Things aren’t looking great for NBC’s comic-inspired Constantine series, but that doesn’t mean John and Zed are down for the count just yet.
The network has decided to wrap production on the first season at 13 episodes — meaning they will not be ordering the “back nine” additional episode count that is common for shows considered for renewal — though Deadline reports the show remains “in contention” for renewal and is not canceled. At least, not yet.
Apparently, the network will keep an eye on how the remaining episodes perform before making a final decision to renew or cancel the acclaimed, but low-rated, series. Constantine has put up decent numbers airing on Friday nights, hanging on to about 80+ percent of its Grimm lead-in. Expectations are a lot lower on Friday nights, but many thought Constantine could be a minor hit — or at least do better than Grimm’s good-but-not-great numbers.
Things don’t look great, but the latest ratings data hints Constantine might finally be finding an audience. The most recent episode jumped 38 percent (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) compared to the previous week’s ratings, the highest since the series premiere. Several episodes into the run, that’s a very good sign, and it could indicate that word of mouth is starting to generate some buzz. A recent mini-marathon on sibling network Syfy might’ve also helped raise awareness.
Regardless, this is obviously a make-or-break moment for Constantine’s fate. After some iffy opening episodes, it seems to finally be finding its creative footing. Have you been enjoying the season as of late? Do you want the show to stick around?