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.
Renewal Announcement: USA announced yesterday that their paranormal series Falling Water will be returning for a second season. That show wrapped up its first year back in Fall and only averaged a 0.15 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic, making it USA’s lowest rated series and definitely not a sure thing for renewal. But the network worked out an exclusive deal with Amazon for the VOD sales of the show which apparently helped it secure its second season. This renewal is particularly of interest because it continues to show that the old school Nielsens have less influence on the survival of shows on the cable channels. As you can see in the Scorecard below, Falling Water is near the bottom of the rankings yet got renewal and in the very last slot is BBC America’s Dirk Gently which got a second season pickup on the strength of its international streaming deal with Netflix. So shows like these can survive, even in the uber-competitive environment of Peak TV, if they have the right partnerships and/or financing in place (“stickiness” on the social networks helps as well).
USA will be retooling Falling Water a bit, though, bringing in Rémi Aubuchon (Falling Skies, Caprica) as showrunner with series with co-creator Blake Masters taking a step back to just an executive producer role. The second season will air either late 2017 or early 2018. The show follows three unrelated people who make contact through dreams and realize they have been called together for a bigger mission. It stars Lizzie Brocheré, Will Yun Lee, and David Ajala.
Ratings Results of Interest: On Friday, Sleepy Hollow only managed a 0.5 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 1.7 million total viewers for its season finale. Hopefully that episode wrapped up most of this season’s storylines, because I don’t like its chances of returning for a fifth year. Over on NBC, Grimm improved slightly to a 0.9 rating with 4.3 million total viewers as that show wrapped up its six year run. MacGyver returned down from two weeks off at a 0.9 rating with 6.6 million total viewers, but that one has already been renewed for a second season. And The Originals slipped back to a 0.3 rating with 930K total viewers for The CW, but I still believe that show will get a fifth and final season.
On Sunday, The Walking Dead improved to a 5.4 rating with 11.3 million total viewers which is actually quite low for a season finale performance from that show (down 22% from last year), but it is still the highest rated scripted show on television and will not have to worry about facing cancellation anytime soon. Into the Badlands slipped to a 1.4 rating with 3.1 million total viewers, but those are still excellent numbers for a cable series. I expect that one to drop to around the 0.7 to 0.8 range without TWD as its lead-in, but that will still probably be enough to get it a third season renewal.
Over on the broadcast nets, Making History slipped to a series low 0.6 rating with 1.3 million total viewers and it is looking like that show will be history once it wraps up its first season. Once Upon A Time and The Last Man on Earth both remained low (0.8 rating / 2.8M tot viewers and 0.8 rating / 1.7M tot viewers respectively) which keeps the former series On the Bubble and the latter series moving closer to that point. I previously covered the ratings results for the Monday through Thursday shows at this link.
Scorecard: The rankings remained mostly steady for the week with only some incidental movement up and down since the prior Scorecard. I expect The CW’s iZombie (Season 3 premiere tonight) to enter on the lower side next week because that show has typically performed below the network’s average. But it still has a chance of surviving to a fourth season seeing as it airs on the Happy Net which typically prefers to renew its shows.
