Coming as no surprise, USA has announced that their cyperpunk-skewing series Mr. Robot has been renewed for a third season. The show has never been a ratings hit on the level of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, but it has been very buzzworthy in its first two seasons and has drawn attention from the Emmy voters. The show’s linear ratings have slipped in its second year, but it regularly places in the Daily Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 5 and it has been more than doubling its numbers with delayed viewing (those stats are more important to the cable channels than the broadcast networks). This show also likely has significant digital viewership because it attracts the cord-cutter crowd, though I haven’t seen any solid numbers on that front. And despite year over year ratings declines, its fate was never in doubt as far as I’m concerned, because USA would not just cancel a show that has brought a great deal of attention and younger viewers to the network. How long it will stick around remains to be seen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this one doesn’t have two or three more seasons in it.
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.