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.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
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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.