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‘Colony’ Is Canceled While USA Is Premiering Stupid ‘The Purge’

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I have some really upsetting news: USA has decided to cancel Colony, one of the best post-apocalyptic shows on TV right now. Honestly, I’m really upset about this. This show was SO great. And this season was especially good. We got to finally see what the aliens look like (and it’s not at all what I expected) AND we got a glimpse of the new aliens. The Seattle storyline was fascinating and I couldn’t wait to see where it would go. But now all of that is over. 🙁 So why did USA cancel Colony while at the same time, it’s premiering The Purge, a really dumb series? 😡(Sorry, but that whole premise annoys me.)

USA cancels #Colony while premiering a new super dumb series, #ThePurge. Whyyyy. 🙁 Click to Tweet

It looks like it was all about the ratings. USA already knew it was canceling the series because it had nothing about Colony during SDCC (Comic-Con.) That was our first hint. It’s a shock to me, but apparently Colony took a huge hit in ratings and views this season. I think this season was its best yet, but people just didn’t stick around to see it. 🙁

TV Series Finale pointed out that the rating among the 18-49 age demographic dropped 36 percent (!!) this season, and the viewer number dropped 18 percent to 672,000 viewers. Among all of USA’s scripted shows, Colony was #8 out of 9 in viewers. #9, Falling Water, was canceled, and #7, Damnation, was canceled too. Just for comparison, Colony had 672,000 viewers while Suits had 1.26 million and The Sinner had 1.8 million. Mr. Robot actually had less (529,000 — and I LOVE that show), but it ranked higher in the 18-49 demographic at .22 versus Colony’s .17. If you compare it to older shows, .17 is just really bad for USA. 🙁

(By the way, Deadline is showing even lower numbers for Season 3 than TV Series Finale. Deadline reported that Colony was averaging 1.3 million viewers total, but just 394,000 adults in the 18-49 category.)

Colony was likely canceled because the ratings had a HUGE drop in Season 3. Click to Tweet

It’s sad, because it wasn’t always like this. In Seasons 1 and 2, Colony was the No. 1 scripted Thursday night series, TVLine reported. It started off with 960,000 viewers in the 18-49 category and 2.2 million viewers total. It looks like moving the series from Thursday nights to Wednesday nights really hurt it. In addition, production moved from California to Canada after not getting a California tax credit (which is why the storyline and setting changed so much), Deadline reported. This was also the first season where Carlton Cuse was no longer overseeing the show.

Colony was getting really good this season, so its cancelation hurts. The cancelation is happening way too soon and during a fascinating storyline, just like so many other post-apoc shows (Sarah Connor Chronicles, Revolution, Shannara Chronicles, Jericho…) At least Expanse was picked up by Amazon.

But we probably won’t get lucky and get Colony picked up. The views just aren’t high enough. And there’s this really sad Reddit thread about getting the show picked up and it only has 9 comments in two hours. 🙁 However, don’t give up completely. The show does run on Netflix, and you can go on Netflix and request Colony Season 4 and 5. This could be a good way for you to show Netflix that you like the series. Request it here.

You can also purchase the Colony series or an episode on Amazon as a way to show your support there too. They did pick up Expanse, after all.

Here are some people tweeting their disappointment about the news:

Meanwhile, we’re stuck with USA’s new series The Purge. 😡😡😡

The Purge series really doesn’t require much of an imagination and it’s not groundbreaking or anything. But USA and Syfy are promoting it like crazy. (eye roll)

I’m not bitter.

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Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. Her favorite shows of all-time are Battlestar Galactica and Lost, and she's always happy to talk about her cats. :) She sometimes posts stuff on her personal blog too.

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