No MacGyver at the CBS Upfronts. Meanwhile, the fans continue fighting for Season 6.
(Minor Spoiler Alert: You might 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 the Season 5 Ratings
To recap: Season 4 had an average of 6.081 millions live-viewers per episode with a demo-rating of 0.67. Episode 4×08 airing on April 3 had the highest audience number (of 7.073 million life-viewers), Episode 4×07 airing on March 27 had the biggest demo (of 0.80).
On average, every Season 5 episode had an audience of 4.740 million live-viewers and a demo of 0.51. Compared to the other CBS scripted shows in the current TV Season (24 so far), it places Rank 15 in average audience numbers and demo per episode.
Episode 5×04 airing on January 8 had both the highest audience number (of 5.173 million live-viewers) and the highest demo (of 0.59).
Comparing the average ratings to last season, Season 5 lost about 22% in live-audience numbers and about 24% in demo. Comparing the average audience numbers with the other CBS crime/drama shows, only cancelled shows All Rise and NCIS: New Orleans had a bigger loss (minus 26.6% resp. 23.3%).
So when looking at the audience numbers only, the ratings weren’t stellar for CBS. But when comparing demo losses, MacGyver lost less in demo than NCIS, SEAL Team or SWAT (about minus 27%).
On May 7, fans were live-tweeting while having a Watch Party of episodes 3×22 and 4×01. At their peak, there were about 408 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 1044 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. For comparison: #MagnumPI (Season Finale) got 206 estimated tweets per hour, #BlueBloods had 587.
On May 14, there was a Watch Party of episodes 4×02 and 4×03. There were about 261 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #MacGyver and about 721 estimated tweets per hour using the hashtag #SaveMacGyver. For comparison: The two-hour Season Finale of #BlueBloods had about 2300 estimated tweets per hour.
About the Season 6 Storylines
Before the Season 5 Finale, Matt Mitovich had interviewed Showrunner Monica Macer for TV Line; talking about potential storylines for Season 6 if the show hadn’t been cancelled. A few days later, TV Line added another article revealing that Season 6 would have delivered a baby.
Juicy reveals bring clicks for websites. On May 15, Mitovich posted yet another article; this time elaborating on what would have led to the first kiss between Mac and Riley.
What’s going to happen now?
Sadly, CBS doesn’t air reruns of cancelled shows, so all the pre-scheduled reruns have been “cancelled” as well. As predicted, the replacements haven’t been doing to well; dragging down the ratings of the Friday line-up.
On May 19, CBS revealed their new Fall schedule. Our favorite slot goes to SWAT for a handful of episodes. SWAT will then move to Sundays 10pm to replace SEAL Team, which will be then moved to CBS’ streaming canal Paramount+ (former CBS All Access). Depending on how many reruns they put in between, that might most likely happen for midseason. For now, CBS hasn’t announced yet which unscripted / reality show will take over the Friday 8pm slot.
In my opinion, moving SWAT twice is a weird choice. Whatever will replace SWAT and no matter if SWAT does better than in its previous timeslot, I think the rest of the Friday line-up will suffer in ratings. But a Fall schedule isn’t set in stone. If SWAT does exceptionally well, they might keep it on Fridays 8pm. Or they might decide to pair Magnum PI with NCIS: Hawaii after all.
The #SaveMacGyver Movement
Here’s an update for the achievements of the #SaveMacGyver Movement during the last two weeks:
- The petition to renew the show for another season hit the mark of 27’000 signatures on May 7. It lost about 3000 signatures (due to the website eliminating signatures that hadn’t verified their email address). It’s currently back at about 26’000 signatures as I’m writing this post.
- A big package of 1 million paperclips have been sent to CBS Studios recently; meaning that fans sent them so far about 1.4 million paperclips.
- Fans keep sending e-mails and writing letters to CBS executives and calling the CBS offices; also contacting other networks and streaming companies to pick up the series.
- Some more online articles by news outlets have been published; e.g. by Phoenix New Times about the Phoenix billboard.
- The GoFundMe-Page to fund more promo (e.g. billboards, one million paperclips or online ads) is still up; standing at 7750 USD.
- The 5 digital billboards in Los Angeles, New York (Time Square), Phoenix and Atlanta will stay up until end of May.
- The GoFundMe-Page named “Operation Cure Cancer” to collect money for cancer research is still up; standing at 1770 USD.
The official website is still being updated regularly; so check here to keep up with news and learning about the movment and how to help.
Several cast members of CBS shows have acknowledged the movement on social media; e.g. Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: LA) or Michael Cudlitz (Clarice); encouraging fans to not give up.
What are Cast and Crew up to?
In recent years, we used to have some events in June to look forward to; e.g. the Corus Entertainment Upfronts in Toronto. The pandemic put a damper on all events last year. In theory, Season 5 would have a chance to be nominated for award shows (e.g. the Teen Choice Awards), but the pandemic might be a hindrance for this year as well.
Henry Ian Cusick has a movie coming out soon; a project he filmed in Hawaii before they started filming for Season 5. Interestingly, former Showrunner Peter Lenkov is attached as producer.
Tate Donovan’s pilot for FOX didn’t get picked up, so James MacGyver would be available for another season (hint, hint).
Other MacGyver-related News
A few weeks ago, CBS added more merch items of the Original Show in their MacGyver store. They have now 52 items in total.
Here’s a short overview of MacGyver-related news in recent weeks you might have missed:
- In the UK, Season 5 will premiere on May 30 on Sky One.
- The Season 4 DVD release date has been set for June 8. So far, there’s no information about any Bonus Features.
- There’s no release date yet for the Season 5 DVD.
- The Reboot was competing in the “Best of TV Awards 2020” held by Canada Graphs. It won Rank 3 in three categories: “Best Action or Drama Actor” (Lucas Till), “Favorite TV Program” and “Best Writing“. Tristin Mays won Rank 1 as “Best Action or Drama Actor Actress“.