Category Archives: Cancellation Watch

Sci Fi TV Status Report: Game Of Thrones Slays Peak TV, The Strain Has Decent Return, and More

The Peak TV crunch has been driving ratings down to all-time lows across the dial, with many shows seeing double-digit losses year-over-year. But not so with HBO’s juggernaut Game of Thrones. That one returned for its seventh season on Sunday with record-breaking numbers for the premium cable channel, pulling a 4.7 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Scorecard: Game of Thrones Enters at Number 2

HBO’s Game of Thrones returned for its seventh season with record ratings (more on that at this link), and that starts the show off at Number 2 in the Scorecard. It couldn’t quite dethrone The Walking Dead, but I expect it to narrow the margin by season end and possibly even overtake that show next year. The Strain… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: Status Updates on Slasher, Wayward Pines, Siberia, and More

There are several sci fi and fantasy shows out there in limbo at the moment.  These shows have finished up their current season, but we have heard no word on their fate yet, some for quite a while.  Here is a rundown of those, sorted by my estimation of those most to least likely to be back for… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Status Report: Zoo Could Be in Trouble, Castlevania Gets a Second Season, and More

On Thursday of last week, CBS’ Zoo got a bit of good news when its ratings for its second Season 3 episode improved to a 0.6 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic. But the bad news was that it dropped to 2.9 million total viewers (down from thee million the prior week) and older-skewing CBS pays more… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Scorecard: The Mist Continues to Fade in the Rankings

With the diminishing ratings that The Mist has been seeing, it slipped eleven slots this week in the Scorecard, going from Number 28 to Number 39. Zoo shot up twelve slots (from Number 45 to Number 33) and Preacher slipped nine (from Number 29 to Number 38), but those two have only been in the Scorecard a few… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Scorecard: Zoo and Killjoys Start in the Lower Half of the Rankings

CBS’ Zoo and Syfy’s Killjoys both had their third season debuts last week with fairly low ratings results and both start off in the lower half the the Scorecard rankings. For Zoo, I have set its benchmark at a 0.7 rating which is the same level it was renewed at last Summer. But its 0.5 debut numbers start… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Breaking News: Sense8 Will Get a Two-Hour Series Finale

It happened this last season with NBC’s Timeless, and now the uproar from fans is leading to another show getting an extended lease on life. Netflix announced earlier this month that their sci fi series Sense8 would not be coming back for a third season because it is too expensive and did not draw enough viewers. But fans of the show started up a raucous… Read More »

Sci-Fi TV Status Report: The Mist Has A Hazy Start, Preacher Looks Okay, And More

Last Thursday, Spike’s new series The Mist, based on the Stephen King book of the same name, debuted with a 0.19 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic and 684K total viewers. Those numbers seem a little light considering the amount of promotion the show received, but it is hard to gauge because that network has… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Scorecard: The Mist and Preacher Have Okay Starts

Spike’s new series The Mist debuted with a 0.19 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic, which seems a bit light considering the level of promotion the show received.  Since I don’t have good comparative ratings data for that network, I am wagging out a benchmark of 0.20 for the cabler. That puts The Mist as… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Scorecard: Blood Drive Races to Number 15, Dark Matter and Wynonna Earp Improve

As covered in my Friday This Week In Sci Fi TV column, Syfy’s new Grindhouse series Blood Drive had a decent debut last Wednesday, pulling a 0.24 rating based on the overnights in the 18-49 demographic, and that lands it at the Number 15 slot in the Cancellation Watch Scorecard. If that show’s numbers do not slip too… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Scorecard: Wynonna Earp Starts Off Near the Bottom

Wynonna Earp and Dark Matter both returned low in the ratings on Friday (more on that at this link), and they also start low on the Scorecard, with the former coming in near the bottom at Number 57 and the latter in the lower half at Number 36. I am starting Dark Matter at Renewal Possible status because its… Read More »

Sci Fi TV Status Report: Fear The Walking Dead, Twin Peaks, The Leftovers and More

AMC once had the hottest property on television with The Walking Dead and its spin-off Fear the Walking Dead. Those shows both topped the ratings across the cable channels and broadcast networks at one point and also set off plenty of buzz across the social networks. But that franchise has definitely been on a downswing this past year,… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Scorecard: Fear the Walking Dead Returns High in the Rankings

Even though the ratings results for AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead were down for its season premiere (more on that at this link), it is still performing well compared to that network’s benchmark and it entered into the Scorecard at Number 4. There was not much movement among the other shows seeing as the regular season has mostly… Read More »

Cancellation Watch Breaking News: Netflix Cancels Sense8 After Two Seasons

Netflix announced today that its sci fi series Sense8 will not be continuing to a third season. VP of original content Cindy Holland stated that “after 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end”. The news does not come has a huge surprise as it took almost two years… Read More »

Cancellation Watch: Twin Peaks Falls Off the Cliff, Plus the Scorecard

Unless otherwise noted, the ratings numbers below are based on the final overnights and may vary slightly from the preliminaries reported on the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site. Ratings Drop: Showtime’s Twin Peaks received no good news from the Nielsen’s this week as that one saw its ratings plummet from its already tepid debut. On Sunday, the show… Read More »