TV ratings: Tell Me a Story up, The Bachelorette down [Oct. 13]

A breakdown of the live TV ratings for Tuesday, Oct. 13

As we get further into the fall, more networks are premiering new TV shows. The Bachelorette Season 16 and Tell Me a Story Season 2 were among the new seasons premiering on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and now it’s time to look at the live TV ratings.

CBS aired A Tuesday Night Football special, which did win the night in both the demo and total audience. Almost 10 million people tuned in, with a demo rating of 2.8.

After the football, a new episode of The FBI Declassified aired, which saw an uptick in both metrics compared to last Tuesday’s episode. The audience was up by 17%, while the demo was up an impressive 125%. Both numbers were the top for the timeslot.

Live TV ratings for Tell Me a Story, The Bachelorette, and more

What about the new episodes of scripted and unscripted shows? The Bachelorette Season 16 kicked off the night for ABC, premiering Clare Crawley’s season. This has been a long-awaited season and the first to air in the fall, and the metrics weren’t too back.

The total audience was steady compared to Season 15’s premiere. The demo was down, but only by 3%. It was still the top demo of the night out of the regular programming. It’s still early, but I doubt The Bachelorette is going anywhere.

Celebrity Family Feud followed but both the demo and total audience were down. This is a relatively cheap program to create compared to scripted shows and it is an option during these unprecedented times, so I doubt it’s going anywhere.

NBC didn’t have a great night in the live TV ratings either. Weakest Link‘s latest episode was steady in the audience but down 25% in the demo. The dips continued with Ellen’s Game of Games falling 15% in the audience and 42% in the demo, and Transplant falling 15% in the audience and 25% in the demo.

Will the shows get new seasons? Weakest Link probably. Transplant has the benefit of being an acquisition. Ellen’s Game of Games is worrying, but it did win the demo and audience in the timeslot. We’ll have to see how the season continues as this is a drop off the Season 4 premiere last week.

As for FOX, it was a mixed night. Cosmos: Possible Worlds and neXt were both steady in the demo. However, their audience metrics dropped by 11% and 18% respectively. It’s going to be interesting to see how FOX makes decisions this year considering these are summer shows attempting to air in the fall.

Finally, it’s over to The CW, where the network had a mixed night. Swamp Thing remained steady in the demo but dropped 27% in the total audience. This isn’t that surprising considering the previous episode was the series premiere. We usually see big drops between series premieres and the second episode. We’ll have to wait to see when the ratings steady.

Tell Me a Story Season 2 debuted on The CW afterward. While the metrics were on the low side, they were higher than the Season 1 premiere. That’s a good sign that viewers do want more, but they’d possibly already watched the first season on CBS All Access. The first season ratings fell every other episode, so it will be interesting to see what happens during Season 2.

If the show performs well on The CW, it could mean a third season is ordered.

Take a look at the TV ratings for Tuesday, Oct. 13.

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