"Body of Proof" continues to be the lowest-rated show on ABC followed by "Castle." If "Body of Proof" is canceled at the end of the season, should we expect the same to happen soon with "Castle"? What are the aspects which separate these two shows?
While it is true that the numbers for "Castle" are down right now, it does not mean we should expect the lower ratings should continue throughout the season. On March 14, 2012, "Dancing With the Stars" will return to the timeslot on Monday right before "Castle." In the past, this has brought up the ratings for the show and increased the overall average ranking for the year. Some of the top episodes of the year are brought out during the "Dancing With the Stars" season including the epic "Tick…Tick...BOOM!" cliffhanger. Also, the show will not have "Monday Night Football" to compete with for the rest of the season.
"Body of Proof" adjusted up slightly during the "Dancing With the Stars" season, but not as much as "Castle" due to the placement after the dance competition has gone off of the air for the night. In most cases, there was a dead hour between on nights in which "Dancing With the Stars" was placed on Tuesday. There is nothing throughout the year to give "Body of Proof" to give the carryover traffic.
If "Body of Proof" is going to be renewed, it would need to move to a different timeslot to pick up traffic. Between the two shows, I see NBC having more room to work with "Castle" than "Body of Proof." In the case of "Castle," you are dealing with a show which has lost viewership over the years. With "Body of Proof," you are dealing with a show which was never embraced in the first place. With the growing conspiracies and Rick and Kate getting closer, it is the prime time right now for those fans to come back. It is the salvageable show when placed against the other.
Of course, we can only speculate about what NBC is going to do. Even though "Castle" is the second lowest primetime show on ABC to "Body of Proof," there is still a distance between the shows when it comes to overall viewership. Anyways, Nathan Fillion's fans might riot if he had another show canceled before the completion of the storyline.
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