The TV herd may have thinned out for 2011, but there's still plenty of new genre programming to be had. The Walking Dead, Fringe, The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle are all done for the year, but several other shows still have more episodes to get through before we ring in 2012.
This week Supernatural closed out the year too, earning a welcome numbers spike along the way, while Once Upon a Time kept dipping over on ABC. Meanwhile Terra Nova gained, American Horror Story won its night once again, and The Big Bang Theory won Thursday without even airing a new episode.
Check out the chart above and the analysis below to compare the Live + Same numbers and see how your favorite show is faring this season.
Terra Nova (FOX)7.19 million viewers/2.2/6 share
We're getting closer and closer to Terra Nova's season finale, and things are only looking slightly better. It earned a bump of nearly three quarters of a million viewers this week and added a 10th to its rating. Any gain is good news for an expensive show like this one, but it's still far from the 9 million viewers it attracted for its premiere back in September, and those numbers weren't considered stellar to begin with. So, will it get canceled? It's not clear, but it's definitely far from a guarantee that it will continue.
American Horror Story (FX) 2.85 million viewers/1.7
American Horror Story once again easily topped the Wednesday night cable ratings this week, picking up a 10th of a ratings point and a few more viewers. The only thing that came close to giving it a run for its money (now that South Park is on break) was William Shatner's guest appearance on Psych, which topped it in viewers but finished a full half-point behind in rating scores.
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - REPEAT
Here's how powerful The Big Bang Theory is when it comes to Thursday night TV: It's been off for two straight weeks, and even its reruns attract more than 10 million viewers. It won Thursday night in viewers, ratings and share, and it didn't even have to air something new. It'll have one last hurrah for 2011 on Dec. 8, and then it'll just keep winning with reruns until 2012 episodes kick off.
Person of Interest (CBS) - REPEAT
Person of Interest will make its way back Dec. 8 for two more episodes to close out the year, but even in repeats this show looks pretty good. It earned more than 8 million viewers this week even without a new episode.
The Vampire Diaries (CW) - REPEAT
The Vampire Diaries won't be back until January, but even with the ratings lower than they were last year, it's time to put this in perspective. Yes, the numbers are low, but not so low that The CW will be itching to cut this show loose. Not yet, anyway.
The Secret Circle (CW) - REPEAT
Here's another show where we have to consider how the numbers stack up to other CW shows. Secret Circle isn't matching The Vampire Diaries, and that's disappointing for The CW, but it's still doing better than their other series like Nikita and Hart of Dixie, and that's enough to keep it afloat for now.
A Gifted Man (CBS) 8.01 million viewers/1.3/4 share
A Gifted Man returned this week with a new episode and stayed the course, holding steady with its rating and share. The numbers have never been too bad, but this show simply can't keep up with the rest of the CBS Friday night lineup, and that may be its downfall.
Chuck (NBC) - OFF
Chuck won't be back until Dec. 9 with a new episode, but there's not any real analysis to do here. The show is nearly done, so if you're a fan, enjoy it while it lasts.
Fringe (FOX) - OFF
As it waits to return for 2012, Fringe's future is still very much in question. Its ratings slipped to the lowest of the season at its midseason finale a couple of weeks ago, and the season-four numbers are nothing compared to the glory days of season one. Still, there's some hope left.
Grimm (NBC) - OFF
Grimm will be back with its new Thursday night timeslot Dec. 8, and with any luck a new home will spell better numbers for this show. It wasn't doing terribly for a Friday night show, but Thursday is a different ballgame.
Supernatural (CW)1.89 million viewers/0.7/2 share
Supernatural enjoyed a nice little numbers spike for its midseason finale, picking up nearly half a million viewers as it closed out 2011. Make no mistake, these are low numbers, but add up the combination of Friday night TV, the fact that it's a CW show and the dedicated fanbase, and Supernatural is far from dead.
Clone Wars (TOON) 1.36 million viewers/0.4
Clone Wars took on Black Friday and did pretty well, then dipped the week after, losing a 10th of a point and about 200,000 viewers. Still not bad for a Cartoon Network series, especially one that keeps jumping around in viewership every week, but a few more viewers wouldn't hurt.
Sanctuary (Syfy) - REPEAT
Sanctuary took its first break of the year before it heads into its final four episodes of the season. Viewership dropped steadily over the last four weeks, but hopefully the energy of a finale buildup can give it a boost.
The Walking Dead (AMC) - OFF
The Walking Dead is done until 2012, and it's a time for celebration for AMC. Season two started strong and stayed that way. Now all that's left to do is wait and see just how high the numbers will be when the show returns next year.
Once Upon a Time (ABC) - 9.66 million viewers/3.2/7 share
For the first time since it premiered, Once Upon a Time has given up its Sunday night crown to another show. The fairy-tale drama dropped one million viewers, two 10ths of a point and a full share point Sunday, leaving The Good Wife over on CBS to win the night for most-watched scripted show. It's below 10 million viewers for the first time, but the numbers are still strong. If the slump continues, we might worry, but it's too soon now.