Falling Skies returns low, True Blood dips + 28 other genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012

Our selection of shows grew yet again this week, and the summer's just getting started. Falling Skies premiered to lower numbers than it had last year, while True Blood dropped a bit but still managed to rule Sunday night's ratings ranking. Meanwhile, Tron: Uprising dove and Saving Hope got a week-two boost.

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)0.91 million viewers/0.4

It wasn't a good week for Lost Girl. The show hit the lowest viewership of its Syfy run so far, though its rating score didn't suffer the same fate. The Stanley Cup finals were in full swing that evening, so we might be able to chalk some of it up to that, but we'll see how next week 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)1.45 million viewers/0.4

Eureka took a dive this week, but didn't quite hit its season low for viewership. We'll see if it can pick up next week as we get closer and closer to that series finale.

Teen Wolf (MTV)1.76 million viewers/0.7

After a hefty drop in its first Monday on the air this season, Teen Wolf bounced back Monday, pulling in about the same number of viewers but earning a tenth of a point more in its rating. We'll see if the climb continues.



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.


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 the last, 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)3.98 million viewers/0.7/2 share

After a somewhat weak start last week, Saving Hope got a viewership boost this week, putting it much closer to the 4 million mark. It broke even in the all-important demo ratings, though, and if those numbers don't improve this might be a short-lived series.

Tron: Uprising (DISNEY XD)0.36 million viewers/0.0

Bad news for Tron: Uprising. After a not-bad-but-not-great debut on Disney XD the show took a serious dive in its second week, losing enough viewers that it actually ended up with a zero demo rating score. We'll see how the rest of the season fares, but numbers like this are never too promising.



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)4.41 million viewers/2.6

True Blood took a bit of a drop in the second week of its fifth season, but it still managed to top the night in cable performance. First Game of Thrones, now True Blood. It seems HBO is destined to rule Sunday night summer cable this year.

Falling Skies (TNT)4.46 million viewers/1.6

Falling Skies actually managed to edge out True Blood in total viewers for its season-two premiere, but its demo numbers weren't enough to compete with the vampire juggernaut. Still, it did well, even if it did finish a good deal lower than the nearly 6 million viewers who watched the season-one premiere, and the more than 5.5 who watched the season-one finale. We'll see if these numbers can climb as the season wears on.

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