True Blood hangs on, Falling Skies falls + 30 other genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

The summer just keeps on getting fuller. This week we add Wilfred to the long list of shows we're watching. Meanwhile, Tron: Uprising took a drop again, Falling Skies struggled and Saving Hope got a nice 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).97 million viewers/0.4

Lost Girl dipped below 1 million viewers for the second time in three weeks, and dropped a tenth of a point off its rating. Summers are unpredictable (especially when they're Olympic summers), and this show's already got another season on the way, but it's still never encouraging to see those dips. We're about midway through season two now, so Lost Girl still has time to finish strong.


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)1.61 million viewers/0.5

Eureka basically broke even this week after a strong bounce back last week. Good news as the show heads into its final three episodes.

Teen Wolf (MTV)1.65 million viewers/0.7

Teen Wolf broke even again this week, and earned nearly the exact same viewership as the same episode number last season. That's consistency, and that's good news for MTV.



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.

Futurama (Comedy Central)1.45 million viewers/0.8

Futurama dropped a few viewers this week but maintained its rating score. It's still proving weaker than it was last year, but the numbers this year so far are definitely not bad.


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 last year, 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)3.19 million viewers/0.7/2 share

After hitting a new low last week, Saving Hope got a boost this week and reached its previous ratings high once again. We can probably chalk some of that up to the lead-in from the U. S. Olympic Trials, but even so it's an encouraging sign.

Tron: Uprising (DISNEY XD)0.38 million viewers/0.1

Tron: Uprising took another big drop this week, almost hitting the low it set two weeks ago but holding on to its 0.1 rating. When a show doesn't have many viewers to begin with, dips like this are even scarier. Then again, we are talking about a new show on a fairly new network with a small overall viewership anyway, so we'll see what the rest of the season brings.

Wilfred (FX)2.52 million viewers/1.2

In the first week of its second season, Wilfred managed fewer than 1 million viewers. For week two it got a massive boost, putting it back up to the levels of last year's premiere. It couldn't keep those numbers up last year, but we'll see if season two proves stronger.



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)4.54 million viewers/2.6

True Blood lost the Sunday night cable crown to the BET Awards this week, but managed to virtually break even in viewers and hold on to its very high ratings score. Now we've officially got a sixth season on the way. We'll see if season five continues to prove worth it.

Falling Skies (TNT)3.38 million viewers/1.2

Falling Skies dropped again in both rating and viewership this week. The last two episodes were watched less than anything in the whole of season one. That's not a good sign, but there's still more than a month left for this show to bounce back.