Cancellation Watch: Does NBC Still Believe in Believe, Is There No Tomorrow for The Tomorrow People?

By | April 22, 2014

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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.

Ratings Results for the Friday through Monday sci fi / fantasy shows:

nbc-believe-cancelledOn the Hot Seat: Last week was pretty slow ratings-wise for the broadcast networks, but it still left several sci fi / fantasy shows wondering about their fates.  NBC’s Believe received a bit of good news as its numbers grew slightly while most other shows were dropping.  That late-season entry improved one tick to a 1.1 rating with 4.5 million total viewers and turned around its ratings decline at least for the moment.  But is that slight improvement in the face of overall ratings declines enough to get it off the hot seat?  Not at this point.  This one still looks like it is headed to cancellation and even the names of J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón attached to it will likely not be enough to keep it afloat.  It’s only chance at this point is a ratings surge over the coming few weeks (up to at least a 1.5 score), but that seems unlikely.

Also struggling is The CW’s Tomorrow People which sunk back to a series low on Monday of a 0.3 rating with 760k million total viewers.  That has the show at the same level where Beauty and the Beast was at before getting ejected from the schedule (to a Summer burn-off run) and TP‘s chances of renewal seem all but dashed at this point.  And continuing to struggle is lead-in series Star-Crossed which again came in at a 0.3 rating with 810k million total viewers.  That series also seems certainly headed to a date with the network executioner by season end.

On Friday, NBC’s Hannibal improved slightly to a 0.8 rating with 2.8 million total viewers.  Whether that will be good enough to keep it going in its late Friday timeslot is still up in the air, though.  And ABC’s The Neighbors has wrapped up its second season (I incorrectly thought it had one more episode to go) and now waits for word on its almost certain cancellation.

Other Ratings News: On Sunday, HBO’s Game of Thrones had no case of the holiday blues as it posted a 3.5 rating in the 18-49 demo with 6.6 million total viewers for Easter night.  That 3.5 score made it the most watched show on all of television in the demo for the Monday through Sunday period, beating out everything on the broadcast and cable networks as GoT is enjoying its best season yet ratings-wise.  Over on ABC, Once Upon A Time slipped to a series low of a 1.7 rating with with 6.0 million total viewers.  That’s a notable drop from where it has been since returning from hiatus, but no cause to worry as its relative ratings are good and this one is almost assured to return for a fourth season.  On FOX, Cosmos improved a couple of ticks to a 1.4 rating with 3.7 million total viewers.  On Monday, Syfy’s Warehouse 13 pulled another 0.4 rating with 1.2 million total viewers as it airs out its final season.  And there’s no sign yet of Metal Hurlant Chronicles in the cable Top 100, but that’s not too much concern for that import series which has already been renewed in its home country of France.

Resurrection and Grimm were both preempted but will be returning to finish out the season uninterrupted.  There are plenty of genre shows on the verge of a date with the network executioner, and an announcement could come at any time.  Keep an eye on this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for any breaking news.  You can see the current status for all this season’s genre shows at this link,  and for more information on the ratings numbers and how I determine the Cancellation Alert status of a show, see the Cancelled Sci Fi FAQ.

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers and The Futon Critic

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

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