Cancellation Watch: Wynnona Earp May Have the Best Chance of Survival Among the Syfy Spring Shows, Plus the Ratings Roundup

By | May 10, 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.

wynonna-earp-syfy-cancelledRatings Results of Interest: On Friday, Syfy’s Wynonna Earp held stead for the week at a 0.15 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic.  Despite its low numbers, it is currently the best performing among that network’s Spring entries and it is a relatively inexpensive show to produce.  I like its chances of getting an escape-the-Network-Executioner-free card better than Hunters at this point, though with all the development Syfy has in the pipeline, they may decide to just clean house.  On Saturday, Starz’s Outlander slipped to a 0.21 rating, its lowest numbers of the season.  But those are still acceptable for that network and I believe we will hear word on a renewal pretty soon.  On Sunday, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful barely registered on a highly competitive night, pulling a 0.2 rating vs. the 3.7 score for Game of Thrones and the 2.0 for Fear the Walking Dead.  It sure seems like that one would be doing better if it aired on a different night of the week.  As for FTWD, it slipped to its lowest numbers yet, but it is still blowing away almost all the other scripted programming on television not named Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, or Empire, so no need to worry too much about it.

I covered the Monday thru Thursday shows plus the scorecards in the Friday Cancellation Watch post at this link.  And I provided the final statuses of all the current shows before next week’s Upfronts in yesterday’s Cancellation Watch Hit List post at this link.

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday May 2nd thru Sunday May 8th (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 FOX, Mon 8 PM 1.2 n/a 3.6 1.4 1.5 Renewed
Houdini and Doyle CBS, Mon 9 PM 0.7 n/a 2.6 0.7 1.5 Medium
Lucifer CBS, Mon 9 PM Season Ended n/a n/a 1.5 1.5 Renewed
12 Monkeys Syfy, Mon 9 PM 0.1 +10.0% 0.4 0.1 n/a Moderate
Damien A&E, Mon 10 PM 0.2 0.0% 0.4 0.2 n/a Moderate
Hunters Syfy, Mon 10 PM 0.1 -30.0% 0.3 0.1 n/a Moderate
Bitten Syfy, Mon 11 PM Series Ended n/a n/a 0.1 n/a Final Season
The Flash CW, Tue 8 PM 1.3 0.0% 3.3 1.4 0.6 Renewed
Agents of SHIELD ABC, Tue 9 PM 0.9 -10.0% 2.9 1.2 1.4 Renewed
Containment CW, Tue 9 PM 0.5 0.0% 1.4 0.5 0.6 Renewed
Stitchers Free, Tue 10 PM 0.1 0.0% 0.4 0.1 n/a Moderate
Limitless CBS, Tue 10 PM Season Ended n/a n/a 1.4 1.5 Moderate
Person of Interest CBS, Tue 10 PM 1.2 n/a 7.4 1.2 1.5 Final Season
Arrow CW, Wed 8 PM 0.7 -22.2% 2.1 1.0 0.6 Renewed
Supernatural CW, Wed 9 PM 0.6 -14.3% 1.5 0.7 0.6 Renewed
Legends of Tomorrow CW, Thu 8 PM 0.6 -14.3% 1.6 0.8 0.6 Renewed
The 100 CW, Thu 9 PM 0.4 0.0% 1.1 0.5 0.6 Renewed
Orphan Black BBCA, Thu 10 PM 0.1 -20.0% 0.2 0.1 n/a Low
Vampire Diaries CW, Fri 8 PM 0.3 -25.0% 0.9 0.5 0.6 Renewed
The Originals CW, Fri 9 PM 0.3 -25.0% 0.8 0.4 0.6 Renewed
Grimm NBC, Fri 9 PM Preempted n/a n/a 0.9 1.5 Renewed
Wynonna Earp Syfy, Fri 10 PM 0.2 0.0% 0.5 0.2 n/a Moderate
Outlander Starz, Sat 9 PM 0.2 -22.2% 1.1 0.3 n/a Low
Once Upon A Time ABC, Sun 8 PM 1.1 -8.3% 3.8 1.4 1.4 Renewed
Fear the Walking Dead AMC, Sun 9 PM 2.0 -8.4% 4.4 2.4 n/a Renewed
Game of Thrones HBO, Sun 9 PM 3.7 +0.8% 7.3 3.8 n/a Renewed
The Last Man on Earth FOX, Sun 9:30 PM 0.9 n/a 2.2 1.2 1.5 Renewed
Penny Dreadful FOX, Sun 10 PM 0.2 n/a 0.6 0.2 1.5 Low

Chart Activity: Game of Thrones moved back up in Weekly Nielsen Twitter Rating Top 10 to the Number 3 slot, and Supernatural made a surprise appearance on that chart at Number 6 with its big reveal episode last week.  Game of Thrones remained on the top of both cable ratings charts while Fear the Walking Dead took a bit of a tumble.  That was mostly due to competition from basketball, though.  As expected, Person of Interest made it into the broadcast net Top 25 based on total viewers for the week and it should remain there when this week’s numbers are tallied as well.

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

Series Chart Curr Wk Rank Prior Wk Rank
Game of Thrones Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 10 3 4
Game of Thrones Cable Top 25 (18-49 Demo) 1 1
Game of Thrones Cable Top 25 (Total Viewers) 1 1
The Flash Broadcast Net Top 25 (18-49 Demo) n/a 25
Fear the Walking Dead Cable Top 25 (18-49 Demo) 6 3
Fear the Walking Dead Cable Top 25 (Total Viewers) 7 3
Person of Interest Broadcast Net Top 25 (Total Viewers) 23 n/a
Supernatural Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 10 6 n/a

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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