Falling Skies rises, True Blood rules + 32 other genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

Next week the fall shows begin their invasion, but meanwhile many of our summer shows are marching toward their season finales. For some, like True Blood and Falling Skies, the future looks bright. For others, like Wilfred, we're just not sure yet.

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.


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)—SEASON ENDED

Eureka's run is over after five good years at Syfy. We'll miss it.

Teen Wolf (MTV)1.72 million viewers/0.7

As we near its season-two finale, Teen Wolf continues to show consistent strength. It broke even in ratings score this week and picked up a few viewers. We'll see if the finale gives it a boost, but even if it doesn't this show has held steady and is already on its way to a third season.

Warehouse 13 (Syfy)1.63 million viewers/0.6

After a big dip between weeks one and two, Warehouse 13 broke even in the third week of its fourth season. It's almost half a million viewers down from where it was this time last season, but don't count this show out yet. These numbers definitely aren't weak.

Alphas (Syfy)1.37 million viewers/0.6

Alphas picked up a tenth of a ratings point and basically broke even in viewers this week. Like Warehouse 13, it's not where it was last year, but that ratings score is definitely strong for a show with a viewership this size.



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).99 million viewers/0.5

Futurama dropped below 1 million viewers last week. That makes a drop of nearly three quarters of a million viewers since the season premiere, but that doesn't mean the show's in trouble. Summers are strange, but Futurama's already got a big slate of episodes queued up for next year.


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)—OFF

Saving Hope is off this week to make way for the Olympics on NBC. It returns Thursday.

Tron: Uprising (DISNEY XD)—OFF

No Tron: Uprising this week. The season finale will arrive this fall.

Wilfred (FX)0.94 million viewers/0.4

Wilfred got a small boost in viewers this week but remained below the 1 million mark. It's not something that's never happened before, but this time last year viewership was noticeably higher. With only three episodes left, we'll have to see if it can stay strong enough to impress the FX brass.



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 is done. 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.

Lost Girl (Syfy)1.17 million viewers/0.4

Four weeks into its new Friday night timeslot, Lost Girl is doing well. Not only is it putting up higher numbers than it was for many of its recent Monday nights, but it's performing much more consistently. As we near the season-two finale, this looks like a good move by Syfy.


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)4.49 million viewers/2.6

True Blood dropped a tenth of a ratings point but still ruled Sunday night. With just two episodes left (and preseason football to contend with) until it ends its year, we'll see if it can hold on to that crown for the rest of season five.

Falling Skies (TNT)3.46 million viewers/1.3

Falling Skies broke even in ratings but picked up a few viewers, and its numbers were good enough to earn it a strong third place finish Sunday night. The season finale is next week, and as we look forward to season three we'll also be finding out if this show can pull off a big ratings finish.