Touch still struggles, Thrones stays strong and 22 more genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

The midseason shows are out in force, and some are handling their schedules better than others. Alcatraz ended last week on a very low note, and now it's Touch's turn to hemorrhage viewers on Fox. Over on NBC, Awake is engaged in a similar struggle. But there's at least one show with no worries: Game of Thrones.

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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)1.27 million viewers/0.5

Being Human broke virtually even in viewers this week but actually lost a tenth of a ratings point, making this the lowest-rated broadcast of its second season. The season finale could provide a helpful boost, but even if it doesn't, these numbers aren't too shabby. Overall, this show's had a pretty good year.

Lost Girl (Syfy)1.01 million viewers/0.4

Lost Girl's week-to-week changes were much the same as Being Human's: a small decrease in viewers and a tenth of a point down in rating. We'll see what the season finale can do for this show's chances of returning to Syfy.


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 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)13.29 million viewers/4.4/15 share

Another weird week for Big Bang. Viewership was very nearly the lowest of the season (though 13 million viewers is nothing to smirk at), yet the show still managed to win the ratings crown for the night. What's more, it won it by a full half-point, trouncing American Idol in those all-important demo numbers even though Idol had no less than 1 million more viewers.

Person of Interest (CBS)13.69 million viewers/3.0/8 share

Person of Interest also took a big viewer drop, losing nearly 1 million from last week and dropping three tenths of a ratings point. Even with that, though, the show still managed to finish third on the night. Not bad at all.

The Vampire Diaries (CW)—REPEAT

The Vampire Diaries started another break Thursday night before the run-up to its season finale begins. New episodes return April 19.

The Secret Circle (CW)—REPEAT

The Secret Circle is taking the same time off as its sister show. New episodes April 19.

Awake (NBC)2.54 million viewers/0.9/3 share

More bad news for Awake. The show suffered its third straight week of drops, dipping below 3 million viewers for the first time and falling below one full ratings point. Unless something picks up soon, this one could be headed for a quick end.

Touch (FOX)7.15 million viewers/2.3/6 share

Touch is also struggling to hold on to viewers, but because it had much higher numbers to begin with, the bleeding doesn't look so bad. This week the show dropped more than 1.5 million viewers and four tenths of a ratings point, marking a cumulative loss of almost 5 million viewers and 1.6 points since the series premiere back in January. Seven million viewers is not a bad number, but when you consider where this show was before, it starts to look that way.



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)3.01 million viewers/1.0/3 share

Fringe barely lost any viewers this week, but it did lose two tenths of a ratings point that it couldn't afford to part with. It's only a matter of time now before the call is made on this show. Let's hope it's good news.

Grimm (NBC)4.45 million viewers/1.3/4 share

Grimm got a nice little bump this week, picking up a few viewers and a tenth of a ratings point. It's not dominating Friday nights, but this show is definitely staying competitive.

Supernatural (CW)—REPEAT

Supernatural started a break Friday. New episodes return April 20, and they won't stop until the season finale.


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)—REPEAT

Once Upon a Time started a two week break Sunday. New episodes return April 22.

Game of Thrones (HBO)3.75 million viewers/1.9

Game of Thrones had a very good first week back, but the real story was always going to be week two, after some of the hype died down and some new viewers decided it wasn't worth sticking around. Well, it turns out there wasn't much to worry about. The show lost 100,000 viewers and one tenth of a ratings point but remained very, very strong. It topped the night for cable programming, beating the second-place program by seven tenths of a point and the nearest non-HBO program by eight tenths. Not surprisingly, this led to a third season renewal announcement. We can't wait for even more war and winter.