from an AP Story (via USAToday.com):
The future of The Beast and Swayze's continued participation remain unclear, according to A&E President Bob DeBitetto, who's waiting to see how the season's final two episodes score. Airing at 10 p.m. ET Thursdays, the series concludes its season April 23.
Since premiering in January, The Beast has logged an average weekly audience of 1.3 million viewers, "which gets us to second base," DeBitetto said. "We're kinda used to hitting triples here, or better."
But neither ratings nor A&E's declared pride in the series can dictate whether The Beast will get a second-season pickup. The overriding question mark, of course, is Swayze's fight against pancreatic cancer.