As it was for the freshman outing, fans don’t have to watch the second season worrying whether the Genius TV show is cancelled or renewed for season three. National Geographic greenlit a third installment — Genius: Mary Shelley, about a week prior to the Genius: Picasso season premiere. We’re still tracking the ratings during season two of Genius, to better anticipate whether the series will be cancelled or renewed beyond the third season and to give us a benchmark for the cancellation and renewal chances of other Nat Geo programs, so stay tuned.
A National Geographic Channel anthology drama, each season of Genius presents the “untold” stories about the world’s most intelligent and inventive innovators. Genius: Picasso stars Alex Rich as young Pablo Picasso, with Antonio Banderas portraying him in his latter years. As one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed artists, Picasso plied his trade in exciting new ways. His chapter explores the links between the Spaniard’s passionate nature and powerful creative drive and his eventful personal life. The story delves into his marriages and affairs, as well as his political and personal alliances. Johnny Flynn, season one’s young Albert Einstein, will make a special appearance, while Samantha Colley, T.R. Knight, and Seth Gabel return for season two. Clémence Poésy, Robert Sheehan, Poppy Delevingne, and Aisling Franciosi also star.
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: The first season of Genius on National Geographic averaged a 0.15 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and an audience of 1.051 million total viewers.
Cable ratings are typically released within a day or so of the show’s airing, except for in the case of weekends and holidays. They are sometimes harder to come by, so there may be occasional delays or gaps.
What do you think? Do you like the Genius TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed beyond its third season? Which other luminaries would you like to see covered?