Since Showtime is a pay-for-view cable channel, the execs aren’t tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels. However, they still have to run programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We’ll have to wait and see.
Scripted Showtime shows listed: The Affair, Back to Life, Billions, Black Monday, Californication, The Chi, City on a Hill, Dexter, Dice, Episodes, Escape at Dannemora, The Good Lord Bird, Happyish, Homeland, House of Lies, I’m Dying Up Here, Kidding, The L Word: Generation Q, Masters of Sex, Moonbase 8, Nurse Jackie, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Our Cartoon President, Penny Dreadful, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, Ray Donovan, Roadies, Shameless, SMILF, Twin Peaks, Web Therapy, White Famous, Work In Progress and Your Honor.
Last updated: Most recent ratings added for Shameless and Your Honor.
There’s lots of data that Showtime execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don’t play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here’s an updated listing of Showtime’s recent/current primetime scripted shows.
A couple of notes about these charts:
These figures are updated automatically as new ratings are released (usually a day or so after the broadcasts). The averages are based on the final national numbers (live plus same day viewing). For technical reasons, I have to resort them manually so feel free to let me know if I missed something.
The demo numbers, which are typically most important to the broadcast networks, aren’t quite as vital to cable channels because their audiences are usually much smaller. Demo numbers are typically reported using the 10ths decimal place (2.4, for example). In the averages, I’m using an extra decimal for easier ranking.
What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better? Which one do you think will be cancelled next?