during the fateful strike year, and THAT more than anything is most responsible for their deaths. If only the unions had known the true damage their strike would cause over the long haul to everyone in the creative professions (but esp actors and writers).

    Nothing against Heroes…for reasons unknown I still watch it while it continues to disappoint me week after week…but why save it and kill Chuck? That makes no sense at all. I’m not holding my breath but it’d be amazing if someone granted both Chuck and Kings a stay of execution.

  8. Noel says

    How about moving Chuck (and Life, for that matter) to USA network? Chuck/Burn Notice and Life/In Plain Sight blocks would be awesome!

  9. Ben says

    The writing is spectacular and keeps me thinking and excited

  10. says

    @Torrentfan: The ratings are created to give advertisers an idea of how many people will see their commercials if they’re run during a particular show. The commercials pay for the production of the show. Torrents don’t have ads and therefore have no value for advertisers or the network.

    Online streaming (Hulu, is taken into consideration but in reality equates to a very small percentage of a network show’s audience.

  11. Torrentfan says

    How can ratings be an issue when a high number of viewers in the 18-49 demographic torrent their shows? I attend a very very very large college, and I would venture a safe estimate that 60-75% of those in attendance at the school TORRENT their shows. The other 20% or so watch their shows through streaming video options like (which I am sure they count in the tally) and Hulu.

    When are the TV stations, the MPAA and the RIAA going to learn that their business model and concept of what is popular is usually extremely far from reality.

  12. says

    This amazes me. This is really one of the more entertaining shows on television. I enjoy it as much (and sometimes more) than Heroes. But, if Heroes is struggling too, then I guess my tastes are in a different category.

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