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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: 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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Sci Fi News Digest: Round Up of This Week’s Cancellations, Renewals, and Pickups; First Look at Judge Dredd from the New Movie, and More

It’s been a fast and furious week as far as the schedule for the broadcast networks is concerned. Following is a quick round up of the cancellations, renewals, and pickups that we know about from this past week. We will go more in depth into this later, but wanted to go ahead and give the rundown for now, and if we missed anything here we will make it up next week (and you can see the status of all the genre shows currently running at our Cancellation Watch page):

Promo Pic from The CW's Arrow

Cancellations:
The River (ABC)
A Gifted Man (CBS)
The Secret Circle (CW)
Alcatraz (FOX)
Awake (NBC)

Renewals:
Once Upon A Time (ABC)
Touch (FOX)
Nikita (CW)

Pickups (Some may only have marginal genre elements):
666 Park Ave (ABC)
Zero Hour (ABC)
Arrow (CW)
Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Following (FOX)
Do No Harm (NBC)
Revolution (NBC)

More Sci Fi News:

Here’s one of the first photos from Pete Travis’ Judge Dredd movie and you can see more and read out the status of the film over at ScienceFiction.com.

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EW.com: Damon Lindelof on whether Prometheus is an Alien prequel, plus life after Lost

BleedingCool.com: Guillermo Del Toro To Co-Direct The Jim Henson Company’s Pinocchio

Hollywood Reporter: Joss Whedon’s ‘Firefly’ Crew, Flying High Ten Years Later

BleedingCool.com: Lord Of The Rings To Be Next Lego Videogame

Hollywood Reporter: The Crow Producer Tackling Graphic Novel Feeding Ground

Blastr.com: Another comics writer quits Marvel and DC over ethical concerns

ScienceFiction.com: Read The Official Synopsis Of Stephen King’s Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep

BleedinCool.com: Do You Want To Be In The Walking Dead?

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.

 



Cancellation Watch: [Updated] Once Upon A Time Gets Renewed, The River is Likely Up the Creek, Awake and A Gifted Man Cancelled

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

Coming as no surprise, yesterday ABC announced a renewal for freshman fantasy series Once Upon A Time from Lost veterans Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. That series bowed last October to very strong ratings and has managed to hold onto much of its audience throughout its first season run. It has slipped some in the ratings the last few months, but it is regularly the top rated show among the broadcast networks on Sunday nights. I pegged this one as a sure-thing renewal in January after it recovered from a slight slump in in the ratings in December. There’s no word, though, on ABC’s other genre series, The River. That show debuted in February to mediocre ratings and saw a steady decline from there. It’s almost certain that the network will not bring the show back for a second season, though Netflix has expressed an interest in acquiring the property. Perhaps the lack of any announcement on the status of that show at this point stems from the negotiations (assuming they are still ongoing) with the streaming service.

Also announced yesterday is the cancellation of the CBS supernatural series A Gifted Man. That show has been written off as a goner since last Fall because of its poor ratings performance on Friday nights. This announcement, though, finally confirms its suspected fate. Also, NBC announced that Awake would not be returning for a second season, which is also no surprise. That series debuted to mediocre ratings then dropped much lower following that.

Following are the remaining genre shows still awaiting word on their fate along with the current Cancellation Alert status I have assigned to them:
The River (ABC) Cancellation Alert: Elevated
Nikita (CW) Cancellation Alert: High
The Secret Circle (CW) Cancellation Alert: Elevated
Awake (NBC) Cancellation Alert: High
Sanctuary (Syfy) Cancellation Alert: Medium

The status of these shows as well as pickups for next season should all come clear as we head into the upfronts next week when the broadcast networks will finalize their schedules, so stay tuned for breaking news. And you can see the status of all of this season’s genre shows at our Cancellation Watch page.

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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Cancellation Watch: Bubble Shows Like Touch, Awake, Nikita, and Secret Circle are Doing Little in the Ratings to Help Their Chances

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

The season is winding down, only a few weeks left, and one certainty is that sagging ratings are the worst thing that the bubble shows can have at this part of the year. While late season ratings don’t factor in as much for many shows, downward trends or just plain poor ratings performance right now can potentially have a devastating impact when network executives are trying to decide which shows to keep on the schedule going into next season. And several of the genre shows currently airing are doing little to make a case for renewal with their most recent ratings performance. On FOX, Touch did skip up a notch last Thursday to a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, but that’s not too much to celebrate. And in the same timeslot, The CW’s Secret Circle has nearly dropped out of site, pulling another pitiful 0.5 rating this past week. At the 9 PM EST hour on Thursday, NBC’s Awake continues to sink as it dropped to a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo. And on Friday, Nikita continues to barely show a pulse as it delivered yet another 0.4 rating. All four of these shows are in serious trouble right now with almost no time left to demonstrate a ratings turnaround. The upfronts when the networks announce their schedule for the Fall season start a week from today, so we should know the fate of all the shows currently running by then if not sooner. And for those that missed the news, The CW announced the renewals of Vampire Diaries and Supernatural last week and FOX announced a fifth and final season for Fringe the week prior.

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.

