Cancellation Watch Weekly Roundup: Fear the Walking Dead Drops Again, Into the Badlands Remains MIA

By | September 5, 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: Fear the Walking Dead Hits a New Low

There was again little ratings activity this past week as the Summer season (of television viewing) is done now (though with a few stragglers) and only a handful of shows are airing new episodes.  But things will kick into gear quickly as already three Fall shows have their debuts this week and more are on the way. Among the shows airing new episodes was AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead which saw its ratings drop yet again, this time to a new series low of a 0.48 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic with 1.5 million total viewers. Of course, the holiday likely impacted the show’s viewership, but from what I am hearing fans are not thrilled with the reboot the show is going through this year. That one as already been renewed for a fifth season, though.

On Friday, Syfy’s Wynonna Earp improved to a 0.13 rating with 502K total viewers while Killjoys ticked up one to a 0.09 score with 378K total viewers.  Both shows have been renewed, the latter for its final season.  Outcast was running repeats on Friday but resumes new episodes on Friday.  On Tuesday, The CW’s The Outpost managed to improve to a 0.2 rating with 643K total viewers.  And on Monday, Salvation remained at a 0.3 rating with 2.6 million total viewers as it winds down its second season.

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

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News Roundup: USA’s super-hacker series Mr. Robot will be ending with its fourth season according to an announcement last week.  That will air at some point in 2019.  The Constantine animated series will air on The CW on October 15th as a lead-up to the return of Legends of Tomorrow for its fourth season. Matt Ryan will be joining the cast of that show as the master of mystical arts this year. The DC Universe streaming service will launch on September 15th and its first live-action series Titans will debut on October 12th.

Status Updates: Into the Badlands Still Missing in Action

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.

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 in June and there is still no word on when it will be back, leading me to wonder if AMC has given up on it (more on that at this link).  Its ratings are down over fifty percent from its second year and it remains firmly On the Bubble at this point. Fans should definitely make a Call to Action on the social networks to show that it has a loyal following.

Killjoys (Syfy, Status – Renewed): This show has returned for its fourth year at series low ratings levels, averaging viewership of less than half of what it saw in its third season. It has already been renewed through a fifth and final season, though, so it should at least have the opportunity to wrap up its storylines.

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 has wrapped its third season with ratings down by close to 40% 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 has wrapped up its first season and is now awaiting word on its fate.  It was originally planned for a mid-season start, but was pushed on the schedule suggesting that the network lost faith in it. Its numbers were pretty low even for a Summer entry, and it didn’t seem to generate much activity on the social networks. 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, otherwise it seems certainly set for a date with the Network Executioner.

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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