Aired: 2018, 1 Season Totaling 10 Episodes
Series Premiere: December 2, 2018
Starring: Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet
Series Website: www.syfy.com/nightflyers
Description: This series follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain — in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other — and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought. Syfy.com
Note: Syfy will do a binge-style airing of the series, running the first five episodes each night at 10 PM EST Sunday thru Thursday starting on December 2nd, and will then do the same with the second five episodes the next week.
You can see the current schedule of sci fi and fantasy shows at this link.
Why Was It Cancelled? That series bowed in December 2018 with a modest 0.15 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic and saw its numbers go down from there. Overall, it averaged only a 0.09 score (that’s nine one-hundredths of a ratings point) over its ten episode run. The network made the decision to run the show nightly from Sunday to Thursday across two weeks while also releasing it digitally on Syfy.com each night, but that did little to bring in viewers to the show. It received mixed reviews, and according to Variety it is the most expensive series that Syfy has produced up to this point. The network has been looking for its Game of Thrones, and probably thought it found the right property with the George R.R. Martin based story, but it failed to bring in viewership sufficient to justify the cost. In the past, Syfy has shown a willingness to keep shows going for a second season to give them time to find an audience, but the high production costs vs. the low viewership probably created too much of a stumbling block for this one.
Season to Date (StD) Ratings Results:
|Air Date||Airings||Live+SD Rtg||StD Avg||Tot Vwrs (M)||Status|
|12/3/18||2||0.14||0.15||0.4||On the Bubble|
|12/4/18||3||0.09||0.13||0.4||On the Bubble|
|12/5/18||4||0.08||0.12||0.3||On the Bubble|
|12/6/18||5||0.12||0.12||0.3||On the Bubble|
|12/9/18||6||0.08||0.11||0.4||On the Bubble|
|12/10/18||7||0.08||0.11||0.3||On the Bubble|
|12/11/18||8||0.05||0.10||0.3||On the Bubble|
|12/12/18||9||0.06||0.09||0.3||On the Bubble|
|12/13/18||10||0.09||0.09||0.4||On the Bubble|