True Blood rules, Falling Skies breaks even + 30 other genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012

We still have more shows to look forward to this summer, but the shows we're already watching are definitely keeping us busy. This week Saving Hope got a much-needed boost, while Falling Skies held steady and Eureka picked up some extra ratings in its penultimate episode. Meanwhile, True Blood still dominates and Teen Wolf stays strong.

Check out our chart and commentary for more on how your favorite shows are doing in Live + Same Day viewers and rating.



We now have word that we won't be seeing any more of Alcatraz. Neither of Fox's Monday-night genre dramas survived the season, which might explain why no new genre shows made the cut for the 2012-2013 season on this network.

Being Human (Syfy)—SEASON ENDED

Being Human closed out its second season with lower numbers than its first, but its performance this year was enough to earn it a third go-round from Syfy. We'll see it next year.

Lost Girl (Syfy).85 million viewers/0.4

For the third straight week, Lost Girl finished with fewer than 1 million viewers. For a show like this on cable, that's not necessarily atrocious, but maybe the Eureka finale the following week will help boost viewership a bit.


Terra Nova is officially extinct. Netflix backed out, and the cast is moving on to other gigs. It was fun while it lasted.

Eureka (Syfy)1.49 million viewers/0.6

Eureka added a bit to its rating score but lost a few viewers for its penultimate episode. We'll see if the finale can get a boost.

Teen Wolf (MTV)1.71 million viewers/0.7

Teen Wolf picked up a few viewers and added to its ratings score this week. It's still running on par with where it was last year, plus we now have news that a third season is on the way. Good news all around for this series.



The River is officially over. Low numbers doomed this one early.


American Horror Story (FX)—SEASON ENDED

No worries for American Horror Story. Season two is on the way, and all we have to do is wait.

Futurama (Comedy Central)1.1 million viewers/0.6

Futurama picked up a few viewers but broke even in rating this week. It's worth noting that since this is a Comedy Central show, the Direct TV vs. Viacom dispute could be affecting ratings for a while, so these numbers may be a bit low.


The Big Bang Theory (CBS)—SEASON ENDED

The Big Bang Theory had a great year, setting new series viewership and rating records more than once. Now we just wait for season six.

Person of Interest (CBS)—SEASON ENDED

Person of Interest had a very impressive first season overall, even if it did drop a bit in the final weeks. We'll see it again in the fall.

The Vampire Diaries (CW)—SEASON ENDED

The Vampire Diaries is done for the season. This year wasn't quite as successful as last year, but it was enough to merit renewal. We'll see it again in the fall.

The Secret Circle (CW)—CANCELED

The Secret Circle made it a full season on The CW, but that's all it gets.


Awake is done. Despite critical acclaim and a not-bad premiere night, it couldn't hold on to viewers.


Touch ended its season on a low note, but it's still got a second year on the way. We'll see what comes next.

Saving Hope (NBC)3.22 million viewers/0.5/2 share

Saving Hope picked up a bit of a ratings boost this week and quite a large increase in viewership. That's always good news, but it's still worrying to watch this show move up and down so much. A little consistency (on the high end, of course) would be nice to see.

Tron: Uprising (DISNEY XD)0.35 million viewers/0.1

Tron: Uprising broke even again this week. This show just seems destined to keep viewership low, but for an animated show on Disney XD that's not necessarily a death sentence. We'll see how the rest of the season fares.

Wilfred (FX)1.35 million viewers/0.7

Wilfred dropped a bit this week but broke even in ratings. It's not quite where it was this time last year, but it's close enough that there's no need to worry.



A Gifted Man is over. After months of speculation that it wouldn't survive, CBS pulled the plug.


Chuck signed off for the last time, and we'll miss it. It wasn't a ratings-heavy program, but boy was it fun.


Fringe won a fifth and final season after a long and often troubling fourth year on the air. Now all we have to do is sit back and wait for the conclusion.


Grimm had a good first-year run. We'll see it again in the fall.

Supernatural (CW)——SEASON ENDED

Supernatural bowed out for the year last week. Season eight is on the way.


Clone Wars ended on a high note. Season five returns later this year.

Sanctuary (Syfy)—CANCELED

We now have word that the fourth season of Sanctuary was the final. Four seasons is definitely a respectable run, but we'll still miss it.

Merlin (Syfy)—SEASON ENDED

No more Merlin until season five, but the show had a good year on this side of the pond.

Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz)—SEASON ENDED

Spartacus is done for the year, but it had a good season. Here's hoping Starz thinks it was good enough for another year of gladiatorial awesomeness.


The Walking Dead (AMC)—SEASON ENDED

The Walking Dead ended its second season by shattering cable ratings records yet again. Now we wait to see if season three will be just as big.

Once Upon a Time (ABC)—SEASON ENDED

Once Upon a Time had a great first year on Sunday nights. Season two is on the way.

Game of Thrones (HBO)—SEASON ENDED

Game of Thrones went out with huge finale numbers. Now we just wait for season three.

True Blood (HBO)4.62 million viewers/2.7

True Blood again dominated Sunday night cable, beating the nearest competition by more than a full ratings point. Nothing but good news for this show.

Falling Skies (TNT)3.6 million viewers/1.2

Falling Skies broke even in ratings and viewers this week, a good sign of consistency for a show that's already earned another season.

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