Cancellation Watch Weekly Roundup: The Walking Dead Improves, American Gods Returns Down

By | March 12, 2019

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: On Sunday, AMC’s The Walking Dead improved to a 1.8 rating based on the same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic with 4.8 million total viewers. Those are the best numbers the show has seen since its Mid-Season premiere, though still below its season to date average. That one has already been renewed for a tenth season. Over on Starz, American Gods returned for its second season at a 0.16 rating with 520K total viewers. That’s down notably from its first season numbers, but the drop has to be expected considering the two year delay between seasons.

On CBS on Sunday, God Friended Me slipped back to match it season low 0.6 rating with 6.6 million total viewers, but that one has already been renewed for a second season. On The CW, Supergirl and Charmed both dropped for the week, posting a 0.3 rating with one million total viewers and a 0.2 rating with 739K total viewers respectively.




On Thursday, FOX’s The Orville dropped 25% to a 0.6 rating with 2.9 million total viewers. That may just be a blip considering its numbers were up the prior two weeks, so we will see how it tracks going forward. Gotham held steady for the week with a 0.6 rating and two million total viewers. Over on The CW, Supernatural posted a 0.4 rating with 1.3 million total viewers after a few weeks off while Legacies held at a 0.2 rating with 814K total viewers. On Freeform, Siren ticked up slightly to a 0.16 rating with 441K total viewers.

On Wednesday, The CW’s Riverdale remained down at a 0.3 rating with 921K total viewers, but that one tends to perform better in digital viewing. Over on Syfy, The Magicians improved slightly to a 0.18 rating with 517K total viewers while Deadly Class ticked up to a 0.13 rating with 372K total viewers. The former series has already been renewed while the latter is getting rather close to Bubble status.

On Tuesday, The CW’s The Flash returned after several weeks off and posted a 0.6 rating with 1.7 million total viewers. Roswell New Mexico improved slightly to a 0.3 rating with one million total viewers. Over on the History Channel, Project Blue Book slipped just a bit to a 0.28 rating with 1.5 million total viewers. That show has already been renewed for a second season.

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On Monday, Arrow and Black Lighting both posted only a 0.2 rating with under one million total viewers after a few weeks off. On FOX, The Passage remained at a 0.8 rating with 3.4 million total viewers for a second week. On Freeform, Shadowhunters slipped to a 0.11 rating with 307K total viewers. That show is in the process of airing its final episodes.

The other sci fi and fantasy entries remained mostly steady or did not air new episodes during the 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


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News Roundup: The CW’s Arrow will be ending next season with a shortened ten-episode run. It has been generally expected that the show would come to an end during next season’s Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over. Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel series will take place during the Second Age of Middle Earth and will begin production this year. Freeform is developing the series Fort Salem: Mortherland which will focus on a team of witches fighting terrorists.

Status Updates: Deadly Class May Be Getting Close to Bubble Status

Below are the status updates for 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.

Currently Airing / Streaming:

Arrow (CW, Status – Renewed): As expected, this show has been renewed for an 8th season. It could be targeting wrapping up with next season’s Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over event which I discuss in more detail at this link.

Black Lightning (CW, Status – Renewed): Though it wasn’t a sure thing, this show has been renewed for third season. It could get folded into the Arrow-verse during next season’s Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over event which I discuss in more detail at this link.

Charmed (CW, Status – Renewed): The same day ratings for this show may not be great on highly competitive Sunday nights, but it is one of the most watched shows in digital viewing on the network’s website and app.  Since The CW has better adapted to the 21st century than the other broadcast nets, it factors online viewing more heavily into its model and has given this one a second season renewal.

Deadly Class (Syfy, Status – Renewal Possible): This show’s numbers have been down the last few weeks, but it may be getting close to Bubble status.  Fans may want to make a Call to Action on the social nets to bring it some more attention and give it a boost.

The Flash (CW, Status – Renewed): As expected, this show has been renewed for an 6th season. There could be some changes coming with next season’s Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over event which I discuss in more detail at this link.

God Friended Me (CBS, Status – Renewed): As expected, this show has been renewed for a second season .  Its numbers in the 18-49 demo are just passable, but it continues to rank in the Top 25 based on total viewers each week and it fits in well with the CBS brand.

Gotham (FOX, Status – Final Season): The ratings have been on a downturn for this one the last few seasons, but FOX elected to bring it back for one more year to wrap up Batman’s origin story.

Into the Badlands (AMC, Status – Cancelled): The good news is that this show will be returning to the schedule on March 24th.  The bad news is that the remaining Season 3 episodes will be its last.  After remaining silent on the status of the show since it wrapped up the first half of its third season last June,  AMC has announced that it will not be returning for a fourth year.

Legacies (CW, Status – Renewed): The same day rating for his one have not been great in its first season, but it is one of the most watched shows in digital viewing on the network’s website and app.  Since The CW has adapted to the 21st century better than the other broadcast nets, it factors online viewing more heavily into its model and has renewed this show for a second season.

