Cancellation Watch: The Ratings-Pocalypse Continues as the Numbers for the Spring and Summer Shows Not Named Game of Thrones Remain Low

By | June 29, 2016

ratings-pocalypseThe Ratings-Pocalypse officially began during the regular 2015-16 season when we saw numbers across the broadcast networks and cable channels start off at all-time lows in Fall and sink even further during the season. And the same remains true for the Spring and Summer shows with every genre entry (and the same is mostly true for non-sci fi shows) that is not named Game of Thrones seeing all-time low ratings (GoT is one of the few shows on all of television that has actually seen a year over year gain). AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead is still pulling relatively decent numbers overall with a 2.2 ratings average based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic, but it is down a notable 42% from its numbers last year. That network’s new series Preacher bowed to decent numbers for a cable show in May as it started with a 0.9 rating, but it has slipped closer to the 0.5 range the last couple of weeks. TNT’s The Last Ship is down about 30% from its Season 2 average, but it has had some scheduling issues and stiff competition, and it did improve this last Sunday despite airing opposite the record-breaking GoT season finale. All three of Syfy’s Spring shows are struggling mightily with Wynonna Earp leading at only a 0.13 average, 12 Monkeys well down from last year at a 0.11 average and Hunters barely registering with a 0.09 average. BBC America’s Orphan Black only averaged a 0.10 score for its fourth year and while Starz’s Outlander started off its second season strong it has slipped to the 0.15 range or lower the last few weeks. MTV’s Scream is down about 30% from last year, though that one is still scoring well on the social networks.  New entries Cleverman on Sundance and Outcast on Cinemax have posted sub 0.10 scores thus far, though neither of those channels are known for pulling in high ratings. And the Live+7 numbers are not doing much to move the needle on most of these shows either. Even though they may be seeing one to two hundred percent gains, that still keeps the final score below the 0.5 level, once considered the minimum threshold for the overnights for a cable show to survive.  Read the full article at our partner site

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