Ratings: Gotham Returns to Series Lows; DWTS, Following, NCIS: LA Rise

Fox’s Gotham returned on Monday to 4.4 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, down 28 and 25 percent from its last fresh outing to easily hit series lows.

Leading out of a non-repeat for once, The Following (3.5 mil/1.1) rose 17 percent and two tenths.

Elsewhere….

NBC | The Voice (10.8 mil/2.8) dipped a tenth, while The Night Shift (5.8 mil/1.4) hit a six-week high in audience and was steady in the demo.

ABC | Dancing With the Stars (13.6 mil/2.1) ticked up a tenth, while Castle (6.2 mil/1.0) delivered its most watched rerun of the season.

CBS | 2 Broke Girls (7.1 mil/1.8) and Mike & Molly (7.5 mil/1.8) were steady, Scorpion (9.4 mil/1.9) dipped a tenth and NCIS: LA (9.2 mil/1.6) inched up a tenth.

THE CW | Pending adjustments due to MLB preemptions, The Originals (1.4 mil/0.6) grew in audience and ticked up in the demo, while Jane the Virgin (1.45 mil/0.6) rose sharply from last week’s NCAA-impaired outing.

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21 Comments
  1. humphrey8 says:

    Tat’s what Fox gets for leaving Gotham on hiatus for so long.

    • DJ5 says:

      Exactly. I had completely forgotten it was back on until it was half over.

    • A.Rae says:

      Agreed, I never watch Fox for anything else and I hadn’t seen any promos saying they were coming back. And not for the first time either… although it definitely felt like a filler episode, and I’m way over Fish and her magical misadventures!

      • Joey says:

        Its hard to get invested in Fish when Jada basically hinted that she’s done after this season.

        • Joey says:

          Yeah. That was a pretty big mistake on both her and FOX’s part. Her character was mildly interesting at best, but is overall the most disliked on the entire time. Letting her go out and say she was done with the show once the season was over wasn’t the best plan. Hopefully getting shot in the stomach at the end of this weeks episode will lead into her being dead next week so the show won’t make the viewers have to suffer through more Fish.

    • Patrick says:

      Don’t just blame Fox. Gotham is a Batman show without Batman, cool gadgets, or costumed villains. So its set in Batman’s universe without all the stuff that makes the universe cool. It is origin stories for the villains, which is a cool concept. But the execution hasn’t been great. At some point, the lack of Batman was going to drag the show down unless it was just a fantastic show. And not enough people think it is fantastic.
      .
      Every show has its fans. That’s fine. Great even, that people love any/every show and take enjoyment from a variety of offerings. But not enough people love Gotham. As it winds down, more and more people seem to be bailing. If the show were that great, long hiatus’s wouldn’t matter. For the shows I really like, I know EXACTLY when they are on with new shows.

    • Whatevah says:

      I was going to say the exact same thing!

  2. GuessWhat says:

    FOX deserves that GOTHAM dip.
    And same goes for every other network that does the same.
    Enough with the long hiatus breaks!

    • Boiler says:

      I agree but unless they basically add a season it won’t change. As an oldster I remember when they did 30+ shows only preempted for holidays and summer

      • Larc says:

        Today’s writers don’t have enough imagination to fill out that many episodes. In too many cases, they don’t do very well with the fewer they have.

        • Boiler says:

          You are right and that is why I would like to see 2 seasons with different shows in each. people complain about the hiatus’ but also complain about the story telling. Can’t have both ways and I would love to see the networks do the multiple seasons.

    • Joey says:

      The real problem is May sweeps. These show’s want to make sure they have a chance to show off during May in an effort to get more viewers and advertisers interested, so they’ll gladly sacrifice almost two months to reruns just to make sure they should at least a couple new episodes during May. Why FOX decided to do that with Gotham, I don’t know. They already renewed the show, and just being related to Batman is enough to get advertiser dollars and viewers. If anything, their little greedy plan hurt them more than it helped them.

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    Whooohoooo for The Night Shift. Hope it gets another season. I think Gotham’s problem, aside from the long hiatus, is the Fish Mooney story line. It’s horrible.

  4. CJ says:

    Glad to see The Night Shift hanging in there.

    Those Gotham ratings hurt, especially with how good last night’s episode was. I hate when shows take such a long hiatus :-/

  5. The Kaibosh says:

    The release of Daredevil on Netflix last weekend has shown us that it is very possible for a comic book show to be faithful to the source material and succeed.

    Gotham is failing because it doesn’t know what it wants to be and is drifting too far from it’s source material.

    If Fox wants to tell a Batman origin story, then tell Batman’s origin story. You don’t need to invent new characters or introduce established ones too early in order to just have something to show. Tell the story faithfully and people will watch it.

  6. Christian says:

    Not surprising. Networks screw around too much with the continuity of a show with these long haituses. The Good Wife suffers from the same problem. The networks have GOT to stop doing this.

  7. kmw says:

    That’s what happens when you take your show off that long. I know FOX needed it to run into May, but that’s not good. At least The Following went up a bit.

  8. Alex Mindev says:

    I don’t know at what point will networks like FOX realize the following formula for success…shows like Gotham…13 episode seasons, tight storyline, no fillers…but here is the most important part…UNINTERRUPTED runs from start to finish. Enough with these long breaks, breaks for baseball, or whatever other sport. Put the freaking show on the schedule when it can have a 13 episode run without breaking it up. I guarantee that will improve it’s ratings instantly…however, greed and the combination of more greed and “we are smarter than you” gets them at the point where they are presently…with diminishing ratings and lack of interest.

    • Carla Krae says:

      You’ll have longer breaks between seasons. Each episode of TV takes 3 weeks to produce – 8-9 days for filming + 2 weeks for post.

  9. Joey says:

    Huh. So I guess a month and a half hiatus really does hurt a show. I’m sure FOX had no idea that would happen.

  10. I love Gotham so hope it comes back strong. I’m not able to catch it the night it airs so have to count as an On Demand statistic