Sci Fi Cancellation Watch: Into the Badlands Slips Again But Still Hanging On, Plus the Full Ratings Round Up

By | December 22, 2015

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.

AMC’s martial arts sci fi series Into the Badlands slipped to a 0.83 rating based on into-the-badlands-amc-cancelledthe overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 2.2 million total viewers for its Season 1 finale.  That show has dropped each week without its Walking Dead lead-in, but it is still pulling decent numbers for a cable entry these days and this one will likely play well to international audiences, so I am thinking it remains on track for a second season.  Series star Daniel Wu has already claimed that AMC has picked it up for Year 2, but I haven’t seen an official confirmation just yet.  Keep a close eye on this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site over the next few days, though, because I expect the announcement to come pretty soon.

I covered Syfy’s ratings woes from the debuts of Childhood’s End, The Expanse, and The Magicians last week at this link.  And most of the other current sci fi / fantasy shows are on their Winter breaks at the moments.  But for those still airing, I have comments on them below.

And here’s a quick round up of announcements / news from last week: The Man in the High Castle was renewed for a second season, The Librarians was renewed for a third season, the mid-season schedule is now available at this link.  And you can see the weekly recap from last and the broadcast network and cable scorecards at this link.

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday December 14th thru Sunday December 20th (metric definitions below):

(Updated for the broadcast network and cable Top 25)

Gotham FOX Mon 12/14 8 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 1.5 | Net Avg: 1.5 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns February 29th.

Supergirl CBS Mon 12/14 8 PM
Rating: 1.5 | % Chng PW: 0.0% | Tot Viewers (MM): 7.3 | StD Rating: 1.9 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

This show saw no improvement for its Fall finale numbers.  It’s season to date numbers still look okay, but if its ratings do not improve when it returns in January then I don’t like its prospects for a second season.  Returns from hiatus on January 4th.

Chart Activity: With less competition for the week, this show improved to Number 19 (up from Number 25) in the broadcast network Top 25 based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic and Number 18 (also up from Number 25) in the Top 25 based on total viewers.

Childhoods End Syfy Mon 12/14 8 PM
Rating: 0.4 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.5 | StD Rating: 0.4 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Mini-Series

It was not a great debut for this mini-series meaning that Syfy may be discouraged from doing similar adaptations of classic sci fi works.  More on this one at this link.

Minority Report FOX Mon 12/14 9 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 0.7 | Net Avg: 1.5 | Cancellation Alert: High

Season Ended.  Fans are trying to convince FOXto give the show another chance, though, so maybe it’s not dead yet.

The Expanse Syfy Mon 12/14 10 PM
Rating: 0.3 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.2 | StD Rating: 0.3 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

This show bowed at the same ratings levels that got Defiance and Dominion cancelled this past Summer which is not good.  More on this one at this link.

The Flash(R) CW Tue 12/15 8 PM
Rating: 0.3 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.1 | StD Rating: 1.4 | Net Avg: 0.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns January 19th.

Childhoods End Syfy Tue 12/15 8 PM
Rating: 0.3 | % Chng PW: -27.9% | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.2 | StD Rating: 0.4 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Mini-Series

Its second night saw a further drop to a 0.31 rating.  More on this one at this link.

Agents of SHIELD ABC Tue 12/15 9 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 3.9 | StD Rating: 1.4 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns March 8th.

iZombie(R) CW Tue 12/15 8 PM
Rating: 0.2 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.6 | StD Rating: 0.6 | Net Avg: 0.6 | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

On hiatus, returns January 12th.

Scream Queens FOX Tue 12/15 9 PM
Rating: Season Ended | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 2.5 | StD Rating: 1.1 | Net Avg: 1.5 | Cancellation Alert: Elevated

Season ended and this one is likely limited-run-and-done.

Limitless CBS Tue 12/15 10 PM
Rating: 1.3 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 6.6 | StD Rating: 1.5 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

It held steady with its last new episode which is good, but then it is currently at a season low. CBS needs to cut out the scheduling hijinks and let this show run without preemptions and repeats in order to build back its audience.  Returns from hiatus in January.

Chart Activity: With less competition for the week, this show made it to Number 23 in the broadcast network Top 25 based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic and Number 21 in the Top 25 based on total viewers.

The Expanse Syfy Tue 12/15 10 PM
Rating: 0.3 | % Chng PW: -18.2% | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.9 | StD Rating: 0.3 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

The second night for this show slipped a bit further from the first night.  More on this one at this link.

Arrow(R) CW Wed 12/16 8 PM
Rating: 0.3 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.1 | StD Rating: 1.0 | Net Avg: 0.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns January 20th.

