Grimm ends strong, Lost Girl bounces back + 23 other genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012

The number of active series we're following these days is dwindling a bit as we watch the fall shows end and wait for the summer shows to begin, but there's still plenty to talk about. This week, Grimm finished its first season with a strong finale, while Supernatural broke even in the final week of its seventh season.

Elsewhere, Eureka and Lost Girl keep rolling on Syfy, Touch and Awake keep struggling, and Game of Thrones continues to dominate. Plus, we've updated our listings to let you know which shows you'll see next season and which shows got bumped by their networks.

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. Both of Fox's Monday-night genre dramas didn't survive 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)1.23 million viewers/0.5

Lost Girl's been flailing a bit these last two weeks, with two episodes in a row below the million-viewer mark. This week it posted a nice gain in viewers and picked up a tenth of a ratings point. Hopefully it'll stay in this groove.


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)1.48 million viewers/0.6

Eureka bounced back from a ratings drop last week, and this week it managed to break even. The show's still not at season-four viewership levels, but it is performing fairly consistently, and there's always a chance of more gains before the series finale.



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)13.47 million viewers/2.5/7 share

Person of Interest couldn't touch American Idol in the final week of its first season, but it did still manage to be the most-watched scripted show of Thursday night, and it tied for second in the ratings race. With that, one of the most successful new shows of the season is gone for the summer.

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 (NBC)2.10 million viewers/0.7/2 share

Awake is on its way out, and news of its cancellation didn't do it any ratings favors. The penultimate episode was the least watched of the series so far, and it finished dead last among the big three network broadcasts Thursday night. Sadly, this one just didn't catch on, and it keeps proving that every week.

Touch (FOX)6.02 million viewers/1.7/5 share

Touch may have won a second season, but it's having a little trouble finishing its first. Thursday's episode was the least-watched and lowest-rated of the series so far, with less than half the rating score of the very well-received series premiere. The season finale arrives in two weeks. We'll see if the show can finish strong.



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 (NBC)5.10 million viewers/1.6/5 share

Grimm finished its first season with its most-watched episode in more than two months, and it tied for first in the Friday night ratings race. It's a solid end to a very competitive season one. Now we just wait for season two.

Supernatural (CW)1.56 million viewers/0.7/2 share

Supernatural finished its seventh season by breaking even once again. It's not quite up to the glory days of its previous years, but this show has been remarkably consistent. Its rating and share scores didn't change once in the last two months. We'll see if season eight can bring the same kind of solidity.


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)3.86 million viewers/2.0

Game of Thrones lost the Sunday cable crown to the NBA playoffs, but it still managed a very healthy second place, bouncing back up to two full rating points in its eighth week. Next Sunday we get the very highly anticipated "Blackwater," followed by the season finale. Expect more high numbers.