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Warehouse 13 Renewed, Barely

By May 27, 2013

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Joanne Kelly as Myka Bering and Pete Lattimer as Eddie McClintock in a recent epidode of (I)Warehous

Joanne Kelly as Myka Bering and Pete Lattimer as Eddie McClintock in a recent epidode of Warehouse 13.

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In addition to all those new series coming down the pipe, the renewal-to-cancellation ratio this season for sci-fi fantasy series has been pretty good compared to the last few years. Still, it can't all be good news. The roll continued last week with two more renewals, but one is clearly a renewal-cum-postponed-cancellation.

Warehouse 13 is a veteran series on Syfy with a growing, expensive cast and a deepening mythology. It's in the process of completing its fourth season. Can you guess what happens next? That's right, it's been renewed--for a fifth and final season.

But here's the real chiller: at a grand total of six episodes, season 5 of Warehouse 13 isn't a proper season at all. Even Fringe and Chuck, brought back for abbreviated final outings after ratings slides far more dramatic than the falloff Warehouse 13 has been having, still get better treatment than that.

Syfy honcho Mark Stern nonetheless had the chutzpah to praise the show and its special place in Syfy's heart. "Warehouse 13 has been an incredible signature series for us," Stern said. "We are grateful to the loyal and passionate fan base and know that [executive producer] Jack Kenny, his gifted creative team, and outstanding ensemble cast will give them an amazing finale season."

It's true that the second half of season 4, currently airing, has dropped in ratings from last year's first half, which in turn was well below what Syfy was used to for a show that started out as a top ratings earner. The first three episodes of season 4.5 have averaged only about 1.35 million same-day viewers, compared to about 1.6 million viewers for season 4 as a whole and 2.1 million viewers on average for season 3.

Oh well. It's still better than the fate of Eureka--Warehouse is getting six eps to wrap up its existence, instead of just one. The Warehouse 13 coda will begin filming in Toronto this summer to return in 2014.
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May 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm
(1) Daniel says:

Well, Warehouse 13 is / was one of the few reasons I still hung in there with Syfy after it was re – branded as such in the 2009 – 10 season. I will be rather sorry to see it go.
I hope they keep ” Haven “, ” Sanctuary “, & a few others, & that they 86 the paranormal / unexplained phenomena / haunting / ” Ghost Hunter ” – type shows. They AREN’T science fiction or fantasy. Oh, yes, & hopefully they’ll keep shows like ” Defiance ” on the air instead of abandoning them to fate like they did ” Caprica “.

May 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm
(2) Randy says:

The article mentioned same day viewers does that preclude DVR viewing. When providers such as DirecTV are airing all cable networks on Eastern time even for viewers in the Pacific time zone such as myself the only way to view these shows is to record them and view them later. In this day and age one should not exclude deferred viewing from the rateings.

May 28, 2013 at 7:22 am
(3) SUZIE says:

Sanctuary was already cancelled so the only one left for me is Haven, once that’s gone I don’t think I’ll be watching SyFy anymore. why get wrapped up in a good show only to have them cancel it for more “reality”shows.

May 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm
(4) Matt says:

The ratio at which TV series get axed shows how something is wrong either in people always looking for “the new one” and/or networks having no respect for their audience. A series axed half way also loses a lot of interest and value when it goes to DVD, therefore I believe some kind of agreement should be mandatory to allow producers to give proper ending before cancellation.
About WH13, I like it a lot and will surely miss it.

June 20, 2013 at 10:11 am
(5) David says:

Well Eureka and Warehouse 13 were the only shows that I watch on Syfy. Once Eureka left and now with Warehouse 13 gone that means Syfy has lost all interest for me now. Which is a shame since I used to watch that channel exclusively when the channel first came to tv. It seems to me that Syfy and Comedy Central (all networks actually) have become disconnected with the viewers and have no idea how fanbase and ratings really works in the current age of TV.

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