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 Scorecard based on the ratings through April 23rd (metric definitions below). You can read the analysis at this link.  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 AMC 5.39 0.60 798.2% 7.95 Renewed
2 (2) American Horror Story FX 1.58 0.60 162.5% 3.16 Renewed
3 (3) The Flash (O) CW 1.07 0.51 109.7% 1.89 Renewed
4 (4) Into the Badlands AMC 0.98 0.60 62.5% 1.70 Renewal Possible
5 (5) The Magicians Syfy 0.31 0.20 54.6% 0.73 Renewed
6 (6) Supergirl (O) CW 0.78 0.51 51.9% 1.37 Renewed
7 (7) Star Wars Rebels DXD 0.14 0.10 44.7% 0.34 Renewed
8 (8) Westworld HBO 0.80 0.60 33.8% 1.50 Renewed
9 (10) Son of Zorn (O) FOX 1.28 1.00 27.3% n/a Renewal Possible
10 (9) Arrow (O) CW 0.65 0.51 27.1% 1.16 Renewed
11 (11) Legends of Tomorrow (O) CW 0.64 0.51 25.4% 1.13 Renewed
12 (12) Z Nation Syfy 0.25 0.20 24.3% 0.42 Renewed
13 (13) Supernatural (O) CW 0.61 0.51 19.5% 1.11 Renewed
14 (14) Gotham FOX 1.14 1.00 13.2% 1.88 Renewal Likely
15 (15) Shadowhunters Free 0.28 0.25 11.2% 0.50 Renewal Likely
16 (16) Lucifer FOX 1.08 1.00 8.1% 1.85 Renewed
17 (17) Stan Against Evil IFC 0.08 0.08 -4.7% n/a Renewed
18 (18) The Librarians TNT 0.47 0.50 -5.2% 0.88 Renewed
19 (19) Channel Zero Syfy 0.19 0.20 -5.8% 0.38 Renewed
20 (20) The Last Man on Earth (O) FOX 0.93 1.00 -6.9% 1.48 Renewal Possible
21 (21) The Good Place (O) NBC 1.25 1.40 -10.6% 1.91 Renewed
22 (22) Colony USA 0.26 0.30 -12.6% 0.60 Renewed
23 (23) The Expanse Syfy 0.17 0.20 -15.0% 0.39 Renewed
24 (24) MacGyver (O) (F) CBS 1.08 1.29 -16.9% 1.74 Renewed
25 (25) Guardians of the Galaxy DXD 0.08 0.10 -17.5% n/a Renewal Possible
26 (26) People of Earth TBS 0.33 0.40 -18.1% n/a Renewed
27 (27) Incorporated Syfy 0.16 0.20 -20.0% 0.34 Cancelled
28 (29) Timeless NBC 1.11 1.40 -20.4% 2.07 Cancellation Likely
29 (28) Aftermath Syfy 0.16 0.20 -20.8% 0.33 Cancelled
30 (30) Van Helsing Syfy 0.16 0.20 -21.3% 0.30 Renewed
31 (31) Ash vs Evil Dead STARZ 0.16 0.20 -21.5% 0.34 Renewed
32 (32) The 100 (O) CW 0.36 0.46 -21.7% 0.67 Renewed
33 (34) Once Upon A Time (O) ABC 0.94 1.23 -23.5% 1.58 On the Bubble
34 (33) Making History (O) NBC 0.70 0.92 -23.9% n/a Cancellation Likely
35 (36) Legion (O) FX 0.45 0.60 -25.0% 1.17 Renewed
36 (37) Teen Wolf MTV 0.22 0.30 -25.7% 0.44 Final Season
37 (38) The Originals (O) (F) CW 0.34 0.46 -26.5% 0.65 Renewal Possible
38 (39) Vampire Diaries (O) (F) CW 0.38 0.51 -26.7% 0.75 Ended
39 (35) iZombie (O) CW 0.33 0.46 -28.0% 0.70 Renewal Possible
40 (40) The Strain FX 0.42 0.60 -30.8% 0.85 Renewed
41 (41) The Exorcist (O) (F) FOX 0.67 1.00 -33.2% 1.09 Cancellation Likely
42 (42) The Leftovers HBO 0.37 0.60 -39.2% n/a Final Season
43 (43) Scream Queens (O) FOX 0.61 1.00 -39.2% 0.96 Cancellation Likely
44 (44) Agents of SHIELD (O) ABC 0.74 1.23 -39.7% 1.61 Cancellation Likely
45 (45) Beyond Free 0.14 0.25 -42.7% n/a Renewed
46 (46) Grimm (O) (F) NBC 0.80 1.40 -42.8% 1.43 Ended
47 (47) Powerless (O) NBC 0.70 1.25 -44.1% n/a Cancellation Likely
48 (48) Sleepy Hollow (O) (F) FOX 0.51 0.92 -44.8% 0.94 On the Bubble
49 (49) Emerald City (O) (F) NBC 0.69 1.25 -45.0% 1.23 Cancellation Likely
50 (50) Frequency (O) CW 0.28 0.51 -45.8% 0.51 Cancellation Likely
51 (51) Salem WGN 0.08 0.15 -48.0% n/a Cancelled
52 (52) Falling Water USA 0.15 0.30 -51.0% 0.30 Renewed
53 (53) Time After Time ABC 0.53 1.22 -57.1% 0.70 Cancelled
54 (54) Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency BBCA 0.09 0.40 -77.5% n/a Renewed

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