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May 6: Renewal & Cancellation Prospects For Your Favorite Shows

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May 6th, 2009

The Renew or Cancel Index is updated on a weekly basis, if you're reading this after May 12, 2009 click here to see the latest list.

I've broken each network's data for scripted shows out into its own separate post to keep the discussions more on topic, find them at the links below.

CLICK THESE LINKS TO SEE EACH NETWORK'S SCRIPTED SHOWS:

ABC:  Castle’s Future Hangs By A Thread Just Got Brighter

CBS:  New Adventures Of Old Christine Will Live OnSomewhere; Not So With All CBS Bubble Shows

CW: For CW’s Reaper, Chris, Game & PrivilegedThere’s No More Room For Hope

Fox: There’s No Drama At All In Fox’s Renewal Announcements

NBC: Chuck, Medium, Law & Order Look Safe; Earl’sChances Just Got Hammered
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UNSCRIPTED SHOWS FOR ALL NETWORKS

For unscripted shows, the results from last season were far less cut and dried. A similar relationship did seem to hold between 18-49 averages, but some unscripted shows survived with very low numbers. My conclusion was that some unscripted shows must be so cheap that they are expected to do little more than fill air time and produce little in the way of viewership. Since we, and you, don't care much about unscripted shows, and the Index isn't all that good in predicting their future, I don't worry about predictions, but here is the data for reference.

The Index now uses the 18-49 rating, which simply is the percentage of the US 18-49 TV adults population. (There are an estimated 132 million US adults 18-49 in TV households, so a 1.0 rating is equal to 1.32 million adults 18-49). Since we only get 18-49 demo ratings for each show on an overnight basis, that makes the values in the Renew/Cancel Index easier to compare with the overnight demo ratings results.

Update: Because of an error on my part, the season averages (and the calculated Indexes) for several of the networks in the table below were originally incorrect. They have been corrected.


PROGRAM Net  STD 18-49 Rating (LIVE+SD)  Network Avg. STD 18-49 rating Renew/ Cancel index
HOLE IN WALL-SUN 7P FOX 1.0  2.67 0.37
IN HARM'S WAY CW 0.3  0.79 0.38
GAME SHOW IN MY HEAD 830P CBS 1.3  2.91 0.45
HOLE IN WALL-SUN 7:30P FOX 1.2  2.67 0.45
AMERICA'S TOUGHEST JOBS NBC 1.1 2.33 0.47
GAME SHOW IN MY HEAD CBS 1.4  2.91 0.48
SMARTER THAN 5TH GRADER FOX 1.3  2.67 0.49
CHOPPING BLOCK NBC 1.2 2.33 0.52
HOWIE DO IT 8:30 NBC 1.2 2.33 0.52
48 Hours Mystery CBS 1.6  2.91 0.55
DEAL OR NO DEAL-FRI NBC 1.3 2.33 0.56
HOWIE DO IT 8P NBC 1.3 2.33 0.56
DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS FOX 1.5  2.67 0.56
SAT NIGHT FTBL PRE-GAME ABC 1.5  2.65 0.57
WIFE SWAP ABC 1.5  2.65 0.57
COPS FOX 1.6  2.67 0.60
Dateline SUN-7PM NBC 1.4 2.33 0.60
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS ABC 1.6  2.65 0.60
HOLE IN WALL THU-8P FOX 1.7  2.67 0.64
13 - FEAR IS REAL CW 0.5  0.79 0.64
HOMELAND SECURITY USA ABC 1.7  2.65 0.64
Supernanny ABC 1.7  2.65 0.64
Dateline FRI NBC 1.5 2.33 0.65
MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD CBS 1.9  2.91 0.65
AMW: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK FOX 1.8  2.67 0.67
COPS 2 FOX 1.9  2.67 0.71
20/20-FRI ABC 1.9  2.65 0.72
HOLE IN WALL THU-8:30P FOX 2.0  2.67 0.75
MOMMA'S BOYS NBC 1.8 2.33 0.77
Kitchen Nightmares FOX 2.1  2.67 0.79
FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2 NBC 1.9 2.33 0.82
AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS ABC 2.2  2.65 0.83
Extreme Makeover:HM ED-7P ABC 2.2  2.65 0.83
DEAL OR NO DEAL-WED NBC 2.0 2.33 0.86
PRIMETIME:WHAT WOULD U DO ABC 2.3  2.65 0.87
STYLISTA CW 0.7  0.79 0.89
SUPERSTARS OF DANCE NBC 2.2 2.33 0.95
60 Minutes CBS 2.8  2.91 0.96
SAT NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC 2.7  2.65 1.02
Amazing Race 14 CBS 3.1  2.91 1.07
FOX NASCAR SPRINT CUP PST FOX 2.9  2.67 1.08
Amazing Race 13 CBS 3.2  2.91 1.10
TRUE BEAUTY ABC 3.0  2.65 1.13
Extreme Makeover:HM ED-8P ABC 3.3  2.65 1.25
SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS CBS 3.9  2.91 1.34
APPRENTICE 8 NBC 3.2 2.33 1.38
FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC 3.2 2.33 1.38
FOX NASCAR SPRINT CUP FOX 3.7  2.67 1.38
HELL'S KITCHEN FOX 3.7  2.67 1.38
DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 3.7  2.65 1.40
Biggest Loser 6 NBC 3.3 2.33 1.42
SURVIVOR: GABON CBS 4.2  2.91 1.44
BACHELOR, THE ABC 4.0  2.65 1.51
Biggest Loser 7 NBC 3.7 2.33 1.59
OT, THE FOX 4.4  2.67 1.65
Dancing with the Stars ABC 4.7  2.65 1.77
SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 4.2 2.33 1.81
AMERICA'S Top Model - 6 CW 1.8  0.79 2.29
AMERICA'S Top Model-5 CW 1.9  0.79 2.42
NBC Sunday Night Football NBC 6.5 2.33 2.80
American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX 9.2  2.67 3.44
American Idol-TUESDAY FOX 9.3  2.67 3.48

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Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

All ratings are Live+SD.

We found that last season, the future of a show was nearly directly related to its adults 18-49 average viewers divided by its networks 18-49 average viewers. Many other factors may matter, but they all seemed to boil down to that one number. Last season, if a show had better than 92% of its network’s average 18-49 viewership (0.92 in our index) it was pretty safe, below that level it was in danger.

 
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