Cancellation Watch: You, Me, and the Apocalypse Has Been Cancelled, Sleepy Hollow Still Has a Chance, Plus the Ratings Roundup

By | April 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.

You-Me-and-the-Apocalypse-NBC-CancelledCancelled:  I have been predicting for a while that You, Me, and The Apocalypse would not be returning to NBC for a second season because it slipped to historically low ratings for a big four broadcast network show.  But I did consider it possible that the British Sky Channel (NBC’s partner on the show) could keep it going if they could work out the money.  But apparently that network has already decided not to go forward with a second season, though the the news (originally announced early last month) has not been well circulated across the Atlantic.  Sky told Radio Times last month that “a story with the end of the world at its heart was always going to be hard to bring back and has reached its natural conclusion”.  Of course, those of us who watched the show know it ended on a major cliffhanger and did not in fact reach its “natural conclusion”.  Two of the co-stars, Jenna Fischer and Patterson Joseph, already have other gigs in the works, though if a second season of You, Me, and the Apocalypse had happened they probably could have worked it into their schedules since it would only run around ten episodes.  But apparently that will not be happening and the small fanbase the show attracted will be left wondering how the show would have resolved its storylines.

Rumor Control:  FOX’s Sleepy Hollow has been at all-time ratings lows this season (even before it moved to Fridays) and one of the show’s major characters perished in the season finale which seemed to suggest the show may be on its last leg.  But according to Hollywood Reporter, the rumor is that a renewal is “highly likely”, in part because FOX has extra hours to fill on its schedule next season with American Idol not returning.  That seems odd because another year does not get the show to the syndication friendly episode count of 88+ due to its limited episode orders each season (even a full season order for Year 4 would only get it to 71 total).  But THR claims the show is “already poised to turn a profit”, perhaps because of international syndication deals which do not require as high of an episode count.  Renewal fever has saved quite a number of shows this season, but I had previously thought that Sleepy Hollow‘s numbers had slipped too low to keep it alive.  At this point, though, it appears there might be hope if these rumors prove to be true and I have moved it to a Medium Cancellation Alert level.  A Call to Action from fans could definitely give it a boost as well.  Over at The CW, Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder has claimed that next season will be the show’s last.  That would not be a huge surprise seeing as the ratings for what was once the network’s flagship show have slipped considerably and it is currently being used as a plug for the Friday night schedule.  However, the network has not confirmed the show’s fate at this point.  I have been predicting for some time that Vampire Diaries would likely wrap up next year, and I am sure that The CW is mulling over the possibility of putting this one to rest.

Ratings Results of Interest:  Fear the Walking Dead had its Season 2 bow on Sunday and pulled a 3.1 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 6.7 million total viewers.  That’s down from the 4.9 rating it had for its series debut in Summer and down from the 3.4 score it ended its first season with, but considering the current ratings slump, that 3.1 number is not too bad.  That beats any scripted programming on the broadcast networks right now except Empire and should definitely make it the top rated scripted show on cable (though Game of Thrones could give it a run in a few weeks).  The zombie rot will certainly start to set in at some point (especially if this one pulls some of the same stunts as its parent show), but FTWD is looking good for now.  On Saturday, Starz’s Outlander pulled a 0.39 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 1.5 million total viewers for its Season 2 debut.  Those are the highest numbers this show has seen yet and they are quite good for a Starz show.  Expect a Season 3 renewal announcement at any time. The debut of Wynonna Earp slipped off my radar last week, but that show’s numbers have been less than impressive across its first two episodes.  It debuted with a 0.20 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demo and then slipped to a 0.15 score for its second week.  I haven’t noticed that Syfy has pushed for online viewing of this one like it did for The Expanse and The Magicians, but the first two episodes are available on the network’s website.  And even though Wynonna Earp‘s numbers have been low thus far, Syfy has typically given its shows two seasons to prove themselves of late, so it still has a chance of sticking around.  But I have it at the typical Moderate Cancellation Alert level that I give to low performing cable shows because there are too many intangibles to make a firm prediction.

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

Links are to the show pages on this site where status updates and season to date numbers have been updated through Sunday.

