TV THIS WEEK: Stitchers' finale, Humans gets a second season, and more!

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Aug 3, 2015

We're reaching that point in the summer where many of our midseason and summer shows are winding down, and we're starting to look ahead to fall premieres. We'll get to fall premieres in the weeks ahead, but for now it's time to take stock of the summer series and where they're at. This week, Stitchers gets its Season 1 finale with a second season on the way, Scream and Humans are both renewed, and more.

Check out the week in TV below. What's on your watchlist?


Stitchers (ABC Family) Tuesday, 9 p.m. - "Full Stop"

Season finale! - ABC Family's had great success with family-centered shows like Switched at Birth and juicy teen dramas like Pretty Little Liars, and this year they ventured deeper into the realm of genre dramas with Stitchers, a show in which a government agency has the technology to "stitch" people into the memories of the recently deceased to solve mysteries. It's a clever premise, but as it kicked off, the big question was whether it would carry favor with ABC Family's audience. So far, it has. When you compared it to the overall viewer numbers of a hit like Pretty Little LiarsStitchers doesn't quite match up, but when you look at it through the prism of demographic success, and DVR boosts, it's doing quite well. In its timeslot, the show has been the top cable show for viewers 18-34 and women 12-34, a key ABC Family demographic. Plus, the most recent DVR numbers for the show revealed that its 18-49 demo score had doubled in Live+7. It's not the biggest hit the network has, but it's certainly not struggling, and that's why a few weeks ago it got a second season. Check out a preview of the season finale below.


Scream (MTV) Tuesday, 10 p.m. - "Betrayed"

Scream was a TV show that a lot of people weren't sure about, particularly when they saw the redesign of the iconic mask, but so far, at least for MTV, the show is working out. Last week the network renewed the series for Season 2 after five episodes aired. When you look at the live numbers, things don't look that impressive: the premiere pulled in 1.5 million viewers in Live +3. When you look at the increasing number of viewers who are watching the show via other methods, though, the bigger picture becomes clear. When it renewed the show, MTV reported that nearly 8 million people have watched it over various platforms, which makes the show a streaming hit, matching with the kind of audience MTV is hoping to draw with its programming. So far, like so many series these days, Scream is proving to be a hit beyond traditional TV watching. Check out a preview for the next episode below.


Defiance (Syfy) Friday, 8 p.m. - "When Twilight Dims the Sky Above"

Though it's only three seasons old, Defiance is the third longest-running scripted drama Syfy has right now, and it's arguably the kickoff point of the new wave of shows the network has engineered to take a harder sci-fi approach to its programming. That makes it an important show, so with the season finale looming in just a few weeks, we thought we'd check in with the show's ratings. Unfortunately, compared to Season 1 and Season 2, things aren't great, but they're not terrible, either. The Season 3 premiere brought in nearly one million fewer viewers than the Season 2 premiere, and with the exception of a single episode, every Season 3 broadcast so far has brought in fewer live viewers than any episode in the past two seasons. That's not the whole story, though, because it never is in the age of the DVR. When you look at the show's Live+7 numbers, it's clear the show is far from done. The latest Live+7 number show a 100% increase in the show's 18-49 demographic score, and an 82% increase in viewers, putting the final number at nearly two million. That's a much prettier picture for the series, and it gives us hope for Season 4. Check out a preview below.


Humans (AMC) Sunday, 9 p.m. - "Episode 7"

Humans is an intriguing new genre series partnership between AMC and Channel 4, and so far it looks like it's paying off. The series, focusing on a world in which artificial people called "synths" are the latest hot gadget, was the biggest Channel 4 debut series in two decades, and has picked up an average of 18% of the U.K. audience with each broadcast. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the show's garnered an average of 2 million viewers in Live+3 numbers, which doesn't put it in The Walking Dead territory, but still makes it a successful effort for AMC. So, we're getting Season 2. Check out a preview below.


The Last Ship (TNT) Sunday, 9 p.m. - "Uneasy Lies in the Head"

The Last Ship was one of last year's biggest cable hits, pulling in big audiences and a significant chunk of critical acclaim, so it's worth examining how the show is holding up in Season 2. When you look at the live numbers, things look a little underwhelming. The Season 2 premiere pulled in more than two million fewer viewers than the series premiere, and no Season 2 episode so far has pulled in more viewers than a Season 1 episode. That's not the end of the story, though. In Live+7 numbers, the show is still going strong, at last count pulling in an 86% increase in ratings and a 67% increase in viewers. That puts the final viewer count at more than five million, so don't count The Last Ship out for a second. Checkout a preview below.


Now, for the rest of what the week has to offer...



Gravity Falls (Disney XD) 8:30 p.m. - "Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons"

Dipper receives his favorite board game in the mail and gets his great uncle to play with him. Unfortunately, the game's wizard materializes in Gravity Falls and they must find a way to reverse the curse.


The Whispers (ABC) 10 p.m. - "Broken Child"

Claire, Sean, Wes and Lena meet a man who first encountered Drill more than 30 years ago, which could prove invaluable, provided Drill doesn't find a way to do away with him first.


