Scorecard




The Scorecard ranks the ratings performance based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic for all of the broadcast network and cable sci fi & fantasy shows vs. their network’s ratings benchmark.  The benchmark for broadcast network shows is the season-to-date average for non-sports, non-special, non-repeat broadcasts (for FOX, Empire is also excluded because it counts as an outlier).  Since these nets continue to watch the overnight ratings closely (despite what they say), this still acts as a good gauge for how well a show is performing.

For the cable channels, the benchmark is the lowest level at which a show is typically renewed by that network if there are enough genre entries on that channel to provide a decent sample.  But note that with cable entries intangibles such as international and/or streaming partnerships can play an important factor in a show’s survival (as we saw with BBC America’s Dirk Gently) and that is not measured here.  So there is a larger margin for error, but the Scorecard at least provides some relative data on where shows stand compared to similar programming on those channels.

Original entries from the streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are not included here because they do not provide performance data for their shows.  Also, foreign imports like Doctor Who will not be included because they rely more heavily on their viewership in their home countries.

Below is the (mostly) final Scorecard for the 2016-17 season (metric definitions below). You can read the analysis at this link.  I will post a final-final Scorecard in a few weeks and the new Scorecard for the 2017-18 season should be available around the second week of October.  And you can see the renewal / cancellation status of all the currently airing and streaming shows at the Cancellation Watch Page.

Rank (PW) Series Net Std Avg Net Bench % Var Live+7 Avg Rtg Status
1 (1) The Walking Dead (O) AMC 5.39 0.60 798.2% 7.95 Renewed
2 (2) Game of Thrones (O) HBO 4.76 0.60 693.6% 6.30 Renewed
3 (3) American Horror Story (O) FX 1.58 0.60 162.5% 3.16 Renewed
4 (4) The Flash (O) CW 1.06 0.50 112.2% 1.88 Renewed
5 (6) The Magicians Syfy 0.31 0.20 54.6% 0.71 Renewed
6 (5) Fear the Walking Dead (O) AMC 0.92 0.60 53.8% 1.83 Renewed
7 (7) Supergirl (O) CW 0.72 0.50 45.2% 1.28 Renewed
8 (8) Star Wars Rebels (O) DXD 0.14 0.10 44.7% 0.34 Renewed
9 (9) American Gods STARZ 0.28 0.20 38.1% 0.55 Renewed
10 (10) Westworld HBO 0.80 0.60 33.8% 1.50 Renewed
11 (11) Into the Badlands AMC 0.79 0.60 31.5% 1.30 Renewed
12 (12) Son of Zorn (O) FOX 1.28 0.98 30.2% n/a Cancelled
13 (13) Legends of Tomorrow (O) CW 0.64 0.50 28.8% 1.13 Renewed
14 (14) Arrow (O) CW 0.63 0.50 25.7% 1.12 Renewed
15 (15) Z Nation Syfy 0.25 0.20 24.3% 0.42 Renewed
16 (16) Supernatural (O) CW 0.60 0.50 19.6% 1.07 Renewed
17 (17) Gotham FOX 1.09 0.98 10.7% 1.80 Renewed
18 (18) Lucifer FOX 1.03 0.98 4.8% 1.77 Renewed
19 (19) Shadowhunters Free 0.26 0.25 2.0% 0.42 Renewed
20 (20) Stan Against Evil IFC 0.08 0.08 -4.7% n/a Renewed
21 (21) The Librarians TNT 0.47 0.50 -5.2% 0.88 Renewed
22 (22) Channel Zero Syfy 0.19 0.20 -5.8% 0.38 Renewed
23 (23) The Last Man on Earth (O) FOX 0.91 0.98 -7.0% 1.48 Renewed
24 (24) The Good Place (O) NBC 1.25 1.35 -7.4% 1.91 Renewed
25 (25) Colony USA 0.26 0.30 -12.6% 0.60 Renewed
26 (26) MacGyver (O) (F) CBS 1.08 1.26 -14.9% 1.67 Renewed
27 (27) The Expanse Syfy 0.17 0.20 -15.0% 0.39 Renewed
28 (28) Killjoys Syfy 0.17 0.20 -16.0% 0.30 Renewal Possible
29 (29) Timeless NBC 1.11 1.35 -17.6% 2.07 Renewed
30 (30) Incorporated Syfy 0.16 0.20 -20.0% 0.34 Cancelled
31 (31) Aftermath Syfy 0.16 0.20 -20.8% 0.33 Cancelled
32 (32) Van Helsing Syfy 0.16 0.20 -21.3% 0.30 Renewed
33 (33) Ash vs Evil Dead STARZ 0.16 0.20 -21.5% 0.34 Renewed
34 (36) Once Upon A Time (O) ABC 0.93 1.21 -23.1% 1.53 Renewed
39 (35) People of Earth TBS 0.30 0.40 -24.7% 0.60 Renewal Possible
35 (38) Guardians of the Galaxy DXD 0.08 0.10 -24.0% n/a Renewed
36 (37) Salvation CBS 0.53 0.70 -24.3% 0.75 On the Bubble
38 (39) Vampire Diaries (O) (F) CW 0.38 0.50 -24.7% 0.75 Ended
37 (34) Midnight Texas ABC 0.76 1.00 -24.4% 1.30 Renewal Possible
40 (40) Legion (O) FX 0.45 0.60 -25.0% 1.17 Renewed
41 (41) Teen Wolf MTV 0.22 0.30 -25.4% 0.44 Final Season
42 (42) Dark Matter Syfy 0.15 0.20 -25.8% 0.34 Cancelled
43 (43) The 100 (O) CW 0.34 0.46 -25.9% 0.64 Renewed
44 (44) Making History (O) NBC 0.67 0.90 -26.2% n/a Cancelled
45 (45) Zoo (O) CBS 0.51 0.70 -27.4% 0.82 Cancellation Likely
46 (46) The Mist Spike 0.14 0.20 -30.5% 0.36 On the Bubble
47 (47) The Originals (O) (F) CW 0.32 0.46 -30.9% 0.63 Final Season
48 (48) The Exorcist (O) (F) FOX 0.67 0.98 -31.7% 1.09 Renewed
49 (49) Blood Drive Syfy 0.13 0.20 -33.1% n/a On the Bubble
50 (50) Preacher AMC 0.40 0.60 -34.1% 0.85 Renewal Possible
51 (51) iZombie (O) CW 0.30 0.46 -34.3% 0.63 Renewed
52 (52) Scream Queens (O) FOX 0.61 0.98 -37.8% 0.96 Cancelled
53 (53) The Strain FX 0.37 0.60 -38.7% 0.81 Final Season
54 (54) Agents of SHIELD (O) ABC 0.74 1.21 -39.3% 1.58 Renewed
55 (55) Wynonna Earp Syfy 0.12 0.20 -39.6% 0.30 Renewed
56 (56) Grimm (O) (F) NBC 0.80 1.35 -40.7% 1.43 Ended
57 (57) The Leftovers HBO 0.35 0.60 -42.1% n/a Final Season
58 (58) Powerless (O) NBC 0.70 1.22 -42.6% n/a Cancelled
59 (59) Beyond Free 0.14 0.25 -42.7% n/a Renewed
60 (60) Emerald City (O) (F) NBC 0.69 1.22 -43.5% 1.23 Cancelled
61 (61) Sleepy Hollow (O) (F) FOX 0.51 0.90 -43.8% 0.94 Cancelled
62 (62) Frequency (O) CW 0.28 0.50 -44.4% 0.51 Cancelled
63 (63) Salem WGN 0.08 0.15 -48.0% n/a Cancelled
64 (64) Falling Water USA 0.15 0.30 -51.0% 0.30 Renewed
65 (65) 12 Monkeys Syfy 0.09 0.20 -53.3% n/a Renewed
66 (66) Time After Time ABC 0.53 1.19 -55.9% 0.70 Cancelled
67 (67) Somewhere Between ABC 0.37 0.90 -59.3% 0.48 Cancellation Likely
68 (68) Twin Peaks Show 0.10 0.25 -61.3% n/a Final Season
69 (69) Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency BBCA 0.09 0.40 -77.5% n/a Renewed
70 (70) Orphan Black BBCA 0.08 0.40 -80.0% 0.30 Final Season

