Cancellation Watch Weekly Roundup: Fear the Walking Dead Returns Down, Wynonna Earp Improves

By | August 14, 2018

Ratings results and status updates on all the currently airing sci fi & fantasy shows as well as those still awaiting word on their fates. For the latest ratings updates, be sure to follow the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site

Ratings Results of Interest: The Walking Dexit Continues for Fear the Walking Dead

On Sunday, AMC’s TWD spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead returned from its hiatus and posted a 0.68 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic with 1.9 million total viewers. That was a drop from the 0.73 score the show had for its mid-season finale and represents a continued downward trend after getting off to a strong start in its fourth season. This may indicate that viewers are not pleased with the reboot the show had been going through this year, or it may just be a continuation of the Walking Dexit the franchise has been experiencing the last couple of years. Still, it was the highest rated cable show on Sunday and it has already been renewed for a fifth season. My guess is that AMC will keep it around through at least a sixth year to get it to a syndication-friendly count of episodes. Also on Sunday, Preacher slipped a bit to a 0.28 rating after posting a season high 0.30 score the prior week.

On Friday, Syfy’s Wynonna Earp improved to a 0.13 rating, up from the 0.10 score it had the prior week.  That show continues to perform even with its second season numbers which should be encouraging to its loyal fanbase.  In the lead-out hour, Killjoys improved to a 0.07 rating after posting a series low 0.05 score the prior week.  That show’s numbers are way down, but Syfy has already renewed it through its fifth season.  Over on Cinemax, Outcast continued to barely register as it pulled only a 0.02 rating once again.  As for the broadcast network sci fi entries, they all remained steadily low this past week

You can see the full ratings results for the week at this link, and be sure to follow the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for the latest results and breaking news.  Ratings Source: ShowBuzzDaily

News Roundup: In news from last week, ABC’s Agents of SHIELD is targeting July 2019 to return for its sixth season and network boss Channing Dungey has said that will not necessarily be its final year.  Patrick Stewart has confirmed that he will be returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard in an upcoming series that will stream on CBS All Access, though no further details about he show are currently available.

Status Updates: Wynonna Earp is Holding Steady With Last Year

Below is the status of all the currently airing shows or those still awaiting word on their fate.  This does not include streaming shows, unless there is information worth mentioning, because there is typically too little data available to gauge their fates. You can click through to the show pages to see week-over-week ratings results (where available) and find out more information about the series.  You can see the status of all the currently airing and returning sci fi TV shows at the Cancellation Watch Page.

The 100 (CW, Status – Renewed): This show returned for its fifth season posting decent numbers for The CW with The Flash as its lead-in, though it has dropped off some in Summer while airing on its own. It has been renewed for a sixth season which will get it close enough to the episode threshold that should get it a profitable syndication deal. Whether the show’s upcoming season will be its last is uncertain at this point, but consider that a strong likelihood.

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC, Status – Renewed): After getting off to a strong start in its fourth season, the ratings have been on a downward trend for this one, but AMC still renewed it for a fifth year.  That does not come as a huge surprise because it is still one of the highest rated cable shows, and the network is likely targeting at least six seasons total for this one to get it to a syndication friendly count of episodes.

Humans (AMC, Status – On the Bubble): This show’s numbers have been down in its third season, and AMC kicked the show out of Prime Time to the 11 PM hour; never a good sign. Its fate is more closely tied to how it is performing in Britain on Channel 4, but its numbers are down over there as well according to Wikipedia. I have moved it to Bubble status and will keep it there until we hear final word on its fate.

Into the Badlands (AMC, Status – On the Bubble): This show wrapped up the first half of its third season with ratings declines of over fifty percent from its second year and remains firmly On the Bubble. Fans should definitely make a Call to Action on the social networks to help it out and maybe bring more attention to it when it returns later this Summer.

Killjoys (Syfy, Status – Renewed): This show has returned for its fourth season at series low ratings levels. But it has already been renewed through a fifth and final season, so consider it safe until then.

Outcast (MAX, Status – Cancellation Likely): By all appearances, this show appears to be in burn-off mode. The second season already aired in Europe over a year ago and the contracts for the actors have lapsed. The network has indicated that if viewership is strong enough for the second season in the U.S. that they could try to get the cast back, but the show is barely registering in the ratings so it appears to be done.

The Outpost (CW, Status – On the Bubble): The debut numbers for this one were low even for a CW series, but as an acquisition to fill up space on the Summer schedule it’s not necessarily doomed. If it does well internationally and if it does not cost the network too much, it could be back for another season.

Preacher (AMC, Status – On the Bubble): This show returned for its third season with ratings down by 42% from last year and I already considered it on iffy ground then. I have it On the Bubble and fans should definitely take to the social networks if they want this one to survive to a fourth season.

Reverie (NBC, Status – Cancellation Likely): This show debuted with tepid numbers even for a Summer entry. It was originally planned for a mid-season start, but was pushed on the schedule suggesting that the network lost faith in it. At this point, it is almost certainly in burn-off mode and I have moved it to Cancellation Likely status. If there are any fans out there, they need to make some noise on the social nets RIGHT NOW to draw attention to the show.

Salvation (CBS, Status – On the Bubble): This show’s numbers remain low as do it chances of surviving to a third season. It has a streaming deal that likely makes it profitable for the network, but CBS may prefer to fill the hour with something that will draw more viewers watching live. I consider it firmly On the Bubble and will likely keep it there until we hear word on the show’s fate.

Wynonna Earp (Syfy, Status – Renewed): This show has returned even with its prior year ratings and it received a fourth year renewal notice during Comic-Con. It is one of the few shows not experiencing year-over-year declines, but fans should definitely remain active on the social networks to help expand the audience beyond its cult following.

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