Cancellation Watch Breaking News: CBS Renews Salvation for a Second Season, No Word Yet on Zoo

Coming as a complete surprise, CBS announced yesterday that its freshman Summer series Salvation will be returning for a second season of thirteen episodes.  That show started out in July with decent enough ratings for a Summer entry, but saw those drop off pretty quickly and it only averaged a 0.5 score based on the overnights for the… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Status Report: The Exorcist and The Inhumans Are On The Bubble, Chris Carter Wants More Millennium, and More

The first edition of the Fall Cancellation Watch Scorecard has been posted (at this link) which ranks the performance of the the currently airing sci fi and fantasy shows vs. the benchmark for their network. There are already several under-performing shows, though I have not moved any to the Cancellation Likely status just yet. I do have a… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch Scorecard: American Horror Story, The Flash Top the First Rankings of the Fall

The scorecard ranks the currently airing sci fi and fantasy television shows based on their overnight ratings vs. the network average for non-repeat, non-special, non-sports programming for the broadcast networks or vs. the network benchmark for the cable shows (essentially the minimum renewal level). This is designed to give comparative data for shows that will indicate if they… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of Oct 16th: The Walking Dead Returns for its Eighth Season

The Fall premieres slow down this week, though one of the most anticipated shows has its debut. AMC’s The Walking Dead may not be resolving a major cliffhanger like its seventh season premiere did, but plenty of fans are waiting for the show’s return this Sunday. There are also several recap and behind the scenes specials that will… Read More »

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Sci-Fi TV Status Report: The Syfy And Friday Shows Are Facing Ratings Challenges

Towards the end of 2015, Syfy indicated that it wanted to return to its science fiction roots and get back to the ambitious story-telling of shows like Battlestar: Galactica and veer away from the paranormal “sci fi-lite” that became the norm after its 2009 rebranding. Here’s the scorecard on that for its Fall shows: paranormal/horror shows – 5… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of Oct 9th: Premieres for The CW Superheroes, Mr. Robot, The Shannara Chronicles and More

The onslaught of Fall premieres continues as eight shows will be returning to the schedule this week. All four of The CW’s superhero shows kick off their new seasons–Supergirl (Monday), The Flash (Tuesday), Legends of Tomorrow (Tuesday) and Arrow (Thursday)–and Supernatural is back for its record-busting thirteenth year on Thursday (for those interested, Riverdale has its second season… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Status Report: Early Fall Ratings Look Good for The Gifted, Not So Good for The Inhumans

Last week was the official start of the Fall season (though several shows like The Orville got an early launch), and across the broadcast networks it appears that the ratings averages are about where they ended in the Spring (except for Friday night, more on that below). Among the sci fi and fantasy shows, we are seeing some… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of October 2nd: Premieres for The Gifted, Lucifer, Van Helsing and More

The Fall season continues to roll ahead at full speed with seven new and returning shows having their premieres next week. On Monday, the X-Men tie-in series The Gifted has its bow on FOX and that is preceded by the third season premiere of Lucifer. On Tuesday, ABC’s new series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World debuts. On Thursday,… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch Breaking News: The Mist Cancelled by Spike After One Season

Spike announced late yesterday that their freshman series The Mist, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, will not be returning for a second season.  The news does not come as a huge surprise because the show never attracted much of an audience, not did it see much in the way of delayed viewing gains… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Status Report: Star Trek Discovery Has Good Launch, A Possible Teen Wolf Spin-Off, and More

On Sunday, Star Trek: Discovery had its debut on CBS and pulled a 1.9 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 9.6 million total viewers (up from the 1.6 rating / 8.8 million total viewers reported in the preliminaries). That’s a good start for a show in the current Peak TV environment, and the numbers… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of September 25th: Premieres for The Inhumans, Missions, Extinct, and More

The Fall season is really ramping up now, and if you haven’t caught up on the Summer shows, time to hang that up.  This week brings eight premieres with even more on the way over the next few weeks.  On Thursday, the French sci fi / horror series Missions bows on AMC’s streaming service Shudder.  On Friday, ABC’s… Read More »

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Fans Campaign to Save Dark Matter, Midnight Texas, Blood Drive and More

The Summer season has mostly wrapped up, and the networks have been announcing renewals and cancellations over the last few weeks (which mostly consists of the latter). Among the cancellations we have heard of so far are Dark Matter (Syfy), Blood Drive (Syfy) and Stitchers (Freeform), but fans of those shows have come out in force to fight… Read More »

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Could Pre-Funding Save Shows Like Stitchers, Dark Matter, Zoo, and More?

I have discussed the idea of pre-funding in various capacities previously on this site, but with fans actively campaigning to save shows like Dark Matter, Stitchers, Zoo, Blood Drive, and more, it is worth revisiting (more on those campaigns at this link).  Pre-funding is a concept that I have promoted which presents less of a fan-rage approach and… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Status Report: The Orville Slows Down, Stitchers is Cancelled, and More

On Sunday, FOX’s Trek-like comedy The Orville slipped some for its second episode to to a 2.2 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 6.6 million total viewers. That’s down from last week’s 2.8 score for the show’s premiere, but still quite impressive considering it was going up against the football game over on NBC… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch: Final Scorecard For 2016-17 Season

There was no Scorecard for last week because of the ratings delays, and this week brings the (mostly) final edition for the 2016-17 season. A few Summer shows will be wrapping up this week and Fear the Walking Dead and The Last Ship will carry over a little bit further into the Fall season. But the results are… Read More »

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