Mr. Robot - Season 2 Review

TVLine Items: Mr. Robot's Ratings Dip, Empire's New Singer and More

USA Network’s Mr. Robot booted back up on Wednesday night with 1.04 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, — down from both its series debut (1.75 mil/0.5) and its freshman finale (1.2 mil/0.5).

The double-episode, limited-commercials opener was followed by a live aftershow, titled Hacking Robot, which retained 376,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating.

Possibly impacting the acclaimed, freshly Emmy-nominated drama’s premiere numbers is the fact that the first half was “leaked” online by fsociety on Sunday night.

Leading into Mr. Robot, Suits opened Season 6 with 1.9 mil and a 0.5, down a tick from its previous premiere (2.1 mil/0.6) but on par with its March finale (1.7 mil/0.5).

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well… 

* Musician Sierra McClain will recur on Season 3 of Fox’s Empire as Nessa, a singer that Lucious (Terrence Howard) is determined to sign, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The music drama returns Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9/8c.

* Spike’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist has cast Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Alex Cunningham, Father Romanov, Jay Heisel, Mia Lambert, Jonah Dixon, Connor Heisel, Adrian Garff and Gus Redman, respectively. 

* NBC has ordered Funded, a competition series in which entrepreneurs vie for an investment in their start-up business. Top Model‘s Tyra Banks, Ridiculousness’ Rob Dyrdek and business developer Rohan Oza are set to be mentors on the series. 

* Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, David Spade and Anthony Jeselnik will serve as the judges at Comedy Central’s Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle. The four-night special, which features 16 comedians competing against one another, airs Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31 at 10 pm.

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19 Comments
  1. Shame, it’s a fantastic program, ill be interested to see the +7 numbers, see how much it adds!

  2. Dani says:

    Wow, Suits was more watched than Mr. Robot. Anyway, barely anyone watched the first few seasons of Breaking Bad, so maybe Mr. Robot will be more popular later on.

    • Michael says:

      Mr. Robot will follow the fate of Suits. Straight to a boring, never-ending soap opera without any core story.

  3. Steven says:

    It won’t be long before the Christian Slater curse strikes again.

  4. Patrick says:

    This may be one of those times when a limited series should have been a one off. Its fun to think about sticking it to the man, or big business, or whatever. But the aftermath is usually ugly. Hacking evil corp was fun. But seeing the damage it does to everyday people has a sobering effect. Our nation seems to lack the ability to see the consequences of difficult actions/decisions. We enjoy the fantasy of doing something, but we don’t like the hard consequences that follow.

    • Ken says:

      Mr Robot was never a limited series

      • eddie willers says:

        He’s saying that the latest episodes were really bad (and I agree with him), and so that it would have been better to have one intriguing, fascinating season and, if you have run out of ideas, just let it bask in its original glory.

        • Patrick says:

          The latest eps may be pretty good. We’ll see. But, after the big reveal, sometimes there isn’t much story left to tell. Even if there is more story, if it involves showing consequences, that isn’t always palatable to viewers.

  5. eddie willers says:

    Having an extraordinarily boring 2 hour premiere sure didn’t help Mr. Robot.
    I’m thinking its another Orphan Black. One and done.

  6. Martin Hartley says:

    Cue the lawsuit from ABC to NBC overt Funded copying Shark Tank

  7. Mr Pancake says:

    The episodes weren’t boring though its a program that focuses on dialogue, just like the other great programs out there. Its a fantastic program!

  8. Michelle says:

    Maybe the leak wasn’t the best idea?

    Though I bet it will get better ratings as the season goes on

  9. Jec says:

    Well considering that the show got nominated for the Emmys inc best show, actor and writing, I’d say it’s doing pretty well.

  10. Steve says:

    I have watched both episodes on the dark web part one and two I can see why they lost people. Part one unless you watched all of last season it made no sense and was drawn out and boring. Part two picks up the pace but still leaves you wondering what happened to all the hype from last years ending. I hope it gets better because if the next episode stinks they are not going to draw new people.

    • KLS says:

      Agreed. I didn’t watch S1 because it too started out too slowly and I bailed (I know I have little patience). I tried S2 premier and was lost/didn’t care. I think I need to binge S1, catch up, then start S2 over again. You are right about them not gaining any new viewers with what they’ve shown so far.

  11. HAP says:

    Such the irony for Mr Robot to be the very first drama series on USA to get an Emmy nod, and then premiere the second season with its lowest ever rating.