Sci Fi TV Status Report: The Orville Slows Down, Stitchers is Cancelled, and More

On Sunday, FOX’s Trek-like comedy The Orville slipped some for its second episode to to a 2.2 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 6.6 million total viewers. That’s down from last week’s 2.8 score for the show’s premiere, but still quite impressive considering it was going up against the football game over on NBC… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: Final Scorecard For 2016-17 Season

There was no Scorecard for last week because of the ratings delays, and this week brings the (mostly) final edition for the 2016-17 season. A few Summer shows will be wrapping up this week and Fear the Walking Dead and The Last Ship will carry over a little bit further into the Fall season. But the results are… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of September 18th: Star Trek Discovery Has Its Launch!

It has been a long wait since the Star Trek: Discovery series was first announced and its debut has been delayed multiple times from its originally planned January 2017 bow. But that show is finally ready for its launch and will get its unveiling on CBS this coming Sunday. Its premiere episode will be broadcast on CBS, but… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Breaking News: Stitchers Cancelled by Freeform After Three Seasons

Freeform (formerly ABC Family) has decided not to continue its sci fi procedural Stitchers for a fourth season and announced the cancellation of that show late Friday.  It has been one of the network’s lowest rated shows, averaging only a 0.13 rating based on the overnights this past Summer without significant gains in delayed viewing.  But I had… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Status Report: The Orville Has Decent Launch, Class Is Cancelled

On Sunday, FOX’s new sci fi series The Orville debuted with a 2.3 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic and 7.3 million total viewers (those are only the preliminary numbers due to the ratings delays). These days, anything at or above a 2.0 score on the broadcast networks counts as a hit, but The Orville did get a strong… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of September 11th: Series Finale for The Strain and Season 2 Finale for Preacher

Summer continues to wind down this week as two more shows have their finales. On Sunday, FX’s The Strain wraps up its four year run with its series finale. On Monday, AMC’s Preacher has its second season finale (I had previously August 28th as that show’s finale date in error). Also this week, NBC’s Midnight Texas has an… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Breaking News: Syfy Sends Blood Drive to the Junk Heap After One Season

Announced by series creator James Roland on his blog after last night’s season finale, Syfy has decided to cancel their grindhouse series Blood Drive after its freshman year.  The news does not come as a huge surprise considering the shows dwindling ratings, especially over the last month.  The show actually started out with decent numbers for a Syfy entry,… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Status Report: Fans Campaign to Save Dark Matter and Zoo

Last Friday, Syfy announced that their space-based series Dark Matter would not be returning for a fourth season (more on that and the Killjoys renewal here) and that has spurred fans to come together in a massive show of support to keep it going. They have focused their activity on the social networks and they are specifically targeting Netflix as the savior of… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Scorecard: Salvation and Zoo Continue to Drop

The scorecard brought no good news to the two CBS Summer sci fi shows as both slipped a little bit further this week in the rankings. The end-of-the-earth series Salvation dropped three slots from Number 34 to 37, and the animal-pocalypse show Zoo also slipped three slots from Number 42 to 45. Both of those shows currently look… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: Syfy Renews Killjoys Thru Season 5, Cancels Dark Matter

I’m running a bit behind on posting this info because I have been helping with relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey, but Syfy made two major announcements late Friday. The bounty-hunters-in-space show Killjoys has been renewed through a fifth and finale season with ten episodes each for its final two years.  The news does not come as a huge… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of September 4th: Premieres for The Orville, American Horror Story, and Outlander

Believe it or not, the Fall season is upon us!  The Summer shows have not quite all wrapped up, but we are already getting some early Fall premieres this week with more on the way.  On Tuesday, FX’s American Horror Story has its seventh season debut (subtitled Cult) at 10 PM EST.  On Sunday, FOX’s space comedy The… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Status Report: Game Of Thrones Sets Another Record With S7 Finale

Coming as no surprise, the Season 7 finale for Game of Thrones set yet another record as it pulled in a 5.7 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 12.1 million total viewers. That is the most-watched episode of the show so far and also the most-watched for an HBO original. That show will wrap up with… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Scorecard: Midnight Texas, Salvation, and Zoo Drop

With the ratings slip that NBC’s Midnight Texas saw last week (more on that in the Sci Fi TV Status Report section of last week’s This Week in Sci Fi TV post), that show dropped six slots on the Scorecard (from Number 31 to Number 37). Both CBS genre shows Salvation and Zoo performed poorly with the Nielsens… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Status Report: Stranger Things Eyeing a 3rd and Possibly 4th Season, The Last Ship Starts Slow and More

Netflix’s paranormal series Stranger Things is headed to its second season this October, and according to its creators the Duffer brothers, a third season of the show is already set (though Netflix has not made an official announcement yet) with a fourth likely as well. At this point, the Duffers are thinking that four seasons would be a good point to cap… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Scorecard: Somewhere Between and Other Broadcast Network Summer Sci Fi Shows Not Ranking High In The Scorecard

Apparently I never did add the July shows Salvation (CBS), Somewhere Between (ABC), and Midnight Texas (NBC) to the Cancellation Watch Scorecard, but I have them in there now. Salvation is currently at Number 30 which is slightly better than Zoo (same network) at Number 38, though the numbers for the former series have been tracking downward while… Read More »