‘Bates Motel’ Drastic Ratings Drop May Be ‘Longmire’ Fans Backlash Against A&E Network, Highlight Hollywood News

Viewership for A&E’s “Bates Motel” continued its downward spiral,  slipping to a series low; “The Returned” enjoys a week-over-week uptick.   Sadly, “Bates Motel” is an excellent show, but A&E’s decision to cancel “Longmire” could have created this network backlash, which the show is suffering from.  The way A&E treated its 5 million viewers, telling them they were essentially too old to matter has longstanding consequences.  With silly “Duck Dynasty” also seeing ratings decline last season, A&E is becoming even more desperate, shaking up their corporate heads has been going on for months now. And no signs of letting up.

Monday’s edition of A&E’s “Bates Motel” was the series’ least-watched episode on record.



The episode, which was the fourth of the current third season, posted a 0.73 adults 18-49 rating with 1.71 million viewers. The latter mark, which trails the 1.85 million total garnered by the March 17, 2014 episode, represents a new bottom for “Bates.”



That episode was the only Season 1 or Season 2 episode to attract fewer than 2 million viewers. Viewership for three of the four Season 3 episodes has fallen short of two million.



Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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