Cancellation Watch: Another Season of X-Files is Still in the Works, Killjoys and Dark Matter Slip, Plus the Ratings Roundup

By | August 9, 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.

x-files-revivalFOX Wants to Believe: At the TCAs this week, FOX talked about what is going on with the X-Files reboot and whether we can expect another season (to resolve that huge cliffhanger Season 10 ended on).  They indicated that “significant talks” are still ongoing and that they want to do an eleventh season (which would again be around six episodes).  But they have to work it out around the schedules of David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Chris Carter, and the rest involved.  It seems rather odd that all of that was not worked out in advance because the revival definitely seemed to be setting up a continuation of the story and failed to provide any sort of resolution as originally promised (actually, it did the exact opposite).  Season 10 drew very high ratings for FOX (though they did drop off notably across the six-episode run), and the network has every incentive to bring it back.  And it seems the principals would would want to the show to have a better resolution or at least not leave fans hanging, so I’m thinking a deal will be worked out.  But as previously mentioned, the earliest it would hit the schedule would be the 2017-18 season.

Ratings Results of Interest: On Friday, both of Syfy’s space opera shows slipped in the ratings after seeing improvements the prior week.  Killjoys slipped to a 0.13 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 550k total viewers and Dark Matter slipped to a 0.15 rating with 650k total viewers.  The numbers have been fluctuating for these shows the last few weeks, so they could rebound this coming Friday.  And they have been doubling their viewership when the delayed viewing numbers are tallied.  Plus, Syfy has a partnership with the Canadian Space Channel on these, so that makes them less expensive to the network.  Seeing as 12 Monkeys and Wynonna Earp were renewed with lower season averages, I believe that both Killjoys and Dark Matter are mostly okay as long as the partnership with the Space Channel is lucrative enough.  On Wednesday, USA’s Mr. Robot slipped to a series low 0.24 rating with 710k total viewers. But as that show remains an Emmy darling, it has a decent chance of surviving to a third season.  Note that on Sunday, The Last Ship aired a repeat (which will do nothing to help its lagging ratings), but resumes new episodes this coming week.

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday August 1st thru Sunday August 7th (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
Zoo CBS, Tue 10 PM 0.8 +14.3% 4.4 0.8 1.5 Moderate
Scream MTV, Tue 10 PM 0.2 0.0% 0.3 0.2 n/a Low
Wayward Pines FOX, Wed 9 PM Season Ended n/a n/a 0.7 1.5 Moderate
Mr Robot USA, Wed 10 PM 0.2 -7.7% 0.7 0.3 n/a Low
Beauty and the Beast (R) CW, Thu 9 PM 0.2 n/a 0.7 0.2 0.6 Final Season
Killjoys Syfy, Fri 9 PM 0.1 -31.6% 0.6 0.2 n/a Moderate
Outcast CIN, Fri 10 PM 0.1 0.0% 0.1 0.1 n/a Renewed
Dark Matter Syfy, Fri 10 PM 0.2 -16.7% 0.7 0.2 n/a Moderate
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 0.0% 2.4 0.5 n/a Renewed
Preacher AMC, Sun 10 PM Season Ended n/a n/a 0.6 n/a Renewed
Braindead CBS, Sun 10 PM Pending n/a n/a 0.5 1.5 Elevated

Chart Activity: No sci fi / fantasy shows were in the Weekly Nielsen Twitter Rating Top 10 for the week. Zoo managed to climb back into the broadcast network Top 25 based on total viewers for the week and it also made it into the Top 25 based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic for the first. Likely because competition was not too still for the week.

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

Series Chart Curr Wk Rank Prior Wk Rank
Zoo Broadcast Net Top 25 (18-49 Demo) 25 n/a
Zoo Broadcast Net Top 25 (Total Viewers) 23 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

One thought on “Cancellation Watch: Another Season of X-Files is Still in the Works, Killjoys and Dark Matter Slip, Plus the Ratings Roundup

  1. Debbie

    I really like Wayward Pines…I liked this season…I love the way it ended and it gives mankind a possible future…I really hope its renewed.


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