Are we going to see a Salvation season 2 on CBS following the events of the September 20 finale? That’s the question at the heart of this CarterMatt article, and for the time being CBS really hasn’t confirmed things one way or another when it comes to the future of the franchise. We’re left, (at least for the time being) to sit around and wonder what’s going to happen, and when the network could make their decision on the show’s future one way or another.
Are the ratings good enough to give the series another kick at the can? We’d love to see it happen, but for the time being we’d say that it’s a longshot at best. The first season of the show is only averaging a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is lower than almost any CBS show that has ever been renewed. It’s about even with the season 3 ratings for Zoo, and while Salvation may be doing better in terms of total viewers, we’re not sure how much that will matter given that this show is squandering the vast majority of its Big Brother lead-in on Wednesday night. Another thing that is working against it at the moment is the fact that it’s a show in its first season. Numbers tend to fall from one summer to the next, so it’s not unreasonable to think that a Salvation season 2 averages somewhere close to a 0.4 rating.
For the record, Ian Anthony Dale is very much open to going back, as he told TVLine the following in a recent interview:
“There is a plan [for a potential second season], yeah. That’s the thing, there’s so much more story to tell. I’m hopeful that I’ll be buying winter clothes for my newborn son, which means we’d be headed back to Toronto in February and I get to see what [showrunners] Liz [Kruger] and Craig [Shapiro] have up their sleeves. The way we end it really leaves the door open for a lot more story to be told and I certainly would love to get back together with this group of people. This was a wonderful, harmonious experience — and I’m sure Jen has told you the same thing.”
While we would like to see another season of the show, we just hope that CBS doesn’t get discouraged when it comes to original summer programming because of the performance of this show. They need to figure out a way to find a great concept that sticks — maybe they can market Salvation in a way where it does better than it did this year, but one way or another we know that we’d love to see more scripted shows airing in the summer months that take risks and capture imagination. There are still TV viewers that will tune in during the summer if a show is strong enough.
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