The 50th anniversary episode of the Doctor Who aired on Saturday night and set the Guinness Record for the largest simulcast of a TV drama as it went out to 94 countries. It also enjoyed it largest audience in Britain in years, pulling in 10.2 million total viewers. Plus, it was the Number 1 show tracked on Twitter and Tumblr and set a record for BBC America pulling 2.4 million total viewers. All that attention helped out the premiere of new series Atlantis which followed the anniversary special and pulled 840 thousand total viewers which is a strong number for that cable channel. Unfortunately, my main ratings source TV by The Numbers does not typically track Saturday cable ratings so it will be difficult to get reports on that show in the coming week. It's renewal is dictated more heavily by its performance in its home country, though, so those numbers are not quite as telling.
In other ratings news, The Walking Dead slipped again on Sunday to "only" a 5.7 rating in the 18-49 demo with 11.3 million total viewers as the Governor-centric episodes have not seemed to be as popular as those focusing on the main group at the prison. But then the series took a similar track to this last season before seeing its numbers jump with the mid-season finale which arrives this coming Sunday. Over on Lifetime, The Witches of East End rose a tick to a 0.6 rating with 1.5 million total viewers. That show received its second season renewal announcement last week which was pretty much expected.
On Friday, The CW's Nikita returned for its final six episode season and raise your hand if you were one of the handful of people who tuned in for the premiere. That series sunk to a low of a 0.2 rating in the 18-49 demo with only 700k total viewers which I believe has to be one of the lowest premieres ever for a scripted series on the broadcast networks. No matter, it's wrapping up after these six episode anyway. Also on Friday, ABC's The Neighbors stayed low at a 0.9 rating with 3.9 million total viewers and I still believe it will be off the air by the time mid-season kicks into full gear in January. Also on Friday, Haven pulled another tepid 0.4 score with 1.5 million total viewers as that winds down its current season and faces a very uncertain future.
On Thursday, The CW's Vampire Diaries had another strong outing for that network as it pulled a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo with 2.7 million total viewers and ranked third place in its 8 PM EST timeslot. In last place in that hour was ABC's Once Upon A Time in Wonderland which again pulled only a 0.9 rating with three and a half million total viewers. That one will get kicked out of this timeslot in January with no word yet on where it will land to burn off its remaining episodes (as I mentioned last week, consider it and NBC's Dracula de facto cancelled).
Preempted last week and this week were Grimm, Dracula, and Once Upon A Time and expect more of those during this holiday week. Here are the season to date numbers and standings through November 25th for all the shows that have bowed so far (sorted by most likely to get cancelled):
|Series||Network / Airs (EST)||Cancel- lation Alert||StD Rating||StD Eps||Tracking|
|Dracula||NBC / Fri 10 PM||High||1.2||4||Low|
|Once Upon A Time in Wonderland||ABC / Thu 8 PM||High||1.2||6||Low|
|Beauty and the Beast||CW / Mon 9 PM||High||0.3||8||Low|
|The Neighbors||ABC / Fri 8:30 PM||High||1.0||9||Low|
|Revolution||NBC / Wed 8 PM||Elevated||1.5||9||Low|
|Almost Human||FOX / Mon 8 PM||Moderate||2.3||3||Down|
|The Tomorrow People||CW / Wed 9 PM||Moderate||0.7||7||Low|
|Haven||Syfy / Fri 9 PM||Moderate||0.4||11||Low|
|Grimm||NBC / Fri 9 PM||Low||1.6||4||Up|
|Arrow||CW / Wed 8 PM||Low||1.0||7||Down|
|Supernatural||CW / Tue 9 PM||Low||1.0||7||Down|
|The Originals||CW / Tue 8 PM||Low||1.0||7||Up|
|Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||ABC / Tue 8 PM||Low||2.9||8||Up|
|Once Upon A Time||ABC / Sun 8 PM||Low||2.3||8||Down|
|Vampire Diaries||CW / Thu 8 PM||Low||1.2||8||Up|
|Person of Interest||CBS / Tue 10 PM||Low||2.1||9||Up|
|Nikita||CW / Fri 9 PM||Final Season||0.2||1||Low|
|The Walking Dead||AMC / Sun 9 PM||Renewed||6.7||7||Strong|
|American Horror Story: Coven||FX / Wed 10 PM||Renewed||2.3||7||Decent|
|Witches of East End||Life / Sun 9 PM||Renewed||0.7||8||Decent|
|Sleepy Hollow||FOX / Mon 9 PM||Renewed||2.8||9||Down|
I will not be putting up my regular Friday post this week covering the Tuesday and Wednesday shows, but look for a catch-up post on the weekend and I will try to get numbers on the Cancellation Watch Twitter Site as time (and connectivity) allow over the next few days. You can see the current status for all this season's genre show at this link. And for more information on the ratings numbers and how I determine the Cancellation Alert status of a show, see the Cancellation Watch FAQ.
Ratings Source: TV by the Numbers
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