Cancellation Watch: Deadbeat Cancelled After Three Seasons, Scream Debuts Low, Plus the Ratings Roundup

By | June 7, 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.

deadbeat-huluCancellation Announcement: Word broke yesterday that the supernatural comedy Deadbeat which is a Hulu original series will not be returning for a third season.  That shows stars Tyler Labine as a man who can talk with dead people and who helps them with unresolved issues from when they were alive.  Labine announced the cancellation on Twitter:

It’s always hard to predict the renewal / cancellation status for shows on the streaming services because they don’t share their viewership numbers, but Deadbeat was not particularly well known and two to three seasons seems to be about the typical lifespan of the less buzzworthy entries on that platform. But Labine already has another gig in place as he is voicing the character Hunk on Netflix’s reboot of Voltron which debuts this week (June 10th).

Ratings Results of Interest: Last week, MTV’s Scream returned for its second season but could only muster a 0.22 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with about four hundred thousand total viewers. That’s a series low for the show, but it still managed to make it into the Nielsen Twitter Daily Top 5 at Number 5 for its debut and it made it into the weekly Top 10 based on the same metric at Number 10. For cable shows, “stickiness” on the social nets is definitely a plus in the currently fractured market and delayed viewing counts more heavily for those shows as well. So despite the low overnights, I don’t think this show is in trouble just yet, though we will have to see how it tracks over the coming weeks. On Wednesday, the premiere of Cleverman on Sundance only managed a 0.04 rating with about two hundred thousand total viewers, but those could be decent enough numbers for that channel. And that comes as part of an international partnership with ABC in Australia and BBC in Britain, and it has already been renewed for a second season. Also on Wednesday, Wayward Pines slipped to a 0.8 rating with 2.5 million total viewers, but that may still be okay for a Summer show this year.   I’m thinking it can’t afford to drop much further, though, if it wants to stick around for M. Night Shyamalan’s planned third and final season.  On Friday, Syfy’s Wynonna Earp rebounded some to a 0.13 rating based on the overnights and I still believe it has the best chance of survival among that networks’s Spring entries. But I still count it as a Call to Action show that needs help from its fans. On Sunday, AMC’s Preacher returned for its second episode (after taking the Memorial Day weekend off) and held up quite nicely at a 0.8 rating with 2.1 million total viewers based on the overnights. If it holds in that range, then it is almost guaranteed a second season. Also, Game of Thrones rebounded from its post-Memorial Day lull as expected as it returned close to its season high at a 3.95 rating with 7.8 million total viewers. That show is still tracking ahead of its season to date average from last year, one of the very few to accomplish that in the current Ratings-pocalypse environment. (Update 6/8/16) On Friday, Cinemax’s Outcast (from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman) managed only a 0.06 rating with about 150k total viewers for its debut. But the cable network reported that the show picked up another 3.3 million viewers from digital viewing (the premiere was available on YouTube) and its total for digital and live viewing including encore airings over the weekend was 4 million. That makes for some more impressive numbers (assuming no “Hollywood accounting” is involved) and probably justifies Cinemax renewing it before its season began.

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday May 30th thru Sunday June 5th (metric definitions below):

(Links are to the show pages on this site with season to date ratings results and status updates)

Series Airs Rating % Chng Tot Viewers STD Avg Net Avg Cancel Alert
Houdini and Doyle FOX, Mon 9 PM 0.5 -16.7% 2.0 0.6 1.5 Elevated
12 Monkeys Syfy, Mon 9 PM 0.1 +50.0% 0.4 0.1 n/a Moderate
Person of Interest CBS, Mon 10 PM 0.8 -33.3% 5.5 1.0 1.5 Final Season
Scream MTV, Mon 10 PM 0.2 n/a 0.4 0.2 n/a Moderate
Hunters Syfy, Mon 12 AM 0.1 -28.6% 0.2 0.1 n/a Elevated
Containment CW, Tue 9 PM 0.4 -20.0% 1.1 0.5 0.6 Renewed
Person of Interest CBS, Tue 10 PM 1.0 +25.0% 6.7 1.0 1.5 Final Season
Wayward Pines FOX, Wed 9 PM 0.8 -11.1% 2.5 0.9 1.5 Renewed
Cleverman SUND, Wed 10 PM 0.0 n/a 0.2 0.0 n/a Renewed
Beauty and the Beast CW, Thu 9 PM 0.2 n/a 0.8 0.0 0.6 Renewed
Orphan Black BBCA, Thu 10 PM 0.1 0.0% 0.3 0.1 n/a Low
Outcast CIN, Fri 10 PM 0.1 n/a 0.5 0.1 n/a Renewed
Wynonna Earp Syfy, Fri 10 PM 0.1 +62.5% 0.5 0.1 n/a Moderate
Outlander Starz, Sat 9 PM 0.2 -22.7% 0.9 0.3 n/a Low
Fear the Walking Dead AMC, Sun 9 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 2.2 n/a Renewed
Game of Thrones HBO, Sun 9 PM 4.0 +21.5% 7.8 3.8 n/a Renewed
Preacher AMC, Sun 10 PM 0.8 n/a 2.1 0.9 n/a Low
Penny Dreadful SHOW, Sun 10 PM 0.2 +15.0% 0.7 0.2 n/a Low

Chart Activity: Game of Thrones improved in Weekly Nielsen Twitter Rating Top 10 to the Number 2 slot (up from Number 5), and as mentioned above, Scream made it into the chart at Number 10 with its Season 2 debut. Game Of Thrones improved to Number 2 in the Cable Top 25 based on both the 18-49 demo and total viewers. Preacher missed both charts with its second episodes but was likely in the Top 30. Person of Interest made it into the broadcast net Top 25 based on the 18-49 demo with its Tuesday episode, and both its Monday and Tuesday installments made it to the Top 25 based on total viewers.  Wayward Pines was likely in the Top 30 of both charts with its second episode.

(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 2 5
Game of Thrones Cable Top 25 (18-49 Demo) 2 4
Game of Thrones Cable Top 25 (Total Viewers) 2 4
The Flash Broadcast Net Top 25 (18-49 Demo) n/a 14
Gotham Broadcast Net Top 25 (18-49 Demo) n/a 17
Person of Interest (Mon) Broadcast Net Top 25 (Total Viewers) 17 17
Person of Interest (Tues) Broadcast Net Top 25 (18-49 Demo) 19 n/a
Person of Interest (Tues) Broadcast Net Top 25 (Total Viewers) 9 24
Scream Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 10 10 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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