ABC: Of Course 'Pan Am' Is Canceled, Don't Believe The PR Nonsense

Categories: Cancel/Renew ABC Shows,Cancel/Renew Index

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February 7th, 2012

Click this link for the latest ABC renewal / cancellation information:

Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2011-12 season in May, 2012. (includes results from January 2- February 5, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Pan Am canceled 0.45
Charlie's Angels * canceled 0.48
Body Of Proof :oops: 0.57
Work It! * canceled 0.61
Man Up * canceled 0.66
Castle :) :) :) :) 0.80
Private Practice :) :) :) :) 0.85
Last Man Standing :) :) :) :) 0.86
Revenge :) :) :) :) 0.89
Suburgatory :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.00
Desperate Housewives final season 1.00
The Middle :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.01
Happy Endings :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.10
Once Upon A Time :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.24
Grey's Anatomy :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.39
Modern Family :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.92

I decided to get Pan Am in the headline one last time (instead of "Body of Proof will be canceled" yet again, it will have plenty more chances by the end of the season) before it heads to the great TV graveyard in the sky. With The River premiering this week, I'll have something else for the headline soon!

Pan Am's euphemistically termed "season" finale is on February 19. That's a euphemism because freshman shows which premiere in the Fall and then get just a single additional episode ordered for scheduling Tetris purposes have been canceled and will not be returning for a second season. The fact that ABC put out the PR smokescreen that the show "is being considered for a second season" is only so they can continue to sell advertising for the show while it airs (can't blame 'em), plus provide fodder for the entertainment media smooch ups and delusional fans. It's not going to be canceled, it already has been canceled.

The Renew / Cancel Index above includes results beginning January 2, 2012. How did ABC's shows stack up based on their Fall results? Click here.

*shows no longer on the air have their Renew/Cancel Index "frozen" at the point they left the schedule.


  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2012
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2012
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2012
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2012
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2012

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? Check out how the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from the 2010-11 broadcast television season.

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