Cancellation Watch: Colony Has Okay Debut, Plus the Weekly Ratings Roundup

By | January 19, 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.

colony-usa-cancelledLast Thursday, USA’s Colony (about an alien occupation of Earth) debuted at a 0.44 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 1.4 million total viewers. Those weren’t spectacular numbers, but still passable for a cable series these days. That network’s Mr. Robot hovered around that same range last year and it got renewed, so Colony has a chance of a second season if it doesn’t start to drop off too much after its first episode. This one is definitely a high profile series for USA because it has Lost veterans Josh Holloway and Carlton Cuse attached and it is the first full-on original sci fi series on the network since it cancelled The 4400 and The Dead Zone back in 2007 (Mr. Robot is more high-tech drama and last year’s Dig was more of a conspiracy/spy themed show). We will have to see how Colony tracks across its next few episodes to get a better idea where it stands, but it looks okay at the moment.

There were several big announcements last week including NBC’s cancellation of Heroes Reborn, FOX’s renewal of Scream Queens, and Netflix’s renewal of Jessica Jones. And I covered the ratings results of the early week shows plus the broadcast network and cable scorecards at this link.

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday January 11th thru Sunday January 17th (metric definitions below):

(Note: no genre shows made into the Weekly Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 10 or cable Top 25 for the week.)

Gotham FOX Mon 1/11 8 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 1.5 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

On hiatus, returns February 29th.

Supergirl CBS Mon 1/11 8 PM
Rating: Preempted | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 1.9 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

This show was preempted last week (killing the momentum from its mid-season return) but returned on Monday with a new episode (those results available later this morning on the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site).

The Flash CW Tue 1/12 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 1/12 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 1/12 9 PM
Rating: 0.5 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.2 | StD Rating: 0.6 | Net Avg: 0.6 | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

Its mid-season return held steady with its last episode from Fall which was not too bad considering it didn’t have much of a lead-in.  But I’m betting The CW execs would like to see higher numbers from this one.

Shadowhunters Free Tue 1/12 9 PM
Rating: 0.8 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.8 | StD Rating: 0.8 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

This show had an impressive debut and should be on its way to a second season if it can hold in this range.  More on this one at this link.

Teen Wolf MTV Tue 1/12 9 PM
Rating: 0.4 | % Chng PW: -15.2% | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.9 | StD Rating: 0.4 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

It was down slightly, but still performing well enough with MTV’s target demo and it has already been renewed for a sixth season.

Limitless CBS Tue 1/12 10 PM
Rating: Preempted | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 1.5 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

It was preempted last week for the State of the Union address but returns tonight with a new episode.

The Shannara Chronicles MTV Tue 1/12 10 PM
Rating: 0.4 | % Chng PW: -20.8% | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.9 | StD Rating: 0.4 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Low

These are not great numbers for what is surely an expensive show to produce, but I’m betting it has international financing backing it that could get it to a second season.

The Expanse Syfy Tue 1/12 10 PM
Rating: 0.2 | % Chng PW: 0.0% | Tot Viewers (MM): 0.7 | StD Rating: 0.2 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

It held steady with the prior week and this show has already been renewed for a second season.

Arrow CW Wed 1/13 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 1/13 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.

Second Chance FOX Wed 1/13 9 PM
Rating: 1.2 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 4.7 | StD Rating: 1.2 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Low

Not a great debut for this show, especially having American Idol as its lead-in, and I’m thinking FOX is going to kick it to Fridays or Saturdays pretty soon.  More on this one at this link.

Star Wars Rebels DXD Wed 1/13 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 1/13 10 PM
Rating: 1.2 | % Chng PW: +35.3% | Tot Viewers (MM): 2.2 | StD Rating: 1.5 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Renewed

Apparently last week was the season finale for this show (I thought it had one more episode to go), and its numbers did improve some.  It has already been renewed for a sixth season, but you have to wonder how much more life this one has in it with its dwindling audience.

Heroes Reborn NBC Thu 1/14 8 PM
Rating: 1.0 | % Chng PW: 0.0% | Tot Viewers (MM): 3.8 | StD Rating: 1.2 | Net Avg: 1.8 | Cancellation Alert: Cancelled

This series remained low and also received word that it is not coming back for a second season.  More on that at this link.

Angel from Hell CBS Thu 1/14 9:30 PM
Rating: 1.3 | % Chng PW: -18.8% | Tot Viewers (MM): 7.0 | StD Rating: 1.5 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

This one saw a notable drop with its second episode and it is well below the other entries in the CBS two-hour Thursday comedy block.  That network is not known for having patience, especially with genre entries.

Chart Activity: This show barely clung to the broadcast network Top 25 based on total viewers, slipping to the Number 25 slot (down from Number 21).

Colony USA Thu 1/14 10 PM
Rating: 0.4 | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 1.4 | StD Rating: 0.4 | Net Avg: n/a | Cancellation Alert: Low

It’s not a breakout ratings hit, but it pulled okay numbers for a cable series these days.  How it tracks over the next few weeks will be important.  More on this one above.

Vampire Diaries CW Fri 1/15 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 1/15 9 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): n/a | StD Rating: 0.9 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: High

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

The Originals CW Fri 1/15 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 1/15 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 29th.

Galavant ABC Sun 1/17 8 PM
Rating: 0.6 | % Chng PW: 0.0% | Tot Viewers (MM): 2.3 | StD Rating: 0.7 | Net Avg: 1.6 | Cancellation Alert: Moderate

Sadly, this show continues to pull disastrously low ratings for a Big Four broadcast net entry.  Seems unlikely this one can beat the odds again.

Once Upon A Time ABC Sun 1/17 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 1/17 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 1/17 9:30 PM
Rating: On Hiatus | % Chng PW: n/a | Tot Viewers (MM): 3.2 | StD Rating: 1.3 | Net Avg: 1.6 | 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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