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 April 2nd (metric definitions below):
|Rank (PW)||Series||Net||Std Avg||Net Bench||% Var||Live+7 Avg Rtg||Status|
|1 (1)||The Walking Dead||AMC||5.39||0.60||798.2%||8.03||Renewed|
|2 (2)||American Horror Story||FX||1.58||0.60||162.5%||3.16||Renewed|
|3 (3)||Into the Badlands||AMC||1.42||0.60||137.2%||2.00||Renewal Possible|
|4 (4)||The Flash (O)||CW||1.07||0.52||105.6%||1.92||Renewed|
|5 (5)||The Magicians||Syfy||0.33||0.20||62.5%||0.77||Renewal Likely|
|6 (6)||Supergirl (O)||CW||0.78||0.52||48.9%||1.39||Renewed|
|7 (7)||Star Wars Rebels||DXD||0.14||0.10||44.7%||0.34||Renewal Likely|
|9 (9)||Arrow (O)||CW||0.65||0.52||24.7%||1.20||Renewed|
|10 (11)||Z Nation||Syfy||0.25||0.20||24.3%||0.42||Renewed|
|11 (12)||Son of Zorn (O)||FOX||1.28||1.03||24.0%||n/a||Renewal Possible|
|12 (10)||Legends of Tomorrow (O)||CW||0.64||0.52||23.5%||1.14||Renewed|
|13 (13)||Supernatural (O)||CW||0.63||0.52||19.9%||1.13||Renewed|
|14 (14)||Shadowhunters||Free||0.28||0.25||11.2%||0.50||Renewal Likely|
|15 (15)||Gotham||FOX||1.14||1.03||10.3%||1.88||Renewal Likely|
|17 (17)||Stan Against Evil||IFC||0.08||0.08||-4.7%||n/a||Renewed|
|18 (18)||The Librarians||TNT||0.47||0.50||-5.2%||0.88||Renewed|
|19 (19)||Channel Zero||Syfy||0.19||0.20||-5.8%||0.38||Renewed|
|20 (20)||The Last Man on Earth (O)||FOX||0.94||1.03||-8.5%||1.48||Renewal Possible|
|21 (21)||Colony||USA||0.26||0.30||-12.2%||0.61||Renewal Possible|
|22 (23)||The Good Place (O)||NBC||1.25||1.44||-13.2%||1.91||Renewed|
|23 (22)||The Expanse||Syfy||0.17||0.20||-13.9%||0.40||Renewed|
|24 (24)||MacGyver (O) (F)||CBS||1.10||1.32||-16.5%||1.74||Renewed|
|25 (25)||People of Earth||TBS||0.33||0.40||-18.1%||n/a||Renewed|
|28 (28)||Van Helsing||Syfy||0.16||0.20||-21.3%||0.30||Renewed|
|29 (30)||Ash vs Evil Dead||STARZ||0.16||0.20||-21.5%||0.34||Renewed|
|30 (29)||Once Upon A Time (O)||ABC||0.99||1.27||-22.1%||1.63||On the Bubble|
|31 (33)||Timeless||NBC||1.11||1.44||-22.7%||2.07||Cancellation Likely|
|32 (31)||The 100 (O)||CW||0.36||0.48||-23.7%||0.70||Renewed|
|33 (32)||Making History (O)||NBC||0.72||0.95||-24.3%||n/a||Cancellation Likely|
|34 (34)||Legion (O)||FX||0.45||0.60||-25.0%||1.24||Renewed|
|35 (35)||Teen Wolf||MTV||0.22||0.30||-25.7%||0.44||Final Season|
|36 (37)||Vampire Diaries (O) (F)||CW||0.38||0.52||-28.1%||0.75||Ended|
|37 (36)||The Originals (O)||CW||0.33||0.48||-29.9%||0.60||Renewal Possible|
|38 (38)||The Strain||FX||0.42||0.60||-30.8%||0.85||Renewed|
|39 (39)||Guardians of the Galaxy||DXD||0.07||0.10||-33.3%||n/a||Renewal Possible|
|40 (40)||The Exorcist (O) (F)||FOX||0.67||1.03||-35.0%||1.09||Cancellation Likely|
|41 (41)||Powerless (O)||NBC||0.77||1.29||-40.6%||n/a||Cancellation Likely|
|42 (43)||Scream Queens (O)||FOX||0.61||1.03||-40.8%||0.96||Cancellation Likely|
|43 (42)||Agents of SHIELD (O)||ABC||0.75||1.27||-41.1%||1.61||Cancellation Likely|
|45 (45)||Grimm (O) (F)||NBC||0.80||1.44||-44.4%||1.43||Final Season|
|46 (48)||Sleepy Hollow (O) (F)||FOX||0.51||0.95||-46.6%||0.94||On the Bubble|
|47 (46)||Emerald City (O) (F)||NBC||0.69||1.29||-46.6%||1.23||Cancellation Likely|
|48 (47)||Frequency (O)||CW||0.28||0.52||-46.9%||0.51||Cancellation Likely|
|50 (50)||Falling Water||USA||0.15||0.30||-51.0%||0.30||Renewed|
|51 (51)||Time After Time||ABC||0.53||1.28||-59.1%||0.70||Cancelled|
|52 (52)||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)