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.
Ratings Trends: FOX’s live-action / animated comedy Son of Zorn wrapped up its first season on Sunday with a 0.7 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic and 1.6 million total viewers. That was up from its season low the prior week, but still well below its season-to-date average and FOX’s average for non-sports, non-special, non-repeat programming (also excluding outlier Empire). Son of Zorn‘s numbers have been up and down all season as you can see from the chart below. The numbers have been quite good when the show has had a good lead-in from NFL Football bleed-over into Prime Time and/or a special Simpsons episode. But without a strong lead-in, its numbers have been on the lower side. Still, it has remained mostly above the network benchmark with its season-to-date numbers except for the last two weeks when the show has gone out with a bit of a whimper. The constant preemptions have not helped, though, and it was off the air for two straight weeks prior to airing its final two eps. I currently have it at a status of Renewal Possible, but I’m thnking it is pretty close to a toss-up. I believe the network’s relationship with the show’s high profile executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller will ultimately dictate whether this one will come back, but if the network decided to give the show the ax, it would not completely surprise me.
Ratings Results of Interest: On Sunday, The Walking Dead slipped to a 5.3 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 11.1 million total viewers. That’s down from its mid-season premiere the prior week, but up from the season lows it was experiencing last Fall. On Saturday, Star Wars: Rebels returned from a one month hiatus with a 0.14 rating and 360k total viewers. Disney XD’s scheduling of that show has been doing it no favors. On Friday, MacGyver slipped to a series low of a 0.9 rating with 7.3 million total viewers which was a bit of a surprise because it was near a series high 1.2 score the prior week. Perhaps that is just a blip, but it is worth keeping an eye on that one over the next few weeks. Emerald City (0.6 rating / 2.4M tot viewers) and Sleepy Hollow (0.5 rating / 1.8M tot viewers) both remained low and will likely not make it to the schedule next season.
The Scoredcard: Syfy’s The Expanse slipped to Number 18 on the Scorecard this week (down from Number 15) as its linear viewing numbers continue to slide. Son of Zorn has also continued to slip on the Scorecard with its season ending ratings slide. Most of the rest of the shows remained relatively stable with just some incidental movement.
The scorecard ranks all of the sci fi & fantasy shows’ ratings performance vs. their network’s ratings benchmark (see definition below). Shows at or above their benchmark should be okay, whereas those slipping notably below are getting into iffy territory.
Scorecard based on the ratings through February 19th (metric definitions below):
|Rank (PW)||Series||Net||Std Avg||Net Bench||% Var||Live+7 Avg Rtg||Status|
|1 (1)||The Walking Dead||AMC||5.67||0.60||844.5%||8.43||Renewed|
|2 (2)||American Horror Story||FX||1.58||0.60||162.5%||3.16||Renewed|
|3 (3)||The Flash (O)||CW||1.13||0.53||112.1%||1.98||Renewed|
|4 (4)||The Magicians||Syfy||0.38||0.20||91.3%||0.90||Renewal Likely|
|5 (5)||Supergirl (O)||CW||0.82||0.53||53.9%||1.41||Renewed|
|6 (6)||Star Wars Rebels||DXD||0.15||0.10||49.3%||0.33||Renewal Likely|
|8 (8)||Arrow (O)||CW||0.70||0.53||31.9%||1.27||Renewed|
|9 (9)||Legends of Tomorrow (O)||CW||0.69||0.53||30.2%||1.20||Renewed|
|10 (10)||Z Nation||Syfy||0.25||0.20||24.3%||0.42||Renewed|
|11 (12)||Supernatural (O)||CW||0.64||0.53||20.9%||1.15||Renewed|
