The ratings for Madam Secretary have never been very strong and the series could easily have been cancelled many times over the years. CBS renewed it for a sixth and final season so that the creators could craft a proper final season. Will it be a fitting farewell or will the last episodes just leave fans hungry for Elizabeth to have a another year in office (aka a seventh season)? Stay tuned.
A political thriller, Madam Secretary stars Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Zeljko Ivanek, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Kevin Rahm, and Wallis Currie Wood with Evan Roe, Clifton Davis, and José Zúñiga in recurring roles. As U.S. Secretary of State for five years, Elizabeth McCord (Leoni) battled office politics, while driving diplomacy and negotiating global deals. In the sixth and final season, Elizabeth now holds the highest office in the land with the help of her team. The members include chief of staff Russell Jackson (Ivanek); counselor to the president Mike Barnow (Rahm); press secretary Daisy Grant (Miller); and charming assistant Blake Moran (Bergen). As Elizabeth debates policy and battles opponents on Capitol Hill, that’s just a warm-up for when she’s back at the White House residence with her supportive husband, theology-professor-turned-First-Gentleman Henry (Daly), and their children. It’s there that “politics” and “compromise” take on a new meaning.
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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For comparisons: Season five of Madam Secretary on CBS averaged a 0.56 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.41 million viewers.
Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.
What do you think? Do you like the Madam Secretary TV series on CBS? Are you sorry that there won’t have a seventh season?