Thursday night's episode of Fox's Gotham hit an all-time low for the series. Much like the music industry, the television landscape has changed considerably over the last 10 years as people find different ways to watch and consume TV, but Gotham Season 4 had a considerable amount of hype surrounding it, which suggests something else might be going on with the show. ComicBook reports that "The Fear Reaper" episode aired to just 2.8 million viewers with just a 0.8 rating in the highly coveted 18-year old to 49-year old demographic.
Season 4 of Gotham made its debut last week to high ratings, but it turns out that they were still less than the Gotham Season 3 premiere from the following year. The show was heavily rumored to be cancelled last season and if the numbers keep going the way that they're going now, those rumors could prove to be true for the series. There are a few things that are different this season though. First, the show moved from its Monday night time slot to Thursdays, which has much more competition for the show and definitely could have had a negative impact on Gotham's ratings.
The second reason that the show might not be doing as well as it should is that the reviews for the 2 new episodes have been pretty harsh. Even with the addition of Bruce Wayne as a young Batman hasn't been able to boost the ratings. Excitement was high for the debut of the Caped Crusader, but the ratings have yet to reflect the previous excitement. Some fans have argued that we've already seen this particular origin story of Batman before on the big screen for Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, while others seem to think that the writing has gotten somewhat lazy this season.
Another factor that's not working in Gotham's favor is the portrayal of the Scarecrow. Many were hoping to get the ultra, beyond scary Scarecrow from the Arkham video games, but so far, the Scarecrow isn't at all scary on the show. This could change as Halloween comes closer, but the Scarecrow is starting to look at another misstep for a show that's starting to make quite a few missteps that might equate to a cancellation before talks of a Season 5 can be completed.
There might not even be a need for a Season 5, depending on how far Gotham takes the Batman aspect of the show this season. The main focus of the show has been on the villains and Jim Gordon anyway. Regardless, it will be Fox's decision when that time comes as it has not been revealed anywhere else that Season 4 will be the last for Gotham. As ComicBook points out, it could all very well fall on the new night for the series. It's possible that many fans were not aware of the change, but that remains to be seen. We'll just have to wait until next week to see where the ratings end up.