Once upon a time, the Peacock Network was renowned for its comedy lineup. Although recently, NBC has had achieved some success sitcoms like The Good Place and its revival of Will & Grace, it is still trying to bring back the laughter and its “Must See TV” slogan. The Champions TV show is the network’s latest look at the funny side of life. Can it live up to its name in the Nielsen ratings race? Will Champions be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. **Status update below.
From creators Charlie Grandy and Mindy Kaling, Champions stars Anders Holm, Andy Favreau, J.J. Totah, Fortune Feimster, Ginger Gonzaga, Mouzam Makkar, Yassir Lester, and Robert Costanzo, with Kaling guest starring. The new NBC TV series centers on Vince (Holm), a former high school baseball star who abandoned his aspirations to run his family’s Brooklyn gym and lives above it with his sweet, naïve younger brother, Matthew (Favreau). When Vince’s old fling, Priya (Kaling) drops off their teenaged son, Michael (Totah), so the boy can attend a New York school for the performing arts, Vince and Matthew must rise to the challenge of providing a good home for the young man, despite their utter lack of parenting experience. Fortunately, the gang at the gym is ready to provide some guidance, whether it’s helpful or not.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Champions TV series? Should it have been cancelled or renewed for a second season on NBC?
**6/29/2018 Status Update: Champions has been cancelled, there will be no season two. Details here.