Premium Cable Renew/Cancel - June 2018: Succession is Certain to be Canceled, I'm Dying Up Here is Likely to be Renewed

Hello, Hunter here with renew/cancel for the premium cable networks. This is not a new feature to The TV Ratings Guide, but this is my first time writing it. From now on, I plan to write an update monthy. In addition to the already covered networks HBO, Showtime, and Starz, I will be covering the more minor premium cable networks Cinemax and Epix. Shows that air on any of these networks that have aired a new episode within the last six months are included. Beyond that, just shows that have not yet been decided on are listed. Once a show has been decided on, if it has taken that long, its fate will be listed in the first edition following its edition.

Certain to be Canceled
Succession (HBO)

Likely to be Canceled
Divorce (HBO)
Vida (Starz)

Our Cartoon President (Showtime)

Likely to be Renewed
C.B. Strike (Cinemax)
The Girlfriend Experience (Starz)
I'm Dying Up Here (Showtime)
The Missing (Starz)
Sweetbitter (Starz)

Certain to be Renewed

Fate Determined

Crashing (RENEWED)
Here and Now (CANCELED)
High Maintenance (RENEWED)
Silicon Valley (RENEWED)
Westworld (RENEWED)

Billions (RENEWED)
Patrick Melrose (MINISERIES)
Shameless (RENEWED)
White Famous (CANCELED)

Ash vs Evil Dead (CANCELED)
Counterpart (RENEWED)

Strike Back (RENEWED)


Succession: HBO's newest series doesn't seem to have any chance of surviving. It premiered at a 0.15, beneath the 0.20 premiere for the now-canceled Here and Now, despite having a 0.50 rating lead-in from Westworld. Perhaps if it was critically acclaimed it would have a shot, but with a 69 on Metacritic, it is one of HBO's least acclaimed series. Thee seems to be no reason for the network to bring it back.

Vida: In May, Starz began airing two half-hour dramas. Vida, the lower-rated of the two, has been unable to rate above 0.04 in its five episodes so far, only hitting that number once. At that low of a rating, it seems unlikely that Starz would bring it back.

Sweetbitter: On the other hand, Sweetbitter has continued to grow, rating higher than Vida from week two on, and hitting a 0.07 this week. While this rating isn't exactly impressive, it's not as bad as Vida. It seems likely that Starz will give this show another chance.

C.B. Strike: While not on the level of Outcast, C.B. Strike premiered on the level of Cinemax's other series, Strike Back. C.B. Strike, like Strike Back, is an international co-production, so it's safe to assume that the standards for the two series are similar. Further seasons of the series depend on more books of the novel series that it is based on to be written, but the book author (J.K. Rowling, who wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) has said she plans to write more books for the series, which makes it likely that more seasons of the series will be produced, in which case Cinemax will almost certainly continue to air them.

I'm Dying Up Here: The second season ratings for this series have not been impressive, as it has rated in the very low 0.03-0.06 range. However, it didn't perform any better last season, when it hovered around 0.04-0.05. After the first season ended, Showtime renewed the series for a second, so I don't see why they would cancel it now. The only possible reasoning there is that they were giving the show a second chance, hoping it would improve.

Our Cartoon President: The ratings for this Showtime animated series started out not too low at the start, but then they fell. In episode five, it fell to a 0.04, and then rated at 0.05-0.06 for the following five episodes. However, after that fifth episode, Showtime decided to give the show seven additional episodes. The fact that they would decide that after the ratings went so low seems bizarre. I am going to wait for the series to return to make a call on which way I think it will go. Those additional episodes that were ordered begin airing July 15, so I will be reflecting on its return in the next edition.

What do you think of my predictions? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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