Attention (May 13, 2011):
Chuck has been officially renewed for a fifth season of 13-episodes!
As reported on May 13, 2010: NBC's "Chuck" has been renewed for a fourth season of 13-episodes, with a possibility of up to 9 additional episodes should NBC give the order.
All sounds good, right? Guess again... the only reason why NBC renewed Chuck is because they didn't have a choice! With The Jay Leno Show gone, NBC was pretty much forced to renew most of their failing shows, and focus their attention on filling in the 5 hours Leno cost the network this past season!
What happens when NBC is stabilized next season? What happens if most of NBC's new shows scores higher ratings than Chuck?
Chuck has been losing approximately 1 million viewers each season, and only scored an average of 6.42 million viewers this past season; if the trend continues, Chuck will be down to approximately 5.42 million viewers next season.
Chuck will not only be fighting for his life on the show next season -- but he will also be fighting 12 other shows in the real world! I hate to be the one to demoralize Chuck fans, but someone has to mention that Chuck isn't going to get pampered by NBC next season.
FYI I didn't post this article because I dislike Chuck... I'm posting this article begging Nielsen viewers to tune into Chuck next season to give it the ratings it deserves! I believe that Chuck has the potential to have at least two more awesome seasons, and without the much needed support next season -- the show will be a goner! Please don't let that happen! There's enough crap on television as it is...
Update (September 29, 2010): Well the new season (four) is here and Chuck did indeed lose another million viewers. This past weeks episode scored a mere 5.37 million viewers and could get worst throughout the season. This is a sad situation folks!
NBC ordered 13-episodes of Chuck for this season, with the option to order an additional 9-episodes; as it stands, our best bet would be to campaign for those 9-episodes vs. a 5th season.
Update (October 19, 2010): NBC made the following announcement regarding the fourth season of Chuck:
NBC has given full-season pickups to the new high-octane drama "Chase" and the returning action-comedy "Chuck" for 2010-11. The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
"'Chase" has introduced an appealing new star to television audiences in Kelli Giddish and we think it has potential to grow," said Bromstad. "We also are glad that 'Chuck" will be with us for a full season [of 22-episodes] delivering its loyal, passionate audience."
Through October 18, "Chuck" has averaged a 2.2 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers overall in "most current" averages from Nielsen Media Research. "Chuck" is heavily time-shifted, adding 29 percent to its "live plus same day" 18-49 rating when Nielsen issued "live plus seven day" results for the opening two weeks of the season (to a 2.56 rating from a 1.99)."
Interesting. a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demo is the borderline minimum to keep this show alive... but that's the standard for live stats.
The burning question: Are advertisers willing to pony up for viewers who time-shifts? If so, and assuming Chuck can somehow score a 2.8 rating (via live and time-shifting viewers) in the 18-49 demo -- I can see NBC consideing a fifth season!
NBC has yet to comment on how many people watches Chuck online (via Hulu, NBC.com, etc.) weekly. But keep in mind that Nielsen viewers are far (as in light years, far) more valuable than online viewers...
Update (December 6, 2010): I have some good news for "Chuck" fans! NBC's new 2010-2011 Monday shows "The Event" and "Chase" officially bombed! Making "Chuck" the highest rated NBC show on Monday! While this doesn't mean that Chuck will be guaranteed a 5th season -- it at least gives us some hope! Here's how each show performed on November 29, 2010:
|Show||Viewers||Adults 18-49 Rating|
Data via http://travisyanan.blogspot.com
Update (January 3, 2011): Did anyone notice that NBC ordered an abnormal amount of 24 episodes for season 4? NBC originally announced that they would give Chuck 22 episodes for its 4th season, and then they turn around and ordered 24 episodes. Normally networks does this when they want to cancel a well established show.
Update (January 25, 2011): I don't know what's going on, but Chuck keeps on losing approximately half a million viewers in the second half of each episode. Here's how the January 24, 2011 episode performed (data via PIFeedBack.com):
8:00 PM: 6,410,000
8:30 PM: 5,949,000
Meanwhile Chuck's competitors are maintaining its viewers. Why the huge drop?
Update (February 16, 2011): Putting the depressing ratings on the side for a moment: The syndication market may save Chuck, because the show needs 22 more episodes to be a valuable syndicated show. Warner Bros. (the production company for Chuck) knows this and may strike a deal with NBC to keep the show on the air for another season.
Warner Bros. has struck successful deals for their failing shows in the past. The ratings for their "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" series stank (even worst than Chuck), and everyone thought that the show would be canceled after its sixth season two episode -- but Warner Bros. stepped up and gave fans what they wanted! Warner Bros. struck a deal with Fox to air 22 episodes no matter what happens. All 22 episodes failed in the ratings, but if I remember correctly the show did well on DVD, and didn't leave fans in suspense.
