Losses: Californication and House of Lies.
Below are the Showtime TV show ratings averages as of Sunday, April 7, 2013; the end of week 28 of the 2012-13 season. Ratings are typically the best way to tell if a show will be cancelled or renewed but pay channels take other factors into consideration.
There are fewer Showtime shows and they don’t adhere to the traditional season. So, for comparison, I’ve also included the most recent seasons of shows that aren’t currently airing.
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|Dexter||season 7||1.1 (1.14)||2.23||renewed for season 8|
|Homeland||season 2||0.8 (0.83)||1.92||renewed for season 3|
|Shameless||season 3||0.8 (0.81)||1.65||renewed for season 4|
|House of Lies||season 2||0.5 (0.45)||0.89||renewed for season 3|
|Weeds||season 8||0.4 (0.37)||0.69||cancelled, finale aired 9/6/12|
|Californication||season 6||0.3 (0.31)||0.73||renewed for season 7|
|The Borgias||season 2||0.2 (0.19)||0.57||renewed for season 3|
|Nurse Jackie||season 4||0.2 (0.21)||0.56||renewed for season 5|
|The Big C||season 3||0.2 (0.19)||0.48||renewed for season 4 (final)|
|Episodes||season 2||0.1 (0.10)||0.24||renewed for season 3|
This chart incorporates the final show ratings (reported by Nielsen) for the initial airings. Because the demo isn’t as important, I’ve sorted the chart by viewership. There’s lots of information that channels take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series. Ratings are usually a determining factor for ad-supported networks but they can play a smaller role for pay channels. Perception and prestige are important factors in keeping subscribers.
What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the averages? Which show(s) do you feel should be doing better or worse, based on their quality? Comment below.