Superhero television is all the rage these days, with shows based on both Marvel and DC characters cropping up on networks from CBS to Netflix. But Constantine - NBC's self-admitted bid to hop aboard the "comic book bandwagon" - has thus far struggled to prove itself a viable hit for the network.
Despite debuting to pretty good ratings in October, the show's inconsistent ratings subsequently led the network to reverse its decision to extend season 1 from 13 episodes to a full 22-episode season. Constantine's future has since been called into question, but now fans hoping to see more of star Matt Ryan facing off against supernatural forces have a shred of good news for the series.
According to ComicBook.com, the show's second episode following its mid-season return - entitled "Quid Pro Quo" (read our review) - improved 13 percent over the previous episode in overall viewers as well as the key demographic of adults 18-49. That figure represents a 0.9 rating and a 3 share for 3.48 million viewers, creeping closer to the numbers it brought in before moving to the 8pm time slot.
After the show's ratings dropped in the previous week, it appeared that Constantine was destined for the NBC chopping block. While this new increase in viewership is likely not enough to earn season 2, there is a distinct possibility that it represents a developing audience for the series.
Even if the show is canceled by NBC after its 13-episode commitment, there is always the chance that Constantine could live on in another form or on another network. The CW has had remarkable success with both Arrow and The Flash, and the network clearly has interest in bringing heroes to the small screen. Plus, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon are hungry for more original content.
Of course, there's Ryan's desire to have John Constantine join the burgeoning DC Cinematic Universe and the strong possibility that the character will appear in director Guillermo del Toro's long-in-development Justice League Dark film. It all adds up to a world of possibilities for the cast and crew of Constantine, but in the meantime, these latest numbers should prove encouraging for the show's fans. Expect news on this front in the coming weeks, as the show has only 3 episodes left in the pipeline.
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Constantine airs Fridays @8pm on NBC.