Fringe drops, Person of Interest recovers + 23 other genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012

We're just days away from the first wave of season finales, and some shows are having better luck than others holding things together. The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest both continued to dominate, while The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle struggled to get back their early season health.

Check out our chart and commentary for more on how your favorite shows are doing in Live + Same Day viewers and rating.



Alcatraz closed out its first season on a low note, leaving many to speculate that season two will never happen. Fox hasn't weighed in yet, though, so if you're a fan, keep wishin' and hopin'.

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)1.08 million viewers/0.4

Lost Girl lost a bit this week, but it was going up against NBA playoffs on other cable stations, so it's hardly anything we can blame on the show.


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)1.47 million viewers/0.5

Eureka posted a drop in viewers for the second straight week, and also dipped in rating score. Hopefully this won't just be a downward spiral all the way to the finale, but even if it is, the final episode should at least get a little boost.



The River is done for the season, and thanks to consistently low numbers it might be done forever. We'll keep you posted on what ABC decides to do with it.


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)13.91 million viewers/4.7/16 share

After an uncharacteristically weak night last week, The Big Bang Theory returned for its penultimate season-five episode with a big jump, picking up more than 1 million viewers and more than half a ratings point to once again win Thursday night despite losing to American Idol in total viewers. Expect another gain for the season finale Thursday.

Person of Interest (CBS)13.27 million viewers/2.5/7 share

Person of Interest didn't gain as much as Big Bang, but it did stage a nice comeback of its own to finish as the third most-watched show of the night last week. Again, look for another spike at finale time.

The Vampire Diaries (CW)2.54 million viewers/1.2/4 share

The Vampire Diaries continued a steady climb in viewers and rating in the lead-up to its season finale, picking up 300,000 viewers and a tenth of a point in the demo. It's not where it was at the start of the season, but progress is being made.

The Secret Circle (CW)1.23 million viewers/0.5/1 share

The Secret Circle gained a few viewers but broke even in its rating. Less than two months ago this show was much closer to the 2 million viewer mark, and it still hasn't been renewed. The finale will really need a boost.

Awake (NBC)2.15 million viewers/0.7/2 share

Awake hit an all-time low for the second week in a row Thursday night, dropping a few thousand viewers and a tenth of a point. It's hard to imagine how this one doesn't get canceled at this point, but miracles do happen.

Touch (FOX)6.72 million viewers/2.0/6 share

After two straight weeks of drops, Touch posted a gain this week, picking up almost 300,000 viewers and getting its demo rating back to the two-point mark . The future of this show is far from certain, but it's definitely fighting.



A Gifted Man is done for the year, and wide speculation that it'll be canceled still hasn't been confirmed or denied by CBS. Fans just have to wait.


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 (FOX)2.73 million viewers/0.9/3 share

Fringe took a drop for the first week of its two-part season finale, but there's always hope that the final episode will bounce back. Plus, we get a fifth season!

Grimm (NBC)4.73 million viewers/1.4/4 share

Grimm broke even in rating and share but picked up 400,000 viewers this week. A boost at finale time couldn't hurt, but this show is already headed for season two.

Supernatural (CW)1.66 million viewers/0.7/2 share

Supernatural broke virtually even for the second straight week as we head toward its season-seven finale. This show has proven almost ridiculously consistent all season long, and that's part of why it's headed for an eighth year.


Clone Wars ended on a high note. Season five returns in the fall.

Sanctuary (Syfy)—SEASON ENDED

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)—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)8.95 million viewers/3.0/8 share

Once Upon a Time lost a few viewers but broke even in ratings this week, holding its place at the top of the Sunday night broadcast lineup. Almost finale time.

Game of Thrones (HBO)3.87 million viewers/2.0

Game of Thrones dropped a very tiny chunk of viewers but picked up a tenth of a ratings point, making its numbers almost identical to the powerful season premiere showing a few weeks back. It lost the night to the NBA playoffs, but it was a very strong second, and it's proving that those early season two numbers weren't just because of the hype.

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