Cancellation Watch/The Charts: Some Boring Numbers Amidst all the Cancellations and Renewals

By | May 9, 2014

With all the cancellation, renewal, and pickup announcements flying about, the usual numbers that I report got pushed to a secondary concern the last couple of days.  But here is a quick rundown of the ratings for the Tuesday through Thursday sci fi / fantasy shows plus the chart results from the prior week.

revolution-s2Ratings Results:  The numbers in general were down with almost all of the genre shows slipping the past few days.  On Tuesday, ABC’s Agents of SHIELD dipped to a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.4 million total viewers.  Still, that one received its renewal notice this week as expected.  On The CW, The Originals matched its season low of a 0.6 rating with 1.4 million total viewers and Supernatural was down at a 0.8 rating with 1.6 million total viewers.  Both of those shows were renewed a few months back, though.  On CBS, Person of Interest also matched its season low of a 1.7 rating with 10.5 million total viewers.  That one was also renewed a while back.  On Wednesday, Arrow dipped to a 0.8 rating with 2.3 million total viewers while The 100 held steady at a 0.6 score with 1.6 million total viewers. The former series was renewed a couple of months ago while the latter just received word of its renewal yesterday.  On NBC, Revolution sunk to a series low of a 1.1 rating with 3.8 million total viewers.  If the network had been wavering over their decision on that show (I don’t think they were), that might have been the last straw as that one received its cancellation notice today (and NBC better prep for the backlash from fans).  On Thursday, The CW’s Vampire Diaries remained at a series low of a 0.7 rating with 1.6 million total viewers.  That one has already been renewed, though.

The Charts: Nothing new to report in the charts as Game of Thrones once again topped the cable Top 25 for the week of April 28th to May 4th and also beat all but one show (The Big Bang Theory) on the broadcast networks based on its rating in the 18-49 demo.  And the usual suspects (Agents of SHIELD, Once Upon A Time, Resurrection, and Person of Interest) showed up in the Top 25 for the broadcast nets based on ratings and total viewers for the week.  Not surprisingly, all of those have been renewed.  You can see the full chart activity for the week below beneath the ratings grid.

We currently have a pretty clear picture for the sci fi/fantasy shows on most of the networks, though still no word on NBC’s Dracula or CBS’ Intelligence.  I will have a full rundown on the NBC renewal, cancellation, and pickup announcements posted shortly and keep an eye on this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for additional breaking news through next week’s upfronts.

Here are the season to date (StD) numbers and standings through May 8th 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 Target StD Airings
Believe NBC / Sun 9 PM Cancelled 1.3 1.8 9
Star-Crossed CW / Mon 8 PM Cancelled 0.3 0.7 12
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland ABC / Thu 8 PM Cancelled 1.0 2.0 13
Almost Human FOX / Mon 8 PM Cancelled 1.8 2.0 13
Being Human Syfy / Mon 9 PM Cancelled 0.5 0.6 13
Revolution NBC / Wed 8 PM Cancelled 1.4 1.8 20
The Neighbors ABC / Fri 8:30 PM Cancelled 1.0 1.3 22
The Tomorrow People CW / Mon 9 PM Cancelled 0.5 0.8 22
Intelligence CBS / Mon 10 PM High 1.3 2.0 13
Dracula NBC / Fri 10 PM Elevated 1.1 1.4 10
Resurrection ABC / Sun 9 PM Renewed 2.5 2.0 8
The 100 CW / Wed 9 PM Renewed 0.6 0.8 8
Witches of East End Life / Sun 9 PM Renewed 0.7 0.7 11
Helix Syfy / Fri 9 PM Renewed 0.4 0.6 11
Sleepy Hollow FOX / Mon 9 PM Renewed 2.6 2.0 12
Teen Wolf MTV / Mon 9 PM Renewed 0.9 0.6 12
American Horror Story: Coven FX / Wed 10 PM Renewed 2.2 1.5 13
Haven Syfy / Fri 10 PM Renewed 0.4 0.6 13
Beauty and the Beast CW / Mon 9 PM Renewed 0.3 0.7 15
The Walking Dead AMC / Sun 9 PM Renewed 6.8 1.5 16
Once Upon A Time ABC / Sun 8 PM Renewed 2.2 2.0 20
Grimm NBC / Fri 9 PM Renewed 1.4 1.5 20
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC / Tue 8 PM Renewed 2.4 2.5 21
Supernatural CW / Tue 9 PM Renewed 1.0 1.0 21
The Originals CW / Tue 8 PM Renewed 0.9 1.0 21
Vampire Diaries CW / Thu 8 PM Renewed 1.0 1.0 21
Person of Interest CBS / Tue 10 PM Renewed 2.0 2.0 22
Arrow CW / Wed 8 PM Renewed 0.9 1.0 22
Game of Thrones HBO / Sun 9 PM Renewed 3.6 2.0 5
Warehouse 13 Syfy / Mon 9 PM Final Season 0.4 n/a 4
Nikita CW / Fri 9 PM Final Season 0.2 n/a 5

Here is the full look at chart activity for genre shows for the week of April 28th to May 4th:

Nielsen Twitter Rankings
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Game of Thrones HBO 4 2 Down
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Ratings 18-49
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Resurrection ABC 17 17 Same 1.9 1.9
Once Upon A Time ABC 18 11 Down 2.2 2.2
Agents of SHIELD ABC 19 22 Up 1.9 1.9
Person of Interest CBS 23 n/a Up 1.9 n/a
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Person of Interest ABC 7 n/a Up 11.3 n/a
Cable Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Game of Thrones HBO 1 1 Same 7.2 7.0

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers and The Futon Critic

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


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