The current season of “The Expanse” will be its last on Syfy, and you can chalk up the show ending to the changing economics of TV.

Though critically acclaimed, “The Expanse’s” on-air ratings have dwindled over its run on Syfy. The cable channel also didn’t have any digital rights to the series, which put a premium on linear ratings, and those just weren’t big enough for Syfy to continue the show.

“‘The Expanse’ transported us across the solar system for three brilliant seasons of television. Everyone at Syfy is a massive fan of the series, and this was an incredibly difficult decision,” NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment head Chris McCumber says in a statement.
“We want to sincerely thank ‘The Expanse’s’ amazing cast, crew and all the dedicated creatives who helped bring James S.A. Corey’s story to life. And to the series’ loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”

Through five episodes this season, “The Expanse” is averaging a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 570,000 viewers for initial airings. That’s on par with Season 2, but its three-day numbers (0.3 in the 18-49 demo and 1 million viewers) are down 12 percent in the demo and 5 percent in viewers.

Alcon Entertainment, which produces the show, says it “fully plan[s] to pursue other opportunities” to land “The Expanse” a new home.

For now, though, the series finale on Syfy is scheduled for June 27.


Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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