Ratings: Few Go on ABC's Quest, Rookie Blue Audience Slips to Season Low

Rookie Blue Season 5 Ratings

ABC’s The Quest on Thursday night premiered to 2.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, down sharply in audience from time slot predecessor Black Box‘s finale (4 mil/0.7) but matching its demo.

TVLine readers gave the reality/fantasy hybrid an average grade of “B-.”

Leading out of that, Rookie Blue returned to 4.5 million viewers — down 17 percent to a season low — and a 0.9 rating, matching its last outing. NY Med (5.5 mil/0.9) added a few eyeballs but ticked down in the demo.

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FOX | Leading out of a Sleepy Hollow repeat, Gang Related (2.3 mil/0.7) was flat.

NBC | Leading out of a Game Night rerun, Welcome to Sweden (2.6 mil/0.7) dipped 10 percent and a tenth while Working the Engels (1.9 mil/0.6) slipped 14 percent in audience. Last Comic Standing (3.3 mil/1.1) was steady.

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CBS | Big Brother (6.2 mil/2.1) dipped 5 percent in audience while steady in the demo week-to-week. BB scored the nightly demo win, while a Big Bang Theory rerun drew the largest audience (7.2 mil).

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  1. Mark says:

    Most Rookie Blue fans are watching the episodes as they air in Canada…

    • Lauren says:

      Most? Really? Wow TVline, you should do a big news story on such a thing!

    • BrittBrat says:

      This is true! I don’t know why they don’t put them on at the same time.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      Yeah, I can’t think of any reason why it would be losing it’s audience. It’s still a great show.

    • Moment says:

      Nice excuse but factually untrue. Only the Nielsen households are tracked, and if you go by previous seasons on ABC, the drop can’t be blamed on online viewership.

      • Mark says:

        I’m not commenting on the ratings. I’m commenting on the fact that the fandom is not watching the show on ABC. That is factually true.

        • Moment says:

          Not really no. You have no way of proving it either. Previous seasons have done better on ABC regardless of when it was shown in Canada. The current drop is just one of those things, Motive is experiencing the same. For one reason or another some Nielsen viewers have just stopped watching. Perhaps they lost interest, who knows?

          • Kim R says:

            Motive ‘s full season aired in Canada before it started in the US. Again, access online would make a difference in the live viewing numbers for that as well.

          • Moment says:

            If you could conclusively prove that Nielsen households are watching these episodes online yes. But previous seasons have rated higher regardless of when the episodes were aired in Canada. The general TV viewer without a Nielsen box who may watch something online isn’t tracked to begin with.

    • Kim R says:

      I would agree with this. If they can access the episodes online, why wait? It couldn’t help but make a difference in the live viewing numbers.

  2. Et al says:

    Why didn’t abc bring back Whodunnit?

    • Ann says:

      That show was fun! All they needed was to retool the show a bit (like, to make sure the person who actually won actually knew whodunnit) and it would have been a great summer show to watch.

  3. Sarah says:

    I’m glad Rookie Blue is at least stable, all things considered. I just wish we knew already if ABC is going to renew it for season 6 (the 2nd half of this season) like Global.

    • Sparky says:

      If they do can they please air it at the same time as Canada??? I don’t make a difference to the Nielsen ratings but I have watched clips online after Global shows it and it has sat on my DVR when ABC airs the episodes.

    • Moment says:

      So far there is no Season 6. Season 5 is 22 episodes long. I can’t see why it won’t get a 6th season based on its Canadian numbers, and ABC will likely pick that up.

      • Sarah says:

        Actually, Global is splitting the 22 eps into 2 season, hence season 6.

        • Moment says:

          Actually no they’re not. Rookie Blues 5th season is being split up into 2 parts, 11 episodes to air this year, the other 11 to air next year. This practice has been done quite a lot on other networks, such as Syfy with Warehouse 13, Eureka, Haven. Split seasons does not equal 2 seasons.

          Walking Dead follows the split season format, Mad Men has done too, as has Breaking Bad. I could name dozens more.

          • Sarah says:

            Well, Global’s twitter page (July 8th) said that the 2nd batch of eps would be season 6. Now, it didn’t say exactly when they would air, just that they would be season 6.

          • Moment says:

            You’re right. That’s quite deceptive of them if anything. Plenty of places were quoting Season 5 as 22 episodes, now they’re saying Season 5 is 11 episodes, Season 6 11 now basically. Apologies for doubting you.

          • Sarah says:

            It’s all good. :)

  4. Moment says:

    Awful for the The Quest, but I can’t see it being pulled, there would be no point. It’ll likely air out its full season before being canceled and forgotten about.

  5. Jim Labruno says:

    Where does one go online to watch the Canadian Episodes?

  6. Margaery says:

    Feel like Rookie Blue has a bigger gap this year between when the Canadian series started airing episodes and when ABC in the US airs them. They are so far ahead this year I can see how more viewers are just watching them as they air in Canada and not waiting for the US broadcast. It’s like a 4 episode gap.