Legends of Tomorrow (CW, Status – Renewed): As expected, this show has been renewed for an 5th season. It could be targeting wrapping up with next season’s Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over event which I discuss in more detail at this link.

MacGyver (CBS, Status – Renewal Likely): This show’s ratings are down from last year’s levels, but that likely will not matter. It is owned by CBS and it will have three full seasons after this year, so it is worth it to the network to keep it going at least one more season to get it to the episode threshold the syndication market prefers. Also, it plugs up and hour on low-viewership Fridays.

The Magicians (Syfy, Status – Renewed): This show’s fourth season debut was down from last year’s numbers, but it is still the highest rated show on Syfy overall. It has already been renewed for a fifth season, so it is safe for at least one more year.

The Orville (FOX, Status – Renewal Possible): The numbers for this show are down in its regular Thursday timeslot year-over-year, though it may be at passable levels. It continues to perform well in Live+7 delayed viewing like last year so I believe it has a decent chance of making it to a third season. But fans might want to take to the social networks with a Call to Action just to give it a boost.

The Passage (FOX, Status – Renewal Possible): This show got off to a good start with it premiere, but its numbers have slipped since then to passable at best levels.  If fans want this one to return for a second season, a Call to Action on the social networks could definitely give it a boost.

Project Blue Book (History, Status – Renewed): This show got off to a decent start for a cable series these days and has been able to hold on to its audience through the first few weeks of its first season.  And as expected, the History Channel has renewed this one for a second season.

Riverdale (CW, Status – Renewed): This show is only down slightly from last year’s numbers and it tends to get plenty of attention on the social networks. It also performs very well in its encore runs on Netflix and is on the verge of the syndication stretch. The CW has renewed it for a fourth season as expected and it could stick around beyond that.

Roswell New Mexico (CW, Status – Renewal Possible): This one has started out with decent numbers for the fifth place network and I expect it will also perform well in digital viewing. It did not get included with the network’s renewal of its Fall shows, but it just joined the schedule and looks to be on target for a second season nod.

Shadowhunters (Freeform, Status – Cancelled): This show has been cancelled by Freeform and is currently airing the second half to its third season which will also include two additional episodes that will act as its series finale.

Siren (Freeform, Status – Renewal Possible): This show returned with decent debut numbers for its second season, but it has seen its ratings slip since then.  I don’t count it as a Bubble show just yet, but it could benefit from a Call to Action from fans on the social networks to bring it some more attention.

Supergirl (CW, Status – Renewed): As expected, this show has been renewed for an 5th season. There could be some changes coming with next season’s Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over event which I discuss in more detail at this link.

Supernatural (CW, Status – Renewed): As expected, this series has been renewed for a record-busting 15th series. Whether it continues beyond that will depend upon whether the principal actors will want to stick with the show.

Star Wars Resistance (Disney, Status – Renewed): This show’s numbers are on the low side, but then animated series tend to live and die more by their merchandising than overnight ratings results. It has been renewed for a second season that will debut in Fall 2019.

The Walking Dead (AMC, Status – Renewed): The post-Rick Grimes era has not led to an improvement in the ratings for this show, but TWD still continues to rank as the top scripted series on cable and also outperforms most broadcast network shows.  Coming as no surprise, AMC has renewed this one for a tenth season.

Season Ended But Still Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Decision:

The Gifted (FOX, Status – Cancellation Likely): This is currently one of FOX’s lowest-rated shows and it is not seeing enough in delayed viewing gains like it did last year. The network does own the show and it is part of the X-Men franchise, so that works in its favor. But even series creator Matt Nix does not have much confidence in the show returning for another season on FOX. I have moved this one to Cancellation Likely status and it could definitely use a Call to Action from fans on the social networks.

Humans (AMC, Status – On the Bubble): This show’s numbers were down in its third season, and AMC kicked it 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.

Manifest (NBC, Status – Renewal Possible): This show got off to a strong start based on same day viewing early in the Fall, but saw its numbers slip as the season progressed. But it has remained one of the most-watched broadcast network shows based on Live+7 delayed viewing. Rumor is that NBC has already renewed the show for a second season, but I am currently waiting for an official announcement.

Mars (NGC, Status – Renewal Possible): This show’s same day viewing numbers were down notably in its second year, but it relies more heavily on its global viewership stats. I consider a third season possible, though Nat Geo may decide to wrap it up at that point.

Origin (YouTube, Status – Renewal Possible): This show has flown under the radar since its debut in November, but it is receiving mostly positive buzz thus far. YouTube is in the early stages of ramping up its scripted programming for its premium service, so it will likely stick by its shows and give this one at least one more season to find an audience.

You can see the list of all of this season’s renewals and cancellations at this link.


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