Series Airs Rating % Chng Tot Viewers STD Avg Net Avg Cancel Alert
Gotham (R) FOX, Mon 8 PM 0.5 n/a 1.8 1.5 1.5 Renewed
Supergirl CBS, Mon 8 PM Preempted n/a n/a 1.7 1.6 Low
Lucifer (R) CBS, Mon 9 PM 0.6 n/a 2.0 1.5 1.6 Renewed
The Magicians Syfy, Mon 9 PM 0.3 0.0% 0.7 0.3 n/a Renewed
Damien A&E, Mon 10 PM 0.1 -29.4% 0.4 0.2 n/a Moderate
Bitten Syfy, Mon 11 PM 0.1 +14.3% 0.4 0.1 n/a Final Season
The Flash (R) CW, Tue 8 PM 0.4 n/a 1.3 1.4 0.6 Renewed
Agents of SHIELD ABC, Tue 9 PM 0.9 -10.0% 2.8 1.3 1.5 Renewed
iZombie CW, Tue 9 PM 0.4 -20.0% 1.1 0.5 0.6 Renewed
Shadowhunters Free, Tue 9 PM 0.3 -6.3% 0.8 0.4 n/a Renewed
Stitchers Free, Tue 10 PM 0.1 -38.9% 0.3 0.2 n/a Moderate
Limitless CBS, Tue 10 PM 1.1 n/a 6.1 1.4 1.6 Moderate
Arrow CW, Wed 8 PM 0.8 -11.1% 2.2 1.0 0.6 Renewed
Supernatural CW, Wed 9 PM 0.7 +16.7% 1.8 0.7 0.6 Renewed
Star Wars Rebels DXD, Wed 9 PM Season Ended n/a n/a 0.1 n/a Renewed
Legends of Tomorrow CW, Thu 8 PM 0.7 0.0% 1.9 0.9 0.6 Renewed
You Me and the Apocalypse NBC, Thu 8 PM Season Ended n/a na/ 0.7 1.6 Cancelled
The 100 CW, Thu 9 PM 0.4 0.0% 1.1 0.5 0.6 Renewed
Vampire Diaries CW, Fri 8 PM 0.3 -25.0% 1.0 0.5 0.6 Renewed
Sleepy Hollow FOX, Fri 8 PM 0.7 +16.7% 3.0 0.8 1.5 Medium
Slasher Chill, Fri 9 PM 0.0 +100.0% 0.8 0.0 n/a Low
The Originals CW, Fri 9 PM 0.3 -25.0% 0.9 0.4 0.6 Renewed
Grimm NBC, Fri 9 PM 0.9 0.0% 4.3 0.9 1.6 Renewed
Wynonna Earp Syfy, Fri 10 PM 0.2 -25.0% 0.7 0.2 n/a Moderate
Outlander Starz, Sat 9 PM 0.4 n/a 1.5 0.4 n/a Low
Beowulf ESQ, Sat 10 PM 0.0 0.0% 0.2 0.0 n/a Elevated
Once Upon A Time ABC, Sun 8 PM 1.2 +9.1% 3.8 1.4 1.5 Renewed
Fear the Walking Dead AMC, Sun 9 PM 3.1 n/a 6.7 3.1 n/a Low
The Last Man on Earth FOX, Sun 9:30 PM 1.1 +22.2% 2.7 1.2 1.5 Renewed

Chart Activity: Interestingly, Fear the Walking Dead did not make it into the Weeky Nielsen Twitter Rating Top 10, but last week’s Arrow did (that episode had a major character death).  FTWD was at Number 2 and 3 in the cable Top 25 based on ratings and total viewers respectively with only the NCAA championship games beating it out for the week.  None of the three broadcast net genre shows that were in the Top 25 the prior week returned last week, though neither Gotham nor Supergirl aired new episodes.

(Updated for the broadcast network and cable Top 25 chart activity)

Series Chart Curr Wk Rank Prior Wk Rank
Arrow Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 10 10 n/a
Fear the Walking Dead Cable Top 25 (18-49 Demo) 2 n/a
Fear the Walking Dead Cable Top 25 (Total Viewers) 3 n/a
The Flash Broadcast Net Top 25 (18-49 Demo) n/a 23
Gotham Broadcast Net Top 25 (18-49 Demo) n/a 24
Supergirl Broadcast Net Top 25 (18-49 Demo) n/a 15
Supergirl Broadcast Net Top 25 (Total Viewers) n/a 22

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:

Series: (R) indicates a repeat airing

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

% Chng: The percentage change +/- for this week’s rating vs. last week’s rating (if a new episode aired last week).

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, non-special, non-repeat programming.  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.

Source: ShowBuzzDaily and TV by the Numbers

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