Supernatural Season 14, Episode 17 ratings: Down but it doesn’t matter

Supernatural -- "Game Night" -- Image Number: SN1417b_0263b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Alexander Calvert as Jack and Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester -- Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Supernatural -- "Game Night" -- Image Number: SN1417b_0263b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Alexander Calvert as Jack and Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester -- Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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The Supernatural Season 14, Episode 17 ratings are in. They may be down, but it doesn’t matter anymore. Does that mean we should give up looking at them?

Supernatural Season 14, Episode 17 brought some major development as we head into the last three episodes of the season. The ratings are down but is this really a big deal? The dip doesn’t matter but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop looking at them.

Since we know that the 15th season will be the last (a cast decision and not a network decision), the ratings for the series no longer affect renewal status. It could affect the timeslot but I doubt it will with the show ending next season. Supernatural remains the second-best series on the whole network so it commands a good timeslot.

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That being said, ratings are a bragging right. We get to say that we have the second-best show on the network (unsurprising behind The Flash) and that means we like to keep an eye on the ratings — well, I do, anyway. We want to see the show end on a high, right?

The ratings for Episode 17, titled “Game Night,” took a dip on a plot-heavy episode. We tend to get around this stage and fans tune in an out live. What doesn’t help is that the CW affiliates don’t air the show, opting for local sports instead. It’s annoying and directly affects the ratings, which is possibly why The CW doesn’t pay a great deal of attention to them in the way that other networks do.

Whatever the reason, though, the ratings did see a dip. The demo was down to a season-low of 0.3, which was a 21% dip. Meanwhile, the total audience dipped 14% to 1.249 million, another season low point. I think we may see a tick up next week.

One thing I will point out is that Thursday night was a bad night across the board. Almost every show saw a dip in the ratings. Even if we were still awaiting renewal news, I doubt we would have had much to worry about when that was considered.

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Supernatural Season 14 continues on Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.