Update: Thursday’s “Reign” attracted a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating with 1.66 million viewers.
While the numbers are down slightly from the show’s previous airing, the decline is not troubling in context. In addition to going head-to-head with the 9PM portion of NBC’s monster “The Sound of Music Live” (which drew a 4.8 adults 18-49 rating with 19.28 million viewers in the hour), “Reign” also received weakened lead-in support from “The Vampire Diaries.”
Thursday’s “Diaries” drew a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating with 2.36 million viewers.
In Thursday’s “Reign,” entitled “Left Behind,” Catherine, Mary and Francis aligned to successfully defend the castle against invaders.
In the Thursday ratings race, The CW’s “Reign” successfully held its ground against the threat of NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!” and matched the prior week’s 1.3 overnight metered market rating.
All other 9PM series–FOX’s “Glee,” CBS’ “The Crazy Ones” and “Two and a Half Men” and ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”–suffered notable declines against the musical.
Given the towering competition and the potential disparity between overnight performance and final national performance, it is possible–perhaps even probable–that “Reign” slipped slightly in the adults 18-49 demographic.
The steady overnights should, however, deter any immediate feelings of panic or pessmism. “Reign,” at least for the time being, appears to have attracted itself a loyal following.
At 8PM, The CW’s flagship “The Vampire Diaries” slipped two tenths to a 1.6 overnight metered market rating.
You wouldn’t be too far off in saying that Adelaide Kane is the breakout star of The CW’s fall line up. Her new show Reign is based on the teenaged years of Mary, Queen of Scots as she tries to secure her alliance with France by marrying Prince Francis II (Tony Regbo). We already love Reign and its leading lady. But for those who don’t know much about Kane, here is why she should be your new lady crush.
1. She can speak fandom.
With super fans talking online about “ships,” “feels,” and “I can’t even,” it sometimes seems as if they’re speaking in a code language. However, Kane has embraced fan terminology and can even speak it: “Just so you know, this ocean of feels has room for all the ships! Eat your little hearts out mateys.”
2. She knows her TV.
Reign has been compared to a lot of other TV shows: Game of Thrones (with a bit less sex and bloodshed) and Downtown Abbey (without Maggie Smith unfortunately) among others. But Kane has said that Reign is a mix of Game of Thrones with The Tudors, and a little bit of Felicity — because who wouldn’t want some ’90s teen drama mixed with the medieval time period?
3. She can do action.
Although Kane got her start acting on the Aussie TV soap opera Neighbors — and she can obviously pull off the dramatic moments in Reign — she’s also really good at action roles. Not only did she play a butt-kicking werewolf on MTV’s Teen Wolf, one of her earliest acting roles was on Power Rangers R. P. M.
4. She’s not Queen-like at all (and that’s okay!)
Whether she’s making faces with fellow cast mates or pretending to have a mustache, Kane is less like a queen and more like any other 23-year-old. Her Instagram is full of pictures featuring her friends, her food, and her job (which means lots of behind the scenes photos from both Reign and Teen Wolf). Is it just us, or does she seem like a really cool friend?
As we come upon the last few episodes of Reign for 2013, let’s take a look back at what the freshman series has given us so far. We’ve gotten love triangles, rivalries and a mysterious girl named Clarissa. Let’s review shall we:
Before “Reign” even aired its first episode the scene was set for the love triangle between Francis/Mary/Bash. Mary’s already kissed both and we’ve seen she seems to have feelings for Francis and his half-brother. Adelaide Kane has excellent on-screen chemistry with Torrance Coombs and Tony Regbo which makes the #TeamBash and #TeamFrancis rivalry fairly even. The writers and producers have also done a great job adding a bit of mystery with the pagans and with Clarissa. We never know when we will see either throughout the show. In addition the love triangle “Reign” has provided many romances to root for or against – Leith/Greer, King Henry/Kenna, Francis/Olivia, Bash/Lola – just to name a few. Now, I will admit I’m not a history buff but from what I understand there are some who take issue to the creative license the show has taken with historical facts. To those people I must say, this is The CW not The History Channel.THUMBS DOWN:
While I like the mystery of Clarissa – I haven’t really seen Clarissa. Let me explain. When we first began the show it appeared as if the little girl with the burlap sack covering her face was going to be fairly important. However, we’ve barely seen her. Hopefully the writers will focus on her more as the story progresses. I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering what she’s been up to in the castle walls.
“Reign” airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.