Cancellation Watch: Is There Still a Chance for Revolution? Plus, Syfy Shows Seem to be Losing Steam

By | January 24, 2014


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.

NBC’s Revolution improved slightly from last week, Syfy’s programming appears to be on the slide, and two shows are already running repeats shortly after their Winter hiatus.

On the Hot Seat: Revolution improved from last week’s series low as it pulled a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demo with 5.3 million total viewers.  That’s not much of rise and I would say that it still has the show on track for cancellation, but then if you look at the other scripted dramas NBC currently has on the air, they aren’t pulling particularly great numbers either (with the exception of The Blacklist, though that one has slipped without its lead-in from The Voice).  I can’t imagine that a Big Four Prime Time scripted drama averaging a 1.5 rating–and not airing on Fridays like Grimm–could get renewed, but then maybe the bar has dropped further down this season.  We’ll have to wait and see and I would prefer to predict a show getting cancelled and have it renewed instead of the opposite, so I am not changing the Cancellation Alert status at this point.  And I will be discussing the chances of all the struggling shows (and what the fans can do) in a post I will be putting up in the next few days.

Also hurting is The CW’s The Tomorrow People which pulled another 0.5 rating with 1.4 million total viewers.  Some may point to the fact the Beauty and the Beast got renewed with those numbers last season, but then that didn’t work out too well as that show has barely registered in the Nielsens this season.  I can’t see either of those shows surviving beyond May, though.

Syfy Shows Hurting?  Being Human slipped to a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demo on Monday with just barely over 1 million total viewers.  And its Canadian import shows Lost Girl and Bitten pulled even lower numbers, though their ratings here in the States do not impact their fates as much as their performance up north.  And while I don’t usually report on the ratings of Syfy’s reality programming, I found it rather interesting that the premiere episode of their new, highly touted competition series Opposite Worlds on Tuesday pulled less total viewers than a fifty year old repeat of Gilligan’s Island over on TV Land.  Opposite Worlds pulled a slightly higher rating (0.5 vs GI‘s 0.4), but that still seems like a pretty tepid bow for a show they have promoted so heavily (at least on the internet), and it’s pretty embarrassing to get out-watched by a decades old sitcom.  All that along with the mediocre debut of the much-buzzed Helix on Fridays and the lower than expected performance of Defiance in Summer seems to suggest that Syfy could be losing steam with its original programming and that sci fi fans are continuing to reject that network’s brand.  Executive VP Bill McGoldrick has claimed they want to try some more ambitious programing, but it looks like they may face an uphill battle to win back the core fanbase.

Other Ratings News:  MTV’s Teen Wolf pulled another 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo with two million total viewers as that show is performing just as strong for its network during the regular season as it did last Summer (and is kicking butt on Syfy’s werewolf show Bitten in the same hour prompting them to do some schedule changing).  The CW’s Arrow slipped a tick this week to a 0.9 rating with 2.5 million total viewers.  It is still doing well enough for the fifth place network, though, and should ride right into a third season.  That network’s Vampire Diaries returned from hiatus on Thursday with a 1.1 rating and 2.7 million total viewers (based on the preliminaries).  That is right at the level the show was performing towards the end of its Fall run.

Both ABC’s Agents of SHIELD and CBS’ Person of Interest where in repeats this week and neither returns with new episodes until February 4th.  That doesn’t hurt the latter show too much which is performing quite well in its third season, but Agents of SHIELD is really struggling to hold onto an audience and a two week break is quite a momentum stopper after only two mid-season episodes have aired.  FOX has pulled a similar stunt with Almost Human while that one was on a ratings upswing.  Seems like these networks need to plan this scheduling out a bit better to assure that the audience keeps up a sustained interest level.

Here are the season to date numbers and standings through January 23rd for all the shows that have bowed so far (sorted by most likely to get cancelled):

Series Network / Airs (EST) Cancel- lation Alert StD Rating StD Airings Tracking
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland ABC / Thu 8 PM High 1.1 8 Low
Dracula NBC / Fri 10 PM High 1.1 9 Down
Beauty and the Beast CW / Mon 9 PM High 0.3 10 Low
The Neighbors ABC / Fri 8:30 PM High 1.0 13 Up
Intelligence CBS / Mon 10 PM Elevated 1.6 3 Down
Revolution NBC / Wed 8 PM Elevated 1.5 12 Up
Almost Human FOX / Mon 8 PM Medium 1.9 8 Up
The Tomorrow People CW / Wed 9 PM Medium 0.6 11 Low
Haven Syfy / Fri 9 PM Medium 0.4 13 Low
Helix Syfy / Fri 9 PM Moderate 0.5 2 Down
Once Upon A Time ABC / Sun 8 PM Low 2.2 11 Down
Arrow CW / Wed 8 PM Low 1.0 11 Down
Supernatural CW / Tue 9 PM Low 1.1 11 Up
The Originals CW / Tue 8 PM Low 1.0 11 Up
Vampire Diaries CW / Thu 8 PM Low 1.1 11 Steady
Grimm NBC / Fri 9 PM Low 1.5 11 Down
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC / Tue 8 PM Low 2.7 12 Steady
Person of Interest CBS / Tue 10 PM Low 2.1 13 Steady
Teen Wolf MTV / Mon 9 PM Renewed 0.8 3 Good
The Walking Dead AMC / Sun 9 PM Renewed 6.6 8 Strong
Witches of East End Life / Sun 9 PM Renewed 0.7 11 Down
Sleepy Hollow FOX / Mon 9 PM Renewed 2.6 12 Steady
American Horror Story: Coven FX / Wed 10 PM Renewed 2.2 12 Steady
Nikita CW / Fri 9 PM Final Season 0.2 5 Low

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers and The Futon Critic

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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