Gotham returned last night with it’s final slate of episodes for the third season, dubbed “Heroes Rise.” And though some fans tuned in to find out “How The Riddler Got His Name,” the comic book crime show tied a series record for its lowest rating in history.
The ratings report just issued by Deadline put it’s Live + Same Day ratings at 1.0 for the 18-49 demographic, which could end up being a blow for the series on the bubble of cancellation.
If the rating had been any lower it would have set a new rating for its all time worst, but the trade states that Gotham’s strength is in the delayed and on-demand viewers it gets, so hopefully the Live + 3 and 7 day ratings can give the show a boost.
Gotham’s ratings have been faltering a bit this season, and the latest break so Fox could air new episodes of 24: Legacy in its time slot did not do the show any favors.
Perhaps fans simply forgot that the new episodes were returning this past week, contributing to its decline. Irregular schedules could contribute to lapsed live viewers, especially with the rise of DVR and On Demand watch habits.
Gotham’s fourth season has not yet been picked up and the show could be canceled after this year.
The regular cast features: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Maggie Geha as the future Poison Ivy, Michael Chiklis as Detective Nathaniel Barnes, and Benedict Samuel as Mad Hatter.
The guest cast includes James Remar as Frank Gordon and H. Foley as Winston Peters.
In crime ridden Gotham City, Thomas and Martha Wayne are murdered before young Bruce Wayne's eyes. Although the idealistic Gotham City Police Dept. detective James Gordon, and his cynical partner, Harvey Bullock, seem to solve the case quickly, things are not so simple. Inspired by Bruce's traumatized desire for justice, Gordon vows to find it amid Gotham's corruption. Thus begins Gordon's lonely quest that would set him against his own comrades and the underworld with their own deadly rivalries and mysteries. In the coming wars, innocence will be lost and compromises will be made as some criminals will fall as casualties while others will rise as supervillains. All the while, young Bruce observes this war with a growing obsession that would one day drive him to seek his own revenge as The Batman.