After co-starring on NCIS for 13 seasons, Michael Weatherly has his own CBS TV show on Tuesday nights, Bull. Has Weatherly gone from one hit to another or is Bull a flop? Cancel or keep it?
Inspired by the early career of Doctor Phil McGraw, the Bull TV show revolves around the brash and charming Doctor Jason Bull (Weatherly). He combines psychology, human intuition, and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. His team members are played by Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Annabelle Attanasio, and Christopher Jackson.
Premiering on September 20th, Bull launched to an average of a 2.21 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 15.56 million viewers. It was a very positive start in the ratings, no doubt in part because CBS gave it a very compatible timeslot — sandwiched between NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans.
In week two, the numbers saw a drop of more than 12%, falling to a 1.89 in the demo with 13.61 million. They dropped again in week three and the ratings have fallen nearly every episode after that. The last new episode of 2016 averaged a 1.44 in the demo with 11.61 million.
While Bull’s numbers are still positive, it is concerning that they keep dropping lower and lower. If the ratings keep falling, CBS could potentially cancel Bull but that hardly seems likely.
The network needs new shows and Bull is perfectly tailored for the CBS schedule. At this point, I suspect they’ll renew it for a second season but may ask for some tinkering behind-the-scenes to try to attract more viewers (ala season two of Code Black).
But, what do you think? Do you like the Bull TV show on CBS? Is it worth watching? Cancel or keep it?