Hell on Wheels, Downton Abbey, Selfie, and other TV shows have all made recent TV show news by being renewed for an additional season, cancelled, or had additional episode orders. These shows air on AMC, ITV, and ABC.
Hell on Wheels (AMC)
Hell On Wheels will be returning for a fifth season…The network has given a 14-episode fifth season pickup to the Western period drama….AMC will split the final season of Hell On Wheels into two, with seven episodes airing in 2015 and seven in 2016.
The show opened up a new night of original programming for the network on the low-trafficked Saturday and has held up well there — it actually grew its audience in the move from Sunday. Hell On Wheels‘ current season is delivering an average of 3.4 million viewers in Live+3 to date. That is up a fraction from the Season 3 viewership of 3.3 million
ABC has opted not to order more episodes of Selfie beyond the initial 13…Selfie will be on this coming Tuesday but its scheduling beyond that is unclear. Two original episodes of the series each logged an underwhelming 0.9 in 18-49 (Live+same day) this week. Another low-rated showing will likely trigger yanking from the schedule.
New dramas’ hot streak this fall continues with another full-season order, this time to ABC’s Forever. The network has picked up nine additional episodes of the supernatural crime procedural for a 22-episode freshman season. Forever joins fellow ABC newbies How To Get Away With Murder and Black-ish with its full-season order.
Forever got off to an OK start, posting a rare Week 2 ratings increase. It’s Live+same day ratings have been so-so lately, most recently logging a 1.1 in adults 18-49, but the drama has been a big DVR gainer. In the most recent Live+7 report, Forever had the biggest percent gain among all ABC series, +82%.
Chasing Life (ABC)
ABC Family’s Chasing Life has gotten another early pickup…the show has been renewed for a 13-episode second season.
Downton Abbey (ITV)
ITV and Carnival Films confirmed today that Downton Abbey is returning for a sixth season with production beginning early next year on the hit drama. The announcement was made ahead of this Sunday’s season finale in the UK.
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