Cancellation Watch: Revolution Ends Fall Run on an Up Note, but Will It Survive the Long Hiatus?

By | November 28, 2012
“Going into hiding for the next few months . . .”

After experiencing several ups and downs during its initial outing and a steady decline over the last few weeks, NBC’s Revolution rebounded a bit with its final new episode for the Fall season.  Monday’s ep pulled a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.7 million total viewers (that’s based on the preliminaries as the finals have not come in yet).  That’s a good sign for the show, but now it has to face a four month hiatus as NBC does not have it returning to the schedule until late March 2013.  It seems like a rather odd scheduling move and similar long hiatuses worked against shows like FlashForward, V, and The Event.  However, two of those shows had already sunk below the point Revolution is at now by the time their breaks started.  As for now, Revolution is still safe as it is the network’s highest rated scripted program and continues to win its Monday 10 PM EST timeslot with the 18-49 crowd.  It would have to have a disastrous drop in its ratings when it returns in Spring to get cancelled, so chances are that it’s in good shape to earn a second season.  However, if we see a repeat of what happened to the other three shows mentioned above, Revolution‘s status could change be season end.  I’d say it’s unlikely, but check back here in March to see where its numbers stand.

On Sunday night, The Walking Dead rebounded its numbers once again to pull a 5.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.4 million total viewers.  That one looks like it will continue to deliver strong returns through the rest of its Fall run and expect it to keep up the momentum when it returns from its hiatus next year.  On ABC, Once Upon A Time jumped up from the lows it sunk to two weeks ago as it enjoyed a 3.1 rating and 8.8 million total viewers.  This show continues to have its up and downs, but remains quite safe for the time being as its overall average is still good.  Cancelled series 666 Park Ave continued to deliver low numbers as it pulled only a 1.2 rating and less than four million viewers on Sunday night.  That show at least received the good news last week that it would have the chance to resolve its storylines by its final episode

I will post the early returns for the Wednesday thru Friday genre shows at the Cancellation Watch Twitter Site, so keep an eye out there for those numbers.  And you can see the Cancellation Alert status of all the shows currently airing plus the final results from prior seasons at my Cancellation Watch page.  And for questions on how the ratings work and my Cancellation Alert statuses, you can see the Cancellation Watch FAQ.

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers

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