Sci Fi Cancellation Watch: Galavant Returns Low , But Will it Beat the Odds Again? Plus the Full Ratings Roundup

By | January 5, 2016

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.

galavant-abc-cancelledABC’s Galavant had its second season debut on Sunday and could only muster a 0.9 rating based on the preliminary overnights for the 18-49 demographic with just 3.2 million total viewers.  That is just half the 2.0 score the show had for its Season 1 debut and it matches the series low it sunk to last year with its third episode.  With numbers like that, you would assume that the show is certain to be cancelled, but then that was the assumption I made last year (when it ended as one of ABC’s lowest rated scripted shows) and it still got renewed.  So does that mean this show really could survive at these ratings levels?  Well, it thumbed its nose at the Cancellation Bear from the TV by the Numbers website with the episode title of its Season 2 premiere: “A New Season aka Suck It Cancellation Bear”.  And I’m personally not going to make much of a guess on this season because the show appears to have a fairy godmother protecting it.  I’m starting it at a Moderate Cancellation Alert level and I will just leave it there until we hear final word on its fate, probably sometime around May.  The ratings certainly suggest this one will not be coming back for a third season, but it has beat the odds before.  If it does so again this season, that definitely counts as a happily ever after and it gets to laugh at all us ratings doomsayers once again.

Breaking news from last week: Syfy’s The Expanse has been renewed for a second season.

Only a few shows had new episodes airing last week and their information is included below.  The broadcast and cable scorecards will return next week once mid-season has a week under its belt.

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday December 28th thru Sunday January 3rd (metric definitions below):

Gotham FOX Mon 12/28 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 12/28 8 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 7.3 | StD Rating: 1.9 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns January 4th.

The Flash(R) CW Tue 12/29 8 PM
Rating: 0.3 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.2 | StD Rating: 1.4 | Net Avg: 0.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

Repeat. Resumes new episodes on January 19th.

Agents of SHIELD ABC Tue 12/29 9 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 3.9 | StD Rating: 1.4 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

On hiatus, returns March 8th.

iZombie(R) CW Tue 12/29 8 PM
Rating: 0.2 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.8 | StD Rating: 0.6 | Net Avg: 0.6 | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

Repeat. Resumes new episodes on January 12th.

Limitless CBS Tue 12/29 10 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 6.6 | StD Rating: 1.5 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns January 5th.

The Expanse Syfy Tue 12/29 10 PM
Rating: 0.2 | % Chng PW: +13.3% | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.6 | StD Rating: 0.2 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

This show saw barely any improvement in its ratings from the prior week, but Syfy still renewed it for a second season.

Arrow CW Wed 12/30 8 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % 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.

Supernatural CW Wed 12/30 9 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % 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 12/30 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 12/30 10 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.9 | StD Rating: 1.6 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

On hiatus, returns January 6th.

Vampire Diaries CW Thu 12/31 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 12/31 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 12/31 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 12/31 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).

Grimm NBC Fri 1/1 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.

Ash vs Evil Dead Starz Sat 1/2 9 PM
Rating: Pending | % Chng PW: 0.0% | Tot Viewers (MM): Pending | StD Rating: 0.2 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

Ratings results pending.

Galavant ABC Sun 1/3 8 PM
Rating: 0.9 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 3.2 | StD Rating: 0.9 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

Not a good second season debut for this show, but then it beat the odds last season. More on this one above.

Once Upon A Time ABC Sun 1/3 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 1/3 8 PM
Rating: Season Ended | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 0.5 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

Season ended. Returns in Fall 2016 for its third season.

The Walking Dead AMC Sun 1/3 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 Last Man on Earth FOX Sun 1/3 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 1/3 10 PM
Rating: Season Ended | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 2.2 | StD Rating: 1.8 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Low

Season Ended. Awaiting word on its second season.

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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