True Blood returns strong, Teen Wolf dips + 27 other genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

Our TV schedule is finally starting to pick up again. This week three new summer shows kicked off: True Blood, Tron: Uprising and Saving Hope. Meanwhile, Teen Wolf took a dive in its second week, and Eureka and Lost Girl both got boosts.

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)1.35 million viewers/0.5

Lost Girl returned from a week off to a nice boost in numbers, earning its highest viewership since the end of January. We'll see if it can keep climbing.


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)1.96 million viewers/0.6

Eureka returned this week to the highest viewership of its final season so far and its highest rating since mid-May. Perhaps some of the viewers who were previously occupied with broadcast TV shows have turned here for summer viewing. We'll see what next week tells us.

Teen Wolf (MTV)1.74 million viewers/0.6

Teen Wolf picked up a Monday night run the day after its season premiere and suffered a hefty dropoff, losing a quarter of a million viewers and two tenths of a ratings point. The numbers are still reasonably strong, but another drop for episode three would not be a good sign.



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 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)3.24 million viewers/0.7/2 share

NBC's new supernatural drama premiered to soft numbers Thursday night, finishing third in its timeslot, which looks worse when you factor in that one of the shows that beat it was a rerun. There's always a chance that word of mouth and building buzz could boost the numbers in the coming weeks, but the premiere definitely looks weak.

Tron: Uprising (DISNEY XD)0.58 million viewers/0.1

Disney's latest addition to the Tron universe premiered on Disney XD last Thursday to solid but not spectacular numbers. It's not on par with the 800,000 or so viewers Ultimate Spider-Man (the network's top animated series) is pulling in, nor is it matching the more than 1 million viewers that watched the prelude episode on Disney last month. Still, these numbers show promise.



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)5.2 million viewers/2.9

True Blood returned to HBO Sunday for yet another strong season premiere. It wasn't quite on par with season four's debut, but it was enough to continue the show's reputation as one of the most popular series on cable. So far True Blood's average viewership has increased with every passing season. We'll watch closely to see if this year continues that trend.