Touch returns big, Awake still struggles and 21 other genre shows

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Dec 16, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

Everyone's already looking ahead to the season premiere of Game of Thrones Sunday, but there's lots of other genre TV out there worth considering too. Many of the shows we've been following all year are moving into their final weeks fighting for as many viewers as possible, while others are simply trying to stay afloat.

This week, The River ended with disappointment, while Touch returned to very strong numbers for its second episode. Meanwhile, Alcatraz and Fringe are both still struggling on Fox, and Awake is dealing with a big numbers drop that it might never recover from.

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


Alcatraz (FOX)5.04 million viewers/1.6/4 share

One week before its season finale, Alcatraz hit its lowest viewer mark yet, officially more than 5 million viewers down from its series premiere. The show held on to last week's rating and share score, but that's likely not enough to keep the series afloat. Sorry, Alcatraz fans, but it's looking like this show will go the way of Terra Nova.

Being Human (Syfy)1.42 million viewers/0.7

Being Human picked up a few more viewers and one tenth of a ratings point this week, and it's earning 200,000 more viewers than it had the same time last season. Good news for this show as it heads into the final month of season two.

Lost Girl (Syfy)1.08 million viewers/0.4

Lost Girl dropped a few viewers but held on to its rating. It's not quite where Being Human is, but it is showing some encouraging consistency. Chances are good we'll see the second season of this show imported to Syfy.


We got word this week that Terra Nova is officially extinct. Netflix backed out, and the cast is moving on to other gigs. It was fun while it lasted.


The River (ABC)3.99 million viewers/1.4/4 share

The River wrapped up its brief first season last Tuesday with its least-watched episode ever, though it did manage to pick up a tenth of a ratings point. Over the course of eight episodes it lost a total of more than 3.5 million viewers and one full ratings point, leaving a second season in serious jeopardy. We'll just have to wait and see if ABC thinks there's a way it can keep this show around.


American Horror Story (FX)—DONE FOR SEASON

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)—OFF

March Madness has pushed The Big Bang Theory off the air for a couple of weeks. New episodes return Thursday.

Person of Interest (CBS)—OFF

Person of Interest is also off to make way for basketball. New episodes starting Thursday.

The Vampire Diaries (CW)2.69 million viewers/1.3/4 share

The Vampire Diaries broke even in viewers but picked up a tenth of a point this week. It's not quite where it was this time last year, but the show remains the most reliably watched thing The CW has on the air.

The Secret Circle (CW)1.72 million viewers/0.7/2 share

The Secret Circle picked up 100,000 viewers but broke even in rating and share. It might look bad when you stack it up against Vampire Diaries, but this show is still performing solidly for the network it's on. Season two is very likely.

Awake (NBC)4.73 million viewers/1.2/3 share

Awake dropped back below 5 million viewers in its fourth week, but the big news is its rating score. It lost nearly half a point, taking it to a total loss of .8 since the series premiere. The big loss could have something to do with the NCAA basketball it was competing with, but this show's been struggling for weeks. We'll see if the next episode can fare any better.

Touch (FOX)11.81 million viewers/3.3/9 share

After two months of waiting we finally got a new episode of Touch last Thursday, and Fox has to be pleased with the results. The show didn't quite pull in the same viewers as the premiere, but it came close, and the rating score was still impressive despite a .6 dropoff, some of which we can chalk up to basketball. We'll have to see how the next few episodes do, but it's very likely Fox has finally found a new drama it can hold on to.



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)2.87 million viewers/0.9/3 share

Sorry, Fringe fans, but we have some bad news for you this week. After a three-week break, the show returned last Friday to its lowest-rated broadcast of the fourth season so far, and the least watched since mid-January. Again, we can chalk some of this up to basketball, but it's not good news for a show fighting to stay alive for another year. We'll see if Fringe recovers next week.


Grimm was off again this week. New episodes return Friday.

Supernatural (CW)1.63 million viewers/0.6/2 share

Supernatural dropped one tenth of a ratings point again this week, but it's still performing well enough for the CW. And of course, that pesky basketball continues to throw a wrench into everyone's numbers.


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

Sanctuary (Syfy)—DONE FOR SEASON

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)1.58 million viewers/0.4

With just one week to go until its season finale, Merlin had a pretty good week, picking up a few viewers and breaking even in its ratings score. Though the viewership it has isn't bad, the series did manage to top 2 million earlier this year. We'll see if the season finale can get it there again.

Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz)1.34 million viewers/0.7

Spartacus bounced back Friday from a season low the week before, picking up more than 200,000 viewers and two tenths of a ratings point. The season finale is next week. We'll see if the growth can continue.


The Walking Dead (AMC)—DONE FOR SEASON

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)8.82 million viewers/2.9/8 share

Once Upon a Time picked up a few viewers, but couldn't come close to the more than 10 million it had just three weeks ago. That meant it gave up its most-viewed crown to The Good Wife on CBS this week. Don't worry too much, though, because it still won the ratings battle.