TV history is littered with series in which one of the main stars left a show before it ended. Some series found new life as a result while others fizzled out and were cancelled. What will happen to Billions on Showtime now that Damian Lewis has departed? Will it be renewed for season seven? Stay tuned. *Status Update Below.
A Showtime finance and legal drama, Billions stars Paul Giamatti, Corey Stoll and Maggie Siff, with David Costabile, Asia Kate Dillon, Condola Rashad, Jeffrey DeMunn, and Daniel Breaker. In season six, Axe (Lewis) is gone and Michael Prince (Stoll) has assumed his place. Now, Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) must develop a new strategy that is keener and more sophisticated than before. All the players, from Wags (Costabile) to Wendy (Siff), from Taylor (Dillon) to Sacker (Rashad), and of course Senior (DeMunn), must sharpen their weapons and look for new alliances in order to survive. The ground is ever-shifting and the stakes absolute. New king, new war, new rules.
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For comparisons: Season five of Billions on Showtime averaged a 0.08 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 491,000 viewers.
Note: These are the final national ratings, including all live+same day viewing and DVR playback (through 3:00 AM). Early fast affiliate ratings (estimates) are indicated with an “*”. While these numbers don’t include further delayed or streaming viewing, they are a very good indicator of how a show is performing, especially when compared to others on the same channel. Though other economic factors are involved, the higher-rated shows usually get renewed and the lower-rated ones get cancelled.
What do you think? Do you like the Billions TV series on Showtime? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a seventh season?
*2/16/22 update: Billions has been renewed for a seventh season on Showtime.
I am amazed at how good the season was.
I loved it.
I am in love with Bobby.
Billion is still great.
I was a loyal Billions viewer for five seasons. The dynamic between Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti gave the show life. But after Damien left, the show just wasn’t the same. I made it through three episodes of season 6 then bailed. Very disappointed in the writing, new cast members and reduced roles of Dollar Bill and Mafee.
What a disappointment – a once great show is now mired in a cheap attempt to be PC. Replace a lovable evil genius like Ax with a whining do good nebbish like Prince?! Please! And what about the shameless replacements of all the good old goombas like Dollar Bull and Mafee with completely fantastical POC who have no realistic traits – that is just insulting- way to ruin a once great show!
You know that this show is completely in the toilet then it has half the ratings of the crappiest CW woke show.. They should have ended the series with Axe’s departure.. one could say should have been wrapped up at season 4 as season 5 wasn’t particularly good. IMHO
Season 6 is uninteresting to me. No sure if I’m numb to the equation or if I just miss Daniel Day Lewis. I think it’s both
Season 6 has no teeth. With Chuck Rhoades and Bobby Axelrod, it was personal. Now Rhoades’ mission is diluted to “I’m against billionaires in general, as a matter of principal.” You can literally listen to the dialogue and hear the writers trying and failing to put a fire in Rhoades’ belly. Ep 6: Daevisha Maharto to Rhoades: “Why is Mike Prince in your sights?” Rhoades: “Because he is a robber baron, and what he is engaging in is just the latest form of noblesse oblige.” Ooh, that’s biting! So blah they never should have shot that scene – it spotlighted… Read more »
Watched every season and loved it. This season is horrible and is unwatchable. Sorry, Mike Prince is so boring! I’m done with it.
Please let us boost your ratings look forward to seeing it every Sunday night legal drama so good Paul Giamatti is the best always enjoy it and love it. Never missed any episodes of it this.
The characters lines are all forced and cliche; forced. In addition, the acting is becoming less and less believable. Too bad… had a great run until this season.
I have watched all previous five seasons and thought they were great 5/5. However, Season 6 is awful, 2/5. The loss of Axe (Damien Lewis) was partly responsible. The part of Mike Prince is dull and he has no charisma. The plots now seemed forced and not very interesting. Like the writers have run out of ideas. This series should have ended with Season 5 and gone out on a high note. It is now unwatchable.
Absolutely awful. The most boring and badly acted show on tv. They speak nothing but nonsense.
No Axe no Billions. I watched the first 2 episodes and I am done. It’s not a good show anymore plus the show has gone way left and way to Woke for my taste.
I absolutely agree. You hit it right on the head!
Rocky….. If you had made it to episode 6, your head would have exploded. A focus on this particular episode was a main client threatening to pull his business from Prince, because Prince was taking care of the “police retirement fund” as well. This character doesn’t like to police so he threatened to pull his business unless they dropped the police. The show actually gave this characters premise some semblance of credence in its dialogue! Instead of framing this characters thought process as the pariah it is and he is. I’m disgusted. Done.
Billions season 6 has fallen off the rails. Absolutely horrible. Done with it.
The show faltersvwithout Axe
The writers made the mistake of making its audience hate every character except the one who departed; they gave us NO likeable character to follow post Damien – It will fail as a result.