In Chuck's case a fifth season would be good for both fans and the studios, because we get to watch more episodes of our favorite series, and the studios gets a valuable syndicated show.
Update: (February 17, 2011): Chuck made IGN's "2011 Endangered TV Series List." Here's what they had to say:
"I know, this is a frustrating sense of déjà vu, no? Every season, Chuck fans wait with baited breath to see if the show will return, so why should 2011 be any different? The ratings are not great, but for what it's worth, Chuck is doing better than the rest of NBC's Monday lineup. Some recent dips in the ratings have been troubling, but we're once again crossing our fingers Chuck can come back."
The recent dips have been alarming. *Sigh*
Update (March 15, 2011): Oh my. I wish that I had some good news to report, but Chuck has been losing its money bringing 18-49 viewers in huge chunks: On March 14, 2011, "NBC remained out of the competitive loop from 8-10 p.m. with its combination of Chuck (Viewers: #4, 4.97 million; A18-49: #4, 1.6/ 5)," PiFeedBack.com reported.
Chuck needs to improve drastically in the next two weeks or this show is done with! Even the desperate NBC won't put up with such low ratings!
Update (March 24, 2011): EOnline.com caught up with Yvonne Strahovski (Agent Sarah Walker) and Adam Baldwin (Major John Casey) to find out if they think "Chuck" will get a fifth season. Here's what they had to say in an article titled "Spoiler Chat: Which True Blood Twosome Can Expect Major Angst This Season?":
Yvonne Strahovski on Chuck season 5: "I think [the chances] are pretty good, I will be surprised if we don't get a season five."
Adam Baldwin on Chuck season 5: "I feel cautiously optimistic. Until you hear the go sign, I just remain cautiously optimistic."
It's nice to know that the main stars aren't giving up on this series!
April Fools Update (April 1, 2011):
I have some good and bad news. Chuck has been renewed for a fifth season -- but it will only consist of 9 episodes so that the producers can end this series properly! I guess this is better than nothing...
Update (April 2, 2011): Now that April Fools is over it's back to business. Chuck is now in the final round of Hulu's "Best in Show" awards, where it's currently pwning Dexter 69% to 31%. Voting is going to end on April 4 -- but you never know if Dexter fans starts a campaign to pull an upset victory. If you haven't yet voted I urge you to do so. The more publicity for Chuck the better.
Update (April 4, 2011): Chuck has been voted the best show of 2011 on Hulu! In the final round, "Chuck" beat "Dexter" 69% to 31% respectively. lol
In order to get to the final round, "Chuck" had to beat "The Big Bang Theory," "Supernatural," "Modern Family," and "Community."
Update (April 5, 2011): HitFix.com called Chuck star Zachary Levi to get his reaction on his show winning Hulu's "Best in Show" honors. During the interview, HitFix confronted Levi about Chuck getting a fifth season. Here's what he had to say:
"I think everyone's attitude is good, and not necessarily because we're optimistic about a pickup, but we're just choosing not to be negative, and come to work and appreciate your cast and crew and try to have as much fun as possible. And we know that however many people watch these episodes, even if they are the last, they mean a lot to those people. And we're coming to the end of a really long season. It's the longest we've ever done in terms of episode count. The second season we still had 8-day (production) schedules, that got cut down for the third season, so it's maybe the same number of days, but this is more episodes. It's nine months of 14-hour days and not seeing your friends and family for extended periods of time. While we don't know what the future holds, we know that we've worked hard, and try to do the best we can by our fanbase, and the rest is in God's hands, and it always has been. every season it's always been the same situation: will they or won't they? Maybe it mirrors Chuck and Sarah's relationship."
"Our numbers right now are not great by any stretch of the imagination. The one thing that one can look at and go, "Well, there's this," is the fact that by the end of the season, we're at 78 episodes, which is 10 shy of syndication, and 22 of the illustrious 100-episode mark. One more would get us there, even a half season would get us into syndication, and Warner Bros. as a studio is what they're most attracted to. It's how they get from the red into the black. But I don't know. In a time like now, who's going to buy a catalog of episodes for a show that was barely hanging on with live, brand-new episodes? I understand putting reruns of the really big hit shows right now: "Glee" and "Modern Family" and the like. It's a tough thing to see, but I'm not privy to any of those conversations. I try not to look at ratings, because at the end of the day, all you can do is go to work, do your best, and be as much love and light for everyone around you, and keep a positive attitude."
Update (April 9, 2011): According to Google trends, The top 7 regions searching for "Chuck season 5" on Google are as follows:
Ouch. International fans are more concerned about "Chuck" getting renewed than the core United States fans!
Anyway, on a more non-depressing note: You can now pre-order the fourth season of Chuck on Amazon.com. As of this writing there's five reviews up about the season. The set has no release date set in stone, but if you pre-order now, you'll get a "Pre-order Price Guarantee" in which you'll receive the lowest price between your order time, and the end of the day of the release date.
