Week 2 of the TV by the Numbers new show power rankings sees some shuffling at the top, where consistency rules, and zero change at the bottom, where the Dead Shows Walking still roam the earth. At least for a few more weeks.
Here are the rankings, in reverse order. All ratings cited are same-day unless noted.
16 (tie). ‘The Player,’ ‘Minority Report,’ ‘Blood & Oil,’ ‘Truth Be Told’
Last week: 16
Just playing out the string here.
15. ‘Wicked City’
Last week: 15
Week 2 of the badly reviewed murder mystery went from a 0.9 to a 0.7. Hindsight is always 20/20, but “Forever” and its 1.1 average last season suddenly don’t look so terrible.
14. ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
Last week: 14
Zero DVR lift for the premiere episode. Ouch.
13. ‘Code Black’
Last week: 12
Ratings haven’t dropped off a cliff — they’re just on a slow downward slide. CBS’ silence about the show’s future, nearly halfway through the initial order, likely isn’t good.
12. ‘The Grinder’
Last week: 11
It returned from a brief baseball hiatus to its lowest rating to date, a 0.8.
Last week: 13
Hung onto its same-day rating — which, it should be noted, is just a 1.0 — after a week off for the World Series. So that’s something, at least.
10. ‘Heroes Reborn’
Last week: 10
Last week’s episode drew a 1.0, exactly half of its premiere rating. NBC may play the “we always meant it to be a limited run” card.
Last week: 9
Off last week for the World Series, so no need to move it.
8. ‘Scream Queens’
Last week: 7
Plus: It’s been very consistent in its past three outings. Minus: That consistency comes at the 1.0 level.
7. ‘The Muppets’
Last week: 8
Like “Scream Queens,” it looks to have stabilized. But a stable 1.4 is better than a stable 1.0, so it moves up a spot. Still, the fact that it’s getting a new showrunner midway through the season is a little worrisome.
6. ‘Life in Pieces’
Last week: 6
It moves to Thursdays this week, and if it can hold onto the ratings it was drawing on Mondays, it should be just fine.
5. ‘Dr. Ken’
Last week: 5
It’s just about the most consistent performer among any new show this season.
Last week: 4
Seems to have found its level opposite “Chicago Fire.” An uptick this week, part of an up night for CBS as a whole, is encouraging.
Last week: 1
After a 0.3-point drop last week, a test comes on Sunday: Was that a World Series- and NFL-driven aberration in an otherwise very consistent fall or the start of a downward run?
Last week: 3
Its somewhat steep decline from premiere to episode 2 (0.9, a 29-percent fall) keeps it from the No. 1 spot this week.
Last week: 2
NBC’s freshman MVP grabs the top mark this week because of how it has held up over time. It has stabilized following a drop from the mid-2s early on and is a delayed-viewing beast.