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 Results of Interest: On Thursday of last week, NBC’s Powerless slipped to a 0.7 rating based on the 18-49 demographic with 2.3 million total viewers when the final numbers came in which has it firmly in cancellation territory, even when you compare it to NBC’s mid-season average (see below). I am moving its status to Cancellation Likely now. On Friday, CBS’ MacGyver rebounded from the prior week and pulled a 1.1 rating, though its total viewers (which matter more to older-skewing CBS) actually dropped to 6.9 million. I will continue to keep an eye on that show, but I believe it is safe for now. NBC’s Emerald City (0.6 rating / 2.4 M tot viewers) and FOX’s Sleepy Hollow (0.5 rating / 1.8M tot viewers) remained low and will likely not return for another season. On Saturday, Star Wars Rebels slipped to a 0.11 rating with 460k total viewers, but I am hearing there is a decent chance that show will come back for at least one more season. On Sunday, The Walking Dead slipped to a 5.0 rating with 10.4 million total viewers, but it was up against the Oscars so I am not attributing that to the “Walking Dexit”. I covered the ratings for the early week show previously at this link.
Spring Slump: For the past few years we have been seeing a notable slump in the ratings for the broadcast networks during the Spring, and that appears to have started early this season. Typically the drop is most notable right when we set our clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time, but this year it appears that the drop occurred in January, with numbers notably down from Fall. As you can see in the chart below, all of the broadcast networks are down this year during the January thru February time frame except for ABC (bolstered by a strong mid-season return for The Bachelor). That chart shows the network averages for non-sports, non-special, and non-repeat programming (with outlier Empire excluded from FOX’s numbers as well). NBC and The CW look particularly bad, but the former network will see its numbers rise when The Voice returns. The CW on the other hand, just continues to slide every year. And the fact is that these numbers will go down further for all the networks after DST if the typical trend that we see for that time of year holds. Surprisingly, that hasn’t impacted the networks’ ability to sell advertising time as the sponsors lined up once again at last year’s Upfronts to buy up slots for their commercials. But at some point, with the dwindling audience and fractured TV viewing landscape, you have to figure this will take its toll. I will not make a blanket adjustment to the scorecard below to look at just the 2017 averages for the broadcast nets like I did last year because that will cause significant shuffling that will impact the cable shows (they were previously on a separate scorecard). But for the broadcast net shows that debuted this year, I will compare them to the 2017 average, not the full season numbers. That will help them some, but I am expecting some pretty low numbers for the late season entries, so it probably will not matter too much.
|Network||Fall 2016||Mid-Season 2017||% Var|
Scorecard: Because of the change in the benchmarks that I mentioned above, Powerless, The 100, Emerald City, and Sleepy Hollow all saw their standings improve since I am now comparing them only to 2017 averages. But expect them to start slipping back down if their numbers remain low (and I have every reason to believe they will).
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 26th (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%||8.40||Renewed|
|2 (2)||American Horror Story||FX||1.58||0.60||162.5%||3.16||Renewed|
|3 (3)||The Flash (O)||CW||1.12||0.53||110.8%||1.98||Renewed|
|4 (4)||The Magicians||Syfy||0.38||0.20||89.0%||0.83||Renewal Likely|
|5 (5)||Supergirl (O)||CW||0.81||0.53||52.7%||1.41||Renewed|
|6 (6)||Star Wars Rebels||DXD||0.15||0.10||49.3%||0.33||Renewal Likely|
|8 (8)||Arrow (O)||CW||0.69||0.53||29.6%||1.25||Renewed|
|9 (9)||Legends of Tomorrow (O)||CW||0.68||0.53||29.2%||1.20||Renewed|
|10 (10)||Z Nation||Syfy||0.25||0.20||24.3%||0.42||Renewed|
|11 (11)||Supernatural (O)||CW||0.64||0.53||20.7%||1.15||Renewed|
|12 (12)||Son of Zorn (O)||FOX||1.28||1.08||17.8%||n/a||Renewal Possible|
|13 (13)||Shadowhunters||Free||0.29||0.25||14.0%||0.50||Renewal Likely|
|14 (14)||Gotham||FOX||1.14||1.08||4.7%||1.88||Renewal Likely|
|16 (18)||The Expanse||Syfy||0.19||0.20||-3.8%||0.40||Renewal Possible|
|17 (17)||Stan Against Evil||IFC||0.08||0.08||-4.7%||n/a||Renewed|
|18 (15)||Legion (O)||FX||0.57||0.60||-5.0%||1.60||Renewal Likely|
|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 (22)||The Last Man on Earth (O)||FOX||0.98||1.08||-9.8%||1.53||Renewal Possible|
|22 (21)||Colony||USA||0.27||0.30||-11.0%||0.66||Renewal Possible|
|23 (23)||The Good Place (O)||NBC||1.25||1.44||-13.4%||1.91||Renewed|
|24 (32)||The 100 (O)||CW||0.40||0.46||-13.4%||0.70||On the Bubble|
|25 (24)||MacGyver (O) (F)||CBS||1.12||1.35||-17.2%||1.78||Renewal Possible|
|26 (25)||People of Earth||TBS||0.33||0.40||-18.1%||n/a||Renewed|
|27 (26)||Once Upon A Time (O)||ABC||1.05||1.30||-19.4%||1.67||Renewal Possible|
|30 (29)||Van Helsing||Syfy||0.16||0.20||-21.3%||0.30||Renewed|
|31 (30)||Ash vs Evil Dead||STARZ||0.16||0.20||-21.5%||0.34||Renewed|
|32 (31)||Timeless||NBC||1.11||1.44||-22.9%||2.14||Cancellation Likely|
|33 (33)||Teen Wolf||MTV||0.22||0.30||-25.7%||0.44||Final Season|
|34 (36)||Powerless (O)||NBC||0.85||1.18||-28.1%||n/a||Cancellation Likely|
|35 (34)||The Strain||FX||0.42||0.60||-30.8%||0.85||Renewed|
|36 (35)||Vampire Diaries (O) (F)||CW||0.36||0.53||-31.1%||0.74||Final Season|
|37 (37)||The Exorcist (O) (F)||FOX||0.67||1.08||-38.2%||1.09||Cancellation Likely|
|39 (45)||Emerald City (O) (F)||NBC||0.69||1.18||-41.9%||1.25||Cancellation Likely|
|40 (39)||Agents of SHIELD (O)||ABC||0.75||1.30||-42.7%||1.64||Cancellation Likely|
|41 (40)||Scream Queens (O)||FOX||0.61||1.08||-43.7%||0.96||Cancellation Likely|
|42 (41)||Grimm (O) (F)||NBC||0.80||1.44||-44.5%||1.45||Final Season|
|43 (46)||Sleepy Hollow (O) (F)||NBC||0.55||1.02||-46.3%||0.98||On the Bubble|
|44 (42)||Frequency (O)||CW||0.28||0.53||-47.7%||0.51||Cancellation Likely|
|46 (44)||Falling Water||USA||0.15||0.30||-51.0%||0.30||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)