Metric Definitions:

Rank (PW): Current rank based on the variance of a show’s season to date ratings average vs. its network’s benchmark (see definition below).  The number in parenthesis is the prior week’s rank.

Series: (O) indicates the show is owned/produced by the network and/or a sister studio. (F) indicates the show airs on Friday when ratings expectations are lower. These typically just apply to the broadcast networks where they are more of a factor.

StD Avg:  The show’s season to date ratings average based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic.

Net Bench:  (Network Benchmark) For the broadcast networks, this is the net’s season to date average rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic for non-sports, non-special, non-repeat broadcasts (for FOX, Empire is also excluded because it counts as an outlier).  For the cable channels, this is the lowest level at which a show is typically renewed by that network if there are enough genre entries on that channel to provide a decent sample.  But note that with cable entries intangibles such as international and/or streaming partnerships can play an important factor in a shows survival and that is not measured here.

% Var:  The percent variance between a show’s season to date average and the network benchmark as defined above.  The higher the variance, the better a show is performing vs. the benchmark.

Live+7 Avg Rtg:  The show’s season to date ratings average based on delayed viewing up to three days past the live broadcast.  This data is not available for all shows.

Status: My assessment of the likelihood that a show will get renewed or cancelled. The statuses are Renewal Likely, Renewal Possible, On the Bubble, Cancellation Likely (plus Renewed and Cancelled/Ended)

Ratings Source: ShowBuzzDaily and TV by the Numbers