The CW’s new fantasy series The Outpost had its debut last week and posted low numbers even for the fifth place network in Summer. That has it starting out at Number 59 in the rankings, one slot from the bottom. But the news is not all bad for that one because it is an acquisition for the network and likely comes at a low price. It is also airing internationally and if it does well enough in that market to get a second season, The CW could keep it running if the economics work out. CBS’ Salvation slipped one slot this week as it ratings have dropped, but apart from that there was not much movement this week other than some incidental shifts as most of the currently airing shows are holding fairly stable with their ratings at this point in the Summer. For the ratings coverage from this past week, be sure to check out our latest Weekly Roundup post.
The scorecard ranks all of the sci fi and 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 rankings based on the ratings through July 15th:
|Rank (PW)||Series||Net||Std Avg||Net Bench||% Var||Live+7 Avg Rtg||Status|
|1 (1)||The Walking Dead (O)||AMC||3.39||0.50||578.0%||5.22||Renewed|
|2 (2)||American Horror Story (O)||FX||1.10||0.50||120.7%||2.47||Renewed|
|3 (3)||Fear the Walking Dead (O)||AMC||0.94||0.50||88.5%||1.73||Renewal Possible|
|4 (4)||The Flash (O)||CW||0.71||0.38||86.4%||1.55||Renewed|
|6 (6)||The Magicians (O)||Syfy||0.26||0.17||54.3%||0.57||Renewed|
|7 (7)||Black Lightning (O)||CW||0.56||0.38||46.5%||0.96||Renewed|
|8 (8)||Supernatural (O)||CW||0.53||0.38||37.9%||0.96||Renewed|
|10 (10)||Supergirl (O)||CW||0.49||0.38||28.6%||0.95||Renewed|
|11 (11)||Happy (O)||Syfy||0.21||0.17||24.3%||0.55||Renewed|
|12 (12)||Riverdale (O)||CW||0.43||0.38||12.4%||0.97||Renewed|
|14 (14)||Legends of Tomorrow (O)||CW||0.41||0.38||7.3%||0.92||Renewed|
|15 (15)||The Expanse||Syfy||0.18||0.17||3.9%||0.40||Renewed|
|16 (16)||Cloak and Dagger (O)||Freeform||0.21||0.20||3.7%||0.55||Renewal Possible|
|17 (17)||The Orville (O)||FOX||1.00||0.97||3.6%||2.15||Renewed|
|19 (19)||Z Nation||Syfy||0.17||0.17||0.5%||0.37||Renewed|
|20 (20)||Arrow (O)||CW||0.38||0.38||-1.2%||0.87||Renewed|
|21 (21)||The X-Files (O)||FOX||0.95||0.97||-1.6%||n/a||Final Season|
|22 (22)||The Good Place (O)||NBC||1.04||1.09||-4.7%||1.95||Renewed|
|23 (23)||The Gifted (O)||FOX||0.85||0.97||-12.0%||2.08||Renewed|
|24 (24)||The Originals (O)||CW||0.32||0.38||-15.9%||0.70||Final Season|
|25 (25)||The 100 (O)||CW||0.31||0.38||-18.8%||0.68||Renewed|
|27 (27)||The Last Man on Earth (O)||FOX||0.76||0.97||-21.3%||n/a||Cancelled|
|28 (28)||Shadowhunters (O)||Freeform||0.16||0.20||-21.7%||0.37||Final Season|
|29 (29)||Stan Against Evil||IFC||0.06||0.08||-21.9%||n/a||Renewed|
|30 (30)||MacGyver (O) (F)||CBS||0.83||1.07||-22.0%||n/a||Renewed|
|31 (31)||Final Space (O)||TBS||0.23||0.30||-22.7%||n/a||Renewed|
|32 (32)||Ghosted (O)||FOX||0.73||0.97||-24.9%||0.60||Cancelled|
|33 (33)||Van Helsing||Syfy||0.13||0.17||-25.8%||0.30||Renewed|
|34 (34)||The Librarians||TNT||0.29||0.40||-27.5%||0.60||Cancelled|
|35 (35)||Mr Robot (O)||USA||0.22||0.30||-28.0%||0.44||Renewed|
|36 (36)||Into the Badlands (O)||AMC||0.36||0.50||-28.5%||0.70||On the Bubble|
|38 (39)||iZombie (O)||CW||0.24||0.38||-37.8%||0.50||Final Season|
|40 (38)||Salvation (O)||CBS||0.35||0.60||-41.7%||n/a||On the Bubble|
|39 (40)||Reverie (O)||NBC||0.48||0.80||-40.0%||0.70||Cancellation Likely|
|41 (41)||Colony (O)||USA||0.17||0.30||-44.5%||0.38||On the Bubble|
|42 (42)||Timeless (O)||NBC||0.60||1.09||-45.0%||1.17||Cancelled|
|43 (43)||The Crossing (O)||ABC||0.61||1.13||-46.2%||1.33||Cancelled|
|44 (44)||The Inhumans (O) (F)||ABC||0.59||1.13||-48.0%||1.13||Cancelled|
|44 (45)||Kevin Probably Saves the World (O)||ABC||0.59||1.13||-48.0%||0.97||Cancelled|
|46 (46)||Superstition||Syfy||0.09||0.17||-48.5%||n/a||Cancellation Likely|
|47 (47)||Channel Zero (O)||Syfy||0.09||0.17||-49.0%||n/a||Renewed|
|48 (48)||Ghost Wars||Syfy||0.09||0.17||-49.8%||n/a||Cancelled|
|50 (50)||Agents of SHIELD (O) (F)||ABC||0.52||1.13||-53.5%||1.17||Renewed|
|51 (51)||The Shannara Chronicles (O)||Spike||0.09||0.20||-54.3%||0.30||Cancelled|
|52 (52)||The Exorcist (O) (F)||FOX||0.42||0.97||-56.5%||0.60||Cancelled|
|54 (54)||Preacher (O)||AMC||0.21||0.50||-58.0%||0.50||On the Bubble|
|55 (55)||Once Upon A Time (O) (F)||ABC||0.46||1.13||-59.3%||0.99||Cancelled|
|56 (56)||12 Monkeys (O)||Syfy||0.07||0.17||-61.8%||n/a||Final Season|
|57 (57)||Legion (O)||FX||0.19||0.50||-62.0%||0.47||Renewed|
|58 (58)||Ash vs Evil Dead||Starz||0.08||0.20||-62.5%||5.00||Cancelled|
|59 (n/a)||The Outpost||CW||0.10||0.30||-66.7%||n/a||On the Bubble|
|60 (59)||Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency||BBCA||0.07||0.30||-76.7%||n/a||Cancelled|
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. Note that shows on the streaming services are not included because of insufficient viewership data and foreign imports like Doctor Who will not be included because they rely more heavily on their viewership in their home countries.
Series: (O) indicates the show is owned or co-owned by the network and/or a sister studio. (F) indicates the show airs on Friday when ratings expectations are lower on the broadcast networks.
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 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)