Sci Fi Cancellation Watch: CBS Needs to Do the Right Thing with Person Of Interest, Vixen Renewed, Plus the Weekly Ratings Roundup

By | January 12, 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.

person-of-interest-cancelledIt’s now January and there is still no word on when the fifth season of CBS’ Person of Interest will bow and whether that truly is the show’s last year.  But executive producer J.J. Abrams was at the TCAs this weekend promoting his new time travel series 11.22.63 and when asked about PoI he commented “my guess is it is the final season”.  That really comes as no surprise, though, because word is that the show was nearly cancelled last year (though CBS has no one to blame but itself and its poor scheduling for the ratings drop off), and the final deal had the network only committing to a thirteen episode fifth season.  And from what I have heard, the writers and producers have approached it as the show’s last year.  I’m sure hardcore fans would like to see a few more seasons of this show, but it has had a good run (over a hundred episodes once it is all said and done) and it will get the opportunity to go out on its own terms.  I personally count myself as a fan of the show, but I’m not disappointed knowing that it is likely going into its last year.  The main thing that bothers me is that CBS seems to be kicking the show to the curb.  They should treat this show which has done well for them for several years with more respect and at least find it a slot on the schedule instead of stringing the fans along like they have.  This network has long history of aversion to genre shows (cancelling fan-favorites such as Jericho and Moonlight) and leaving this acclaimed and well-loved show for schedule spackle is a pretty low move on their part.  Let the show at least go out with some dignity and get it on the schedule as soon as possible, CBS.

The show that you probably didn’t know existed has been renewed for a second season as The CW has announced they will do another round of episodes of their Vixen web series which airs on their online service CW Seed.  Based on the DC comic book character of the same name, this animated series is an extension of the Arrow-verse and the Arrow and Flash characters appeared in the first season which comprised six episodes totaling up to 30 minutes.  Word is that a live-action version of Vixen will show up on Arrow later this season.  You can watch the first season of Vixen (combined into a 30 minute stream) at this link.

You can read the weekly wrap up from last week at this link, and the broadcast network and cable scorecards will return on Friday.

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday January 4th thru Sunday January 10th (metric definitions below):

Gotham FOX Mon 1/4 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 1/4 8 PM
Rating: 1.9 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 8.7 | StD Rating: 1.9 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

This show had a nice mid-season return, posting its best numbers since its second episode. If it can hold at around these levels then a second season looks likely.

Chart Activity: This show returned to the broadcast network Top 25 with its mid-season premiere ranking Number 19 in the chart based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic and Number 14 based on total viewers.

The Flash CW Tue 1/5 8 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.2 | StD Rating: 1.4 | Net Avg: 0.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns January 19th.

Agents of SHIELD ABC Tue 1/5 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 CW Tue 1/5 9 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.8 | StD Rating: 0.6 | Net Avg: 0.6 | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

On hiatus, returns January 12th.

Teen Wolf MTV Tue 1/5 9 PM
Rating: 0.5 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.1 | StD Rating: 0.0 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

This show returned at about the levels it was seeing last Summer and fans continue to be active on the social networks. Plus, it has already been renewed for a sixth season.

Chart Activity:  It returned to the Weekly Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 10 at the Number 7 slot.  It was also Number 1 in the daily Twitter ratings on last Tuesday.

Limitless CBS Tue 1/5 10 PM
Rating: 1.4 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 7.3 | StD Rating: 1.5 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

This one was up slightly from its last new episode and it continues to perform well enough for the 10 PM EST hour this season.

The Shannara Chronicles MTV Tue 1/5 10 PM
Rating: 0.5 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.0 | StD Rating: 0.0 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Low

It doesn’t count as a smash hit, but it pulled decent numbers for an MTV series. More on this on at this link.

The Expanse Syfy Tue 1/5 10 PM
Rating: 0.2 | % Chng PW: +29.4% | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.6 | StD Rating: 0.2 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

It improved slightly which has to give Syfy some encouragement. And it has already been renewed for a second season.

Arrow CW Wed 1/6 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 1/6 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 1/6 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 1/6 10 PM
Rating: 0.9 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.8 | StD Rating: 1.6 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

This show slipped again with its mid-season return, down to a 0.85 rating. It has been renewed for a sixth season, but don’t expect much more beyond that.

Heroes Reborn NBC Thu 1/7 8 PM
Rating: 1.0 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 3.7 | StD Rating: 1.3 | Net Avg: 1.8 | Cancellation Alert: Medium

Not an encouraging mid-season return for this show, but it could still get a second season if the syndication economics work out. More on this one at this link.

Angel from Hell CBS Thu 1/7 9:30 PM
Rating: 1.6 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 8.1 | StD Rating: 0.0 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

It didn’t draw huge ratings for its premiere, but decent enough numbers for a sitcom these days. More on this one at this link.

Chart Activity: This show bowed at Number 21 in the broadcast network Top 10 based on total viewers.

Vampire Diaries CW Fri 1/8 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).

Sleepy Hollow FOX Fri 1/8 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).

The Originals CW Fri 1/8 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).

Grimm NBC Fri 1/8 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 1/9 9 PM
Rating: Season Ended | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 0.2 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

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

Galavant ABC Sun 1/10 8 PM
Rating: 0.6 | % Chng PW: -33.3% | Tot Viewers (MM): 2.4 | StD Rating: 0.9 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

That 0.6 score has to be an all-time low for a scripted show on ABC.  Can the network possibly keep it around at these levels?

Once Upon A Time ABC Sun 1/10 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 Walking Dead AMC Sun 1/10 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 1/10 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.

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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