The Charts: No Sci Fi Shows Made it to the Top 25 for Broadcast Nets Based on Ratings for the Week of Feb 24 – Mar 2

By | March 6, 2014

agents-of-shield-cancelledFor what I believe is the first time this season for a week that was not dominated mostly by repeats, no science fiction / fantasy shows made it into the broadcast network Top 25 chart based on the ratings in the 18-49 demographic.  Mainstays in that chart this season have been Sleepy Hollow and Agents of SHIELD and Once Upon A Time also made frequent appearances there during the Fall (it returns from its long hiatus next week).  The last couple of weeks Almost Human and Intelligence managed to slip into the chart, but that was mostly because they had new episodes while the networks were running primarily repeats rather than compete with NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.  Sleepy Hollow wrapped up in January, so it hasn’t been on the chart for a while, and Agents of SHIELD has been on an extended break, so that one has been absent as well.  And based on SHIELD‘s ratings slide when it returned this week (pulling only a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo), it seems very unlikely that show will find its way on the next round of chart activity.  Once Upon A Time could make it with its upcoming return in a few days (the chart covers Monday through Sunday activity), but other than that I don’t know that any other sci fi / fantasy show can make it as a regular in the Top 25 for the rest of the season  (it’s possible with Person of Interest, but that one’s ratings in the demo have been too low of late).  Agents of SHIELD really needs to make a late season surge because it recent ratings slide has it on the bubble right now.  There’s a chance that the premiere of Believe on NBC next Monday can get that show in the Top 25 because of its strong lead-in from The Voice, but I’m guessing once it moves to its regular Sunday 9 PM EST timeslot that it’s numbers will drop considerably.  Apart from that, I’m not certain that we will see much if any representation for the genre in the ratings charts for the coming weeks.

In other chart news, Person of Interest remained in the Top 25 based on total viewers and its significant jump from the prior week is the difference of a new episode vs. a repeat.  The Walking Dead continues to dominate the cable Top 25 (and also top all of the non-sports/non-Oscars programming on television based on its ratings).  And both TWD and Teen Wolf continued their tenure in the Nielsen Twitter Rankings Top 10, though both dropped from the prior week likely because of the flurry of Twitter activity generated by the Academy awards.

Here is the full look at chart activity for genre shows for the week of February 24th through March 2nd:

Nielsen Twitter Rankings
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
The Walking Dead AMC 2 1 Down
Teen Wolf MTV 8 4 Down
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Person of Interest CBS 13 24 Up 11.0 6.3
Cable Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
The Walking Dead AMC 1 1 Same 12.6 13.1
The Talking Dead AMC 3 3 Same 5.0 4.7


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