OK TV lovers, there's bad news and good news when it comes to Fall 2015 TV ratings. Let's go with the bad news first: Overall, ratings for lots of shows are down. But with more and more people watching TV online, that's to be expected. The good news? Lots of people are still watching television in general, just in a slightly different way. So while ratings are down for many shows overnight, they increase a ton when you take DVR viewing into account.
So, want to know what's doing well and what's faltering? Click through this gallery to find out which shows have gotten ratings bumps and which have seen ratings falls this season.
Well duh, the highest-rated new show of the season landed the first full-season pickup of the year. You don't need one of Jane's tattoos to decipher that NBC is pretty pleased with this solid debut, which grew to a 4.5 rating in adults 18-49 in the live plus 3-day ratings.
So this is the first time in a while that the massive Walking Dead returned lower—14.6 million total viewers to 2014's 17.3 million. But that's still pretty darn huge, especially considering mostly everything is down this year. Don't worry—TWD is still on top.
The presidential election is more than a year away, but people are already pumped for the primaries. More than 15 million people tuned in to the first democratic debate on CNN, and the first two GOP debates drew 25 million and 23 million viewers, respectively.
After doing the impossible—consistently gaining viewers from week to week throughout the entirety of season one—Empire should definitely get a pass for not being able to keep up the trend in season two. It wasn't even down that much: Around 16.7 million viewers tuned in to the season one finale, and only 16.2 million made it to the season two premiere. But it's still up from the season one premiere. Don't worry, the Empire isn't falling any time soon.
It's pretty amazing for a show now in its twelfth season to remain as steady a performer as Grey's has. The show earns a consistently solid 18-49 demo rating, with anywhere from 8 million to 10 million viewers tuning in each week—and that's without McDreamy. Plus, it held its own against post-season baseball. With the show feeling more and more like the early season glory days each week, there's something to be said for consistency.
Viola Davis is the first African-American woman to win the Lead Actress in a Drama Emmy—and even that couldn't draw any new viewers to TGIT anchor How to Get Away With Murder, which returned to a 2.6 rating and 8.38 million viewers, down from a 2.8 and 8.99 million in the season one finale. Bummer. The good news is that the show is just as addictive and dramatic ever. Plus, the new mystery is even juicier than before: Who shot Annalise?!
If you thought the fact that Grey's holding steady in season 12 was huge, that's nothing compared to the fact that Saturday Night Live is still going strong after more than four decades. In fact, the season 41 premiere was up more than 13 percent from season 40's premiere, and 18 percent from the season 40 finale.
After a Golden Globe win and an Emmy nomination for Jane's endlessly inspiring lead actress Gina Rodriguez, you'd hope more people would find The CW's super-smart, super-sweet, incredibly hilarious dramedy, now with 100 percent more cute baby. Unfortunately, JTV returned lower than both season one's premiere and finale, scoring just 1.06 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demo.
The CW's ratings are always lower than its bigger network rivals, so the fact that Arrow's season four premiere actually ticked up a tenth of a point from its 2014 season three debut is a pretty big bulls-eye.
So, a story about Ichabod Crane as a secret Revolutionary War spy who wakes up and solves supernatural crimes in the present day was always going to be a niche show. It has never been a huge performer in the overnight ratings, but it's returned to less than a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo overnight. (In non-TV speak, that's bad.) But in the live plus seven day ratings, it nearly doubles its numbers. With networks looking at different ratings metrics now that streaming is so huge, it might not be as bad as it seems.
Do you think people are tuning in to see how spectacular Priyanka Chopra's hair remains from week to week on this super fun whodunit? Because that would be understandable. Either way, the show managed to retain 100 percent of its viewers from week one to week two, and grew 63 percent in the live plus 3-day ratings. No wonder ABC has already ordered a full season!
This is another good news/bad news situation: The comedy, which is now broadcast live each Friday night, was down from its previous season premiere. But that was with a lead-in from The Voice. An 0.8 rating and 2.6 million viewers on a Friday night? Not too shabby, Undateable. Not too shabby.
OK so, the initial overnight ratings were pretty tame. But you can't look away when a show increases by 59 percent (!) with DVR viewing taken into account, especially not if said show includes some of the best one-liners spouted on television and some pretty gruesome (and super campy) faux murders.
Despite a slightly lower caliber level of stars (sorry, but you know it's true), DWTS is holding steady in its Monday time slot. It debuted to a 2.1 rating, same as season 20, with a million fewer total viewers (13.1 to season 20's 14.1). In a season full of declines, Stars' wattage is still burning bright!
American Idol might be ending after its upcoming fifteenth season, but The Voice isn't going anywhere. Season nine of NBC's singing competition returned with 12.4 million viewers and a 3.5 rating, up from 11.5 million viewers and a 2.9 rating for the season eight premiere.
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