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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
HBO's 'Flight of the Conchords' premiered June 17, 2007 behind the fourth-season premiere of 'Entourage,' where it pulled a 0.7 A18-49 rating & 1.2 million viewers; losing nearly half of its lead-in (1.4 & 2.2 million). These weren't exactly great numbers for the network at the time, and unfortunately continued to decline throughout its first season, averaging just under 1 million viewers. Somehow it was renewed for a second season, but with just 632,000 viewers on-average, it was not renewed for a third.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
'Eureka' premiered on Sci-Fi network July 18, 2006 and ranked as one of the top-viewed programs of the week (a rare feat for that network) with 4.05 million viewers and a 1.3 A18-49 rating. It was unable to sustain those number though, falling to 2.5 million by week 2 and remaining slightly below that for the remainder of the season (average: 2.48 million). A second season dipped further, averaging just over 2.1 million viewers, but the third season was able to recover up to over 2.3 million; both logged a 0.8 in the 18-49 demo. Ratings remained OK in its fourth season, pulling a 0.7 & 2 million viewers, but tumbled to 0.5 & 1.6 million in its fifth season and it was cancelled.
Monday, February 18, 2019
Sci-Fi's 'Battlestar Galactica' premiered as a 2-episode miniseries in December 2003 where it pulled relatively strong numbers, 3.9 million & 4.46 million, prompting the network to develop it as a full series. The series officially launched January 14, 2005 to a 1.5 A18-49 rating & 3.1 million viewers and remained steady in the high-2 millions throughout its first season, averaging a 1.3 rating & 2.8 million viewers. Numbers declined slightly in its second season where it pulled just about a 1.1 rating & 2.3 million viewers, but fell down to 1.7 million in both its third and fourth seasons. The show concluded in March 2009 to 2.36 million viewers, and aired a full movie the following January to 1.02 million.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
'The L Word' premiered January 18, 2004 to a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating/share and 936,000 viewers - one of Showtime's best premiere numbers ever. It averaged 609,000 viewers over the course of its first season, dipped to 490,000 in its second season, and rose up to 555,000 for its third. The next two seasons were both low-performers, pulling between 300,000 and 500,000 viewers for its premieres and finales, but the sixth and final season in 2009 managed to recover lost viewership. The final season premiered to 664,000 viewers in January 2009 and concluded to 756,000. Note: for seasons 1-3, only ratings for the premieres, finales, and averages are provided. Full episode-by-episode numbers begin with season 4.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Bravo's 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' premiered July 15, 2003 to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating & 1.64 million viewers and rose to a peak of 2.0 & 3.35 million viewers mid-way through its first season. That first season performed very well, averaging a 1.3 rating & 2.2 million viewers, but the numbers consistently declined from there. A second season tumbled to a 0.6 rating & 1.15 million viewers though the last several episodes fell below 1 million, and that trend continued in its third season which dropped to 0.3 & 640,000. The final two seasons fell to nearly invisible levels at 0.23 & 0.17 in the demo and at ~470,000 & ~380,000 in total viewers, and the show was cancelled. It was later revived by Netflix though ratings are not available.
Friday, February 15, 2019
FX's 'The Shield' premiered March 12, 2002 to a 2.4 A18-49 rating and 4.83 million viewers - great numbers for a cable drama at the time and on-par with what USA's 'Monk' delivered that year. The ratings declined down to a low of 1.1 & 2 million viewers, but finished strongly, up to 2.1 & 4.14 million and averaged a 1.67 & 3.2 million overall. The show saw some growth in its second season (2003), rising in both the demo (to 1.73) and viewers (3.3 million), but then declined in its third (2004) to 1.33 & 2.5 million. Surprisingly, the ratings rebounded in 2005's fourth season where it pulled over a 1.5 in the demo & was back up to 3.2 million viewers, but that was the last of the good ratings. The next three (and final) seasons each saw significant ratings decline: down to a 1.3 in 2006, a 1.0 in 2007, and a 0.8 in 2008. That final season also managed only 1.62 million viewers and the show concluded to 1.84 million.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Showtime's 'Brotherhood' premiered July 9, 2006 to the tune of 454,000 viewers, fell to 158,000 viewers in its second week, and concluded its first season averaging just 207,000 viewers. A second season aired in 2007 and was a lead-out to the hit series 'Dexter' which is perhaps the best explanation for that season's rise in viewership. It hit a series-high of 517,000 viewers in the second episode and concluded exactly how it began with 371,000. A third and final season aired in 2008, also paired with 'Dexter;' however, this season it was a lead-in rather than a lead-out so it did not benefit from the large 'Dexter' audience. That season averaged 265,000 viewers, hitting a low of 190,000, and it was cancelled.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Fox Business's 'Strange Inheritance' debuted January 26, 2015 to record premiere ratings for the network: 0.02/0.04 in the adults 18-49 demo and 289,000/315,000 viewers. Throughout its run it maintained very low ratings, averaging between 0.01-0.02 in the A18-49 demo and the low-to-mid 100,000 viewership range. The show aired four total seasons and concluded 2018.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
El Rey's 'Rite of Passage' was a short-lived program that aired in summer 2017 to basically invisible ratings. The show debuted to 0.01 adults 18-49 rating & 45,000 viewers which ended up being the peak as it fell to a zero demo rating on multiple occasions and as low as 17,000 viewers. Its 12 episodes averaged a 0.01 & 31,000 viewers and it was cancelled.
