The Masked Singer was an unexpectedly huge hit for FOX with its premiere last week, but the question remained: would the hype last?
The show took a dip this week, but that’s to be expected in the second week of almost any show. Coming off a 3.0 live airing rating (which raised to 3.9 in the next three days) the second week’s initial broadcast got a 2.3. While that’s a 0.7 drop, it still won the night and 2.0 or higher is generally considered to be strong for most shows these days.
As for viewership, the news isn’t quite as good. This second episode drew 7.1 million viewers, down over two million from the premiere’s 9.4, placing it second for the night behind Chicago Fire on NBC. Not bad, but not quite the juggernaut it was last week.
We’ll see how things go for this show as the rest of the episodes air; now that we’ve been “introduced” to all of the contestants, the novelty may soon wear off for a lot of people. Will the guessing game of trying to figure out how is under each mask be enough to keep viewers around for another eight weeks, or will viewers figure out the rest of the cast too early to care by the end of the season? Only time will tell.