Only one episode left for Season 5. Tonight, there’s a rerun of the Season 5 Premiere Episode.
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about Season 5 storylines and characters by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided. For daily news and to join the discussion, you can find me on Twitter and on the MacGyverOnline Forums.)
About Episode 5×14 (MAC508)
Last week was the premiere of Episode 5×14 (H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins); written by Teresa Huang & Joshua Brown and directed by Christine Swanson. CBS released 12 Official Stills and 4 Sneak Peeks beforehand.
Several of the writers, producers plus cast members Lucas Till joined the live-tweeting (or at least tried to). Writers Teresa Huang and Josh Brown provided little tidbits; e.g. that Papa Bozer’s name Milt(on) was an Easter Egg for the Original Show, that Russ had been on an op in Johannesburg or that Levy Tran as Desi fought her own stunt double Danya Bateman in one scene.
The next day, we got more BtS material; e.g. Chase Brown (Young Bozer) with Auntie Pamela (Sherry Richards) and with Mama Bozer (Wendy Raquel Robinson). Sherry Richards also posted several photos; e.g with Chase Brown and Cali Reef (Young MacGyver) or with Ernie Hudson.
On April 19, Tech Consultant Rhett Allain posted his science notes of MacGyverisms for the episode.
Before the episode aired, fans were live-tweeting while having a Watch Party of several Season 2 episodes. There were about 528 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 2100 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver.
During the episode, there were about 2500 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 3000 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. Note that these numbers were achieved despite Twitter being broken completely for about 20 minutes (starting about 5 minutes after 8pm) and still acting up for many fans for several hours. For comparison: #MagnumPI had about 109 estimated tweets per hour and #BlueBloods about 492.
To recap: Episode 5×13 had 4.731 million live-viewers and a demo-rating of 0.47. Episode 5×14 got 4.329 million live-viewers with a demo of 0.48. This is the episode with the third-lowest live-audience numbers this season – but overall, most fans seemed to like it.
Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 16 in average audience numbers per episode and Rank 15 in average demo.
Compared to last year, the Reboot lost about 22% in live-audience numbers and 24% in demo. While that seems a lot, it barely lost in viewers and demo in Season 4. Also, several other CBS crime/drama shows lost about the same amount in ratings this TV season.
What you need to know about Episode 5×15 (MAC509)
Tonight is a rerun of Season 5 Premiere Episode 5×01 (MAC415). Next week will be the premiere of the Season 5 Finale aka Episode 5×15 (Abduction + Memory + Time + Fireworks + Dispersal). It was written by Monica Macer, Alessia Costantini, Andrew Klein & Stephanie Hicks and directed by David Straiton.
When Mac and Riley go missing and wake up 24 hours later in a corn field with no memory of how they got there, they must unravel the mystery to find who took them, and how to get rid of the nanotrackers in their bodies, no matter the cost.
Otherwise, we don’t have any promo for the episode yet. Yesterday, they released another Season 5 BtS interview video; this time talking about dire situations and how MacGyver would get out of them with certain items on hand.
The #SaveMacGyver Movement
On April 7, CBS announced via Deadline that the Season 5 Finale will also be the Series Finale. It didn’t take long for the fans to improvise a #SaveMacGyver Movement. Here’s some of the achievements so far:
- a petition to renew the show for another season (reaching the mark of 15’000 signatures on April 16); hitting 19’000 signatures today
- sending in more than 300’000 paperclips to the CBS Studios in LA and NY
- writing dozens of e-mails and letters to CBS executives
- contacting other networks and streaming companies to pick up the series
- setting up an official website, an Instagram account and a GoFundMe-Page to fund more promo (e.g. a billboard or online ads)
There were several online articles by news outlets; e.g. ET Canada and Forbes, CNN, ScreenRant, CBS17 or PopCulture. Also, there’s a GoFundMe-Page named “Operation Cure Cancer” to collect money for cancer research in the name of MacGyver fans.
While the cast and crew are still under contract, they have given subtle hints that they appreciate our efforts; liking or sharing posts that carry the hashtag “SaveMacGyver”.
Other MacGyver-related News
There were more Watch Parties over the week. On the Watch Party on April 17, there were about 500 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 1000 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver.
Here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:
- The Season 4 DVD Release date has been set for June 8. So far, there’s no information about any Bonus Features.
- The Reboot was competing in the “Best of TV Awards 2020” held by Canada Graphs. It won Rank 3 in two categories: “Favorite TV Program” and “Best Writing“.
- Son of the South was released on DVD and BluRay in the US on April 6. The cinematic release date for New Zealand and Australia is May 6.
- The official MacGyver merch store is still open (and will probably stay open even after the Season Finale).