Cancellation Watch: Scream Improves, Wayward Pines Continues to Sink, Plus the Ratings Roundup

By | June 14, 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.

scream-mtvRatings Results of Interest: On Monday last week, MTV’s Scream improved slightly with its second episodes to a 0.27 rating with about half a million total viewers. Its Season 2 debut the prior week was on Memorial Day which is not the best time to schedule a TV series premiere. That show dropped out of the Weekly Nielsen Twitter Top 10 (see Charts section below), but it was still in the Daily Top 5 last Monday. With its social network “stickiness” and passable ratings for an MTV entry, it should be safe for now. On Wednesday, FOX’s Wayward Pines slipped to a 0.7 rating with 2.4 million total viewers. It has been down all season, but previously at about the same level of decline as what the regular season shows experienced. But now it is at marginal at best numbers and has very little leeway for further slippage. The premiere did see a 100% gain in Live+7 delayed viewing which the broadcast networks may pay more attention to for Summer shows than they do for the regular season entries. On Sunday, AMC’s Preacher slipped to a 0.7 rating with 1.8 million total viewers, but it was still the sixth most-watched cable original for the night and should still be okay for now.  Note that TNT decided to postpone the Season 3 premiere of The Last Ship on Sunday following the Orlando shooting incident because it has a scene showing gunmen invading a Vietnamese nightclub. No word yet on if they are just going to shift it to this coming Sunday (TV Guide currently shows the next scheduled episode in the listings).

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday June 5th thru Sunday June 12th (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 0.6 +20.0% 2.5 0.6 1.5 Elevated
12 Monkeys Syfy, Mon 9 PM 0.1 0.0% 0.4 0.1 n/a Moderate
Scream MTV, Mon 10 PM 0.3 +22.7% 0.5 0.2 n/a Moderate
Hunters Syfy, Mon 12 AM 0.1 +20.0% 0.3 0.1 n/a Elevated
Containment (R) CW, Tue 9 PM 0.2 n/a 0.5 0.5 0.6 Renewed
Person of Interest CBS, Tue 10 PM 1.0 +25.0% 6.4 1.0 1.5 Final Season
Wayward Pines FOX, Wed 9 PM 0.7 -12.5% 2.4 0.8 1.5 Low
Cleverman SUND, Wed 10 PM 0.0 0.0% 0.1 0.0 n/a Renewed
Beauty and the Beast CW, Thu 9 PM 0.2 0.0% 0.8 0.0 0.6 Renewed
Orphan Black BBCA, Thu 10 PM 0.1 +20.0% 0.3 0.1 n/a Low
Outcast CIN, Fri 10 PM 0.1 +16.7% 0.2 0.1 n/a Renewed
Wynonna Earp Syfy, Fri 10 PM 0.1 0.0% 0.5 0.1 n/a Moderate
Outlander Starz, Sat 9 PM 0.2 -11.8% 0.8 0.2 n/a Renewed
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 3.9 -1.8% 7.6 3.8 n/a Renewed
The Last Ship TNT, Sun 9 PM Preempted n/a n/a 0.0 n/a Low
Preacher AMC, Sun 10 PM 0.7 -15.0% 1.8 0.8 n/a Low
Penny Dreadful SHOW, Sun 10 PM 0.2 -21.7% 0.7 0.2 n/a Low

Chart Activity: Game of Thrones slipped in Weekly Nielsen Twitter Rating Top 10 for the week, going from the Number 2 slot to Number 6 (not as tweet-worthy of an episode?). Scream slipped out of the Top 10 for its second Season 2 episode, but it was still in the Daily Top 5 last Monday. Game of Thrones improved to Number 1 in both the cable Top 25 based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic and total viewers. Person of Interest only had a Tuesday episode last week and it slipped to Number 24 in the broadcast net Top 25 based on the overnights and Number 11 based on total viewers.

(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 6 2
Game of Thrones Cable Top 25 (18-49 Demo) 1 2
Game of Thrones Cable Top 25 (Total Viewers) 1 2
Person of Interest Broadcast Net Top 25 (18-49 Demo) 24 19
Person of Interest Broadcast Net Top 25 (Total Viewers) 11 9
Scream Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 10 n/a 10

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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