Thrones rules, Fringe bounces back and 23 other genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012

We've added yet another show to the ranks, bringing our total number of genre series for the 2011-2012 season (so far) up to 25. This week Eureka premiered its final season to lukewarm numbers, while Fringe showed some signs of life over on Fox.

Meanwhile The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle and Supernatural all returned from break to viewer drops, and Game of Thrones continued to rule the Sunday night cable kingdom.

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



Alcatraz closed out its first season on a low note, leaving many to speculate that season two will never happen. Fox hasn't weighed in yet, though, so if you're a fan, keep wishin' and hopin'.

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)1.07 million viewers/0.4

We didn't have to wait long for more Lost Girl. Syfy opted to push right through to the second season of the Canadian supernatural drama. The show's American numbers remain largely steady, but the season-two premiere did lose a few viewers and a tenth of a ratings point from the season-one finale the week before. We'll see how the rest of the season fares.


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)1.8 million viewers/0.6

Eureka launched its fifth and final season last Monday on a low note. Viewers were above 2 million for most of the fourth season but began to slip around finale time last year. The season-five premiere continued that trend of slipping, earning more viewers than the special Christmas episode but less than the season-four finale. We'll see if viewer loyalty can earn the show a boost in its final five weeks on the air.



The River is done for the season, and thanks to consistently low numbers it might be done forever. We'll keep you posted on what ABC decides to do with it.


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.


The Big Bang Theory (CBS)—REPEAT

The Big Bang Theory was off again last week. New episodes return Thursday.

Person of Interest (CBS)—REPEAT

Person of Interest will also be back Thursday.

The Vampire Diaries (CW)2.21 million viewers/1.0/3 share

The Vampire Diaries returned from a two-week break Thursday to a drop in both viewers and rating, losing 200,000 viewers and two tenths of a ratings point from the last episode (March 29), which wasn't very highly rated to begin with. We're in the home stretch for this show now, with just three episodes and no breaks left in season three. We'll see if the finale will bring better news.

The Secret Circle (CW)1.14 million viewers/0.5/1 share

The Secret Circle also took a drop this week, but because it had fewer viewers than Vampire Diaries to begin with, things look a little more bleak. Last Thursday's episode was the least-watched in the show's history, and the lowest-rated. These numbers aren't necessarily cause for fans to panic, but the show hasn't been renewed yet, so better performance in the final weeks of season one is definitely important here.

Awake (NBC)2.8 million viewers/0.9/2 share

Last week Awake got a small but very welcome bump in viewers. The good news is it got yet another bump this week. The bad news: Those all-important rating and share scores didn't move at all. Awake is struggling, but don't count it out yet. At least some viewers are coming back, and there's always the chance that more could follow.

Touch (FOX)7.32 million viewers/2.1/6 share

Touch bounced back last week only to fall again this week, earning the second-lowest viewership in its history, and the lowest rating score. This show isn't dead yet, but it never looks good when you're 5 million viewers down from where you started the season. Seven million viewers isn't bad, but now the question becomes, will it be enough for Fox to order a renewal?



A Gifted Man is done for the year, and wide speculation that it'll be canceled still hasn't been confirmed or denied by CBS. Fans just have to wait.


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 (FOX)3.03 million viewers/1.0/3 share

Fringe dropped below 3 million viewers for the first time in months last week, and this week it got a welcome and relieving bounce back over that mark. It also picked up a tenth of a ratings point, setting the stage for a potential climb back up the viewership ladder for its final three episodes in the coming weeks. Fringe needs that climb badly to further prove it's worth renewing. We'll see if it gets it.

Grimm (NBC)4.56 million viewers/1.4/4 share

Grimm took a drop this week, losing 400,000 viewers and two tenths of a ratings point in the lead-up to its first season finale. The show's already been renewed, so there's a little less pressure to perform well at the end of this year. But still, every little bit can help a show's future.

Supernatural (CW)1.57 million viewers/0.7/2 share

Like The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, Supernatural also returned from a break this week to take a drop in viewers. But unlike those shows, it took the hit without sacrificing rating and share scores. That's good news for a historically low-rated show. Supernatural might not be the flashiest series in The CW's lineup, but it does seem to always prove itself the most consistent.


Clone Wars ended on a high note. Season five returns in the fall.

Sanctuary (Syfy)—SEASON ENDED

We still don't know if we'll see a fifth year for Sanctuary, but it managed to end its fourth with a nice little numbers spike. For now, we leave it with good news.

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)8.83 million viewers/3.0/8 share

Once Upon a Time returned from two weeks off to a welcome jump in both viewers and rating, putting it back up to three full rating points for the first time since early March. The fairy-tale drama's viewership is a good deal lower than the stellar numbers it was pulling in at the beginning of the first season (it had more than 11 million viewers for four straight weeks), but it's still managing to consistently win the broadcast ratings crown.

Game of Thrones (HBO)3.65 million viewers/1.8

HBO has to be feeling good about the consistency Game of Thrones is showing so far this season. The fourth episode of the year lost only a handful of viewers, and maintained last week's ratings score, keeping the show on top of the Sunday night cable lineup for the fourth straight week.

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