Teen Wolf (MTV) 10 p.m. - "Strange Frequencies"

An attack by the Dread Doctors complicates Scott's plan to protect the latest victim.




Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors (Disney XD) 8 p.m. - "Inhumanity"

Spider-Man and Triton try to stop SHIELD vs. Inhumans war.


Zoo (CBS) 9 p.m. - "This Is What It Sounds Like"

Abraham comes to the rescue of Mitch and Chloe after they are kidnapped by a local drug lord while searching for a solution to the bat problem in Rio de Janiero. Meanwhile, Jamie, Jackson and Agent Shaffer team up to track down escaped death-row inmate Evan Lee Hartley, who has stolen evidence against Reiden Global.


Stitchers (ABC Family) 9 p.m. - "Full Stop"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Scream (MTV) 10 p.m. - "Betrayed"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Proof (TNT) 10 p.m. - "Reborn"

A grieving mother believes she's found the reincarnation of her dead son in a young piano prodigy. Also: Ivan's sister becomes suspicious of his behavior.




Extant (CBS) 9 p.m. - "You Say You Want an Evolution" and "The Other"

Molly starts changing physically, but isn't sure of the result or if she can reverse it, which sends her into a panic. Also, JD's ex-wife reappears to discuss their daughter. Later, Molly and JD hope for peace and try to get Shepherd to broker a deal between humans and hybrids, while Lucy tries to manipulate Charlie's feelings to put him in a compromising position.


Mr. Robot (USA) 10 p.m. - "eps1.6_v1ew-s0urce.flv"

Elliott goes missing; Mr. Robot tries to pull fsociety back together; Angela goes head-to-head with an old nemesis.



Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Leg Day" and "Cat's Fancy"

Season premiere! - The Titans do leg workouts to get stronger; Robin becomes a cat to make Starfire love him.

The Astronaut Wives Club (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Abort"

Betty Grissom deals with the loss of Gus as she makes arrangements for his funeral. After learning his death may have been preventable, she sets out on a mission for answers.


Beauty and the Beast (CW) 8 p.m. - "Cat's Out of the Bag"

Vincent, Tess and Heather try to boost Cat's spirits after the events of her big day leave her doubtful that they can defeat the threat.


Under the Dome (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Breaking Point"

A resistance forms against Christine, who is organizing a massive excavation project in the caves beneath the town. Also, Hunter figures out a way to contact the outside world.


Dominion (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Son of the Fallen"

Alex spearheads a plan to intercept Michael and Gabriel, who have breached the walls of New Delphi in pursuit of their mutual target; Claire begins the negotiation process with the revolting V1s; at the same time, David attempts to restore his legacy by any means necessary.


Geeks Who Drink (Syfy) 11 p.m. - "Mark Pellegrino vs. Brett Dalton"

Mark Pellegrino heads up the team Barma Initiative in a battle of wits against Brett Dalton and the members of Make It a Double Agent.

Reactor (Syfy) 11:30 p.m. 

No synopsis available.


Defiance (Syfy) 8 p.m. - "When Twilight Dims the Sky Above"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Killjoys (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Come The Rain"

A toxic Black Rain storm over Westerly forces John and Pawter to take shelter in the Royale overrun with a gang of dangerous criminals. Meanwhile, Dutch and D'avin are trapped on Lucy coming perilously close to the eye of the storm.


Dark Matter (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Episode Nine"

Four abandons the ship to embark on a reckless mission to reclaim his past and the crew are left wondering whether they should rescue him or let fate run its deadly course.



Aquarius (NBC) 9 p.m. - "(Please Let Me Love You and) It Won't be Wrong"

Hodiak and Shafe inch closer to exposing a serial killer who has been targeting homosexual men in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, a record producer has renewed interest in Manson and returns to Manson's compound.

Hannibal (NBC) 10 p.m. - "And the Woman Clothed in Sun"

Carvings symbolizing the Great Red Dragon are retrieved from crime scenes, casting light on Francis Dolarhyde's warped psyche. Meanwhile, both Dolarhyde and Will seek the wisdom of Hannibal Lecter, and Will reaches out to Bedelia Du Maurier.


Humans (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Episode 7"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Last Ship (TNT) 9 p.m. - "Uneasy Lies in the Head"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Falling Skies (TNT) 10 p.m. - "Everybody Has Their Reasons"

The group finds a safe haven in the form of a functional military base run by Weaver's old flame. Meanwhile, plans spin into motion for a final assault on the Espheni, yet it dawns on the 2nd Mass that things aren't exactly as they seem.


The Strain (FX) 10 p.m. - "Quick and Painless"

Eph alters his appearance so he can leave the city, which makes Nora a reluctant parent for Zack. Meanwhile, Dutch and Nora negotiate with Justine to get Fet out of jail.


Rick and Morty (TOON) 11:30 p.m. - "Auto Erotic Assimilation"

Rick gets emotional; Beth and Jerry go ballistic on each other.


(Episode synopses via TV Guide)

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