Childhoods End Syfy Wed 12/16 8 PM
Rating: 0.3 | % Chng PW: +6.5% | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.3 | StD Rating: 0.4 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Mini-Series

The third night improved slightly from the second to a 0.33 rating, but was still pretty low.  More on this one at this link.

Supernatural(R) CW Wed 12/16 9 PM
Rating: 0.3 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.9 | StD Rating: 0.7 | Net Avg: 0.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns January 20th.

Star Wars Rebels DXD Wed 12/16 9:30 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.5 | StD Rating: 0.1 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

On hiatus.

American Horror Story FX Wed 12/16 10 PM
Rating: 0.9 | % Chng PW: -12.1% | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.9 | StD Rating: 1.6 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

On hiatus, returns January 6th.

The Magicians Syfy Tue 12/15 10 PM
Rating: 0.3 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 9.2 | StD Rating: 0.3 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Mini-Series

Like the other Syfy entries last week, the ratings were not great.  More on this one at this link.

Vampire Diaries CW Thu 12/17 8 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.2 | StD Rating: 0.6 | Net Avg: 0.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns January 28th (when it shifts to Fridays).

Heroes Reborn NBC Thu 12/17 8 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 1.3 | Net Avg: 1.8 | Cancellation Alert: Medium

On hiatus, returns January 7th.

The Originals CW Thu 12/17 9 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.0 | StD Rating: 0.4 | Net Avg: 0.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns January 28th (when it shifts to Fridays).

Sleepy Hollow FOX Thu 12/17 9 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 0.9 | Net Avg: 1.5 | Cancellation Alert: High

On hiatus, returns February 5th (when it shifts to Fridays).

Haven Syfy Thu 12/17 10 PM
Rating: 0.2 | % Chng PW: 0.0% | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.7 | StD Rating: 0.2 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Final Season

This show held mostly steady for its series finale.  It now heads off to a likely syndication run.

Grimm NBC Fri 12/18 9 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 3.6 | StD Rating: 0.9 | Net Avg: 1.8 | Cancellation Alert: Medium

On hiatus, returns January 22nd.

Z Nation Syfy Fri 12/18 10 PM
Rating: 0.4 | % Chng PW: +50.0% | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.1 | StD Rating: 0.3 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

And Syfy’s big winner of the week?  Z Nation for its Season 2 finale which pulled a 0.42 rating.  That topped all but one installment of Childhood’s End plus The Expanse and The Magicians.  Apparently the people that tune in to Syfy prefer cheesy to higher quality sci fi . . .

Doctor Who BBCA Sat 12/19 9 PM
Rating: Season Ended | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 0.4 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Low

Season ended.  Christmas special airs on Christmas day.

Ash vs Evil Dead Starz Sat 12/19 9 PM
Rating: 0.2 | % Chng PW: 0.0% | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.5 | StD Rating: 0.2 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

This show held steady for the week and it has already been renewed for a second season.

Guardians of the Galaxy DXD Sat 12/19 9:30 PM
Rating: 0.1 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.2 | StD Rating: 0.1 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

Season ended, renewed for a second season.

Once Upon A Time ABC Sun 12/20 8 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 1.6 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns March 6th.

The Librarians TNT Sun 12/20 8 PM
Rating: 0.5 | % Chng PW: -20.0% | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.9 | StD Rating: 0.5 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Low

It slipped a bit from the prior week’s episode, but it has already been renewed for a third season.

The Walking Dead AMC Sun 12/20 9 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 13.2 | StD Rating: 6.7 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

On hiatus, returns February 14th.

The Leftovers HBO Sun 12/20 9 PM
Rating: Season Ended | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 0.3 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

Season ended, renewed for a third and final season.

The Last Man on Earth FOX Sun 12/20 9:30 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 3.2 | StD Rating: 1.3 | Net Avg: 1.5 | Cancellation Alert: Elevated

On hiatus, no scheduled return yet.

Into the Badlands AMC Sun 12/20 10 PM
Rating: 0.8 | % Chng PW: -13.5% | Tot Viewers (MM): 2.2 | StD Rating: 1.8 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Low

It slipped from the prior week, but should be okay.  Stay tuned for an announcement that could come at any time.

Be sure keep an eye out for the latest numbers and any breaking news throughout the week at the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site. You can see the status of all the currently airing sci fi / fantasy shows at the Cancellation Watch page and also the latest Sci Fi TV Power Rankings post. And for more information on where I get these numbers and how I make my Cancellation Alert assessments, check out the Cancelled Sci Fi FAQ.

Metric Definitions:

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

% Chng PW: The percentage change +/- for this week’s rating vs. last week’s rating.

Tot Viewers: Estimated total viewers (age 2+) to tune in to the episode for same day viewing.

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

Net Avg:  The season to date average rating for the network for non-sports programming and non-repeats.  This data is available for the broadcast networks only.

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.

 

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