Cancellation Watch Weekly Roundup: Fear the Walking Dead Continues to Drop, Killjoys Improves

By | August 21, 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 AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead as that show slipped to a 0.63 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic with 1.9 million total viewers on Sunday.  That has the show near the series low 0.60 score it posted back in June and it was not the top rated cable series for the night like it usually is.  But it has already been renewed for a fifth season and I still expect it to stick around through a sixth year to reach a syndication friendly count of episodes.  In the lead-out hour, Preacher slipped to a 0.26 rating with just under one million total viewers as that show remains On the Bubble.

On Friday, Syfy’s Wynonna Earp held at a 0.13 rating with 601K total viewers as that show continues to be the network’s strongest performer for the Summer. In the lead-out hour, Killjoys improved to its best rating of the season with a 0.10 score and 434K total viewers. Both of those shows have already been renewed. Over on Cinemax, Outcast improved to a 0.05 rating with 157K total viewers, but that is unlikely to help the show as it appears the network is just burning off episodes at this point.

On Tuesday, The CW’s The Outpost aired a repeat, but that didn’t appear to impact its numbers that much as it again pulled a 0.1 ratings score. On Monday, Salvation remained low at a 0.3 rating and it is looking more likely that CBS will not be saving that one unless its streaming deal can keep it going.

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

What’s to watch on the Streaming Services?  Click on the following links for a comprehensive list of the Sci Fi TV Shows available on Netflix | Prime Video | Hulu

News Roundup: Last week, Hulu announced that its Stephen King universe horror series Castle Rock will be returning for a second season. HBO has officially picked up Watchmen to series and is targeting a 2019 debut. The Wayward Sisters will be returning to Supernatural this coming season, though there is no word on whether they are still in contention for a series of their own.

Status Updates: Killjoys Improves

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 year at series low ratings levels, though it did post its highest rating of the season this past Friday. 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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