Cancellation Watch: A Look at How Well the Scorecard Did Predicting This Season’s Renewals / Cancellations (Updated)

(Updated 5/27/16) This season I introduced the broadcast network scorecard to present a mathematical gauge of a show’s chances of getting cancelled or renewed. It ranks all of the broadcast net sci fi / fantasy shows’ ratings performance vs. their network’s 2016 season to date average for non-sports, non-special, non-repeat programming during the week (based on the overnights… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Breaking News: Limitless Officially Cancelled by CBS

Freshman CBS series Limitless did not get cancelled last week when the network was presenting its 2016-17 schedule to the advertisers, but it did not get renewed either.  Instead, the network indicated that they were “shopping it around” to other channels and platforms, with Netflix rumored as the most likely landing place.  But apparently nothing came of that… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: Final Rundown on the 2015-16 Sci Fi / Fantasy Shows

The Ratings-Pocalypse hit during the 2015-16 (more on that at this link), but surprisingly that did not lead to an excessive number of cancellations as the network execs (particularly from the broadcast nets) decided to white-knuckle the downward spiral and say “Just Renew It, Baby!”  Of the forty nine shows in the list below (yes, that many aired… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: What We Learned from the Ratings-Pocalypse Season, Preacher Has a Decent Debut, Plus the Ratings Roundup

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. The ratings slipped to all-time lows for the broadcast networks during the 2016-17 season as the Too-Much-TV era has split the audience across the many options currently available for scripted programming… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of May 23rd: Season Finales and the Return of Wayward Pines

This is the final week of the 2015-16 season with almost all of the shows wrapping up or already having had their season finales by this point.  The finales for this week are Gotham (FOX), The Flash (CW), Stitchers (Free), Arrow (CW), and Supernatural (CW).  Some of the Spring and late season shows are still going and will… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Breaking News: A&E Cancels Damien After One Season

Late Friday announcements rarely bring good news for television shows as was the case yesterday when A&E announced that first-year supernatural horror series Damien will not be continuing on to a second season. That show pulled low ratings throughout its first season run, averaging just a 0.2 score based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic and it… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: CBS Has Failed Limitless Just Like ABC Did With Forever Last Season

So CBS has decided not to renew freshman series Limitless, but claims they are “shopping it around” to other networks or to the streaming services (though for some reason their own digital service CBS All Access is “not an option”). Sure, that show pulled rather mediocre ratings based on the overnights in its first season, but the network’s… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: Recap of Last Week’s Breaking News, Still No Word on Limitless, Plus the Ratings Roundup

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. Renewal/Cancellation Recap: Plenty of renewal / cancellation announcements came last week, though I believe that the rumor mill run-up braced us pretty well for the Thursday / Friday news onslaught.  Among… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of May 16th: Preacher Debuts on AMC, Season Finales for Agents of SHIELD, Grimm, and More

The 2015-16 season is just about over with more season finales this week and most of the rest next. Wrapping up are Agents of SHIELD, Legends of Tomorrow, The 100, Grimm, and The Originals (all of those have been renewed). Kicking off this week is AMC’s new series Preacher right after Fear the Walking Dead on Sunday, and that latter… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Breaking News: FOX Has Renewed Sleepy Hollow, Officially Cancelled Second Chance and Minority Report

FOX announced this afternoon that third year series Sleepy Hollow will be coming back for a fourth season.  That comes as a bit of surprise considering the all-time ratings lows it slipped to (which looked bad even for a Friday night show), but there were plenty of rumors circulating that it would survive into a fourth year.  FOX… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Breaking News: The CW Cancels Containment as Expected

Coming as no surprise to myself (but maybe to the Cancellation Bear), The CW announced that their “limited run” series Containment has been cancelled (but wait, wasn’t it supposed end after its “limited run”?).  That show had a late bow this season and got that “limited run” tag added after the fact, so all indications were that it was… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Breaking News: Galavant and Agent Carter Both Cancelled by ABC and Marvel’s Wost Wanted Not Picked Up to Series

ABC is working out its schedule as next week’s Upfronts approach when it will present its schedule for the 2016-17 season, and we now know that two genre entries will not be returning.  Agent Carter has been cancelled after two season and Galavant has also been cancelled after two seasons.  Neither of those announcements come as a big surprise… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Breaking News: Supergirl Renewed for a Second Season But Moving to The CW

With the Upfronts approaching next week, the networks are getting their schedules in order and making the expected renewal / cancellation announcements.  This afternoon, CBS announced that first year series Supergirl will be coming back for a second season but it will be shifting its home to the fifth place network The CW (CBS co-owns that net with… Read More »

Call to Action: Last Chance to Make a Show of Support for Shows Like Limitless, Agent Carter, Sleepy Hollow, and Even Supergirl

If you have an active campaign to support a struggling sci fi / fantasy show or save a cancelled one, send us the information at cancelledscifi [at] gmail [dot] com and we will pass it along. The Nielsen ratings continue to drive the fate of the shows currently on television (and yes, the networks do look at the… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: Wynnona Earp May Have the Best Chance of Survival Among the Syfy Spring Shows, Plus the Ratings Roundup

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 of Interest: On Friday, Syfy’s Wynonna Earp held stead for the week at a 0.15 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic.  Despite its low numbers,… Read More »