Thrones sets record, Teen Wolf starts high + 24 other genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012

We're finally entering summer TV season. This week we add Teen Wolf to the list of shows we're covering, and it'll only get bigger from there. Plus Game of Thrones and Touch both wrapped up their seasons this week, and while one had a great sendoff, the other had a very rough one.

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)—OFF

Lost Girl was off this week, but there is news to report. We got word that Syfy wants it back for at least 13 more episodes starting next January. So even when season two ends, you won't have wait much longer for season three.


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)—OFF

Eureka took Memorial Day off. New episodes returned this week.



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)—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 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 is done. Despite critical acclaim and a not-bad premiere night, it couldn't hold on to viewers.

Touch (FOX)4.6 million viewers/1.3/4 share

Touch had a surprisingly rough time of things for its two-part season finale Thursday night. It dropped more than 1 million viewers and nearly half a ratings point from the previous for the least-watched and lowest-rated episode of the series by far. Of course, there's always the chance that Live + 7 Day numbers will inflate this a bit, but even still, losing your timeslot to a rerun of Person of Interest is no way to end a season.



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)4.2 million viewers/2.2

Game of Thrones couldn't top the NBA Finals (again) Sunday night, but that didn't stop a stellar season-two finale performance. The final episode of the year was the first episode in series history to top 4 million initial viewers and the first to top two full ratings point. Counting viewers on HBO's streaming service and viewers of encore performances, more than 10 million people watched the episode Sunday night. This show was dominant on Sunday nights all season long, and it proved its strength at finale time with a huge night for HBO, even up against the MTV Movie Awards. Now we'll see if season three can top these numbers.

Teen Wolf (MTV)2.1 million viewers/0.8

Teen Wolf returned Sunday to strong numbers for its season-two premiere. They weren't quite up to the series premiere numbers last year, but they were close, and they managed to top the solid numbers of last year's season-one finale. So far this series is holding up well for MTV. We'll see how the rest of the season goes.

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