Prime Time Sci Fi TV: The Walking Dead has a 90 Min Season Finale, Outlander Returns on Starz, Olympus Debuts on Syfy

New or notable science fiction and fantasy entries on the Prime Time TV schedule, also including programs that may be of interest to genre fans. Air dates and times subject to change without notice. This week will be busy for genre shows with a major finale and two premieres.  The Walking Dead wraps up its fifth season with… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: The Flash and Other Tuesday Genre Shows are Now Suffering the Full Effects of the Ratings Slump

Unless otherwise noted, the ratings numbers below are based on the final overnights and may vary slightly from the preliminaries reported on the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site. Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday Mar 23rd thru Thursday Mar 26th (analysis and metric definitions below): Note: The Monday broadcast network shows were covered in the previous… Read More »

Cancelled Before it Began: Dr. Strange (1978)

Our ongoing look back at sci fi / fantasy TV shows that were cancelled way too soon or pilots that never made it to series. This late 70’s TV movie introduced Prime Time audiences to Marvel’s Doctor Strange as CBS mulled adding that character to their growing superhero line which included The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman.  In the… Read More »

The Charts: Agents of SHIELD Returns to the Top 25, Plus a Look at the Rankings with Live+3 Data

ABC’s Agents of SHIELD was a regular entry in the broadcast network Top 25 based on the ratings in the 18-49 demographic during its first season, but this year it has been mostly MIA from those rankings.  For last week, though, the show managed to sneak in at the Number 24 slot.  I can’t say it was because… Read More »

The DVR Skew: The Last Man on Earth Enters the List at Number 3

Tracking the ratings for the broadcast network sci fi / fantasy shows factoring in DVR viewing up to seven days past the live broadcast (data is on a three week delay). FOX’s post-apocalyptic sitcom The Last Man on Earth has been doing decent in the ratings (relatively speaking) since its debut, and after collecting two weeks worth of Live+7… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: The Last Man on Earth is Still Surviving in the Ratings

Unless otherwise noted, the ratings numbers below are based on the final overnights and may vary slightly from the preliminaries reported on the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site. Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Thursday Mar 19th thru Monday Mar 23rd (analysis and metric definitions below): Note: The Thursday broadcast network shows were covered… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Development: X-Files Return Getting Closer While the Twin Peaks Revival Hits Some Bumps, Wes Craven to Adapt Sci Fi Horror Comic The Disciples

News, updates, and (mostly viable) rumors relating to development of science fiction / fantasy television productions. If you have tips or more info on these or other productions, please pass them along in the comments. Still not too many new development announcements as the studios are busy working on upcoming pilots.  But there were a couple over the… Read More »

Prime Time Sci Fi TV: The Last Man on Earth Doubles Up While Some CW Shows Go Back into Repeats

New or notable science fiction and fantasy entries on the Prime Time TV schedule, also including programs that may be of interest to genre fans. Air dates and times subject to change without notice. This week, FOX’s The Last Man on Earth will stretch out to a full hour and it looks like it will be the same… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: iZombie Has an Okay Debut as The Flash and Arrow Drop. Is the Ratings Slump Catching Up to The CW?

Unless otherwise noted, the ratings numbers below are based on the final overnights and may vary slightly from the preliminaries reported on the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site. Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday Mar 16th thru Thursday Mar 19th (analysis and metric definitions below): Note: The Monday broadcast network shows were covered in the previous Cancellation… Read More »

Cancelled Too Soon: Max Headroom (1987)

Back in the mid-80’s computer-generated (sort of) character Max Headroom became an instant cultural phenomenon and a U.S. produced series sprang from the British TV movie Max Headroom: 20 Minutes in the Future which provided his origin story.  The show takes place in a dystopian, near-future setting where mega-corporations control the world and keep the public distracted with… Read More »

The Charts: The 100 Rises in the General Sentiment Charts for its Season 2 Finale

The CW’s The 100 has been struggling in the ratings throughout its second season (though it did get the greenlight for a third year) but it has done well (as have most of the fifth place net entries) in the General Sentiment charts that measure social network activity related to the show.  For its season finale, The 100… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Breaking News: Sleepy Hollow Will Ride into a Third Season But With a New Direction

FOX announced today that sophomore supernatural series Sleepy Hollow will be returning for a third season which will total eighteen episodes (the same number as its second season).  The renewal was definitely not a sure thing because it has struggled in the ratings during its second year (and I’m thinking they did it just to spite me for… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Power Rankings: The Last Man on Earth Starts as Likely to Get Renewed, Dig and The Returned Start On the Bubble

[Updated for the Sleepy Hollow renewal announcement] Quite a lot has happened since last month’s set of Power Rankings.  Syfy cancelled Ascension (or chose not to continue it, if you prefer) but they also renewed their low-rated entry 12 Monkeys.  Four shows have debuted in March–FOX’s The Last Man on Earth, USA’s Dig, A&E’s The Returned, and The… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: Dig Drops as It Digs a Hole for Itself in the Ratings

Unless otherwise noted, the ratings numbers below are based on the final overnights and may vary slightly from the preliminaries reported on the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site. Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Thursday Mar 12th thru Monday Mar 16th (analysis and metric definitions below): Vampire Diaries CW Thu 3/12 8 PM Rating: 0.6… Read More »

Prime Time Sci Fi TV: iZombie Debuts; The Flash, Arrow, and Supernatural Return from Repeats

New or notable science fiction and fantasy entries on the Prime Time TV schedule, also including programs that may be of interest to genre fans. Air dates and times subject to change without notice. The CW’s mid-season entry iZ0mbie–based on the DC comic of the same name–gets it debut this week in the post The Flash timeslot as… Read More »