Cancellation Watch: Hunters Has a Modest Debut for Syfy, The Upfronts are Coming, Plus the Scorecards

By | April 16, 2016

hunters-syfy-cancelledSeries Debut: Syfy’s new series Hunters had its first season bow on Monday and could only muster a 0.16 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 540k total viewers.  That has to be another disappointing debut for that network (Wynonna Earp only saw a 0.2 rating with its April premiere), but it doesn’t necessarily doom the show either.  That network has typically been working out international partnerships and/or financing for its original series that help keep them afloat despite disappointing overnights.  And it has also been pushing for digital viewing (both those new shows are available on Syfy.com) as the network has realized that the linear audience is dying off.  Plus, Syfy has typically given its shows two seasons to prove themselves of late (Olympus is the only show from the last few years that did not get a second season).  And the cable channels are paying much more attention to the delayed viewing these days because that is important to their international partners.  So despite somewhat modest debuts, I’m not writing off Hunters or Wynonna Earp, but neither do I consider these shows strong performers.  Cable entries like this are hard to predict because too many intangibles are involved, so I have both at a Moderate Cancellation Alert level and I will likely leave them there until we hear final word on whether they will survive into a second season. Read the full article at our partner site CancelledSciFi.com.

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