Monday, May 30, 2016

Renewal odds 5/30/16: 'Hellevator', 'Skin Wars', 'Idiotest'

Last week's renewal odds

Hellevator: Season 2 currently casting teams of four. Yes four, not three. Chance of renewal (for Season 2): 100% (flat)

Skin Wars: While the third season (five episodes/half way complete to date) has averaged 457,000 total viewers and 163,000 18-49 viewers, including a recent series low, Skin Wars is expected back for a fourth season. Chance of renewal (for Season 4): 99% (flat)

Idiotest: In its first seven weeks of its third season, Idiotest has averaged 326,000 total viewers and 98,000 18-49 viewers. In this figure, 30.1% of all viewers are under 50 years of age with an approximate median viewer age of 57. There is some moderately good news for the future of Idiotest.

Compared to the first seven weeks of Season 2, Idiotest Season 3 is down 15% in total viewers and down 18% in 18-49 viewers. There is some moderately bad news for the future of Idiotest.

An immediate solution is that Idiotest should be moved in to the 9pm and 9:30pm timeslot on Tuesday. Another solution is that Idiotest could move to hiatus this summer for GSN to spread more attention to Winsanity and Skin Wars: Fresh Paint. Then, come August, it would be nice to see Idiotest moved to a solo slot each weeknight at 9pm ET (with Family Feud surrounding the new run of Idiotest at 8:30pm and 9:30pm). New episodes of Idiotest could be scheduled as a daily original.

Until GSN makes schedule fixes to Idiotest and Skin Wars, their ratings just are not going to be as strong as their first two seasons. Chance of renewal: 55% (down 10% from last week)

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