True Blood triumphs, Futurama falls + 30 other genre shows

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Dec 17, 2012

No new premieres this week, but all the shows we're currently tracking were back with new episodes. True Blood reclaimed the top spot in Sunday night cable, while Futurama suffered a Fourth of July slump. Meanwhile, Falling Skies got some very good news.

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)96 million viewers/0.4

Lost Girl seems to be settling into a summer slump. For the third time in four weeks, and the second week in a row, it finished below the 1-million-viewer mark. A third season's already on the way, so there's no imminent danger, but we're still hoping this show can pick up a little before its finale.


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)1.58 million viewers/0.5

Eureka broke even again this week, continuing a streak of strong (if not stellar) numbers. With just two episodes left before we say goodbye, we'll see if a numbers spike happens as this show bows out.

Teen Wolf (MTV)1.64 million viewers/0.6

Teen Wolf broke even in viewers, but lost a tenth of a ratings point. Its numbers are still about on par with last year, though, so there's nothing to worry about seriously at this point.



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)1.06 million viewers/0.6

Futurama took a big drop in the third week of its new season, losing two tenths of a ratings point and nearly half a million viewers. The episode did air right in the middle of everyone's firework displays, though, so you can't blame the show too much.


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)2.20 million viewers/0.4/1 share

It wasn't a good week for Saving Hope. The show hit new lows in viewers, ratings score and share score. Not a good sign if this one wants to have a future.

Tron: Uprising (DISNEY XD)0.36 million viewers/0.1

Tron: Uprising broke even this week after a big drop last week. The numbers are small, but they might still be enough to keep it alive on Disney XD. We'll keep checking.

Wilfred (FX)1.45 million viewers/0.7

After a very strong second week, Wilfred took a big dip for the third episode of its second season, falling below 2 million viewers. The same thing happened last season, though, so this show is still basically on track in terms of consistency.



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)4.5 million viewers/2.6

True Blood reclaimed its place atop the Sunday night cable lineup. This one just keeps going strong.

Falling Skies (TNT)3.63 million viewers/1.2

Falling Skies broke even in rating this week and picked up a few viewers, but the big news is that it now officially has a third season. That takes a lot of pressure off, but we'll still be watching to see how the rest of the season fares.

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