Cancellation Watch/The Charts: Hannibal Finishes Soft, Penny Dreadful Still Tracking Low, Bitten Gets Renewed

By | May 30, 2014


hannibal-nbc-cancelledRatings Results: Catching up on the ratings from this past week’s shows.  There were not too many with new episodes seeing as the 2013-14 season has mostly wrapped up and the Summer season has not officially begun yet (but you can see what is coming over the next few months at this link).  Last Friday, Hannibal had its season finale pulling only a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic (down from the preliminarily reported 0.9) with 2.4 MM tot viewers.  That show has been renewed for a third season, so I guess NBC considers those acceptable numbers for the late Friday timeslot.  On Sunday, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful managed only a 0.3 rating with around 700k total viewers.  As I said before, the overnight ratings for the first broadcast of an episode on the premium channels is not as important as it is to the broadcast nets of basic cable channels.  Still, I’m not seeing the Showtime PR department touting this one as any sort of success for the network and its numbers are only a fraction of what HBO’s Game of Thrones has been pulling (it has been averaging a 3.6 rating thus far in its fourth season).  On NBC, the cancelled Believe returned to burn off its Season 1 episodes and it pulled a 0.7 rating with 2.9 million total viewers.  Expect it to stay around that level until it wraps up its one and only season.  Game of Thrones was on a Memorial Day weekend break, but returns this coming Sunday.  On Wednesday, The CW’s late entry The 100 managed to pull a 0.6 rating with 1.7 million total viewers while being nestled amidst a bunch of repeats.  That’s what it averaged across its last few episodes during the regular season, so at least it has not dropped off.  And it will be returning for a second season next year.

The Charts: There were no genre shows in the charts for the week of May 19th to 25th because Game of Thrones was on break and there were few new episodes airing on the broadcast nets for the week. GoT will return to the charts next week, though, once it resumes its season.

Renewal Announcement:  The Canadian Space channel announced the renewal of freshman series Bitten last week.  It aired on Syfy, but I did not keep close track of its ratings here because its numbers in its home country are much more important to its survival.  It rarely cracked the cable Top 100 when it aired on Syfy, but I noticed quite a lot of social activity on Twitter and was pretty sure it would be good to go for second season.

The ratings results will continue to be sparse over the next few with with not too many shows airing new eps at the moment.  But I will continue to post the numbers as I get them at the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter site and recap them here once per week.  And I have more special columns and analyses of this past season on the way, so keep an eye open for those.  And for a complete rundown of this past season’s shows go to the Cancellation Watch page.

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers and The Futon Critic

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

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