Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cancellation Watch: True Blood Gets Renewed, Falling Skies Slips Again

Coming as no big surprise, HBO announced this week that True Blood would be renewed for a sixth season.  Its fifth season episodes currently airing have once again been topping the list of cable shows on Sundays and have averaged around a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic.  The series looks set to remain a staple for the premium channel's Summer line up for at least another couple of years.

TNT's Falling Skies slipped again in the ratings this past Sunday, pulling a 1.2 in the 18-49 demo and 3.4 million total viewers.  That's only a drop of one tick from the prior week, though, and the show pulled a higher rating than TNT's Dallas revival last week which they are touting as a hit.  So Falling Skies should still be okay for now, though it really needs to level off its numbers for the rest of the season.

Also slipping a bit was MTV's Teen Wolf which pulled a 0.6 rating and 1.65 million total viewers; a noticeable drop, though not in dangerous waters.  On NBC, the Canadian import Saving Hope improved its ratings from the prior week, pulling a 0.7 and 3.3 million total viewers.  Those are still pretty pitiful ratings for the broadcast networks, though, and this series will almost certainly not return to that venue.  But it still could continue on in its home country where it has done well so far.

Comedy Central's Futurama had its season premiere last week pull a 0.8 rating and 1.45 million total viewers.  That's down a bit from where it was last year, but still a decent enough performance for that network.

You can see the Cancellation Alert status of all the shows currently airing plus the final results from prior seasons at my Cancellation Watch page. 

Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers

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