After the Salvation Finale: Does This Show Need a Season Two?

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The Salvation finale aired Wednesday on CBS – and it was quite a ride!  (Stay tuned for its review!)  Hopefully this episode was a season finale and not a series finale.  For one, the Salvation finale ended with a cliffhanger.  Canceling a series without a real ending is the worst thing to do to viewers!

The Chances of a Salvation Renewal

CBS’s Salvation is a summer series that had a rocky start.  However, since the pilot the series has more than proved its worth for a season two.  Initially the storylines were anchored by an excellent ensemble cast that included: Santiago CabreraJennifer FinniganIan Anthony Dale, and Charlie Rowe.  Their work really drew people in as the story itself was finding its legs.  However, what could have been a totally high-concept show about an asteroid hitting earth turned into a more nuanced tale.  Salvation is a show about political intrigues, relationships of all types, and questions about what makes us human.

The Ratings

Should fans of the show be worried?  It’s hard to say.  Five years ago I’d say there wasn’t a chance any of the shows this summer would be back.  However, the ratings game has changed a lot since 2012.  Nevertheless,  Salvation is only slightly above the ratings for 3 canceled shows in the normal season: Training Day, Ransom, and Doubt.   

On the other hand, the ratings for Salvation has averaged higher ratings than CBS’s new summer gameshow, Candy Crush, and of the scripted show Zoo, which just finished it’s 3rd season.  Salvation also did better than last year’s American Gothic and Brain Dead (TVbytheNumbers).  In the world of scripted summer dramas it’s one of the better new network performers beating out ABC’s Somewhere Between, and Still Star-crossed.  Only Midnight, Texas on NBC has a higher demo average, but Salvation has more viewers (which is typical for CBS.)

Other Factors

Another thing CBS might be looking for are signs of viewer engagement.  For instance, there are the number of fan videos that have popped up on Youtube.  Salvation is an original series not based on books or comics.  In its 13 weeks on air these brand new characters have sparked the creation of over 30 fan videos by over a dozen different viewers.

Then there’s the Salvation finale itself.  The ending does answer some questions, but it’s still very open-ended as to what happens to these characters.  It’s an intriguing cliffhanger that works as a stopping place – but would definitely bring viewers back next summer.

The Wrap Up: Will There Be A Salvation Season Two

What are your thoughts about the Salvation finale?  Did you think the ending could work as a series finale? In the comments section you can share your views on the Salvation finale.  Also, let us know if you are yea or nay for a Salvation season two!

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