Ratings Results for the Week of April 29th:
Once Upon A Time (ABC Sun 8 pm) Rating: 3.0 | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Low
Game of Thrones (HBO Sun 10 PM) Rating: 1.9 | Trend: Steady | Renewed
Eureka (Syfy Mon 9 PM) Rating: 0.5 | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Final Season
Vampire Diaries (CW Thur 8 PM) Rating: 1.2 | Trend: Steady | Renewed
Person of Interest (CBS Thur 9 PM) Rating: 2.5 | Trend: Down | Renewed
Secret Circle (CW Thur 9 PM) Rating: 0.5 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: Elevated
Touch (FOX Thur 9 PM) Rating: 2.0 | Trend: Steady | Cancellation Alert: Medium
Awake (NBC Thur 10 PM) Rating: 0.7 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: High
Nikita (CW Fri 8 PM) Rating: 0.4 | Trend: Down | Cancellation Alert: High
Supernatural (CW Fri 9 PM) Rating: 0.7 | Trend: Steady | Renewed
Grimm (NBC Fri 9 PM) Rating: 1.3 | Trend: Down | Renewed
Fringe (FOX Fri 9 PM) Rating: 0.9 | Trend: Down | Renewed

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers

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Cancellation Watch: The CW Renews Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, but What About The Secret Circle and Nikita?

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

The CW announced yesterday that Vampire Diaries would be returning next year for a fourth season and that Supernatural would continue into an eighth season. Neither of these are big surprises seeing as the former series is the network’s highest rated show and the latter is still one of their better performing entries. Both have dropped off in the ratings this past season, along with all of The CW’s shows, but they have done well enough to justify the renewals. That leaves the network’s other two genre shows uncertain of their fates at this point. Deadline Hollywood seems to think that Nikita has a decent chance of a renewal despite the fact that it is one of the lowest rated shows on the network. That series has a big international audience, though, so perhaps that will be enough to keep it going. And that leaves The Secret Circle as potentially odd-man out. The series comes from Kevin Williamson and L.J. Smith, the same team responsible for Vampire Diaries, and looked to grab the same audience in the Thursday 9 PM EST lead-out slot. But it never really seemed to build a strong following and regularly dropped in the ratings from its Vampire Diaries lead-in. And it has really tumbled during the second half of the season, last week pulling only a measly 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The network may still try to salvage it, but I would guess that they will renew no more than one of their two bubble genre shows if they don’t end up cancelling both of them. However, as I discussed this past Wednesday, both shows might get some attention from Neflix in the case of cancellation as that service continues to try and beef up its original programming with network cast-offs.

Stay tuned to this site for more renewal and cancellation announcements as we approach the upfronts two weeks from now when the networks announce their final schedules for next season.

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Cancellation Watch: Could Netflix Pick Up The River, Nikita, Touch, Awake, or Other Genre Shows Potentially on Their Way Out?

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

Word just broke yesterday that Netflix is in talks with CBS about picking up Jericho and producing more seasons of that cult favorite series. They are only in the early stages at this point and its uncertain if they would be able to round up the cast members, but if they pull this off there will be a lot of happy fans of the show out there. Should this deal fall through, like the Terra Nova one did, the streaming service could potentially turn their attention to one of this season’s cancelled series. While we have had no official cancellations of genre shows yet, apart from Terra Nova, there are several certainly on the way out. So I will briefly look at each of these and consider their prospects for shifting to Netflix.

The River (ABC) – This show is not cancelled yet, but there is almost no chance that ABC will bring it back. Netflix has already entered into talks about picking it up, though, so consider it the odds-on favorite for this season’s doomed genre shows.

Nikita (CW) – This is one of the CW’s lowest rated shows, but it apparently has a strong core fanbase and it is very popular overseas. Since it is a CW show, it is a lower budget production and thus a more economical pickup. If the network drops it after its second season, this would be a good one for Netflix to target.

The Secret Circle (CW) – This show was supposed to act as the perfect compliment to the CW’s Vampire Diaries (their highest rated show), but it never quite grabbed onto that audience in its freshman year. Like Nikita, it would be a more economical pickup and it has some pedigree with the names of Kevin Williamson and L. J. Smith attached. But would it bring enough positive buzz (and subscribers) to the streaming service?

Alcatraz (FOX) – The prospects for this show looked bright early on, but its ratings sank quickly toward season end, leaving it now on the bubble. It would be a high-profile pickup because it’s a J.J. Abrams show. But would it fit into the budget that Netflix can afford? If they are seriously considering Jericho and The River, then apparently yes and this could be an option if neither of those pan out.

Touch (FOX) – This is another FOX mid-season genre entry that started strong in the ratings but has since tumbled pretty far. This one has Tim Kring (Heroes) and Kiefer Sutherland (24) attached, so it has some name recognition. I give it about the same chances as Alcatraz.

Awake (NBC) – This dual-reality series debuted at mid-season to mediocre ratings and has gone down from there. It hasn’t really developed much of a fan following that I can tell, and it doesn’t really have much name recognition from its producers or stars. I’m thinking Netflix will have little interest in trying to keep this series going.

Chuck (NBC) – This series actually wrapped up this season after a five-year run, but because it has such a devoted fan following I’m throwing it out there as one that Netflix could take a flyer on. I didn’t see the finale for Chuck so I don’t know if that precluded any sort of continuation of the series, but the streaming service would definitely get some attention if they decided to keep the show running. Seems unlikely, but I wouldn’t completely rule it out.

As for the early week ratings, all three genre shows performed at about the same levels. Once Upon A Time remained steady at a 3.0 rating, Game of Thrones rose slightly from the prior week to a 1.9, and Eureka slipped a bit to a 0.5.

I will have the full ratings results for all of this week’s shows in the regular Monday column next week, and you can see the status of all of the current season’s shows at out Cancellation Watch page.

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers

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