Chuck, Fringe, The Good Wife, Community Among Early 2010-11 Season Bubble Shows

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October 17th, 2010

It's early in the season, but it's not too early to figure some things out.  For example, out of the 65 shows tracked by the Renew/Cancel Index (that only focuses on scripted shows)  seven shows are certain to be canceled (or already canceled) and four are likely to be canceled.  The fate of 17% of the shows is already pretty clear.*

Show Network Status
The Whole Truth ABC Certain to be Canceled
My Generation ABC Already Canceled
Detroit 1-8-7 ABC Likely to be Canceled
Medium CBS Likely to be Canceled
Life Unexpected CW Certain to be Canceled
Outlaw NBC Already Canceled
Undercovers NBC Likely to be Canceled
Chase NBC Likely to be Canceled
The Good Guys FOX Certain to be Canceled
Lone Star FOX Already Canceled
Running Wilde FOX Certain to be Canceled

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*I know there are some semantics zealots out there who will cry "Outlaw technically hasn't been canceled yet!"  That's true, but for these purposes 'canceled doesn't mean canceled so much as it means "isn't going to be renewed."  I think everyone can agree Outlaw isn't going to be renewed. And yes, I know there are fans who will insist Life Unexpected won't (or shouldn't) be canceled, but barring a remarkable ratings turnaround, it will be.

Relatively speaking, especially as the season progresses, forecasting the shows certain or likely to be canceled or certain or likely to be renewed is easy.  It's the shows in the middle of the ratings spectrum rather than the extremes that are much harder to predict.

Right now by my math (which is slightly different than the current Renew/Cancel Indexes*) the fates of 80% of the scripted shows are currently pretty clear with 17% certain to be, likely to be or already canceled and 63% certain to be, likely to be, or already renewed.

*The most recent R/C Index has a few shows pegged as likely to be renewed, but based on additional data (R/C is only through last Sunday) and current trends, I've added four shows: The Event,  Law & Order: LA, Parenthood and No Ordinary Family.  If the current trends hold, it's merely a matter of time before the designation for those shows changes in the R/C Index.

Early Bubble Show Contenders:

Show Net
Better With You ABC
No Ordinary Family ABC
CSI: NY CBS
Blue Bloods CBS
The Good Wife CBS
The Defenders CBS
Fringe FOX
Lie To Me FOX
Community NBC
Chuck NBC
The Event NBC
Law & Order: LA NBC
Parenthood NBC

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For me, the fun is in the other 20% listed above -- the bubble shows.  Over the course of the season more shows will slip into the bubble category and some of the current bubble shows will rise or fall and move out of bubble status, but I'd guess a few of them, including the perennially bubbleishus Chuck, to be bubble shows wire-to-wire.

 
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