Cancellation Watch Weekly Roundup: Game of Thrones Continues to Rule Over the Ratings, The Orville Continues to Fly Low

By | April 23, 2019

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 dropped some for its second Season 8 episode, but at a 4.4 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic with 10.3 million total viewers, I don’t believe the premium cabler will be complaining much. That will easily keep it as the most-watched non-sports program on the broadcast nets and cable channels for the week by a wide margin as the show continues to draw strong viewership in its final season. Over on Starz, American Gods improved slightly to a 0.10 rating with 318K total viewers as it heads into its season finale next week.




On Thursday, Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger improved slightly to a 0.15 rating with 385K total viewers, though that one remains notably lower than its first season numbers and could be moving to Bubble status soon. Over on FOX, Gotham returned for its second to last episode and posted a 0.6 rating with two million total viewers. In the lead-out hour, The Orville remained at a 0.6 rating with 2.7 million viewers keeping it as one of that network’s lower rated shows and making it susceptible to any house-cleaning that could be coming now that Disney has bought the FOX properties.

On Wednesday, Syfy’s The Magicians improved to a 0.21 rating with 501K total viewers for its season finale. That one has already been renewed for a fifth season. Happy! held steadily low at a 0.10 rating with 291K total viewers as the show remains firmly On the Bubble. Over on FX, What We Do in the Shadows improved from last week’s low to a 0.15 rating with 439K total viewers.

On Tuesday, The Flash returned from a brief hiatus posting a 0.5 rating with 1.3 million total viewers while Roswell New Mexico remained at a 0.2 rating with 917K total viewers. On Monday, Arrow returned after several weeks off and posted only a 0.2 rating with 714K total viewers. That one will be wrapping up with its upcoming eighth season. Over on AMC, Into the Badlands continued to slip, posting only a 0.10 rating with 400K 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


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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: FOX has cancelled its X-Men spin-off series The Gifted after two seasons, though there is some hope that one of the Disney platforms will pick it up. NBC has renewed its lost-plane drama Manifest for a second season as expected which will run for sixteen episodes or less. DC Universe’s upcoming live-action Swamp Thing series has shut down production early, truncating its first season from thirteen to ten episodes. FX’s upcoming series Y: The Last Man has lost its showrunners due to creative differences, but the network still plans to move forward with the show. The CW has added the series Pandora to its Summer schedule which “is set in the year 2199 and follows a young woman who has lost everything as she joins Earth’s Space Training Academy”. It will debut at some point in June or July.

Status Updates: Santa Clarita Diet May Not Get a Third Season

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 than 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.

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 it started out its second season low and its numbers have continued to drop which has landed it 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 ratings were down from last year’s numbers, but it is still the highest rated show on Syfy overall. It has been renewed for a fifth season, but Syfy tends to end shows around that point, so fans may want to stage a Call to Action to support it and convince the network to keep it around longer.

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, but fans may want to stage a Call to Action on the social nets to give it a boost.

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 – Cancelled): This was one of FOX’s lowest-rated shows in the 2018-19 season and as expected the network has cancelled it. There is a chance that one of the Disney platforms could pick it up, so fans should stage a Call to Action on the social networks to convince the Mouse House to keep the show going.

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 – Renewed): As expected, this show has been renewed for a second season.  It started out with very strong same day numbers, but saw those slip during the season.  Still, it was one of the top performers in Live+7 delayed viewing for the broadcast networks and its same day numbers remained decent, so it will be flying into a new season.

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.

Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix, Status – On the Bubble): There are currently reports that the show will not be returning for a fourth season, though nothing has been confirmed at this point.  The streaming services, particularly Netflix, have had a tendency to cancel shows around their third season because by that point they are typically not drawing in much in the way of new subscribers.  Fans should stage a Call to Action on the social nets imploring people to subscribe to the streaming service to see the show as that could potentially keep it going for another year.

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


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