MacGyver Reboot Update #83

Although the show got renewed for another Season, fans are pretty bummed: Season 4 was moved to midseason, getting an order of 13 episodes only. That means we have to wait until next year for the Season 4 Premiere.

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via What2Vue)

(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might get spoilered about characters and storylines in Season 4 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)


About the Season Finale (Episode 3×22)
Although it was the Season Finale, CBS didn’t provide any additional promo for this episode. They did release three Sneak Peeks, though. Thankfully, the Official Stills were posted on SpoilerTV this time.

Since the episode has been filmed a while ago, I couldn’t find any of the guest stars uploading BtS photos. They mostly posted some screenshots of their scenes. Since the cast and crew is either on holiday or working on other projects now, there was hardly any live-tweeting and posting. At least the official CBS account posted several interesting BtS photos on Instagram.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

On May 12, Technical Consultant Rhett Allain uploaded the blog post with science notes about the MacHacks in this episode. He later added a blog post for Episode 2×05 (Skull + Electromagnet) and for Episode 2×06 (Jet Engine + Pickup Truck) as well; intent on finishing Season 2 during the hiatus.

Let’s take a look at the ratings for the last few episodes. To freshen up your memory: Episode 3×21 had 5.326 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6, making it the episode with the lowest ratings this season. In the +7 Ratings, it added 1.511 million viewers (+28%), reaching a total of 6.840 million viewers with a demo of 0.93 (+50%).

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

Episode 3×22 fared a bit better: It had 5.472 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.6. In the +7 Ratings, it added 1.588 million viewers (+29%), reaching a total of 7.063 million viewers and a demo of 0.93 (+44%).

About the Season 3 Ratings
The Reboot ended Season 3 with an average of 6.107 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.70. Episode 3×14 airing on February 1st had the highest audience number.

Comparing to last season, Season 3 lost about 16% in demo and roughly 11% in live audience numbers. As in Seasons 1 and 2, the ratings peaked around midseason before dropping again.

MacGyver Audience Numbers Overview (graph by DashboardOnFire)

Back in September 2018, the Hollywood Reporter predicted that while the 18-49 race may be tighter this season, CBS should easily lead its target demo of adults (between 25 and 54) and the total viewer count again. They stated: CBS didn’t do anything to its MacGyver/Hawaii Five-0/Blue Bloods lineup, for good reason: It works. Of course, the pediction turned out to be true with CBS winning Friday night in ratings and/or audience numbers over 30 times.

Compared to the 27 scripted shows on CBS during the 2018-2019-Season, the Reboot is at rank 22 in demo and at rank 13 in audience numbers.

Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (Official Still via SpoilerTV)

The other CBS crime-action shows with similar audience numbers as MacGyver have also been renewed. Let’s compare how well they faired: 

  • SEAL Team finished Season 2 at 5.027 million live-viewers (Rank 23) and a demo of 0.76 (Rank 19) on average. Compared to last year, they lost about 25% in both demo ratings and audience numbers.
  • SWAT ended their 2nd season at 5.302 million live-viewers (Rank 21) with a demo of 0.78 (Rank 17) per episode. It lost about 17% in demo ratings and about 10% in audience numbers compared to last season.
  • Magnum PI closed their first season at 5.992 million live-viewers per episode (Rank 15) with a 0.89 demo-rating (Rank 8).
  • Bull ended at 6.708 million live-viewers per episode (Rank 11) with a 0.75 demo-rating (Rank 21) . It lost about 37% in both demo ratings and audience numbers, which makes it the CBS shows with the biggest loss this season.

As you can see, the audience numbers for these shows aren’t all that great. To be fair, they do a lot better in DVR and have better demo ratings than MacGyver, but that’s probably not the main reason why out of all these shows, it was MacGyver that had been moved to midseason (more about that further down).

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

There is an interesting snippet in a recent interview Executive Producer Peter Lenkov gave to Matt Carter a day before the Season Finale of Hawaii Five-0:

Matt Carter: I know the show wasn’t renewed until recently, but you probably felt good about coming back at the time the finale was coming together, right?

Peter Lenkov: I always feel good because the show has been strong for a long time, but you never know. Everything changes. Sometimes shows don’t come back for other reasons that have nothing to do with the ratings or the quality.

