Category Archives: Cancellation Watch

Cancellation Watch: ABC Cancels Both Last Resort and 666 Park Ave

Coming as no surprise, ABC has announced the cancellation of its two freshmen genre shows Last Resort and 666 Park Ave.  The former airs on Thursdays at 8 PM EST and debuted to mediocre numbers that sunk even further since its premiere.  That latter airs on Sundays at 10 PM EST and debuted even lower than Last Resort and also suffered from a decline after its bow.  Last Resort received considerable praise from critics and genre fans seemed to respond favorably to the show as well, while 666 Park Ave never quite seemed to catch on.  ABC has indicated that both shows will be given the chance to air out the remainder of their thirteen episode orders before they are left to fade into TV oblivion.  Read the Full Article at This Link


Why Were They Cancelled? 
The Plight of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television in the Face of the Unforgiving Nielsens and Networks

Ever wondered why your favorite science fiction and/or fantasy show disappeared from the television schedule, never to deliver anymore new episodes? The reason why, most likely, is that it was cancelled because its ratings were low. And this book looks at those many cancelled sci fi/fantasy shows as well as the Neilsen ratings and television networks that dictate their fates. Available now for only $2.99 on Kindle from Amazon.com.

Cancellation Watch: Last Resort and 666 Park Ave Still in Trouble, Beauty and the Beast Looking Grim as Well

Following is the Cancellation Alert status as of Oct 23rd for all the genre shows currently airing (sorted by network).  Follow the latest news at Cancellation Watch and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter site.

Series Network Airs (EST) Preseason Cancel Alert Current Cancel Alert STD Rating
666 Park Ave ABC Sun 10 PM Medium Elevated 1.8
Last Resort ABC Thu 8 PM Medium High 1.9
Once Upon A Time ABC Sun 8 PM Low Low 3.4
The Neighbors ABC Wed 8:30 PM High Medium 2.3
The Walking Dead AMC Sun 10 PM Low Low 5.8
Person of Interest CBS Thu 9 PM Low Low 2.9
Arrow CW Tue 8 PM Low Low 1.3
Beauty and the Beast CW Thu 9 PM Moderate Medium 1.0
Nikita CW Fri 9 PM Moderate No Guess 0.3
Supernatural CW Tue 9 PM Moderate Low 0.9
Vampire Diaries CW Thu 8 PM Low Low 1.5
Fringe FOX Fri 9 PM Final Season Final Season 1.0
The American Horror Story FX Wed 10 PM Low Low 0.0
Grimm NBC Fri 9 PM Low Low 1.6
Revolution NBC Mon 10 PM Moderate Low 3.5
Haven Syfy Fri 10 PM Medium Moderate 0.4

 


 

Why Were They Cancelled? 

The Plight of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television in the Face of the Unforgiving Nielsens and Networks

Ever wondered why your favorite science fiction and/or fantasy show disappeared from the television schedule, never to deliver anymore new episodes? The reason why, most likely, is that it was cancelled because its ratings were low. And this book looks at those many cancelled sci fi/fantasy shows as well as the Neilsen ratings and television networks that dictate their fates. Available now for only $2.99 on Kindle from Amazon.com.

Cancellation Watch: Last Resort and 666 Park Ave in the Most Danger at This Point

Following is the Cancellation Alert status as of Oct 23rd for all the genre shows currently airing (sorted by network).  Follow the latest news at Cancellation Watch and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter site.

Series Network Airs (EST) Preseason Cancel Alert Current Cancel Alert STD Rating
666 Park Ave ABC Sun 10 PM Medium Elevated 1.8
Last Resort ABC Thu 8 PM Medium Elevated 1.9
Once Upon A Time ABC Sun 8 PM Low Low 3.4
The Neighbors ABC Wed 8:30 PM High Medium 2.3
The Walking Dead AMC Sun 10 PM Low Low 5.8
Person of Interest CBS Thu 9 PM Low Low 2.9
Arrow CW Tue 8 PM Low Low 1.3
Beauty and the Beast CW Thu 9 PM Moderate Low 1.0
Nikita CW Fri 9 PM Moderate No Guess 0.3
Supernatural CW Tue 9 PM Moderate Low 0.9
Vampire Diaries CW Thu 8 PM Low Low 1.5
Fringe FOX Fri 9 PM Final Season Final Season 1.0
The American Horror Story FX Wed 10 PM Low Low 0.0
Grimm NBC Fri 9 PM Low Low 1.6
Revolution NBC Mon 10 PM Moderate Low 3.5
Haven Syfy Fri 10 PM Medium Moderate 0.4


Why Were They Cancelled? 
The Plight of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television in the Face of the Unforgiving Nielsens and Networks

Ever wondered why your favorite science fiction and/or fantasy show disappeared from the television schedule, never to deliver anymore new episodes? The reason why, most likely, is that it was cancelled because its ratings were low. And this book looks at those many cancelled sci fi/fantasy shows as well as the Neilsen ratings and television networks that dictate their fates. Available now for only $2.99 on Kindle from Amazon.com.

