Following tonight’s finale, are there still some hopes for The Mist season 2? We want to hope that there is, but nothing is official.
What we do think is useful tonight is giving you a clear picture of where the show is at the moment when it comes to some of the numbers. As of right now, the series is averaging just over a 0.1 in the 18-49 demographic, and to go along with that almost 470,000 viewers. If we are comparing this to many other top-level cable series, the numbers aren’t great. They don’t give us a ton of hope that the show is going to be coming back, but you also never say never with this sort of thing.
There are two factors that could very well play into the show’s hands when it comes to a renewal.
1. Expectations – Spike, despite dabbling here and there into limited series and the like, have not done all that much in terms of original scripted programming. They have The Shannara Chronicles season 2 coming, but that’s a show that it is taking over after the first year was at MTV. If they want to establish more of a scripted brand, they have to start somewhere and maybe they think that this is a pretty decent place for them to start. Having a reputation for canceling shows after one season is never great this early in the game.
2. A re-branding – Next year, Spike is going to be turned into The Paramount Network, which may be a brand more befitting scripted properties to go along with the network’s stable of reality shows. Maybe they would like to have The Mist as some sort of cornerstone for that in the early going. You can give the show another season, see if people discover it over the hiatus, and then determine the future from there.
Ultimately, we don’t think that there is much in the way of an immediate hurry one way or another to determine what to do with this show. Just take a look at the ratings when some of the live+7 data comes out, and then make a decision from there. We just hope that some executives act with loyalty to the viewers in mind, and also that the show at least produces enough of a profit to justify it coming back. We do understand in the end that TV is a business, and at a certain point there are people who are going to make business-minded decisions in the end. It’s hard to expect anything else after seeing so many other cancellations happen over the years.
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