In this weekly column, I monitor the viewership levels for the currently airing #scifi and #fantasy shows as well as their renewal and cancellation prospects. Also check out This Week In Sci-Fi TV on Fridays, which delivers news and updates on genre television. Ratings Source: The Nielsen Company.
#Killjoys Leads Syfy Ratings Gains
Syfy had a good night on Friday as all of its shows experienced ratings gains. Killjoys continued its climb in the Nielsens as it improved to a 0.22 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 722K total viewers. Those are the best ratings that show has seen since its second season debut, and it definitely appears to be on an upswing as it has been getting some very good press in its third season (including from me at MoviePilot.com). It is currently Syfy's highest rated Summer series and looks to be on track for a fourth year pickup.
Dark Matter improved to a 0.17 rating with 693K total viewers as its rebounded from a series low the prior week. If that one can finish out its third season strong, then I believe it has a decent shot at a fourth year renewal. Wynonna Earp improved to a 0.13 rating with 574K total viewers, and that one has already received a third season pickup.
Ratings Results of Interest: #GameOfThrones Holds Strong, 'Zoo' Remains Low
On Sunday, Game of Thrones held at a 4.3 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 9.2 million total viewers for the episode that delivered the highly anticipated meeting between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. That show remains the highest rated (by far) scripted show on television this Summer. Over on MTV, Teen Wolf returned for its final ten episodes at a 0.26 rating with 518K total viewers which was up from where it was back in Winter.
On Thursday, Zoo remained low for CBS at a 0.5 rating with 2.7 million total viewers. Unless the Netflix deal on that show is particularly lucrative, I don't see CBS bringing it back for a fourth year as they would likely get better add revenue on repeats from the regular season. Over on Spike, The Mist slipped back down to a 0.13 rating with 411K total viewers and that show's status remains hazy.
On Monday, alien-abduction sitcom People of Earth returned for its second season at a 0.30 rating with 646K total viewers. That's below its first season average from last Fall, but it might be passable for a thirty-minute comedy on cable these days. We will have to see how it tracks in the coming weeks.
I covered last week's premieres of NBC's Midnight, Texas and ABC's Somewhere Between in the Friday This Week In Sci-Fi TV post. And be sure to follow the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for the latest ratings results.
NOTE: There will be no Sci-Fi TV Status Report post for next week because I will be traveling. I will continue to post ratings results at the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site and will catch up with any news the next week.
Scorecard: 'People of Earth' Slips, 'Killjoys' Improves
People of Earth was already on the current Cancellation Watch Scorecard because it has been less than a year since it first season wrapped, and it slipped in the rankings (from Number 29 to Number 41) due to the ratings declines mentioned above. Both Killjoys and Dark Matter improved (by four slots each) due to their ratings spikes on Friday. Teen Wolf improved (from Number 42 to Number 39) as it returned for its final ten episodes with higher numbers than what it was seeing in Winter. Most of the rest of the movement for the week was incidental and you can see the full rankings here.
Cancelled Too Soon? 'Intelligence' (2014)
In this blink-and-you-missed-it series, Josh Holloway (between his stints on Lost and Colony) played a high-tech intelligence operative who has a micro-chip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the internet and other computer networks. He works for U.S. Cyber Command tracking down high profile threats while also using his abilities to search for his wife who disappeared several years back while on a top secret mission.
This series debuted to good ratings when it premiered mid-season on a Tuesday night with NCIS as its lead-in. But when it moved to its regular Monday 10 PM EST timeslot, its numbers dropped far. It ended the season as one of CBS’ lowest rated shows and that sci fi-averse network was quick to cancel it after only thirteen episodes rather than try and give it a chance in a better timeslot. It was actually a fun show that shared a lot of similarities to Limited which premiered on CBS a year and a half later--and was also unfairly cancelled after one season. Interestingly, Intelligence had several more genre veterans in its cast apart from Holloway including John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise), Meghan Ory (Once Upon A Time), and Lance Reddick (Fringe). It is available on DVD and definitely worth checking out.
Read about more cancelled shows in Cancelled Sci Fi TV: 1949 to 2015: The Ultimate Guide to Cancelled Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows
Last Week's Column: Renewals For 'Wynonna Earp' And 'Iron Fist', 'The Originals' To End, And More
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