It’s not a surprise, given that it was a fairly big ratings success, but FOX has renewed the Batman prequel series Gotham for another season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network felt confident in bringing back the Bruno Heller-created series based on its strong performance in the key 18-49 year old demographic, where it pulls a 4.2 rating. Additionally, Gotham draws around an average of 10.6 million viewers per episode. It also ranks as the #1 drama among men in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos.

Gotham‘s live-plus-seven ratings, which take DVR numbers into account, give it the largest post-three-day ratings boost of any drama ever.

People sure love their Batman! I dropped out after the third episode, but is The Beat readership still enjoying it? Does another year of the series seem like a good prospect?




  1. You dropped out at the same time I did. It could have been so much more subtle and I hate the prequel part. Could have been awesome but instead it’s too much Adam West and not enough Nolan. Can’t believe people actually like this show.

  2. I think the problem is that it doesn’t know if it’s a prequel to Adam West’s, Michael Keaton’s, or Christian Bale’s Batman … and I have a difficult time knowing whether it’s trying to be funny or serious (e.g. the caricature that is Gordon’s new boss in the latest episode). For that matter, it isn’t sure if it’s supposed to be winking at the audience at every possible bit of “foreshadowing”, or trying to tell its own story.

  3. No surprise here , the show is very popular with its target audience. I bartend at a sports bar, and Gotham splits the TV’s with MNF. One of the few regular TV programs that our customer base wants to watch besides sports.

  4. We didn’t take to it.

    For us, it’s got the same problem as Constantine – it’s not ABOUT something. Ok, there’s the good’uns and the bad’uns, and there’s “I’ll get you next time, Gordon!”, but there’s no deeper meaning. We gave up Constantine after ep 4, with yet another Monster of the Week.

    We saw the first episode of Agent Carter, and *bam* immediately it’s about the factory girls being fired because the men were coming back from the War – ‘Rosie the Riveter’ was sent back to the kitchen. Peggy Carter operates in a world that is bigger than herself, while the world of Gotham is a construct, designed around its characters.

  5. Constantine too, originally written in the Thatcher era, with a cheated, despondent working class background.
    You have an episode set in the mines here ,but its villain was purely of the cigar-chomping variety. It was something straight from the ’80s or ’90s. The mines closing, unions… I think there’d be a much stronger show if Constantine was moving through the Rust Belt (Detroit, anyone?), where evil festers on the urban rot, misery, despair, poverty, greed.
    Then you have a series which is relevant, where there are higher, and real, stakes.

  6. I’ve watched every episode with increasing horror — and now I feel like I’ve contributed to this problem: a second season. It’s the greatest missed opportunity on television right now. I know WB must be happy with the ratings, but damn this is 1997-Schumacher-level trash.

  7. Some of the cast shine (Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, Donal Logue), but stuff like Nygma, Szasz, Montoya and Dent being around as adults while Bruce Wayne is a kid still rubs me the wrong way. A second season is inevitable (and, yes , I contributed to that as well) but I don’t see they going ten seasons like Smallville.

  8. I tried watching the Arkham Asylum episode but apparently all of the weird prisoners don’t come into existence until Batman does, so it was just a standard prison with one of the prisoners masquerading as a nurse. And then boredom set in. . .

  9. This is pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-couch entertainment. Will Bruce Wayne become Batman? Will Harvey Dent like the number 2? Will Gordon grow a stache? I can see why this is such a hit.

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