Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Got Dangerously Low Ratings & Viewership On Premiere Night
Hey, Pretty Little Liars fans. We’ve unfortunately got some pretty bad news to share with you guys. The LIVE ratings numbers are in for the premiere episode 1 of The Perfectionists spin off show, and they don’t look very promising. Our only hope is that they will change as the 10-episode season rolls along.
As most of you know, The Perfectionists finally premiered this past Wednesday night, March 20, 2019. According to the folks over at TVseriesfinale.com, the premiere episode 1 just brought in a mere 0.457 or roughly 400,000 to 500,000 viewers, and it scored just a 0.18 rating score for the 18- 49 year old demographic. In case you’re wondering, those numbers are very low. We’re talking possible cancellation low if they don’t improve!
The Perfectionists LIVE viewership and ratings numbers are a far, far cry from the original Pretty Little Liars show which averaged a whopping 11 million viewers an episode during it’s finale season 7 and 0.6 rating score. According to the folks over TVFanatic.com, Pretty Little Liars actually got as high as a 0.72 ratings score for its series finale episode.
That’s one of the main reasons why Freeform jumped on this Perfectionists spin off bandwagon. It was because none of their other shows brought in the ratings that Pretty Little Liars did for them.
TV Fanatic also pointed out that since there’s usually a curiosity factor for premiere episodes which usually draws in large amounts of viewers, it’s likely that the Perfectionists viewership could drop even further for the next episodes! We certainly hope this isn’t the case.
On a positive note, they did point out that the original Pretty Little Liars show received a lot of delayed viewing on platforms like the Freeform app, Hulu, Netflix and DVR. So,it’s highly possible that The Perfectionists spin-off might experience that as well. Let’s just cross our fingers that it does.
TV Fanatic also pointed out that The Perfectionists LIVE ratings are about the same as other Freeform shows: Good Trouble (A spin off of The Fosters),Grown-ish and Siren. So, they think the Perfectionists sub par ratings might have more to do with the Freeform network as a whole. They say the network has struggled with lower ratings ever since it changed its name from ABC Family. I actually wondered why they did that. Like, was it even necessary?
Anyways, they went on to say that the delayed viewing audience will be a big test for The Perfectionists. So, we’ll just wait and see what the results of that turn out to be. And who knows? Maybe the LIVE viewership numbers will pick up in the coming weeks. Cross your fingers.
The Perfectionists did trend on Twitter during premiere night. So, that’s sort of a good sign. One of the commenters on TV Fanatic’s article said The Foster’s spin off Good Trouble did get awarded a season 2 by Freeform despite its really low LIVE ratings and viewership numbers. So, maybe The Perfectionists could still get a pass even if things don’t necessarily pick up in the first season.
Another commenter said they didn’t even know The Perfectionists was on yet. So, that could maybe be a big factor. Maybe more time needs to pass before all the old Pretty Little Liars fans find out about it. Hopefully, it’s just something minuscule like that. One thing that’s for sure is that time will surely tell.
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I’m surprised to hear the numbers are that low, since every PLL fan was drooling for more. One of the problems with re-naming the show “Pretty Little Liars:The Perfectionists” (aside from how long that title is) & that if Twitter is any real indication of fan response? Some very vocal people are sooooo wounded that “Emison” broke up. They’re accusing the show of suddenly not being LGBTQ positive, which makes no sense to me, since there is a family with two Mums, Alison is supposedly a lesbian, and Dylan is gay.
Equally as loud are the voices yelling about “when will we see Spoby”, blah blah. This is a new show, and I feel awful for the new cast. At best, they’re referred to by “hard core fans” as “The Spencer-est one” or thinking Caitlin being hit by a car is delightful, because it happened on PLL.(Been there,got hit by that, it’s not a bit delightful)
A huge problem also is in bringing in new viewers. My best friend promised to watch with me, and after the pilot, I asked if anything was confusing. He said he pretty much got it, but felt he was missing some canon. It’s *impossible* to explain Mona and Allison’s past w/o the world’s biggest white board, and a million spoilers of PLL. So my BFF is now bingeing and loving PLL and not watching PLL:TP.
I’m not sure how they can fix this, maybe not listening so much to Twitter? I was told by some kid who looked like he’s years away from a driver’s license to “chill” when I pointed out that his insistence on “Longer credits, with someone doing the shhh thing” would, hello, rob from the time to tell the story. What the fa? Maybe there is no pleasing the PLL audience, and they’ll kill The Perfectionists. That would be a real shame. The new show is gorgeous, the music,the color, there is a new story here… hopefully new people will find it, and the need for this to be Season Eight of Pretty Little Liars will, as i was instructed by the charming lad on Twitter, chill out. 🙂 And watch!
Oh that needs so much editing. Yikes! Sorry!