Ramblings and observations about sci fi, fantasy and whatever I feel like carrying on about
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Cancellation Watch: Is There Still Hope for Syfy’s Haven? Can the Fans Keep the Show Alive?
The Syfy supernatural series Haven wrapped up
its fourth season in December and now has to play the waiting game to
see if it will get renewed for a fifth year. But the fact is that its
prospects do not look too good at this point based on its ratings
results from the past few months. The show averaged a 0.4 rating in the
18-49 demographic based on the overnight results this past season which
is a very marginal number for an original scripted drama airing on that
network and I have yet to see Syfy renew a show with ratings that low.
Last year, Alphas averaged a 0.4 rating for its second season and it got axed. Two years ago, Sanctuary got cancelled after its fourth season even though it averaged a 0.5 score. And most recently, Warehouse 13–once
a flagship series for the network–received a truncated final season
order of only six episode after it averaged a 0.5 for its fourth season.
So it seems at best that Haven can hope for that final shortened season order, but there’s a good chance it may not even get that. Some may point out that the shows Lost Girl and Continuum
have had consistently lower numbers than all those mentioned above and
yet received renewals. However, those series originate from the Canadian
Showcase channel which bears the brunt of the financial responsibility
and their performance up north more heavily influences whether they get
renewed. Haven is also produced in Canada, but
Syfy pays the bills for that one, so they need to see sufficient
ratings from its first run episodes to cover the costs for the show. Read the full article at CancelledScifi.com