The Expanse

Status: Returning, 3rd Season Airs 2018
Timeslot: Wednesdays 10 PM EST
Premiere: April 11, 2018
Network: Syfy
Starring: Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper
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Description: A thriller set hundreds of years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

The series is based on the popular New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). Abraham and Franck will be show producers.

Season End Status:  This show’s linear viewing numbers were not great during its second season, but it likely made up part of the difference with delayed and digital viewing. Plus, it got plenty of good buzz in the press and from its core fanbase. Still, fans need to continue to get the word out about this one to help increase the audience and assure that it sticks around for a fourth season and more

Season to Date (StD) Ratings Results:

Air Date Airings Live+SD Rtg StD Avg Tot Vwrs (M) Live+7 Rtg Status
2/1/17 1 0.25 0.3 0.7 n/a Renewal Possible
2/8/17 2 0.18 0.2 0.6 0.4 Renewal Possible
2/15/17 3 0.14 0.2 0.5 0.4 Renewal Possible
2/22/17 4 0.20 0.2 0.6 0.5 Renewal Possible
3/1/17 5 0.22 0.2 0.6 n/a Renewal Possible
3/8/17 6 0.15 0.2 0.5 n/a Renewal Possible
3/15/17 7 0.13 0.2 0.5 0.3 Renewal Possible
3/22/17 8 0.11 0.2 0.5 0.3 Renewal Possible
3/29/17 9 0.17 0.2 0.6 0.4 Renewal Possible
4/5/17 10 0.16 0.2 0.5 n/a Renewal Possible
4/12/17 11 0.15 0.2 0.5 n/a Renewal Possible
4/19/17 12 0.18 0.2 0.6 n/a Renewal Possible

Prior Season Ratings Results:

Air Date Airings Live+SD Rtg StD Avg Tot Vwrs (MM) Live+7 Rtg Cancel Alert
12/14/15 1 0.3 0.3 1.2 n/a Moderate
12/15/15 2 0.3 0.3 0.9 n/a Moderate
12/22/15 3 0.2 0.3 0.7 n/a Moderate
12/29/15 4 0.2 0.2 0.6 n/a Renewed
1/5/16 5 0.2 0.2 0.6 n/a Renewed
1/12/16 6 0.2 0.2 0.7 n/a Renewed
1/19/16 7 0.2 0.2 0.5 n/a Renewed
1/26/16 8 0.3 0.2 0.7 n/a Renewed
2/2/16 9 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.5 Renewed

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10 thoughts on “The Expanse

  1. Y.Whateley

    SyFy’s comparison of this show to “Game of Thrones” seems a bit more ambitious than “The Expanse” is necessarily able to live up to, but I’m enjoying “The Expanse” quite a bit – I think it’s one of the better sci-fi shows to hit the air in quite a while, and it deserves a bit more attention than the ratings seem to suggest it’s gotten. Hopefully, audiences will give this another chance in binge-watching after the holidays, and keep the show going long enough to hit its stride and become a fixture with sci-fi fans.

  2. Robert

    The writing on this show is really good, with a story arc that progresses markedly in each episode. There are surprising plot twists throughout, and great acting. I’m definitely looking forward to next season.

    1. Y.Whateley

      I wasn’t aware of how much I missed this one until it came back swinging for its second season. Solid writing and acting, likeable characters, and each episode feels like it’s adding to a greater whole (not a filler episode in sight so far!)

  3. WEGA

    DVR numbers are good. Online streaming numbers are good. Reception is excellent. The target audience has lots of cable-cutters, season passes sales are very good (just check the itunes rankings). The show is based on successful books that provide a good fanbase that could grow fast and be a good market for merchandising, cross-media and such.

    Unless Syfy’s choice to buy the US distribution rights (and maybe helf finance it but ALCON is still footing most of the bill) wasn’t some desperate hail-mary from a dying cable network, but a long-term choice, then I don’t see how they could “cancel” it, and even if they did, the production company could find another network to broadcast it (maybe even end it with Amazon Prime Video and go with worldwide Netflix).

    1. admin Post author

      Where are you seeing the online streaming numbers. That is data I would definitely like to get my hands on.

  4. Mick

    This is the best scfi show scince syfy’s “battle star”. I’m up on the books and their really doing a great job staying close to the original story,with a few interesting twist.
    It’s a shame 1 of the best characters in the book cant speak like she does in the books, hilariously so, because of adult langue, is used,often. But besides that the characters and story are staying close with the book,which is a good thing because the books are awesome. Syfy please keep it up, your the only high quality sci-fi drama on tv right now.

  5. Henry

    I too thought The Expanse was a great series to watch. I am so glad it’s coming back soon.
    The wait has been much too long. I also enjoyed Dark Matter too. Who are these higher ups who keep killing good shows?


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