Monday, February 11, 2019
HBO's 'Rome' premiered August 28, 2005 to a 2.4 HH rating and 3.81 million viewers, basically on-par with what the series finale of 'Six Feet Under' pulled a week earlier (2.4 HH & 3.89 million). The ratings dropped significantly by episode 3 which pulled a 1.6 rating & 2.58 million viewers but then they stabilized around that and the first season averaged 2.6 million viewers. A second season premiered in January 2007 and got off to a slow start with just a 0.6 A18-49 rating & 1.54 million viewers, but things improved throughout the rest of its run and the season ultimately ended up averaging a 0.8 rating & over 2 million viewers. This wasn't good enough for a third season renewal though and the show was cancelled after airing 22 episodes over 2 seasons.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
HBO's 'Tell Me You Love Me' premiered September 9, 2007 to a low 0.3 adults 18-49 rating & 910,000 viewers - not-so-good numbers for HBO at the time. It did an OK job of retaining its audience though, averaging a 0.32 demo rating and 767,000 viewers over its 10 episodes, but this was still not enough to warrant a second season renewal.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
HBO's 'Lucky Louie' premiered June 11, 2006 behind the third season premiere of 'Entourage'. 'Entourage' provided strong lead-in numbers in both the demo (1.5 rating) and viewers (2.69 million), but 'Louie' was only able to maintain a 0.7 rating & 1.52 million viewers as many viewers did not stick around. The same pattern was the case for the rest of the season as 'Entourage' held in the low-to-mid 2 millions & 1.4 in the demo while 'Louie' averaged about a million less than that (1.35 million) and half the demo (0.74). The show was not renewed for a second season.
Friday, February 8, 2019
There is not much to say about Pop's short-lived series 'Clique' as it barely made a blip on the radar. The show premiered November 7, 2018 to a dead zero 18-49 rating and just 11,000 viewers, and aside from one ratings outlier (0.01/40,000) basically remained at that mark throughout its first 6 episodes. Pop decided to air a second season in burn-off fashion on July 4, 2019 where it logged zero in 18-49 and just 10,000 viewers.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
FX's 'Over There' premiered July 27, 2005 to a solid 1.8 adults 18-49 rating and 4.06 million viewers - good numbers for FX at the time, but it fell to about 2.5 million over its next few weeks. Had it been able to sustain that level then renewal may have been in the question; however, the ratings went in freefall towards the end of its run. It concluding to its lowest numbers ever: 0.7 in the demo & 1.34 million viewers, and was cancelled.
HBO's 'The Comeback' premiered June 5, 2005 to a 1.0 HH rating and 1.51 million viewers, basically on par with what its 'Entourage' lead-in delivered (1.0 & 1.59 million), though neither were particularly good for HBO at the time. Overall, it averaged just below 1 million viewers (955,000) for most of the first season as well as a 0.68 HH rating and 0.52 P18-49 rating. There was a long delay before the second season premiered in 2014, but time did no favors for the show which averaged just a 0.09 demo rating & 225,000 viewers in its return. There has been no word since on the status of a third season.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
HBO's 'K Street' premiered Sept. 14, 2003 to a 2.1 HH rating and 3 million viewers - not a bad number for HBO at the time, but significantly less than its 'Carnivale' lead-in (3.4 HH rating & 5.3 million). The show shed over 1 million viewers by episode 3 and remained around that mark for the rest of its run, averaging 2.01 million viewers over 10 episodes. It was not renewed for a second season.
Sunday, February 3, 2019
HBO's 'Oz' premiered July 12, 1997 to a 2.4 HH rating and 3.45 million viewers - low in comparison to what the Big 4 broadcast networks were getting at that time, but on-par with UPN, WB, and other basic cable programs. The first season as a whole averaged 2.68 million viewers and grew in the two subsequent seasons to 2.89 million in 1998 and 3.27 million in 1999. It remained solid throughout the rest of its run, peaking in its fifth season (3.57 million) and concluding to 3.7 million viewers in 2003.
'Years of Living Dangerously' premiered April 13, 2014 on Showtime to 294,000 viewers, but tumbled by more than half in its second week (123,000) and spent the majority of its first season at around 0.05 in the demo and ~150,000 viewers. The show switched networks between seasons and aired its second season on National Geographic Channel in fall 2016. That run performed slightly better in both the demo (0.07) and in viewership (272,000), but it was not renewed for a third season.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
WGN America's 'Wrestling with Death' premiered January 13, 2015 to a 0.05 adults 18-49 rating and 151,000 viewers for its first episode, retaining 0.04 & 122,000 for the second episode airing immediately after. The show was able to hold its demo numbers for a few weeks despite shaving a chunk of its viewership, but viewers decidedly lost interest by the finale which logged a zero rating and just 18,000 viewers. Needless to say, it was not renewed for a second season.
Friday, February 1, 2019
'Shoot the Messenger' is a Canadian drama that premiered on CBC in fall 2016 before premiering in the U.S. on WGN America in early 2018. It bowed with a low 0.03 adults 18-49 rating and 173,000 viewers and declined in its next two weeks before being yanked from its regular 10pm timeslot. The final 5 episodes aired at midnight on Fridays but still were able to hold the previous numbers and the show concluded with a 0.02 rating & 126,000 viewers on-average.