Cancellation Watch: Most Late Week Shows Sci Fi/Fantasy Shows Struggling to Find Viewers

By | March 18, 2013

Most of the Wednesday through Friday genre shows continued to pull mostly poor numbers as only one of those managed to score anything north of a 2.0 rating this last week.  The one that did was  CBS entry Person of Interest which improved its numbers from the prior week by a tick with a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 14.3 million total viewers.  All of the other late week genre entries were considerably lower than that, though.  On Wednesday, ABC’s sci fi sitcom The Neighbors sunk to a series low of a 1.4 rating with 4.7 million total viewers.  But then it was stuck in the middle of repeats among that networks other Tuesday night comedy block shows, so the drop off is not surprising.  The CW’s Thursday night shows returned from two weeks of repeats, but the network’s flagship series Vampire Diaries could only muster a 1.1 rating with 2.4 million total viewers with lead-out Beauty and the Beast pulling its typically tepid 0.5 rating with 1.4 million total viewers. 

On Friday night things were worse.  NBC’s Grimm slipped to a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo with 4.9 million total viewers, though that’s still pretty good for a Friday night show.  The CW’s Nikita improved its number from the prior week, but “improving” to a 0.5 rating is nothing to be cheering too much about.  FOX’s Touch slipped to a 0.6 rating with 2.4 million total viewers as that one airs out what will certainly be its last season.  And The CW’s Cult continues its Friday burnoff pulling only a 0.3 rating and less than seven hundred thousand total viewers.

Below are the full ratings results for last week’s shows, and I already covered the early week shows in my previous mid-week column.  And you can keep an eye on the Cancellation Watch Twitter Site for the early returns from Sunday thru Tuesday shows from this week.  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.

Ratings Results for the Week of March 10:
Once Upon A Time (ABC Sun 8 PM) Rating: 2.3 | Trend: Up | Cancellation Alert: Low
The Walking Dead (AMC Sun 9 PM) Rating: 5.7 | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Renewed
The Following (FOX Mon 9 PM) Rating: 2.7 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Low
Being Human (Syfy Mon 9 PM) Rating: 0.4 | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Low
Arrow (R) (CW Wed 8 PM) Rating: 0.4 | Trend: Up | Cancellation Alert: Low
The Neighbors (ABC Wed 9:30 PM) Rating: 1.4 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Moderate
Supernatural (R) (CW Wed 9 PM) Rating: 0.4 | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Low
Vampire Diaries (CW Thu 8 PM) Rating: 1.1 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Low
Person of Interest (CBS Thu 9 PM) Rating: 2.9 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Low
Beauty and the Beast (CW Thu 9 PM) Rating: 0.5 | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Moderate
Nikita (CW Fri 8 PM) Rating: 0.5 | Trend: Up | Cancellation Alert: Moderate
Cult (CW Tue 9 PM) Rating: 0.3 | Trend: Up | Cancellation Alert: High
Touch (FOX Fri 9 PM) Rating: 0.6 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: High
Grimm (NBC Fri 9 PM) Rating: 1.4 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Low

Revolution resumes March 25th. Lost Girl and Continuum not as heavily tied to U.S. ratings

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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