Cancellation Watch: Final Rankings for the Broadcast Network Genre Shows

The final rankings from this past season for the broadcast network shows are in, and you would expect that a first glance at these would give you a good idea of which shows were renewed and which ones were cancelled. Obviously, the ones at the top were all renewed and those at the bottom were all cancelled, right? Sorry, this is network television we are talking about and nothing’s ever quite what it seems. Full Article at this Link

Why Were They Cancelled? Terra Nova, The River, Alcatraz, The Secret Circle, and More

Another season is wrapping up and another batch of science fiction and fantasy shows have been sent before the network executioners. And interestingly enough, only new shows got the axe this year. Any series that had a couple of seasons under its belt got the greenlight for another year (with the exception of NBC’s Chuck which was in its final season). But most of the newcomers had no such luck and ended after brief runs. Here’s a quick rundown on each of those with my thoughts on what led to their cancellations and whether they have a chance of being saved.  Full Article at This Link

Cancellation Watch: What Do This Season’s Cancellations and Renewals Tell Us About Network Decision Making?

Cancellation Watch: Tracking the weekly ratings and the cancellation prospects of the science fiction and fantasy shows currently airing on broadcast and cable networks.

By John J. Joex

We head into this week’s upfronts when the networks announce their finalized schedules for next season with little in the way of mystery as all of the cancellation/renewal announcements have been made and we also know most of the pickups (we are still waiting to hear about fate of Syfy’s Sanctuary). So what have we learned from this years cancellations and renewals? About the only thing I can say for sure in answer to that is that the landscape has changed, and some of the old rules just don’t seem to apply anymore. Take for example The CW’s decision to cancel freshman series The Secret Circle but renew low-rated sophomore entry Nikita. The former series regularly outperformed the latter throughout the season, and even though it experienced a significant drop in the ratings toward the end of the season, Nikita suffered from that as well. However, the spy drama has built up a strong international audience and apparently Warner Bros. (who owns the series) considers that enough to keep it going. I’m guessing that The Secret Circle‘s severe drop-off at the end of the season is what killed it and The CW decided to keep Nikita going (despite abysmal ratings on Fridays) because of the factors in that show’s favor beyond the overnight Nielsen ratings.

Then look at what happened with Fringe over on FOX. That was one of the lowest rated scripted dramas across the Big Four networks, and yet it received a renewal for a fifth and final season. And while I definitely appreciate that the series will get the chance to deliver a resolution for its ongoing story arc, I’m baffled as to why the network and the show’s studio agreed to that additional expense. The series is losing money, Kevin Reilly over at FOX made that clear earlier in the year. With this season, it has reached the 88 episode mark that the syndication market looks for, so their was not a financial need to extend its episode count. It will make more money from the eventual DVD sales of the fifth season, but enough to recoup the production costs? Did the network and studio give it that final season because they are committed to the show and care about giving it a resolution that will appease the show’s small but devoted fanbase? Dare I even consider that as a possible motive emerging from the Hollywood machine?

I will be looking at the cancellation/renewal decisions on all of this season’s shows in more detail in a later post, but at this point I just wanted to note that it definitely looks like the rules for the networks have shifted a bit this year.

And two shows that have been renewed but that might be on notice going into next season are Person of Interest (CBS) and Grimm (NBC). The later has had decent ratings most of the season and actually really built up its audience after January. But it had a considerable drop-off in its numbers the last few weeks, which is something that CBS will pay attention to going into next season. And NBC’s Grimm never had great ratings, but apparently good enough to keep it alive on the fourth place network. That one has really slacked off toward the end of the season as well, so it will need to show some improvement in performance when it starts back up in Fall.

The finalized schedules for all of the broadcast networks will be released this week at the upfronts and I will put together a schedule of all the genre shows later in the week. Following is when each of the networks will present at the upfronts:
May 14, 2012 NBC Morning
May 14, 2012 FOX Afternoon
May 15, 2012 ABC Afternoon
May 16, 2012 CBS Afternoon
May 17, 2012 The CW Morning

Following are the ratings results for all of the genre shows from this past week. In some cases, the numbers below are based on the preliminary returns and could change slightly when the final results are tallied. And you can see the status of all of the current season’s shows at out Cancellation Watch page.

Once Upon A Time (ABC Sun 8 pm) Rating: 3.0 | Trend: Steady | Renewed
Game of Thrones (HBO Sun 10 PM) Rating: 2.0 | Trend: Up | Renewed
Eureka (Syfy Mon 9 PM) Rating: 0.6 | Trend: Up | Cancellation Alert: Final Season
Vampire Diaries (CW Thur 8 PM) Rating: 1.1 | Trend: Down | Renewed
Person of Interest (CBS Thur 9 PM) Rating: 2.6 | Trend: Steady | Renewed
Secret Circle (CW Thur 9 PM) Rating: 0.5 | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Cancelled
Touch (FOX Thur 9 PM) Rating: 2.0 | Trend: Steady | Renewed
Awake (NBC Thur 10 PM) Rating: 0.9 | Trend: Up | Cancellation Alert: Cancelled
Nikita (CW Fri 8 PM) Rating: 0.4 | Trend: Steady | Renewed
Supernatural (CW Fri 9 PM) Rating: 0.7 | Trend: Steady | Renewed
Grimm (NBC Fri 9 PM) Rating: 1.2 | Trend: Down | Renewed
Fringe (FOX Fri 9 PM) Rating: 1.0 | Trend: Up | Renewed

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers

Summer 2012 Sci Fi Movie Preview: The complete run down on all of the science fiction and fantasy movies hitting the theaters this Blockbuster Season which kicks off in May.

 
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