|12 (11)||Son of Zorn (O)||FOX||1.28||1.10||16.5%||n/a||Renewal Possible|
|13 (13)||Shadowhunters||Free||0.28||0.25||13.1%||0.50||Renewal Likely|
|14 (16)||Gotham||FOX||1.14||1.10||3.6%||1.88||Renewal Likely|
|15 (14)||Legion (O)||FX||0.61||0.60||1.7%||n/a||Renewal Likely|
|17 (18)||Stan Against Evil||IFC||0.08||0.08||-4.7%||n/a||Renewed|
|18 (15)||The Expanse||Syfy||0.19||0.20||-5.0%||n/a||Renewal Possible|
|19 (19)||The Librarians||TNT||0.47||0.50||-5.2%||0.88||Renewed|
|20 (20)||Channel Zero||Syfy||0.19||0.20||-5.8%||0.38||Renewed|
|21 (21)||Colony||USA||0.27||0.30||-10.0%||0.65||Renewal Possible|
|22 (22)||The Last Man on Earth (O)||FOX||0.98||1.10||-10.8%||1.53||Renewal Possible|
|23 (23)||The Good Place (O)||NBC||1.25||1.46||-14.4%||1.91||Renewed|
|24 (24)||MacGyver (O) (F)||CBS||1.12||1.36||-17.9%||1.78||Renewal Possible|
|25 (25)||People of Earth||TBS||0.33||0.40||-18.1%||n/a||Renewed|
|26 (26)||Once Upon A Time (O)||ABC||1.05||1.29||-18.8%||1.67||Renewal Possible|
|27 (27)||Incorporated||Syfy||0.16||0.20||-20.0%||0.34||Renewal Possible|
|29 (29)||Van Helsing||Syfy||0.16||0.20||-21.3%||0.30||Renewed|
|30 (30)||Ash vs Evil Dead||STARZ||0.16||0.20||-21.5%||0.34||Renewed|
|31 (31)||Timeless||NBC||1.13||1.46||-22.9%||2.18||Cancellation Likely|
|32 (32)||The 100 (O)||CW||0.40||0.53||-24.6%||0.70||On the Bubble|
|33 (33)||Teen Wolf||MTV||0.22||0.30||-25.7%||0.44||Final Season|
|34 (34)||The Strain||FX||0.42||0.60||-30.8%||0.85||Renewed|
|35 (35)||Vampire Diaries (O) (F)||CW||0.36||0.53||-31.9%||0.73||Final Season|
|36 (37)||Powerless (O)||NBC||0.90||1.46||-38.4%||n/a||Renewal Possible|
|37 (38)||The Exorcist (O) (F)||FOX||0.67||1.10||-38.9%||1.09||Cancellation Likely|
|39 (39)||Agents of SHIELD (O)||ABC||0.76||1.29||-41.5%||1.65||Cancellation Likely|
|40 (40)||Scream Queens (O)||FOX||0.61||1.10||-44.3%||0.96||Cancellation Likely|
|41 (41)||Grimm (O) (F)||NBC||0.80||1.46||-45.2%||1.46||Final Season|
|42 (43)||Frequency (O)||CW||0.28||0.53||-47.8%||0.51||Cancellation Likely|
|44 (44)||Falling Water||USA||0.15||0.30||-51.0%||0.30||On the Bubble|
|45 (45)||Emerald City (O) (F)||NBC||0.70||1.46||-52.1%||1.28||Cancellation Likely|
|46 (46)||Sleepy Hollow (O) (F)||NBC||0.56||1.46||-61.9%||0.98||On the Bubble|
|47 (47)||Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency||BBCA||0.09||0.40||-77.5%||n/a||Renewed|
Rank (PW): Current rank based on the variance of a show’s season to date ratings average vs. its network’s benchmark (see definition below). The number in parenthesis is the prior week’s rank.
Series: (O) indicates the show is owned/produced by the network and/or a sister studio. (F) indicates the show airs on Friday when ratings expectations are lower. These typically just apply to the broadcast networks where they are more of a factor.
StD Avg: The show’s season to date ratings average based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic.
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 FOX, Empire is also excluded because it counts as an outlier). 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. But note that with cable entries intangibles such as international and/or streaming partnerships can play an important factor in a shows survival and that is not measured here.
% Var: The percent variance between a show’s season to date average and the network benchmark as defined above. The higher the variance, the better a show is performing vs. the benchmark.
Live+7 Avg Rtg: The show’s season to date ratings average based on delayed viewing up to three days past the live broadcast. This data is not available for all shows.
Status: My assessment of the likelihood that a show will get renewed or cancelled. The statuses are Renewal Likely, Renewal Possible, On the Bubble, Cancellation Likely (plus Renewed and Cancelled/Ended)