Cancellation Watch: The Gifted Slips Again, Will Move to Bubble Status

By | October 17, 2018

The ratings for FOX’s X-Men spin-off series The Gifted have been down in its second season, and the show slipped yet again with its latest episode. On Tuesday, it managed only a 0.6 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic with 1.9 million total viewers, a series low. Season to date, the show has only averaged a 0.8 rating which is down 28% from last year’s numbers and the premiere was down 40% year-over-year. Previously this one was doing well in delayed viewing, typically more than doubling its numbers and usually landing in the Top 25. But it is not getting much of a lift this year based on the one week worth of delayed viewing stats I have seen. For the week of October 1st, the show only saw an 86% improvement from its same day numbers which ranked it 47th out 62 shows based on Live+7 viewing (the premiere week delayed viewing numbers were not published anywhere that I saw).

In our first Scorecard of the Fall 2018 season, the show ranks at Number 15 which is two from the bottom. It is performing 32% below FOX’s average for non-sports, non-special, and non-repeat programming, and this show is pretty expensive to produce. So I can’t believe that the network execs are happy with the performance of The Gifted and it will become Fall’s first Bubble show among the sci fi and fantasy entries. It was getting some positive buzz in its first season and was generating some activity on the social networks, so now is the time for a Call to Action and for fans to start showing their support. If the fans can draw enough attention, perhaps more viewers will tune in and/or the network will decide to give the show some more time. This one is owned by FOX Studios and it is part of the X-Men franchise, so it might be worth it to them to keep it on the air (similar to how ABC has kept Agents of SHIELD going despite low ratings). But if the numbers do not improve, I’m thinking this one might be on the way out after its second season.

The Fall season is just getting started so expect more updates and announcements to be made over the next month or so. Plus, there are still several Summer and Spring shows that we are waiting to hear word on such as Humans, Into the Badlands, and Reverie. Be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for breaking news as well as the latest ratings results.

One thought on “Cancellation Watch: The Gifted Slips Again, Will Move to Bubble Status

  1. Anj.E.

    Ugh I hope they don’t cancel! I love this show. I can’t watch same day my son has classes at that time so I have to use DVR. Please do not cancel!!


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