Cancellation Watch: Game of Thrones Hits Another Ratings High, Believe Keeps Sinking

By | April 29, 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.

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

peter-dinklagegameofthronesRatings Win: As the broadcast networks continue to see their numbers slide this Spring, HBO’s Game of Thrones has proven itself immune to the current slump.  That series achieved another high point as it rose to a 3.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic this past Sunday with 6.95 million total viewers.  And for the Monday through Sunday period, it topped everything on cable based on its ratings and total viewers and it was second only to a new episode of The Big Bang Theory overall based on its rating in the demo.  I realize that I am starting to sound like a broken record (younger readers: go look it up) in this column touting the weekly accomplishments of The Walking Dead earlier in the season and Game of Thrones since its return a few weeks ago.  But both have become ratings juggernauts and the don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

On the Hot Seat: NBC’s Believe is fading further as it slipped to a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo on Sunday with 4.5 million total viewers.  It’s preliminary numbers had it at a 1.2 score which showed some promise, but the finals put it below the numbers it had last week (a 1.1 rating).  Even with the current ratings slump the broadcast networks are experiencing, those numbers are almost certainly too low to keep it alive.  The network could try moving it to a timeslot that might draw more viewership in an attempt to save it, but I haven’t seen any indication they are interested in giving this show any additional support.  On Monday, The CW’s two genre entries continued to fly low as Star-Crossed pulled another 0.3 rating with 830k total viewers while The Tomorrow People did only slightly better with a 0.4 score and 930k total viewers.  Expect both of these two to exit when the season closes.  On Friday, NBC’s Hannibal improved slightly to a 0.9 rating with 2.5 million total viewers.  Whether that is good or bad for this show is hard to say as it has too many intangibles driving its renewal decisions.

Other Ratings News:  ABC’s Once Upon A Time rebounded nicely from last week’s low point as it pulled a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo on Sunday with 7.3 million total viewers.  It’s network hasn’t made any renewal announcements yet, but expect this show to be included when it does.  In the next hour, Resurrection slipped to a series low of a 1.9 rating with 7.9 million total viewers, which isn’t as bad as it first appears when you consider the overall numbers across the broadcast nets.  I once thought that if this show sunk below the 2.0 mark that it would be a goner.  But its 1.9 score was good enough to keep it in the Top 20 for the week (at Number 17), so consider it okay for now.  Over on FOX, Cosmos remained steady with a 1.4 rating and 3.7 million total viewers.  On Friday, Grimm returned from a one week break to pull a 1.2 rating with 4.4 million total viewers.  Not great numbers, but relatively stable compared to the broadcast network slump, and this series has already received its Season 4 renewal.  On Monday, Syfy’s Warehouse 13 pulled a 0.4 rating with 1.1 million total viewers as it heads towards its series finale next month.

We are getting closer to the upfronts when the networks will release their schedules for next season.  The latest edition of the Sci Fi TV Power Rankings shows which genre entries I believe will get renewed and which ones will get cancelled.  Be sure to keep an eye on this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for any breaking news that may come in the next few weeks.  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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