Weekly Roundup: 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, HBO’s Game of Thrones returned after a long wait with its Season 8 premiere and pulled a 5.0 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic with 11.8 million total viewers. That’s actually down from the Season 7 finale which pulled a 5.7 rating based on same day viewing and 12.1 million total viewers. But HBO is claiming that the total viewership including encore runs and streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now for the night is 17.4 million which sets a series high. No matter how you slice and dice the numbers, that 5.0 rating is quite an impressive accomplishment in the Peak TV crunch era and will certainly encourage the network to speed up production on the spin-off shows currently in the works.
Over on Starz on Sunday, American Gods could not compete with the Game of Thrones hype and remained low at a 0.08 rating with 240K total viewers. On Friday, MacGyver improved to a 0.7 rating with 6.1 million total viewers for CBS as that one has aired new episodes for two weeks in a row for the first time in a while. On Thursday, FOX’s The Orville remained low at a 0.6 rating with 2.6 million total viewers after a few weeks off. On Freeform, Cloak and Dagger saw no improvement to its numbers as it posted a 0.13 rating with 404K total viewers.
On Wednesday, FX’s What We Do in the Shadows took a big drop from last week’s 0.27 ratings score as it posted only a 0.11 rating with 305K total viewers. If that one does not rebound it could find itself in trouble pretty quickly. Over on Syfy, Happy! improved a tick to a a 0.10 rating with 303K total viewers, but that will do nothing to get it off Bubble status. In the lead-in hour, The Magicians improved to a 0.20 rating with 505K total viewers.
On Tuesday, Roswell New Mexico remained low at a 0.20 rating with 826K total viewers as it once again only had a repeat of The Flash as its lead-in. On Monday, AMC’s Into the Badlands slipped further to a 0.14 rating with 413K total viewers. Over on Freeform, Shadowhunters slipped to a 0.10 rating with 305K total viewers. And on The CW, Legends of Tomorrow improved to a 0.3 rating with 947K total viewers.
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
Call to Action: Several sci fi and fantasy shows are struggling as we head into the final months of the season and several more have already been cancelled. But as we have seen the last few seasons, a strong outpouring of support from fans can convince the networks to change their mind about the cancellation or at least produce a series finale (i.e., Timeless and Shadowhunters) or sway other venues into picking up these shows (i.e., The Expanse and Lucifer). Among the shows currently in need of support from fans are The Orville, Deadly Class, Siren, Origin, Wynonna Earp and more. You can see the full rundown of our Call to Action shows at this link.
News Roundup: Hulu has announced that its sci fi comedy series Future Man will be returning for a third and final season. The Disney+ streaming service will launch on November 12th at a cost of $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. The live action Star Wars series The Mandalorian will be available for streaming at launch. In development news, a female-led Hawkeye series will be coming to Disney+ and HBO is adapting Philip Roth’s alternate history novel The Plot Against America. You can read about those and more development at this link.
Status Updates: Cloak and Dagger Could Use a Boost from Fans
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:
American Gods (Starz, Status – Renewed): Despite the ratings being down for this show from last year, Starz went ahead and renewed it for a third season (more on that at this link). Don’t be surprised if that gets announced as its final season at some point, though.
Arrow (CW, Status – Renewed): This show has been renewed for an 8th season and that will be its last. Expect it to wrap up with next season’s Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over event which will bring major changes to the Arrow-verse.
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.
Cloak and Dagger (Freeform, Status – Renewal Possible): This show returned for its second season with ratings notably lower that its first. It may make up some of that with delayed and digital viewing, and Disney owns both Freeform and Marvel, so it could still be okay. But a Call to Action from fans on the social nets could definitely help give it a boost.
A Discovery of Witches (AMC, Status – Renewed): The linear numbers for this show are not great, but it has already been available on the Shudder and SundanceNow streaming services and it has been renewed through a third season by Sky One in Britain.
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.
Game of Thrones (HBO, Status – Final Season): A strong return for this show’s final season makes you wonder if HBO execs are questioning the decision to end this one with its eighth season. But they have several spin-offs on the way, so the network is not done with this franchise yet.
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.
Happy (Syfy, Status – On the Bubble): No happy returns for this one as its viewership is well below its first season numbers and I am starting it out On the Bubble. Fans may want to make a Call to Action on the social nets to see if they can bring more attention to the show and help it out.
Into the Badlands (AMC, Status – Cancelled): This show returned with its best ratings since the beginning of its third season with the help of a lead-in from The Walking Dead, but it did drop notably after moving to its regular Monday timeslot. If fans can stage a Call to Action on the social networks and make enough noise, perhaps they can convince AMC to change its mind about the cancellation or another venue to pick the show up.
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 are down for this show in its regular Thursday timeslot, but it continues to perform well in Live+7 delayed viewing like last year. As a marginal performer, though, it could get swept out with any house-cleaning that might follow from the Disney buyout unless the Mouse House recognizes the franchise potential of this property. Fans should certainly take to the social networks at this point with a Call to Action to bring the show more attention and give it a boost.
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 show’s numbers have been down the last few weeks but that is in part because it has been flying solo more often than not with its lead-in The Flash preempted or in repeats pretty regularly of late. If Roswell is doing well in digital viewing, that could make up the slack and help it get to a second season.
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 started its second season with decent debut numbers, but then saw those slip somewhat. 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. It returns from hiatus on July 11th.
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, but it will finally be coming to an end with that announced as its final year. More on that at this link.
What We Do in the Shadows (FX, Status – Renewal Possible): This show got off to a decent start ratings-wise, but then took a dive with its third episode. We will see how it tracks in the coming weeks, but this one may be in need of a Call to Action from fans.
Season Ended But Still Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Decision:
Deadly Class (Syfy, Status – Renewal Possible): This show got off to a decent start, but then saw its numbers slip in subsequent weeks. But it still did okay overall for a Syfy entry, especially with its delayed viewing numbers, and the network’s parent company NBC Universal has an ownership stake in the show. It has a chance at coming back for a second season, but fans may want to make a Call to Action on the social nets to give it a boost.
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.
The Passage (FOX, Status – On the Bubble): This show got off to a good start with its premiere, but it wrapped up its first season with less than stellar numbers and I have moved it to Bubble status (more on that at this link). 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.
You can see the list of all of this season’s renewals and cancellations at this link.
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