Cancellation Watch: Braindead Debuts Poorly, The Last Ship Returns Low, Plus the Ratings Roundup

By | June 22, 2016

braindead-cbs-cancelledRatings Results of Interest: Last Monday, the new CBS sci fi / political satire series Braindead had its debut but could only muster a 0.7 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 4.9 million total viewers.  Those are pretty tepid numbers for its network even for a Summer series, though it did have some pretty stiff competition from the NBA finals that night.   In its favor, the show is owned by CBS and comes from the creator of The Good Wife who the network has a good relationship with. It also has a streaming deal with Amazon similar to the one that previous CBS Summer sci fi entries Under the Dome and Extant had. However, that couldn’t save either of those two from cancellation last season, and Braindead is starting out near the series low levels that Extant previously experienced. So consider this one very much On the Bubble out of the gate.  Also on Monday, MTV’s Scream slipped to a series low 0.17 rating with about 340k total viewers.  It may have also been impacted by the basketball game and it did still make it into the Daily Nielsen Twitter Top 5 for the night, so it is still registering well with the network’s target audience.  On Wednesday, FOX’s Wayward Pines leveled off its decline as it held at a 0.7 rating with 2.5 million total viewers.  Whether that will be enough to keep it going into the third season M. Night Shyamalan has planned remains to be seen, though.  On Thursday, Orphan Black held low for its season finale at a 0.13 rating with around 330k total viewers.  Word broke last week that it will be returning for a fifth and final season. On Sunday, TNT’s The Last Ship returned at a series low 0.39 rating with 1.8 million total viewers. I’m not sure if that was the average across its two hour Season 3 premiere or just the ten o’clock numbers, though, so waiting for verification on that. Plus it may have been impacted by schedule juggling as this premiere was originally supposed to be last week. I’m going to give this one a week to settle down before I make a judgement call on where it stands.  Read the full article at our partner site CancelledSciFi.com.

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