‘The Rookie’ Had a Difficult Time Competing Last Night in TV Ratings: Here’s Why

by Josh Lanier

It wasn’t a good night for The Rookie on Sunday. Though, it wasn’t a good night for any scripted television shows, as ratings were down across the board. Live sports scored the most of the eyeballs last night.

The Rookie pulled in 3.6 million viewers for its Halloween episode, TVLine noted. That’s down more than 9 percent from the week before, according to TV Series Finale. But that’s a bit of an unfair comparison as the show was up against Game 5 of the World Series and Sunday Night Football.

The World Series pulled down 12.7 million viewers, the best of the series between the Braves and Astros. The Atlanta is a win away from claiming the championship but failed to close out the series Sunday. Houston won 9-5.

Nearly 13 million viewers tuned in to watch the Cowboys top the Vikings 20-16, according to Deadline. That’s a slight increase from last week’s game featuring the Colts and 49ers.

CBS won the night for non-sports programs. The Equalizer grabbed 6.3 million viewers, and NCIS: Los Angeles scared up 5 million. The rating powerhouse 60 Minutes clocked in with 7 million viewers against heavy competition.

SEAL Team ended its run on CBS with a cliffhanger but was only able to pull in 3.2 million viewers, a series low. The show is moving to the streaming service Paramount+.

The Rookie has struggled to entice viewers this season. Last month’s season four premiere was the least-watched season opener for the series. And it’s been a slow decline since, outside of a small uptick on Oct. 17.

The Rookie Bans ‘Live’ Guns After Shooting On Movie Set

Following the tragic shooting on the set of Rust last month, The Rookie producers said they won’t use ‘live’ guns on the show anymore.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died and director Joel Souza was wounded when a prop gun Alec Baldwin used during a rehearsal discharged. Authorities in New Mexico are investigating the shooting.

The Rookie showrunner Alexi Hawley told ABC that he wouldn’t allow actors to use “live” firearms while filming. Actors will carry Air Soft guns and editors will add in the muzzle flashes later, The Hollywood Reporter said.

“The tragic events in New Mexico yesterday have shaken us all, and our hearts go out to the friends and family of Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza,” Hawley said. “As of today, it is now policy on The Rookie that all gunfire onset will be Air Soft guns with CG muzzle flashes added in post. There will be no more ‘live’ weapons on the show. The safety [of] our cast and crew is too important. Any risk is too much risk. As always, if you ever feel unsafe or witness anything that concerns you, please don’t hesitate to report it.”