Cancellation Watch: Game of Thrones Reigns Supreme, Rosemary’s Baby Tanks, Penny Dreadful is MIA

By | May 13, 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:

game-of-thrones-dragonsRatings Results: Amidst the recent drama of the cancellation and renewal announcements as well as the latest schedule unveilings, there are still new episodes of the sci fi /fantasy shows airing and results to report.  On Sunday, Game of Thrones slipped to a 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.4 million total viewers, but it still won Sunday night across cable and the broadcast nets and it was the highest rating show in the demographic from the Monday through Sunday timeframe that was not sports related or The Big Bang TheoryGoT previously received notice of its renewal through a sixth season shortly after its fourth season debuted.  On that night over at the other premium cable channel Showtime, horror series Penny Dreadful had its debut but made little in the way of ratings waves.  It did not land in the Cable Top 100 meaning that its rating was probably around a 0.3 score or below.  I should be able to get the actual numbers later in the week, but that’s a less than promising bow considering how well the competition over on HBO is doing.  But then the premium channels don’t tie the success of a series as closely to the ratings as the broadcast nets and basic cable channels, and the premiere was available online for an early sneak peak.  Still, I’m sure they would have liked to have had a larger audience tune in for the television premiere of this much hyped new entry.  On the broadcast nets, ABC’s Once Upon A Time pulled a 2.3 rating with 6.8 million total viewers for its season finale.  That show received its renewal notice for a fourth year last week.  On NBC, the first installment of their Rosemary’s Baby mini-series could only muster a 1.1 rating with 3.7 million total viewers, about the same numbers that Believe and Crisis have been pulling on that night.  Part two will air this Thursday.  Over on FOX, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey slipped to a 1.1 rating with 3.5 million total viewers.

Last Friday, NBC’s Grimm was even with its prior week performance at a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo with 4.8 million total viewers.  That show has already been renewed and has its Season 3 finale this week.  Hannibal slipped to match its season low at a 0.7 rating with right at two million total viewers.  Despite its low numbers, it received a renewal for a third season.  On Monday, The CW’s Star-Crossed closed out its run low as usual pulling a 0.3 rating with 830k total viewers.  That show was cancelled last week.  Over on Syfy, Warehouse 13 did not make it into the Cable Top 100 with its penultimate episode.  Had it not already been in its final season, then it surely would be facing cancellation.  Its series finale will be next week.

NBC’s Believe was preempted for Rosemary’s Baby and will be absent again next week in favor of a Saturday Night Live special.  It’s possible that the network has decided to yank that one altogether, though it may still burn-off its remaining episodes at some point in the Summer.  We know the status of 2013-14 shows and you can see the complete rundown at the Cancellation Watch page.  I have been passing on the schedule moves we have been learning about from the upfronts over at the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site and plan on having a full rundown of those on this site by later this week or early next.  And I should have the full schedule of Summer sci fi / fantasy shows posted shortly as well, so keep an eye open for that as well as any other developments and/or breaking news.

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers and The Futon Critic

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