All you need to know about Season 4
On May 9, CBS finally broke the news that MacGyver has been renewed for another Season. The info for both MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0 being renewed came right on Executive Producer Peter Lenkov’s birthday. Understandably, the fans were elated.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

Sadly, the happy parade got ruined not even a week later. On May 15, CBS announced the new Fall Season schedule ahead of the Upfronts presentation – and the Reboot was absent. MacGyver got demoted from a Fall show; being benched to mid-season. Its Friday timeslot will be taken over by Hawaii Five-0, which in turn had to make room for Magnum PI at 9pm.

CBS wasnt’ forthcoming with more information since the Upfronts are all about the Fall schedule. It will probably take months until we get an inkling about the premiere date and until we know for sure in what timeslot the Reboot might end up in.

There’s several possibilities: The Reboot could take over the timeslot of a rookie show that didn’t get a full season order or of a show that ended their last season on a short run, so probably in January 2020. It could take over the timeslot of a show with a full season order of 22 episodes that doesn’t get reruns after the season finale. That would mean we might have to wait until April or even May next year.

Temporary Key Art on social media (via CBS)

Of course, waiting for an entire year for new episodes is kind of torture if you’re a fan. Also, there’s the risk of people forgetting about the show since like last year (and unlike almost all other CBS shows), there’s no reruns planned. (The 8pm Friday timeslot will be filled with “Whistleblower” and “Love Island”.)

But, there’s no point in wasting too much energy on being disappointed or angry. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming season:

  • Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys) will replace Craig O’Neill as new Co-Showrunner besides Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.
  • As Peter Lenkov stated, they will start filming in July as usual.
  • As Justin Hires revealed, they will film 13 episodes for now. (The order for only half a season was later confirmed by Lenkov.)

There’s no further information yet about the recurring cast or about the exact production dates. Justin Hires recently did a radio interview before one of his stand-up comedy shows and said that they will film from July until December.

BtS photo of Episode 3×22: Mason + Cable + Choices (via CBS)

On Monday, they changed the Facebook header on the official account. Nothing dramatic – just exchanging the “Fridays 8/7c” sign with the one for CBS All Access. There’s no key art yet for Season 4 and it might be months until we get to see any. Unlike for the other seasons, they also didn’t provide a new production SAK logo.

(For daily news about Season 4 and to join the discussion and/or speculate away, you can head over to the MacGyverOnline Forums.)

MacGyver in France and Germany
The ratings have been dropping again after Episode 3×15, but the decline last Saturday could be due to the Eurovision Song Contest airing at the same time.

Even the reruns must draw enough audience since they dedicate overall 4 hours of screentime to the Reboot; filled with either one or two episodes of Season 3, followed by one or two episodes of Season 2 and one episode of Season 1.

Cover-Preview for the French Season 2 DVD (via CeDe Switzerland)

ICYMI: According to CeDe Switzerland, the French DVD for Season 2 will be released on July 24. The German DVD for Season 2 has a relase date of July 11. Both covers are an old version of the Season 2 promo poster with Jack in front of Mac.

6 thoughts on “MacGyver Reboot Update #83

  1. I appreciate the new version.
    I was happy to learn the deal for a season 4, but what a cold shower just a week later!
    I can understand that CBS is not a charity, however treating fans with decency should be part of their respect charter.
    What worries me is that this half-renewal only accelerates the fall in the abysses of the series, indeed in my country we say “far from the eyes, far from the heart” … not to be broadcast accelerates forgetting


    • Yes, CBS is not a charity. However, airing the show after such a long break might make the ratings drop faster then they would have otherwise… and I’m not sure the move will save Magnum anyway, so it might have been all for nothing.


      • I am a pragmatic person, so I often think that I am a pessimist, whereas I think I am more realistic.
        In any case, I share your comment.
        As they say at home: “if you want to get rid of your dog, you just have to say he has rabies.”
        And I’m afraid that this change of broadcast sounds an untimely end … or not (but it’s my emotional side that hopes here) and I hope I’m wrong.


      • If they get a syndication deal, the show could go on for a while – even if airing midseason. But if they don’t, it’s done pretty soon… and it angers me a bit that they use it as a “filler” show for mideason while other shows get the full treatment and good promo, despite average ratings.


  2. I am so upset about the change to Macgyver its my favorite and i feel its not getting a fair deal I hope things work out and they get more than just 13 episodes


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