One Formerly Popular TV Show That Quietly Keeps Dropping In The Ratings

Today's successes will not always guarantee successes tomorrow, especially when it comes to the fickle audiences of primetime television. One such show that is currently distanced from its initial glory days is NBC's drama Blindspot, which is now in the middle of its second season and is already experiencing series lows in the ratings. And not like, "The ratings are so amazing all the time and there were only 50 fewer viewers last week." The worse kind.


Wednesday night's episode of Blindspot, titled "Devil Never Even Lived," capped a three-episode run between multi-week breaks, so it's somewhat surprising that the series dipped to new lows. Both its total audience of 4.67 million viewers and its key 18-49 demographic rating of 0.9 are both as bad as it's gotten for the mystery-driven drama, and anything that falls below a 1.0 on the demo scale is always a viable option for the cancellation list.

That's not necessarily the case here with Blindspot, of course, though there has been a gradual drooping in the ratings in Season 2 that mirrors that of Season 1, only without as sizable of a starting point. It's only in the past five or so episodes that the demo rating really starting hovering in the bubble zone, so there could very well be a turnaround as Season 2 ramps up the back half of the narrative arcs. Fans should certainly hope that's the case, anyway, since the only thing Blindspot beat in its timeslot was a repeat of Arrow, with the People's Choice Awards also reaching ratings lows. ABC's Speechless, on the other hand, won out the night in the demographic despite it being slightly lower than last week's, according to TV By the Numbers.

Blindspot's somewhat hidden weapon, however, is its delayed viewer numbers. While those stats have also been tapering off a little, the drama is still bringing in another 2.5-3 million viewers in the Live+7 stats, nearly doubling its demo ratings from week to week. Should all of the numbers start dropping off at once without a reasonable explanation, then that would be the best time to worry. But for now, we're not going to make any blind assumptions about where Jane and Patterson are going to end up in the future, since Season 3 is definitely still a possibility.

With lots of skin ink and other mysteries left to solve, Blindspot airs Wednesday nights on NBC, though it is taking a short break and won't be back on the schedule until February 8. In the meantime, head to our midseason premiere schedule to see what else is coming to the small screen in the near future.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.