Cancellation Watch: MacGyver Top Among Friday / Sunday Premieres, Plus the Ratings Roundup

macgyver-2016-cbsPremieres: On Friday, the MacGyver reboot on CBS pulled a 1.7 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with an impressive 10.9 million total viewers for its debut.  Those are very good numbers for a Friday show these days, but then reboots and revivals tend to have the “curious onlooker” effect for their premieres and then typically drop pretty sharply with their second episode.  The results for this coming Friday’s airing should give us a better gauge of where the show stands.  FOX unfortunately did not see many curious onlooker’s for its reboot of The Exorcist, even though that one has drawn some decent reviews.  It bowed with only a 1.0 rating and 2.9 million total viewers which gives it very little room for slippage.  Syfy’s new vampire-pocalypse series Van Helsing had its official debut on Friday and pulled a 0.22 rating with 890k total viewers.  Those are decent numbers for Syfy these days and has the show just above that network’s benchmark (more on that at this link).  That show did have a second hour to its premiere that started at 11 PM EST and pulled a 0.18 rating with 830k total viewers, but I’m not going to count that into its average because it aired outside of Prime Time and because Syfy did the two eps because the premiere episode had a special preview this past Summer after Sharknado 4.  On Saturday, Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels had a 0.16 rating with 560k total viewers for its Season 3 premiere.  But that one relies on merchandising as much as ratings for its survival and will stick around as long as Disney wants to keep cranking out episodes (and the toy sales are good). Read the full article at our partner site CancelledSciFi.com.