The Nielsen ratings still matter, even on basic cable. Last year, USA Network went to great pains to state that The Sinner was an eight-episode, close-ended series. Then the Jessica Biel-led “limited event” grabbed better ratings than all of USA’s other original, scripted TV series, and surprise surprise, it was renewed for a second season. Although Bill Pullman is returning, his Detective Harry Ambrose will be investigating a new crime. Can it reel the summertime audience back in? Will The Sinner be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A USA crime drama, season two of The Sinner stars Pullman, Carrie Coon, Natalie Paul, Elisha Henig, and Hannah Gross. It follows Detective Ambrose, as he returns to his rural New York hometown, to work a case in which an 11-year-old boy, with no known motive, killed his parents.
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 The Sinner on USA Network averaged a 0.53 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic and a total audience of 1.8 million viewers.
Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.
What do you think? Do you like The Sinner TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a third season on USA Network?
*3/6/19 update: USA Network has renewed The Sinner TV show for a third season.