Cancellation Watch: Constantine is Now Streaming on, Braindead Changes Nights, Plus the Ratings Roundup

By | July 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.

constantine-nbc-cancelledNow Streaming: Cancelled too soon series Constantine (more on that at this link) sneaked onto the The CW’s streaming site this month setting off speculation that the show could be prepping for a second season on the fifth place network, especially after we saw Supergirl make the jump from CBS.  But the fact that Constantine is now on the site does not necessarily indicate any near future plans with the show.  If you look at the shows currently available there, you see it is a repository for past Warner Bros. series (they co-own The CW with CBS).  Among the genre entries of interest are Forever, Almost Human, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Pushing Daisies and the 1990 Flash TV series.  That’s some pretty good viewing (especially for free), but none of those shows is pushing for a revival on the strength of their streaming availability on (and those first four have pretty vocal fanbases).  Interestingly though, former Constantine showrunner Daniel Cerone did not make an attempt to quash rumors of a return of the show when he addressed them with the following tweet:

But then maybe he honestly does not know the current plans because he has been busy executive producing NBC’s The Blacklist.  I do think that there is still a chance for the return of John Constantine, though most likely in a crossover appearance on one of the The CW’s current superhero shows.  And I think that the best chance for an extended return will come if he joins up with the team on Legends of Tomorrow. But I don’t believe that the show’s presence on means that The CW is prepping for a second season of Constantine. Still, fans could try staging streaming parties to get the hits up if they want the fifth place net to ever consider bring that show back.

Timeslot Change: Starting this week, CBS Summer entry Braindead makes the move to Sundays at 10 PM EST. The timeslot change is pretty neutral, though, because that night is not necessarily any better or worse than Mondays where it was airing. It still has a repeat has its lead-in, so that will do nothing to help boost its numbers, but it’s not like it is getting moved to a deathslot on Fridays or Saturdays. The fact is that CBS has done nothing scheduling-wise to help this or its other Summer sci fi entry Zoo. Both have had repeats as their lead-ins all season which really doesn’t make much sense. At least air them after one of the network’s more popular reality shows to perhaps give them a bit of a boost. A better scheduling move for Braindead would have been Sundays a 9 PM where the audience from Big Brother might has stuck around (which is what they should have done when it first premiered). Or at least air the shows after a Big Bang Theory repeat, which typically beats out the original programming available during the week. But instead, CBS has given these shows no help this year, and perhaps even worked against them. Braindead seems certainly on the way out at the moment based on its current ratings levels, though maybe its Amazon streaming deal will help it (didn’t for Extant and Under the Dome last year). Zoo continues to ride marginal numbers during its second season, though a move to a better lead-in might notch it up by a tick or two and help its chances.

Ratings Results of Interest: On Sunday, TNT’s The Last Ship slipped to a 0.52 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 2.3 million total viewers. I expected that show to rise or at least hold steady this past Sunday because it finally had less competition, nor did it have a holiday to contend with. It could be that its slow start has caused it to stall, which is not necessarily good for such an expensive series. I still don’t consider it to be in too much danger, but it could be looking at next season being its last is the numbers continue to tread water at these levels. On Friday, Syfy’s two space opera shows both slipped again, Killjoys to a 0.18 rating with 620k total viewers and Dark Matter to a 0.15 score with 640k tot viewers. Those numbers are still ahead of what Syfy’s Spring shows were pulling, though, and both have the partnership with the Canadian Space Channel to help offset costs. So they are likely still safe for now, but a rebound in the coming weeks would be nice. On Wednesday, USA’s Mr. Robot had its second season debut and posted a 0.43 rating with one million total viewers. That’s about even with its first season numbers and holding steady is not a bad thing when we are typically seeing double digit drops in the ratings year over year. And Mr. Robot continues to draw accolades and will probably win more awards this year, so I expect USA to keep it around for a third season and more.

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday July 11th thru Sunday July 17th (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 Season Ended n/a n/a 0.5 1.5 High
12 Monkeys Syfy, Mon 9 PM 0.2 n/a 0.5 0.1 n/a Renewed
Braindead CBS, Mon 10 PM 0.4 n/a 3.1 0.5 1.5 Elevated
Hunters Syfy, Mon 12 AM 0.1 n/a 0.3 0.1 n/a Cancelled
Containment CW, Tue 9 PM 0.3 +50.0% 0.8 0.4 0.6 Cancelled
Zoo CBS, Tue 10 PM 0.8 0.0% 4.5 0.8 1.5 Low
Scream MTV, Tue 10 PM 0.2 -9.1% 0.4 0.2 n/a Low
Wayward Pines FOX, Wed 9 PM 0.7 0.0% 2.4 0.7 1.5 Moderate
Cleverman SUND, Wed 10 PM Season Ended n/a n/a 0.0 n/a Renewed
Mr Robot USA, Wed 10 PM 0.4 n/a 1.0 0.0 n/a Low
Beauty and the Beast CW, Thu 9 PM 0.2 0.0% 0.7 0.2 0.6 Final Season
Killjoys Syfy, Fri 9 PM 0.2 -14.3% 0.6 0.2 n/a Low
Outcast CIN, Fri 10 PM 0.1 +60.0% 0.2 0.1 n/a Renewed
Dark Matter Syfy, Fri 10 PM 0.2 -6.3% 0.6 0.2 n/a Low
Outlander Starz, Sat 9 PM Season Ended n/a n/a 0.2 n/a Renewed
Fear the Walking Dead AMC, Sun 9 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 2.2 n/a Renewed
The Last Ship TNT, Sun 9 PM 0.5 -16.1% 2.3 0.5 n/a Low
Preacher AMC, Sun 10 PM 0.6 +14.5% 1.6 0.6 n/a Renewed

Chart Activity: There were no genre entries the  Weekly Nielsen Twitter Rating Top 10 with Outlander having wrapped up and Scream not making it in for a second week in a row (though that one did make in into the Daily Top 5 last Tuesday). Zoo slipped right to the edge of the broadcast net Top 25 based on total viewers for the week to Number 25.

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

Series Chart Curr Wk Rank Prior Wk Rank
Outlander Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 10 n/a 2
Zoo Broadcast Net Top 25 (Total Viewers) 25 20

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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