In february 2021, we initially made a prediction that the show would be renewed for season 3 based on high viewerships at release of the second season (the first episode was watched by 3 million viewers). However, viewership has collapsed from about 2.5 million viewers per episode in the first few episodes to less than 1.5 million viewers per episode after the show took a 6-week break in February.
We initially believe that the drop in viewership was due to the ill-timed break (there were 2.2 million viewers on Feb 8th, but only 1.2 million viewers when the show returned six weeks later on March 28th 2021). However, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has averaged only 1.27 million viewers in April and May.
We were eagerly waiting for the audience update for the season finale. Unfortunately, the finale on May 16th 2021 ended up with only 1.2 million viewers.
Is Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist officially cancelled or renewed for season 3?
Official status: we are still waiting for an official decision from NBC. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is not yet officially cancelled or renewed.
As of today, NBC has NOT yet confirmed if season 3 of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is cancelled or renewed.
Our Prediction: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist will be cancelled with no season 3
Our data analyst at TVscorecards keeps track of hundreds of data points to calculate renewal chances of a TV series.We compute a “Renewal Score” that predicts if a show will be renewed or not.
Renewal chances: 48% (Likely to be cancelled)
Why do we Predict Season 3 Will be Cancelled?
We believe thath Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is likely to be cancelled without season 3 based on the following factors. We have observed several signals that puts the show at high risk of getting cancelled with no season 3 in 2021-2022.
Viewership is down 34% versus last year: The current season 2 that released early 2021 is trending down in terms of ratings. The current season started strongly – up more than 20% versus last year’s ratings. This was a very positive indication that the show was gaining traction with the audience after a strong season 1 finale. The show started off the new season really well with the return of Zoey’s as she finds out that her work life and personal life has changed quite a bit since her departure. However, after its 6-week break in February/March, viewership collapsed from 2.3 to less than 1.5 million viewers.
The high viewer scores are at risk: The finale of season 1 received stellar ratings, putting a nice end to one of the best-rated new shows of the year. Season 2 started off really well but the latest episodes have received lower ratings. The TVscorecards popoularity score is now down from 91% to 89%, and at high risk of falling further. It is possible that season 2 is starting to lose steam, both in terms of viewership and quality of episodes, which could put season 3 renewal at risk if the trend continues with the season’s finale.
Why Would Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Get Renewed? (with a Season 3)
The show is highly rated with a 89% TVscorecards score: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist ended the 2019-2020 season as one of the top-rated shows of the year with a TVscorecards score of 91% (now down a bit to 89%). The season finale in particular ended on a high note with a sad, but powerful last episode: in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Dad”, Zoey wakes up with a feeling that something bad is going to happen. She later finds out that her father is dying from a degenerative neurological disease. The finale received high ratings with a stellar 9.6 IMDB rating.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist won the the TVLine the USA Today ‘Save Our Show’ polls: a TVline survey: the poll closed with over 300,000 answers, and it was Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist that led the way for the show that fans wanted the most to see renewed, with 12.7% of the votes. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and the Rookie are the two shows that topped USA TODAY’s 24th annual Save Our Shows poll, with 52% of respondents stating they wanted Zoey to come back for season 3.
The show producer is still planning for season 3. Showrunner Austin Winsberg shared with TVline that ““I approached it like we are continuing” for a third season. There are certain things that are answered at the end of the season, and then there are still a few big cliffhangers that we leave open for major storylines in Season 3“. He also stated on May 13th: “We have a really passionate fanbase that really cares about the show. I know we have a lot of internal support at NBC. So I’m cautiously optimistic that good things will happen, but we don’t know yet”
Overall however, we believe that high user scores can only help a TV show get renewed if viewership remains steady or growing. In the case, there are clear signs that Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is losing viewer at a higher rate than expected (-34% versus last year), putting the show at a high risk of getting cancelled without a season 3.
Renewal/cancellation Status: Cancelled
TVscorecards user score: 91%
About this show:
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist midseason finale is Tuesday, Feb. 9. The season 2 will take a six-week break & resume on Sundays at 9pm on March 28, 2021.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is a musical comedy-drama. The TV series features Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy), a software developer from the Bay Area. Zoey starts to hear the wants and desires of other people by suddenly hearing songs, for example finding out that her best friend is in love with her. After questioning her sanity, she realizes that she may have gained an extraordinary gift. The series stars Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, with Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen with guest star Lauren Graham.
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