Second Chance Post #9

Second Chance continued to pull similar ratings for FOX this past week. Since February 26th, the show has been pulling a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and has garnered anywhere from 1.17 to 2.15 million viewers with this same rating. It’s not terrible for FOX, but there was a reason, after all, that the show was moved to Friday’s after only two weeks.

This past Friday, March 25th, Second Chance reached the end of its original episode order. FOX only ordered eleven episodes of the show (cut back from the original order, as I’ve blogged about before) and that programming ended with this past week. There’s no official word either way from FOX on whether or not the show will continue, but a Bustle article from just a few days ago makes a strong case for its renewal. That article also links to this Entertainment Weekly piece from back in January noting that FOX did spend quite a bit of money on reshoots for the show which the author argues they probably would not have done if they didn’t believe in it. Based on what I’ve seen online, the show has a dedicated fanbase, but it’s still unclear whether or not keeping the show around will make sense for FOX from a business standpoint.

Second Chance Post #2


This past week was the first with Second Chance’s new spot at the last bastion of close-to-being-canceled television shows: Friday evenings. We know that shows are typically moved to Fridays as a result of low ratings, and Second Chance made its move after only two episodes. In its new time slot, its numbers were even worse pulling a 0.7 rating in the demo with a paltry 2.22 million total viewers. Its cancellation is imminent. After this past week, TV By The Numbers deemed it “sure to be cancelled by May 2016.” Important to note, however, is that Second Chance is owned by FOX Studios and as such does have a better shot at renewal than a show from an outside producer might.

Second Chance is receiving mixed/average reviews on Metacritic, pulling a score of 47. Most reviews didn’t have great things to say, and even the more positive ones cited tired cliches and unoriginal content. gave the show a score of 10 (out of 100) and stated that “The writing is atrocious, the production values are subpar, and there’s not a single good performance.” It would seem clear, then, that not only are viewers not tuning in to watch Second Chance, critics seem wholly unimpressed with the program.

Scream Queens – Post #6

Rumors are popping up; Scream Queens may be included in 2015’s canceled TV shows, due to it’s lagging ratings. This past Tuesday, ratings fell to 1.2, down 14 percent from last week. Overall, the show has fallen 25 percent against its premiere.

There may not be much truth to this assumption though, as Dana Walden, Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO has openly discussed interest in a second season. In an interview with the Wrap, Walden discussed how he’ll wait a few weeks for data to trickle in to make an ultimate decision, but the seeds have been plotted. The show itself has a large following of powerful endorsements, as well as the continued increase in ratings 3- 7 additional days after airing each week. This is perfectly exemplified by the official viewing numbers from the show’s premiere. According to ZapToIt, Scream Queens had a ratings increase of 1.4 in it’s first week, going from 1.7 to 3.1; an 82% increase. That equates to 7.1 million total viewers after 7 days.

The viewer interest is there, the numbers exhibit that, but the timing is proving to be an issue. How will this all play out?