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Jericho Nielsen Ratings -- Not So Good

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February 13th, 2008

We're still waiting on total viewer information as well as 18-49 demographic viewers, but the season two premiere of Jericho performed very poorly. While we don't have enough data to be absolutely definitive, we have enough where the TVbytheNumbers.com magic 8 ball is saying "all signs point to cancel".

It performed dead last in the 10pm slot in terms of HH ratings in the overnights with a 4.1. A new Boston Legal had a 5.2 and a rerun of Law & Order: SVU had a 6.3 and won the time slot. I'm sure there will be huge talk about DVR numbers, the numbers being off because downloads leaked early, etc, but that's just talk. Jericho has a loyal following, but that loyal following is NOT 10 million strong sadly, or even close.

By way of comparison Jericho made its season one debut on 9/20/2006 with a 7.6 HH rating. The season one finale on 5/9/07 had a 5.2. So a 4.1 really bites (the L&O: SVU rerun outperormed it by more than 50%!)

Sorry to be the bringer of bad news, but that news looks bad. Viewer and 18-49 data are now up: things looked a little better with the viewer and demo info, but still not great.

Jericho Fans, You can get a widget with the latest Jericho ratings to put on your webpage here.

 
  • Ann Marie

    Thanks for the update Robert. We're pretty bummed, but I for one really appreciate you guys putting the info together for us!

  • WHOLETRUTHY

    “NUTS”

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    I'm bummed too Ann Marie — things looked a little better with the full viewer and 18-49 demo info, but still not great.

  • Jeff

    Does anyone like that split season format? I had several friends who really liked Jericho. When Jericho returned for season 1 part 2, some of my friends didn't watch the show. When the network cancelled it and fans brought it back, thay made it a midseason replacement.

    I have always heard that a celebrity or in this case a show needs to stay in the limelight. Did the networks start doing this because the cable networks run their shows this way? Has a show ever improved it's ratings from being shown this way? I stopped watching ER when they started showing another show in its time slot.

    With my work schedule I always end up missing a show or two on first run and am able to catch up with re-runs. Do they ever show re-runs with a split season or do they usually put on another show in its place?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Jeff, I don't love the split seasons with long hiatus in-between. Heroes went through the same thing its first season, and its ratings seemed to suffer from it as well (though not as much as Jericho).

  • Ann Marie

    Thanks for the update Robert. We’re pretty bummed, but I for one really appreciate you guys putting the info together for us!

  • WHOLETRUTHY

    “NUTS”

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    I’m bummed too Ann Marie — things looked a little better with the full viewer and 18-49 demo info, but still not great.

  • Jeff

    Does anyone like that split season format? I had several friends who really liked Jericho. When Jericho returned for season 1 part 2, some of my friends didn’t watch the show. When the network cancelled it and fans brought it back, thay made it a midseason replacement.

    I have always heard that a celebrity or in this case a show needs to stay in the limelight. Did the networks start doing this because the cable networks run their shows this way? Has a show ever improved it’s ratings from being shown this way? I stopped watching ER when they started showing another show in its time slot.

    With my work schedule I always end up missing a show or two on first run and am able to catch up with re-runs. Do they ever show re-runs with a split season or do they usually put on another show in its place?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Jeff, I don’t love the split seasons with long hiatus in-between. Heroes went through the same thing its first season, and its ratings seemed to suffer from it as well (though not as much as Jericho).

  • Jonah

    This stinks! I missed the first season but watched it all on DVD after I got it for Christmas. Now I'm hooked and this is what happens. I'm through watching shows with story lines left open week to week, because they will inevitably be cancelled by the networks when they don't perform. Of course, the only other option then, is Deal or No Deal or American Gladiators, so I guess I'm through watching TV altogether!

  • Jonah

    This stinks! I missed the first season but watched it all on DVD after I got it for Christmas. Now I’m hooked and this is what happens. I’m through watching shows with story lines left open week to week, because they will inevitably be cancelled by the networks when they don’t perform. Of course, the only other option then, is Deal or No Deal or American Gladiators, so I guess I’m through watching TV altogether!

  • Kayarn

    I don't remember much advertisement behind the shows' return, either. Many probably didn't know the show was coming back to begin with.

    But inevitably, the show is a serialized drama. Those shows really have nowhere to go but down, as now one jumps on the ship midway through and people leave because you can't really miss an episode. Same thing happened to Lost, Heroes, 24, etc.

    CBS is probably better off airing repeats of CSI or NCIS all night. But at least the fans were able to get 7 episodes out of CBS, though it appears that will definitely be it.

  • Kayarn

    I don’t remember much advertisement behind the shows’ return, either. Many probably didn’t know the show was coming back to begin with.

    But inevitably, the show is a serialized drama. Those shows really have nowhere to go but down, as now one jumps on the ship midway through and people leave because you can’t really miss an episode. Same thing happened to Lost, Heroes, 24, etc.

    CBS is probably better off airing repeats of CSI or NCIS all night. But at least the fans were able to get 7 episodes out of CBS, though it appears that will definitely be it.

  • Salas

    It's this simple, people.

    If you don't watch the show on your TV, at 10 pm Eastern, the suits ain't gonna renew it again. So now that everyone knows Jericho is back, WATCH IT!!!!!!!

  • Jane

    If you're not a Nielsen family it doesn't matter where you watch. You don't count.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Jane makes a good point. Best thing to do is find a Nielsen family and invite yourself over to watch Jericho.

    By force, if necessary. ;)

    FYI, there are 12,000 people meter families in these cities. Good hunting.

  • Salas

    It’s this simple, people.

    If you don’t watch the show on your TV, at 10 pm Eastern, the suits ain’t gonna renew it again. So now that everyone knows Jericho is back, WATCH IT!!!!!!!

  • Jane

    If you’re not a Nielsen family it doesn’t matter where you watch. You don’t count.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Jane makes a good point. Best thing to do is find a Nielsen family and invite yourself over to watch Jericho.

    By force, if necessary. ;)

    FYI, there are 12,000 people meter families in these cities. Good hunting.

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