Cancellation Watch: Falling Water and Scream Queens Remain Low for Their Season Finales, Plus the Ratings Roundup

By | December 27, 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.

scream-queens-s2Season Finales: Two shows wrapped up their Fall seasons last week with season finales that could possibly act as series finales as well. On Tuesday, FOX’s Scream Queens remained at a 0.5 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic for its last Season 2 episode. That one is currently that network’s lowest rated show and seems certainly on the way out. On Thursday, USA’s Falling Water improved just slightly to a 0.14 rating with 470k total viewers, pretty low numbers for that cable channel. Though I have learned that USA struck a deal with Amazon on the show that gives exclusive streaming rights and Deadline Hollywood believes that gives it a chance of surviving into a second season. I’ve been saying for a while that this show’s only hope is some sort of partnership and/or international financing arrangement, and the Amazon deal just may be enough to keep the show going. For now, I am going to adjust that show’s Cancellation Alert Level down one notch to Medium. I discuss these two shows and four others possibly facing cancellation in more detail at this link.

Ratings Results of Interest (Updated with Sunday numbers): With the holidays upon us and most shows on hiatus or having wrapping up their seasons, there is not too much in the way of ratings results from last week. But a few of the genre entries did have new episodes airing. On Monday, People of Earth wrapped up its first season on TBS with a double episode and averaged a 0.33 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 730k total viewers. That show has been renewed for a second season. On Tuesday, Syfy’s Aftermath had its Season 1 finale and improved from the prior week to a 0.16 rating with 700k total viewers. I believe it has a decent chance of returning for a second year because of the partnership with the Canadian Space Channel. On Wednesday, Syfy’s Incorporated slipped to a 0.13 rating with 540k total viewers, which is on the low side for that network especially for a show that does not come as part of an international partnership. Still, this is a high profile entry that comes from executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and Syfy has typically been giving its shows at least two seasons to prove themselves. On Sunday, TNT’s The Librarians slipped to a 0.41 rating with 1.7 million total viewers, but those are still pretty good numbers for a show airing on Christmas night.  And over on BBC America, the Doctor Who Xmas special had a 0.45 rating with 1.1 million total viewers.

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday December 19th thru Sunday December 25th (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 On Hiatus n/a n/a 0.9 0.6 Low
Gotham FOX, Mon 8 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 1.1 1.1 Low
Lucifer FOX, Mon 9 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 1.1 1.1 Low
Mars NBC, Mon 9 PM 0.1 -12.5% 0.7 0.0 1.6 Mini-Series
People of Earth TNT, Mon 9 PM 0.3 +3.1% 0.7 0.3 0.5 Renewed
Timeless NBC, Mon 10 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 1.3 1.6 Moderate
The Flash CW, Tue 8 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 1.2 0.6 Low
Scream Queens FOX, Tue 9 PM 0.5 0.0% 1.4 0.6 1.1 Elevated
Teen Wolf MTV, Tue 9 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 0.2 0.3 Final Season
Agents of SHIELD ABC, Tue 10 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 0.8 1.3 Elevated
Aftermath Syfy, Tue 10 PM 0.2 +23.1% 0.7 0.2 0.2 Low
Arrow CW, Wed 8 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 0.7 0.6 Low
Frequency CW, Wed 9 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 0.3 0.6 Elevated
Salem WGN, Wed 9 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 0.1 0.2 Cancelled
Incorporated WGN, Wed 10 PM 0.1 -23.5% 0.5 0.2 0.2 Low
Legends of Tomorrow CW, Thu 8 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 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 On Hiatus n/a n/a 0.7 0.6 Low
Falling Water USA, Thu 10 PM 0.1 +7.7% 0.5 0.1 0.3 Elevated
MacGyver CBS, Fri 8 PM On Hiatus n/a na 1.1 1.4 Low
Vampire Diaries CW, Fri 8 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 0.4 0.6 Final Season
Z Nation Syfy, Fri 9 PM Season Ended n/a 0.9 0.2 n/a Renewed
Star Wars Rebels DXD, Sat 8:30 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 0.1 0.1 Low
Once Upon A Time ABC, Sun 8 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 1.1 1.3 Low
The Librarians TNT, Sun 8 PM Pending n/a n/a 0.5 0.5 Low
Son of Zorn FOX, Sun 8:30 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 1.4 1.1 Low
The Walking Dead AMC, Sun 9 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 5.7 0.6 Renewed
Doctor Who BBCA, Sun 9 PM Pending n/a n/a 0.4 0.4 Renewed
The Last Man on Earth FOX, Sun 9:30 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 1.0 1.1 Low

Chart Activity: I do not expect to see any genre shows in any of the charts for last week including the Weekly Social Net Rating Top 10. If that changes when those results become available, I will update them here.

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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