Renewal Announcement: Coming as no surprise, Syfy announced late yesterday that their zombie-pocalypse show Z Nation will be returning for a fourth season. I have been predicting that since its first Season 3 episode because it remains as one of the network’s top-rated shows. It also seems like a further validation of my theory that third season cable shows tend to get that fourth through fifth season pickup to give them a binge-worthy run. But since Z Nation is one of Syfy’s top shows, it could continue beyond a fifth season. The zombie show’s number are nowhere near the juggernaut ratings that The Walking Dead is currently pulling, even taking in account for TWD’s recent downslide, but Hollywood Reporter claims that Z Nation is one of the Top 10 scripted shows on cable (I’m not sure how they are coming up with those numbers, though). The fourth season for the show will be thirteen episodes (this season and last had fifteen) and will debut next Fall. Z Nation is currently wrapping up its third year with the finale set for December 16th. I also expect Aftermath to get the renewal nod from Syfy as it is been pulling numbers similar to Van Helsing which has already been picked up for a second season. And Channel Zero looks likely to get a third season renewal–it already has its second season scheduled for an early 2017 bow–because it has performed quite well for Syfy this Fall.
This past Sunday’s ratings results for the cable shows are still delayed due to the Thanksgiving holiday (apparently the Nielsen people still have a tryptophan hangover), but once those are available then this week’s ratings roundup will be posted. So keep an eye out for that any other updates and/or breaking news.