Even if a show appears to have solid viewership or seems to be popular, it’s the ratings that make or break a rookie TV series.
Bad ratings means cancellation. Unfortunately, many shows end up being one-season-wonders.
On top of it all, times were tough for baby shows entering the big leagues. The pandemic had delayed production and sometimes even formal series orders. Broadcast networks are also fighting to stay relevant as a new growing powerhouse enters the ring. Streaming services dominate and attract many viewers. In fact, many people just have streaming services rather than paying for cable.
HBO Max and Peacock are newer services that have only made things worse for broadcast television. There were only a few breakout shows during the 2020-2021 season.
So, how are these broadcast shows doing in ratings given all the hoops and obstacles?
Rookie Show Broadcast Ratings
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Equalizer” on CBS, “Law & Order: Organized Crime” on NBC, and “Big Sky” on ABC all generated some decent traction for networks. These three shows are amongst 34 shows surviving in their first year.
“The Equalizer” was ranked first in total viewers and first in the demographic of adults 18-49. The show had a Super Bowl premiere, meaning it started off with incredibly high ratings and viewers. Overall, it had an average of 10.84 million viewers and had a demo rating of 1.3.
The show stars Queen Latifah as the title character. It is the third reboot of the franchise, following a 2014 film and a 2018 sequel based on the 1980s series. Latifah acts as a vigilante for justice in New York City.
“Law & Order: Organized Crime” was added to the popular crime series family in April 2021. It came in second place for viewers and ratings. It had an average of 8.35 million viewers and a 1.7 rating. The show is the seventh series in the “Law & Order” franchise so far.
The show stars Christopher Meloni, who is reprising his role as Elliot Stabler.
Finally, “Big Sky” made some big waves on TV. It is third in total viewers and fourth in the demographic for adults 18-49. It had an average of 7.51 million viewers per episode and a 1.2 rating.
“Big Sky” is a crime and mystery thriller created by David E. Kelley. It stars Katheryn Winnick and Kylie Bunbury as two private detectives that explore a kidnapping. Somehow, the show turns into a tornado of murder, crime, and betrayal.
All three of these top-tier shows were renewed for another season, which is a clear indicator of good ratings and viewership.
Other successful new shows include “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune,” “The Chase,” “I Can See Your Voice,” “Mr. Mayor,” “B Positive,” “United States of Al,” and “Young Rock.”