Cancellation Watch: Lucifer Premieres Strong and The Magicians Show Some Magic, Plus the Broadcast Network and Cable Scorecards

By | January 29, 2016

lucifer-fox-cancelledWe had three premieres of genre shows over the last few days, two of which looked good and the other not so much.  On Monday, FOX’s Lucifer had its bow after the second episode of The X-Files and pulled an impressive 2.4 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 7.2 million total viewers.  The network execs have to be salivating over those numbers (even though they allegedly pay no attention to the overnights) and have to hope that this is not just the trailer from its lead-in and that it can hold at least close to that level.  After FOX’s disaster of a Fall schedule, anything above a 2.0 score definitely counts as a major win at this point.  Whether Lucifer can hold on to those levels (especially once The X-Files wraps its short run) remains to be seen over the coming weeks.  Also on Monday, Syfy’s The Magicians had a two hour debut that averaged a 0.4 rating with 1.1 million total viewers.  That’s the best numbers that network has seen for one of its ongoing scripted shows in a while and it bested the 0.26 score The Magicians pulled for its “preview” back in December with the Childhood’s End mini-series as its lead-in.  If it can hold at this level, it is assured a second season.  And even if its slips, Syfy has tended to give its shows two seasons to prove themselves of late, so I like its odds of being back for another year.  Not so lucky was NBC’s dramedy You, Me, and the Apocalypse which had its bow on Thursday, pulling only a 1.2 rating with five million total viewers.  That show did not receive a lot of promotion and it had to lead into a highly competitive night, but it is a co-production with Sky over in Britain so ratings expectations may not be too high.  If it doesn’t drop much further from its premiere, and if it performs well across the ocean, it may still have a chance to come back for a second season seeing as the cost to NBC is not that high and it could plug up a difficult hour on the schedule.  Read the full article at our partner site

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