Cancellation Watch: Westworld Wraps Up Its First Season on a High Note, The Walking Dexit Slows, Plus the Ratings Roundup

By | December 6, 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.

westworld-fordSeason Finale: On Sunday, the Westworld season finale pulled a 1.02 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with its highest total viewers yet at 2.24 million. With the multiple airings and the HBO Go and Now streaming factored in, the network reported total viewership of 3.6 million on Sunday night. And according to Deadline Hollywood, the series has averaged 12 million viewers across all platforms making it the most watched first season among all of HBO’s original shows.  Westworld has trended up in the ratings for most of its first season (more on that at this link), something which Game of Thrones did as well in its freshman year.  That show continued to trend up each season and ended this last year as HBO’s most-watched of all-time.  So Westworld is definitely off to a good start in its first season with the ratings moving upwards and fans and critics giving the show high marks.

Ratings Results of Interest:  On Sunday, The Walking Dead finally slowed its ratings decline as it improved slightly to a 4.95 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 10.5 million total viewers.  And expect its numbers to improve even further with its Mid-Season finale which will air this coming Sunday.  Then we will have to see if “The Walking Dexit” resumes when the show returns early next year.  Over on TNT, The Librarians slipped just a little bit to a 0.49 rating with 1.9 million total viewers which still count as good numbers considering the competition on the night.  On ABC, Once Upon A Time slipped back to a series low level of a 0.9 rating with 3.3 million total viewers for its Mid-Season finale, and I have to continue to wonder if ABC is starting to consider wrapping that one up this season or next.  On Saturday, BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency improved to a 0.11 rating with 310k tot viewers as it heads into its season finale this week.  It has been renewed for a second season.  On Friday, Syfy’s Z Nation slipped a bit to a 0.21 rating with 740k total viewers, but it learned last week that it will be returning for a fourth season (as expected).  MacGyver and The Exorcist were preempted that night but return this week with new episodes. I previously covered the Monday and Thursday ratings at this link.

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday November 28th thru Sunday December 4th (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 Benchmark Cancel Alert
Supergirl CW, Mon 8 PM 1.1 +22.2% 3.5 0.9 0.6 Low
Gotham FOX, Mon 8 PM 1.0 -9.1% 3.4 1.1 1.1 Low
Lucifer FOX, Mon 9 PM 1.1 +10.0% 4.1 1.1 1.1 Low
Mars NBC, Mon 9 PM 0.2 -5.9% 0.8 0.0 1.6 Low
People of Earth TNT, Mon 9 PM 0.3 -13.2% 0.8 0.3 0.5 Low
Timeless NBC, Mon 10 PM 1.1 -8.3% 4.8 1.3 1.6 Moderate
The Flash CW, Tue 8 PM 1.5 +36.4% 4.2 1.2 0.6 Low
Scream Queens FOX, Tue 9 PM 0.5 0.0% 1.3 0.7 1.1 Elevated
Teen Wolf MTV, Tue 9 PM 0.2 +5.3% 0.4 0.2 0.3 Low
Agents of SHIELD ABC, Tue 10 PM 0.8 n/a 2.4 0.9 1.3 Elevated
Aftermath Syfy, Tue 10 PM 0.2 0.0% 0.6 0.2 0.2 Low
Arrow CW, Wed 8 PM 1.3 n/a 3.5 0.8 0.6 Low
Frequency CW, Wed 9 PM 0.3 n/a 1.0 0.3 0.6 Medium
Salem WGN, Wed 9 PM 0.1 n/a 0.3 0.1 0.2 Moderate
Stan Against Evil IFC, Wed 10 PM Season Ended n/a n/a 0.1 n/a Low
Legends of Tomorrow CW, Thu 8 PM 1.2 n/a 3.4 0.7 0.6 Low
The Good Place NBC, Thu 8:30 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 1.3 1.6 Low
Supernatural CW, Thu 9 PM 0.6 n/a 1.8 0.7 0.6 Low
Falling Water USA, Thu 10 PM 0.2 n/a 0.5 0.2 0.3 Medium
MacGyver CBS, Fri 8 PM Preempted n/a n/a 1.2 1.4 Low
Vampire Diaries CW, Fri 8 PM 0.4 n/a 1.1 0.4 0.6 Final Season
The Exorcist FOX, Fri 9 PM Preempted n/a n/a 0.7 1.1 Elevated
Z Nation Syfy, Fri 9 PM 0.2 -27.6% 0.7 0.3 0.2 Renewed
Van Helsing Syfy, Fri 10 PM 0.1 -20.0% 0.5 0.2 0.2 Renewed
Star Wars Rebels DXD, Sat 8:30 PM 0.1 0.0% 0.4 0.1 0.1 Low
Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency DXD, Sat 9 PM 0.1 +37.5% 0.3 0.1 0.1 Renewed
Once Upon A Time ABC, Sun 8 PM 0.9 -10.0% 3.3 1.1 1.3 Low
The Librarians TNT, Sun 8 PM 0.5 -5.8% 1.9 0.5 0.5 Low
Ash vs Evil Dead Starz, Sun 8 PM 0.1 n/a 0.3 0.2 0.2 Renewed
Son of Zorn FOX, Sun 8:30 PM 1.3 n/a 3.1 1.4 1.1 Low
The Walking Dead AMC, Sun 9 PM 5.0 +1.0% 10.5 5.8 0.6 Renewed
Westworld HBO, Sun 9 PM 1.0 0.0% 2.2 0.8 0.6 Renewed
The Last Man on Earth FOX, Sun 9:30 PM 1.1 n/a 2.5 1.0 1.1 Moderate

Chart Activity: The Walking Dead slipped to Number 3 (down from Number 2) in the Weekly Social Net Rating Top 10. That show remained at Number 1 in the cable Top 25 based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic and at Number 2 based on total viewers (beat out only by Monday Night Football). Westworld slipped one rung to Number 13 in the cable Top 25 based on the demo. No sci fi shows made it into the broadcast net Top 25 charts for the week.

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

Series Chart Curr Wk Rank Prior Wk Rank
The Walking Dead Nielsen Social Net Ratings Top 10 3 2
The Walking Dead Cable Top 25 (18-49 Demo) 1 1
The Walking Dead Cable Top 25 (Total Viewers) 2 2
Westworld Cable Top 25 (18-49 Demo) 13 12

Be sure keep an eye out for the latest numbers and any breaking news throughout the week at the  Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site and Facebook Page. You can see the status of all the currently airing sci fi / fantasy shows at the Cancellation Watch page and also the latest Cancellation Watch Hit List 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 Bench (Network Benchmark):  For the broadcast networks, this is the net’s season to date average rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic for non-sports, non-special, non-repeat broadcasts.  For the cable channels, this is the lowest level at which a show is typically renewed by that network if there are enough genre entries on that channel to provide a decent sample.

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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