ABC: What Do 3 Hour Sitcom Wednesdays Mean For 'Better With You'?

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December 7th, 2010

For the latest ABC show Renew / Cancel Index news click here.

Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2010-11 season in May, 2011. (includes results through December 5, 2010):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Whole Truth cancelled 0.42
My Generation cancelled 0.47
Detroit 1-8-7 :oops: 0.63
No Ordinary Family :cry: :cry: 0.77
Better With You :| :| :| 0.78
Brothers & Sisters :) :) :) :) 0.89
The Middle :) :) :) :) 0.91
Castle :) :) :) :) 0.92
Private Practice :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.03
Cougar Town :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.04
Desperate Housewives :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.36
Grey's Anatomy :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.51
Modern Family :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.62

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What do ABC's spring Wednesday scheduling announcements mean for Better With You? Clearly, the maximum scheduling benefit (following Modern Family) is being given to Matthew Perry's Mr. Sunshine, but the fact that Better With You is remaining in its timeslot through the entire season has to be viewed as at least mildly positive news for the show.

Better With You's ratings say it is still a toss up for renewal right now, but it could be pushed one way or the other by the relative success or failure of Mr. Sunshine and Happy Endings.

Detroit 1-8-7 is only on the ABC schedule long enough to fill the gap between now and when Dancing with the Stars begins in the Spring. Then it's off the schedule for good so that Body of Proof can follow DWTS.

The charade that The Whole Truth would ever air in its regular timeslot again has ended, its been officially pulled from the ABC schedule.


Notes:

  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2011
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2011
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2011
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2011
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2011

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show's new episode adults 18-49 ratings relative to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its own network. It's calculated by dividing a show's new episode Live+Same Day adults 18-49 average rating by the Live+Same Day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show's own network. The network's average ratings in the calculation are not time weighted (ex. hour long shows are not weighted twice what 30 minute shows are).

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

How would the Renew / Cancel Index Have Done Predicting Last Season's Scripted Show Fates? While the methods used have changed slightly from past seasons check out how the Renew / Cancel Index would have predicted renewals and cancellations from the 2009-10 broadcast television season.

 
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