Fringe breaks even, Supernatural stumbles and 14 other genre shows

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Dec 16, 2012

We're back with a full complement of shows this week. Next week things will get a bit more crowded with the addition of new shows, but this week was all about the last batch of programs picking up where their midseason finales left off.

Fringe returned without any losses, but unfortunately without any gains, either. Supernatural and Grimm also came back, both with an unfortunate drop in numbers, while The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest both enjoyed huge returns.

Check out our chart above and the commentary below to see how your favorite genre shows are doing in Live + Same Day ratings. (And check back next week, when we unveil a newly designed, more easily readable chart.)



Still no word on a second season for Terra Nova, but based on the production timetable, it has to happen soon. One way or another, it won't be long before we know.


American Horror Story (FX) - DONE FOR SEASON

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)16.13 million viewers/5.3/15 share

Just when you thought The Big Bang Theory couldn't possibly get any bigger, it made its 2012 debut this week with the highest viewership of its fifth season so far, topping the season high from Nov. 3 by almost 200,000 viewers.

Person of Interest (CBS)14.86 million viewers/3.2/8 share

Person of Interest also took a major jump in its 2012 premiere, setting a series record for viewers and demo rating. It did so well that it actually outscored fellow CBS powerhouse The Mentalist. This show is right where it needs to be.

The Vampire Diaries (CW)2.86 million viewers/1.2/3 share

The Vampire Diaries took a big drop the week after its midseason return, losing nearly half a million viewers and dropping below the 3 million mark for the first time since October. It might just be a blip, but the roll this show was on has been broken. Let's see if it can pick it back up next week.

The Secret Circle (CW)1.93 million viewers/0.8/2 share

The Secret Circle also lost a bit of momentum this week, dropping 100,000 viewers but holding on to its share and rating. It's a small drop, but this show's viewership isn't very high to begin with. It can't afford to lose all that many viewers, but with any luck it'll bounce back next week.


A Gifted Man (CBS)8.76 million viewers/1.3/4 share

A Gifted Man took a slight jump in its numbers this week, picking up almost 400,000 viewers. But word is the cancellation hammer is still going to drop on this show sometime soon, so it might not matter.

Chuck (NBC)3.17 million viewers/0.9/3 share

Chuck took a slight drop of less than 100,000 viewers this week, but held on to its rating and share. We're almost at Chuck's final hour, and it's keeping a steady population of loyal viewers at its side.

Fringe (FOX)2.87 million viewers/1.1/3 share

We were all hoping that Fringe's return after the midseason break would bring with it a numbers spike. No such luck. The show maintained virtually the exact same numbers as its midseason finale, which were unfortunately rather low. Nothing's written in stone, but things aren't looking good for Fringe.

Grimm (NBC)4.65 million viewers/1.4/4 share

Grimm was also hoping for a midseason spike that didn't come. The show is still competitive for a Friday night, particularly when you look at its demo numbers, but a little growth would make it much more comfortable. Hopefully it can settle in to at least a slightly higher viewership as the season wears on.

Supernatural (CW)1.55 million viewers/0.7/2 share

Supernatural also took a dive this week, tying its Nov. 18 broadcast for least-watched episode in series history. Don't worry, Supernatural fans, this doesn't mean cancellation (at least not yet). It's an older show on a small network on Friday night. Numbers will be low, but this series is still in it.

Clone Wars (TOON)1.5 million viewers/0.3

Clone Wars got a little boost with its new episode, pulling in more than 100,000 more viewers as it begins to settle in to 2012. We'll see if it can rise more next week.

Sanctuary (Syfy) - DONE FOR SEASON

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)1.75 million viewers/0.6

After a strong opening to its fourth season last week, Merlin climbed even higher in week two, picking up two tenths of a point in its rating and 150,000 new viewers. So far, so good for a new year of wizarding.


The Walking Dead (AMC) - OFF

The Walking Dead won't be back until February, but there's no reason to expect less stellar performance in 2012. All we have to do is wait.

Once Upon a Time (ABC)9.83 million viewers/3.3/8 share

Once Upon a Time dropped a hefty chunk of viewers in its second week of 2012 episodes. We can chalk that up to its chief opponent Sunday night: the Golden Globe Awards. Even still, this show held on to almost 10 million viewers against the second-biggest awards show of the year. Not too shabby.