Update (April 12, 2011): Last nights new episode of Chuck bombed in the ratings. Here's what pifeedback.com had to say:
"NBC, as usual, was off but not running as a result of Chuck at a distant fourth-place finish in both total viewers (4.04 million) and adults 18-49 (1.3/ 4) at 8 p.m. I would say it is time for Chuck to conclude, wouldn’t you?"
Live ratings for Chuck has gone downhill five episodes in a row! NBC is taking note that fans are giving up on this series!
Update (April 17, 2011): TV Guide posted an article titled "25 Bubble Shows — Which Will Survive?" Here's what they had to say about "Chuck:"
Mondays at 8/7c
The Good News: Fans willing to eat large quantities of Subway sandwiches have saved the show before.
The Bad News: Has Chuck ever not been on the bubble? Viewership has seen some erosion in recent weeks (down to a series low in the demo), and four seasons seems like plenty (for the non-nerds among us).
Update (April 24, 2011): TV Guide has stated that they want like to see "Chuck" saved. Here's what they had to say:
It's easy to say we're tired of eating Subway sandwiches and giving a Chuck to keep this show on the air each season, but without this spy dramedy, we'd have virtually no other reason to watch NBC on any other night besides Thursday. The show has a small audience, but they are loyal, which at this point is something NBC desperately needs. Plus, with Chuck (Zach Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) now engaged, we'd very much enjoy a Mr. and Mrs. Smith season of married-spy partnership. Some say the writing is on the wall. We just hope it says: "One more season."
They also have a poll up asking fans "which show do you most want to see again next season?" As of this writing "Chuck" is dominating with "27%" of the votes!
Update (April 25, 2011): I'm not satisfied with how "Chuck" has been performing on Amazon.com. Here's the DVD rank for each of the seasons:
Rank 1,300: Chuck: The Complete Fourth Season
Rank 1,314: Chuck: The Complete Third Season
Rank 2,038: Chuck: The Complete Second Season
Rank 2,787: Chuck: The Complete First Season
As a comparison: "Fringe," a show that scores similar ratings to "Chuck," is selling a lot better:
Rank 406: Fringe: The Complete Second Season
Rank 458: Fringe: The Complete First Season
Rank 585: Fringe: The Complete Third Season
While that's just DVD sales on Amazon.com... please note the following: Amazon.com is the largest online retailer in the United States; the DVD format is more popular than Blu-ray and legal downloads combined.
Update (April 26, 2011): 45% of viewers voted to save Chuck on USA Today's "14th annual Save Our Shows" poll. Here's the results:
"Fans don't want NBC to buck Chuck. The action dramedy, perennially hovering "on the bubble" between renewal and cancellation, won the most support in USA TODAY's 14th annual Save Our Shows poll.
"Forty-five percent of voters opted to keep the show around for a fifth season, despite a paltry 4.2 million viewers for this week's episode, which tied a series low."
In that same poll 55% of viewers voted to cancel Chuck. Those dingbats doesn't have a heart.
Update (April 27, 2011): Page views for this article have surpassed 100,000 to become the second most viewed article on this website! My most viewed article is "Kiefer Sutherland Open to '24' Season 9" at 150,000+ views. Thanks to everyone for the success!
Update (April 28, 2011): "AJHawk" asked the following question in the comments below:
"Has the Chance of chuck coming back increased till now?"
Unfortunately things have gotten worst. Chuck has been losing its key viewers (the 18-49 ones) with each new episode, and ratings experts have been stating that this show needs to be canceled already. The syndication market is the only thing that can save this show right now. If Warner Bros. can make considerably more money in the syndication market by offering NBC a ludicrous deal for a fifth season -- I'm convinced they're going to do it!
Update (May 10, 2011): TVByTheNumbers.com has given Chuck a mere 20% (average percentage between two experts) chance of renewal.
NBC is set to announce their Fall 2011 lineup in the morning of Monday, May 16, 2011! Here's hoping that "Chuck" is going to be featured in that lineup!
Update (May 11, 2011): Multiple sources (including Deadline) are reporting that NBC ordered a fifth season of "Chuck" consisting of "13-episodes!" All that's left is for NBC to make an official announcement!
Update (May 13, 2011):
The Good News: The fifth season of Chuck is official!
The Bad News: The fifth season of Chuck will be the series final!
Update (September 7, 2011: The fifth season of Chuck is set to premiere on October 21, 2011. In the meantime, you can view this promotional photos for the new season!
Update (October 1, 2011): The first season of Chuck has been delayed from October 21, 2011 to October 28, 2011.
Update (October 15, 2011): Click here to check out the preview for the first season 5 episode of Chuck.