Cancellation Watch Breaking News: NBC to Return to The Good Place for a Third Season

Coming as no surprise, NBC announced yesterday that its afterlife comedy The Good Place will be returning for a third season.  While not a huge ratings hit, that show has performed well enough for a comedy on Thursday nights, especially considering the stiff competition.  It has also been well received by critics throughout its first and second season. … Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Status Report: Viacom Changes Could be Early Signs of Peak TV Slowing; Plus the Ratings Results

Is The Peak TV Bubble Reaching Its Limit? A Hollywood Reporter article indicates that the Viacom network of cable channels–which includes MTV, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, the soon to launch Paramount Network, and more–is scaling back on its scripted television output.  This primarily impacts what the article refers to as Viacom’s “niche” stations like CMT, VH1, and TV Land… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch Scorecard: The Gifted Slips But Not Far

FOX’s X-Men tie-in series The Gifted slipped two slots in the scorecard this week as its numbers remain on the low side.  But I don’t see much cause for concern at this point and I believe that show is on track for renewal.  That network’s Ghosted also slipped, but I believe that was due to Thanksgiving week doldrums… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of November 20th: Premiere for Runaways, Season Finales for Shannara Chronicles and Stan Against Evil

Thanksgiving week brings plenty of preemptions as viewership is expected to drop during the holiday week. But Hulu apparently hopes some people will be taking advantage of the time off and will check out their new series Marvel’s Runaways. That one debuts on Tuesday, and the first three episodes will be available for viewing with a new episode released… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Status Report Update: The Orville Slips But No Cause for Concern

Ratings Results of Interest: On Thursday, FOX’s sci fi comedy The Orville slipped to a 0.9 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic with 3.3 million total viewers (according to the preliminary numbers). But there is no need to be concerned about that one because it has already been renewed for a second season and… Read More »

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Will Van Helsing, Ghost Wars, and Superstition Be Renewed or Cancelled?

This ongoing column focuses on shows that currently have a question mark concerning their future. You can see the status of all the currently airing sci fi and fantasy shows at this link. Syfy execs have to consider the Fall 2017 season to be somewhat of a disappointment with only two shows posting at or above a 0.2… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Status Report: The Gifted Should Be Gifted with a Second Season

In this weekly column, I monitor the viewership levels for the currently airing sci fi and fantasy shows as well as their renewal and cancellation prospects. Also check out This Week In Sci-Fi TV on Fridays (sometimes Saturdays), which delivers news and updates on genre television. Ratings Source: The Nielsen Company. The Gifted Should Keep on Giving FOX’s… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch Scorecard: Most Shows Remain Steady as Fall Winds Down

There was not much change on the scorecard this week beyond some incidental movement which is what is to be expected at this point in the season. That means that no shows are tanking or making surges at the moment. Agents of SHIELD will be joining the scorecard in a few weeks after it debuts on December 1st,… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of November 13th: Premieres for The Punisher and Future Man, Season Finale for AHS Cult

Two more late Fall premieres arrive this week, both on the streaming services. Hulu’s sci fi comedy Future Man debuts on Tuesday and all episodes of the first season should be available for streaming that day. Then on Friday, Netflix’s long-awaited The Punisher solo series drops its entire first season for steaming. Also, Orson Scott Card’s Extinct, which… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Status Report Update: Kevin Probably Won’t Be Saving the World Much Longer

Kevin Probably Did Not Get Enough Episodes: ABC announced yesterday that their new series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World would be getting three additional episodes for its freshman season which is not necessarily good news. Despite Deadline Hollywood considering this a good sign, anything less than an order of nine episodes suggests an unsure future unless a show… Read More »

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Why Was Almost Human Cancelled?

Looking back on cancellations from the years past. Almost Human premiered on FOX in the Fall of 2013 and delivered the tale of a near-future world where human police officers are required to work with combat-ready androids because of extremely high crimes rates.  Karl Urban plays the wayward cop who does not like androids but is paired with… Read More »

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Will Gotham and Lucifer be Cancelled or Renewed?

This ongoing column focuses on shows that currently have a question mark concerning their future. You can see the status of all the currently airing sci fi and fantasy shows at this link. Both Gotham and Lucifer are shows that pull their source material from DC comics and both shows currently air on the FOX network. Both are… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Status Report: The Inhumans, Ghost Wars, Superstition, and The Shannara Chronicles Move to Cancellation Likely; Stranger Things Ratings Data, and More

In this weekly column, I monitor the viewership levels for the currently airing sci fi and fantasy shows as well as their renewal and cancellation prospects. Also check out This Week In Sci-Fi TV on Fridays (sometimes Saturdays), which delivers news and updates on genre television. Ratings Source: The Nielsen Company. The Network Executioner Sharpens His Ax for… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch Scorecard: A Look at The Exorcist, Dirk Gently, Mr. Robot, and Other Under-Performing Shows

IFC’s Stan Against Evil entered the Scorecard on the low side at Number 21, though that show had to go up against Game 7 of the World Series with its second season premiere last Wednesday. It may improve a bit this week, and its numbers are still okay for an IFC entry. Apart from that, there was not… Read More »

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Call To Action: Van Helsing, The Exorcist, The Inhumans, Stitchers, and More Need Help From Their Fans

Peak TV continues to roll on and fracture the television audience and overall ratings are slipping yet again in Fall 2017.  But in the current overcrowded television landscape, we are seeing the networks look beyond the straight viewership numbers and consider other factors, particularly social net activity and digital viewing, to decide if they will keep a show… Read More »

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