Cancellation Watch: Last Week was Slow for Sci Fi as Most Shows Head into Winter Hiatus

By | December 18, 2012
Going into hibernation for the winter.

Several of this season’s sci fi/fantasy shows are already on their winter hiatus and most of the others broadcast that last Fall episodes this past week as we will now have mostly repeats and holiday specials through the end of the year. Below are the final numbers from last week and I will be getting the mid-season schedule up shortly showing when the current shows will resume and when the returning/new shows will make their 2013 bows.

Keep an eye on the Cancellation Watch Twitter Site for the early returns from shows still airing new episodes this week and you can see the Cancellation Alert status of all the shows currently airing plus the final results from prior seasons at my Cancellation Watch page.  And for questions on how the ratings work and my Cancellation Alert statuses, you can see the Cancellation Watch FAQ.

Following are the ratings results (based on the overnights) for all of the genre shows from this past week. In some cases, the numbers below are based on the preliminary returns and could change slightly when the final results are tallied.

Ratings Results for the Week of Dec 9: 
Once Upon A Time (ABC Sun 8 PM) Rating: On Hiatus | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Low
The Walking Dead (AMC Sun 9 PM) Rating: On Hiatus | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Low
666 Park Ave (ABC Sun 10 PM) Rating: On Hiatus | Trend: Up | Cancellation Alert: Cancelled
Revolution (NBC Mon 10 PM) Rating: On Hiatus | Trend: Up | Cancellation Alert: Low
Arrow (CW Wed 8 PM) Rating: 1.0 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Low
The Neighbors (ABC Wed 9:30 PM) Rating: 1.6 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Moderate
Supernatural (CW Wed 9 PM) Rating: Preempted | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Moderate
American Horror Story (FX Wed 9 PM) Rating: 1.3 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Renewed
Last Resort (ABC Thu 8 PM) Rating: 1.0 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Cancelled
Vampire Diaries (CW Thu 8 PM) Rating: 1.3 | Trend: Up | Cancellation Alert: Low
Person of Interest (CBS Thu 9 PM) Rating: 2.9 | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Low
Beauty and the Beast (CW Thu 9 PM) Rating: 0.6 | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Elevated
Nikita (CW Fri 9 PM) Rating: Preempted | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: No Guess
Grimm (R) (NBC Fri 9 PM) Rating: On Hiatus | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Low
Fringe (FOX Fri 9 PM) Rating: 1.1 | Trend: Up | Cancellation Alert: Final Season
Haven (Syfy Fri 10 PM) Rating: Preempted | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers


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