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.

  • thesnowleopard


    Jessica, The Borgias was renewed by Showtime back in May:

    As for why popular Canadian shows get canceled, the usual industry wisdom up there is that U.S. shows get much higher ratings for less money than domestic productions. It sucks, but there you go. Also, some ugly politics have done a number on funding for domestic production ever since Harper became PM. There were even dark mutterings a few years back about how shows like “Intelligence” and “The Border” (which, ironically enough, was supposed to be a more politically friendly replacement of “Intelligence”) were canceled because they rubbed Ottawa the wrong way.

    Love it or hate it, domestic productions in Canada almost always get lower ratings and ride the financial edge more than U.S. or British imports. While I’m sad to hear that “Murdoch Mysteries” is finally ending, sixty-plus episodes are still a whole lot more than most Canadian shows get.

  • Davis

    @thesnowleopard …Yeah, it’s all a massive conspiracy *sarcasm* Ya tin-foil hat Hoser!

  • thesnowleopard


    1. I’m not Canadian.

    2. Calling people names on a public board is sad and pathetic.

    3. Politics is often heavily involved in the fates of Canadian shows because a much higher percentage of funding for Canadian productions comes from the government than it does in the U.S. (There is also a lot of government funding of productions in Britain). This is why, for example, so many American shows film in Vancouver. It’s because they can get money from the Canadian government for filming “Canadian” productions there. It is therefore quite easy for the Canadian government to control Canadian TV and film production, in comparison to the U.S. government’s much-weaker control over American productions. There is some, but it’s mostly indirectly through agencies like the FCC.

    Next time you troll, try doing a little more research first. You’ll embarrass yourself less.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Show has been slightly better so far this season, although large parts of it still make zero sense. Nice to see Ryan Robbins getting work after Sanctuary crashed…

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