Cancellation Watch: True Blood and Teen Wolf Wrap Up as the Summer Winds Down

By | August 21, 2013

It’s late August and that means that the Fall season is just around the corner and time for the Summer shows to start wrapping up their seasons. It’s been a pretty succesful Summer thus far for genre shows with most of the non-burnoff entries doing well in the ratings, one broadcast network show getting a renewal (Under the Dome), and only one genre series headed for apparent cancellation (Siberia). On Sunday night, HBO’s True Blood wrapped up its season pulling 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.1 million total viewers.  That’s right at where the show has averaged throughout its sixth year and it returns next Summer for a seventh round.  On Monday, MTV’s Teen Wolf wrapped up its Summer run (though not its third season) with a 0.8 rating and 2.1 million total viewers.  That series also ended on par with its Summer average and it has enjoyed one of its best seasons yet ratings-wise.  Teen Wolf has aired twelve of its planned twenty four Season 3 episodes and it will return in early January 2014 to air the second half of that season. 

On Monday night, the CBS series Under the Dome remained even with last week at a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demo with 10.6 million total viewers.  That’s down from the highs the show experienced early on, but it is still performing strong for a Summer series.  It will have its first season finale on September 16th and will be returning for its second season next Summer.  Over on NBC, Siberia continued to fly low at a 0.7 rating with 1.8 million total viewers.  That series wraps up its first season right as Fall kicks off on September 23rd (assuming it doesn’t get yanked from the schedule), but it will almost certainly fade into TV limbo after that.

Last Friday, Syfy’s airing of the Canadian series Continuum pulled a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demo with 1.2 million total viewers.  The second season of that show wraps up this month and the third season is scheduled to air on Syfy some time in 2014.  On Wednesday, Futurama slipped back to a 0.6 rating with 1.1 million total viewers.  That show will have its series finale on September 4th, though word is that Matt Groening is still trying to get it picked up for more episodes by another network.

On Saturday, the one remaining burn-off series–NBC’s Do No Harm–improved its numbers slightly to a 0.5 rating with 1.9 million total viewers.  That show will air its season/series finale on September 7th. 

I will continue to track the remaining Summer shows in this column over the coming weeks and also stay tuned for my upcoming preview of the Fall season.  And keep an eye on the Cancellation Watch Twitter Site for quick updates on the ratings numbers, and you can see the full schedule of Summer science fiction and fantasy shows at this link and see the Cancellation Alert status of these shows at this link.

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers

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

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