'Suits' ratings take a nosedive, with Meghan Markle off doing duty as Duchess of Sussex
Taking up a career as royalty is difficult, and Meghan Markle will probably not be able to return to 'Suits' to help it regain its viewership.
USA Network's 'Suits' has seen a consistent drop in its rating department after former star Meghan Markle quit her job as Rachel Zane at the show to become the Duchess of Sussex. After taking vows as Prince Harry's wife, Markle has reportedly given up on her acting career to pursue full time royal career in the British royalty.
The show is now averaging at 1.2 million viewers per episode through three episodes in its eighth season. The show was already heading towards a downward ride even before Markle had left the show during which time the show's fifth season averaged a mere 2 million viewers per episode, and the number further declined to 1.59 million in Season 6. It got worse in Season 7 when the ratings fell down to 1.3 million around the time when Markle was leaving the show. However, Markle isn't the only star to have left the show. Patrick J. Adams who had played the lead role of Mike Ross had exited the show earlier this season after the onscreen couple moved to Seattle following their marriage.
Reportedly, the show is also losing grip of its adult viewers who range within the ages of 18-49 which has significantly dropped in the last four seasons. The eighth season is averaging 317,000 demo viewers which are again a drop from Season 7's average of 432,000, Season 6's 535, 000 and from the fifth season which had the highest demo viewers of 720,000. Markle had already given her notice of leaving the show revealing that she won't return for the eighth season, during the time of her engagement in 2017. Katherine Heigl of 'Grey's Anatomy' replaced Markle as the female lead in the show.
Markle who has appeared in almost 108 episodes of the show since its premiere in 2011, will probably follow the footsteps of actress Grace Kelly who had given up her acting career following her marriage to Prince Rainier in 1956, which made her the Princess of Monaco. According to Grant Harrold who is an etiquette expert and has previously served as a butler to the royal family told that Markle will be too busy with her royal duties to pursue any further options in acting. “Royal duties do take up a lot of time with royals working for weeks at a time with very little time off especially with overseas tours,” he said. Reportedly, Markle also declined her invitation to the 2018 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.