Cancellation Watch: The Strain Improves Its Numbers, A Renewal Announcement Could Come Soon

By | August 6, 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 sci fi / fantasy shows airing Sunday 8/3 and Monday 8/4:

The-Strain-FX-CancelledThis is a quick post recapping the ratings from the last few days while I am on the road.  There were no major developments or changes in the ratings, so I will just comment on each show below.  One note:  Lifetime’s new series The Lottery continues to be absent from the Cable Top 100 for Sundays, so that one’s fate is looking grim at the moment.

Following are the full ratings results* from Sunday and Monday with my comments and keep an eye on the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for the latest numbers and any breaking news.

True Blood HBO Sun 8/3 9 PM
Rating: 1.7 | Tot Viewers: 3.4 | StD Rating: 1.8 | Target: 1.5 | Cancellation Alert: Final Season

It’s not riding a ratings wave out in its final season, but still doing respectable business for a premium cable series.

Witches of East End LIFE Sun 8/3 9 PM
Rating: Preempted | Tot Viewers: n/a | StD Rating: 0.5 | Target: 0.5 | Cancellation Alert: Low

It was on a one week break but returns this coming Sunday.  And it is still doing well enough for Lifetime.

The Last Ship TNT Sun 8/3 9 PM
Rating: 1.0 | Tot Viewers: 4.2 | StD Rating: 1.1 | Target: 1.0 | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

It slipped a tick in the ratings this week but continues to win Sunday nights in total viewers for non-sports cable shows.  It’s sailing a steady course.

The Leftovers HBO Sun 8/3 10 PM
Rating: 0.7 | Tot Viewers: 1.5 | StD Rating: 0.8 | Target: 1.0 | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

It slipped a tick this week and its numbers continue to look tepid.  But it is generating some activity on the social networks.

The Strain FX Sun 8/3 10 PM
Rating: 1.2 | Tot Viewers: 2.3 | StD Rating: 1.1 | Target: 1.0 | Cancellation Alert: Low

This show improved a couple of ticks this week and looks to be building up a decent audience for a basic cable entry.  I would expect a renewal announcement at any time.

Falling Skies TNT Sun 8/3 10 PM
Rating: 0.7 | Tot Viewers: 2.7 | StD Rating: 0.8 | Target: 1.0 | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

This show has definitely seen a slip in its audience in the 18-49 demo.  But it is still looking good in total viewers.

Under The Dome CBS Mon 8/4 10 PM
Rating: 1.6 | Tot Viewers: 6.8 | StD Rating: 1.7 | Target: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

A slight improvement in its ratings from last week, and I’m sure the show will take any upward movement it can get at this point.

Teen Wolf MTV Mon 8/4 10 PM
Rating: 0.6 | Tot Viewers: 1.8 | StD Rating: 0.7 | Target: 0.8 | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

Summer is killing this show’s ratings this year.  Have to wonder if MTV will consider moving it permanently to the regular season.  It’s still pulling a lot of social network activity which has to be a plus with younger-skewing MTV.

*Metric Definitions:

Rating: Overnight rating in the 18-49 demographic for same day viewing based on the final numbers unless otherwise noted

Tot Viewers:  Estimated total viewers to tune in to the episode for same day viewing

StD Rating:  Season to date average for the rating metric tracked above.

Target:  The estimated average rating that the show needs to sustain to get renewed.

Cancellation Alert:  My prediction of the likelihood that a show will get cancelled.  From least to most likely the statuses are Low, Moderate, Medium, Elevated, and High.

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers

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