There were a lot of parallels between the CW freshman dramedy Jane the Virgin and Fox’s legal dramedy Ally McBeal at the Golden Globes. Both were well received but softly rated first-year shows unlike anything else on their networks when they became surprise winners, with their then-little known young stars Gina Rodriguez and Calista Flockhart prevailing over a slew of heralded contenders. (Both shows were also nominated for best comedy series and Ally won.)
Now Jane is looking to extend the similarities with Ally McBeal, whose ratings took off after the Golden Globes wins. There was some signs of that last night. Was it a Golden Globes bump or part of the trend of shows returning on par or higher after their holiday hiatus this season, but Jane posted a series high in adults 18-34 (0.6, up +20% from the last original on Dec. 15) and its largest audience since the premiere (1.42 million, up +11%). In adults 18-49, the quirky soap was flat (0.5). Also coming back from a month-long break, the CW’s The Originals (1.48 million, 0.6 in 18-49, 0.5 in 18-34) was up +5 in total viewers for a season high, +25% in 18-34 and even in 18-49. Both shows have already been renewed for next season.
There was no football bump for CBS’ Scorpion, which aired an original after the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Last night’s episode (2.2 in 18-49) was down -8% from its most recent Monday outing on Jan. 5. It was again the most watched program of the night (12.03 million viewers) and tied for No.1 in 18-49. Also down were CBS’ 2 Broke Girls (2.2, down -8%) and NCIS: LA (1.5, -25%, tied for series low in Live+SD), while Mike & Molly (2.1) was steady with last week. CBS edged ABC (2.0 vs. 1.9) to win the night in 18-49.
On Fox, renewed Gotham (2.2) was down -12% from its most recent original, while1.3) which is on the bubble as it undergoes creative tweaks to tone down over serialization (1.3) hit a new series low, down -19%.
ABC’s The Bachelor (2.1) and Castle (1.4) were up +17% and +8%, respectively, from last week when they faced the highly rated college championship game on ESPN.
Also rebounding from the tough competition last week was NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice (1.8, up +7%).
While the bumps for The Bachelor, Castle and Apprentice were within the norm, this is a head scratcher. On the heels of NBC brass expressing their disappointment over the ratings performance of State of Affairs at TCA on Friday, the freshman drama (1.1) inexplicably shot up by +57% from last week. If may retreat by a tenth in the finals but will still end up way up week-to-week.