CBS announced on Wednesday at the TCAs that their Summer animal-pocalypse series Zoo will be returning for a third season. That was definitely not a sure thing as the show’s ratings have slipped in its second season and it dropped to a series low 0.6 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic this past Tuesday (though it was airing against the Olympics). But CBS owns the series and has a partnership with Netflix (episodes stream after they have aired live on the network), and perhaps that was lucrative enough to keep the show going for a third season. Plus, it has outperformed the networks other two scripted Summer entries, the sci fi political satire Braindead and the crime drama American Gothic. Whether it can last into a fourth season remains to be seen because I believe the bubble of the Too-Much-TV Era will start shrinking if not outright bursting within a year’s time. But fans of the show should be happy that it will at least get one more year that will air next Summer. CBS has not made an announcement on Braindead yet, but that appears to be surely headed to cancellation based on its low ratings throughout its first season.
There are still two Spring sci fi / fantasy shows awaiting word on their fate at this point: Chiller’s Slasher (Renewal Possible) and Freeform’s Stitchers (On the Bubble). And two of the early Summer entries have yet to hear a cancellation or renewal announcement: MTV’s Scream (Renewal Possible) and FOX’s Wayward Pines (On the Bubble). Keep a close eye on this site as well as the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for any breaking news on those shows and more in the coming weeks.