‘Scream Queens’ Season 1 Finale Ratings Good Enough to Warrant Season 2?
Scream Queens’ first season concluded on December 8 with an explosive finale, but FOX has yet to renew the show for a sophmore season. However, we think the network might give Season 2 the greenlight thanks to solid ratings for Tuesday’s super-sized episode.
The two-hour finale, which revealed to us that Lea Michele’s Hester was the second Red Devil, was one of the series strongest, funniest episodes to date and it was reflected in the ratings. Sort of.
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Though overnight numbers say only 2.6 million people watched the ep (earning it a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo), the ratings improve significantly when DVR playback is factored in. According to Entertainment Weekly, those stats boost the numbers to 5.1 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating in the key demo.
The publication also notes SQ gains an additional audience of 2.1 million outside of the Nielsen-measured 7-day window thanks to streaming services like Hulu and Fox Now.
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Overall, the series delivered more modest ratings than many insiders had expected, but FOX’s relationship with showrunner Ryan Murphy (who also has American Horror Story over at sister network FX) could help the odds for a second season as well.
It’s also worth mentioning actress Jamie Lee Curtis scored a 2016 Golden Globe nod for her role as Dean Munsch, and networks typically don’t like to cancel shows that get award show love.
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Ryan has also promised Season 2 would be a reboot of sorts — think new story and a predominantly new cast — so that could intrigue FOX execs as well.
We’re crossing our fingers for a renewal!
Check out more of Wetpaint’s coverage of Scream Queens Season 1 below:
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Scream Queens’ Hester Ditches the Back Brace and 9 Other TV Makeovers
When Will Scream Queens’s Red Devil Be Revealed?!
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