Despite its big-name cast and a strong debut in its freshman year, the Shades of Blue TV show on NBC never quite lived up to expectations in the Nielsen ratings. After it dropped in season two, NBC issued a back-door cancellation, when it announced the third and final season premiere date. While we don’t have wonder whether Shades of Blue will be cancelled or renewed for season four, we’re keeping an eye on the ratings, to help us assess the chances of other NBC TV shows. It will also be interesting to see if the ratings improve for the final installment, so stay tuned.
An NBC crime drama, Shades of Blue stars Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker, and Sarah Jeffery. The mystery thriller follows Harlee Santos (Lopez) and her work “family” of Brooklyn detectives, including the enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Liota), whose shades of blue skew grey.
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: The second season of Shades of Blue averaged a 0.76 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.303 million total viewers (live + same day ratings).
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? Is the Shades of Blue TV series ending at the right time? If it were your call, would NBC cancel or renew this TV show for a fourth season?