Lovers Rejoice, Haters Despair: the Sky Is Not Falling in on TNT’s ‘Falling Skies’

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July 7th, 2012

Scientists at CERN’s LHC (Large Hadron Collider) found a boson. It may even be the Higgs boson, so they may have proved the theory of how things in our universe were bestowed with mass. But they didn’t find any kind of boson that bestows the kind of craziness on cable network executives that makes them cancel their network’s highest-rated scripted drama with adults 18-49 just because some people don’t like the show.

I’ve written this before, and I’ll do it again with bolding and underlining:  at its current ratings levels, Falling Skies is an absolute lock for renewal. It’s TNT’s highest-rated scripted drama with adults 18-49.  Note: for purposes of advertising sales, TNT actually focuses more on adults 25-54. It's TNT's #2 scripted show in that demo, so any way you look at it, it's safe at the current levels.

Anything’s possible. Anything, that is, except TNT cancelling its highest-rated scripted drama with adults 18-49. With good reason I don’t usually predict renewals for cable shows, but the ratings would have to drop more than 20% from where they are now for me to even think of it as a bubble show.

Earlier I’d thought that Falling Skies was solely a Dreamworks production and that TNT was just a distributor. But our friends at TNT inform me I thought wrong and that it is a co-production with TNT. I’m not sure of the specifics of the deal, but what that means is that TNT gets a piece of international licensing, DVDs and any syndication.

I don’t have a problem with anyone hating the show. But if you think it ought to be canceled just because you don’t like it, that’s wacky and you’re going to be disappointed when it’s renewed.  If you’re a fan of the show, there’s no need for you to worry about it being canceled yet.

  • One

    Slow day, it seems, for Robert to bait the Skies haters again.

  • Robert Seidman

    @One, that’s been true every day for weeks and I don’t do these kind of posts daily or even weekly for that matter. I’m afraid the renewal announcement will come soon enough to end these sort of posts altogether for at least a year, but I’m rooting them for wait a few months before announcing!

  • Zed

    “It’s TNT’s #2 scripted show in that demo, so any way you look at it, it’s safe at the current levels.”

    What’s #1?

  • chrys

    #1..if I had to guess, maybe The Closer?

  • teevee time

    Might as well use your bully pulpit and put these idiots in their place.

    My pet peeve is the other subset of ignorami who constantly claim that a contest or reality show in which cash prizes are involved are “rigged”.

  • One @ Zed and chrys

    They’re talking about shows that have actually aired eps this summer. More likely, #1 in 25-54 is Dallas or Rizzoli & Isles…

  • Robert Seidman

    Rizzoli & Isles^

  • Walt

    Expect a renewal tomorrow. They renewed it last year around the same time.

  • justin

    So their is still no explanation for the crazy executives at NBC for canceling Harry’s Law, their highest rated scripted show.

  • Coffee Steve

    Good, I like the show and the new flair it has.

  • justin

    BTW, Smash does NOT count. If NBC had spent 30 million in ads for Harry’s Law, demo ratings and total viewership would have been thru the roof. It’s gonna be even more bitter-sweet or NBC when Kathy wins the Emmy for Best Actress come this fall.

  • Walt

    @justin Hilarious. Claire Danes will win the Emmy for Best Actress. Kathy Bates will be lucky to get a nomination.

  • Ram510

    I expect to hear a renewal for Franklin & Bash soon as well. Sadly is will probably be for only another 10 episodes

  • Ram510

    With TNT doing so well this summer it makes me wonder had the kept Men of a Certain Age for one more season and given it a summer run if it would be doing a lot better. They cancelled that show a little too soon if you asked me, it needed a summer run

  • Robert Seidman

    @Justin: Harry’s Law was one of NBC’s lowest-rated shows with adults 18-49 which is why it was cancelled. It’s not crazy on NBC’s part. It’s beholden to the advertisers with big briefcases full of money. It’s not crazy for fans to want that to change but it is crazy not to recognize that’s the way it is right now.

  • Walt

    @Ram510 It was a brilliant show. The problem was splitting up the seasons.

  • Temis

    Hope it gets a renewal. The show quality is on an upwards (more or less) trajectory.

  • Ram510

    @ Walt

    Men of a Certain Age only had its 2nd season split. The second of season 2 started in June but they didn’t put any real effort into it. Not like season 1 or even the beginning of season 2 which premiered with 2.4 million viewers. It would’ve been nice to have paired it up with Dallas

  • Herb

    I hope there is something out there for Patrick Wilson and his blond assistant Forgot her name. Seems every body on the show is showing up on different gigs ala Prime Suspect. Ballo + the whole cast were incredable.

  • The End

    Just wondering, are you a fan of the show Robert? I know you said to me before when asked that you liked Fringe.

    Curious if anything.

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