When it comes to bubble status, like the Renew/Cancel Index we're focusing on the likelihood that a show will be renewed **for next season** (2012-13). Certain shows are toss-ups where based on the ratings, the renewal decisions could go either way and not be surprising.
Here, “canceled” is used interchangeably with “won’t be renewed with next season” and is not meant to imply a show will be yanked off the schedule in the current season though obviously the two outcomes are not mutually exclusive. The semantics police and lawyers should feel free to break out the handcuffs and plead their cases in the comments. Besides, no matter what anyone at ABC says, reasonable people know with certainty that Pan Am isn't coming back next season.
This Isn't The Renew/Cancel Index
Though the basic methodology is the same (intra-network relative ranking of shows by adults 18-49 ),unlike the Renew/Cancel Index which predicts what would happen if the season ended now, Bubble Watch prognosticates about what will happen by May. The two are still usually closely aligned, and almost certainly very closely aligned towards the end of the season.
Several changes from two weeks ago, so many I probably will miss a couple here:
- The Firm, now banished to Saturday burn off is canceled.
- House now “final season.” Its final episode airs 5/21
- Hart of Dixie and Ringer moved from the bubble to likely cancellation
- In the list that didn’t get published last week (I figured it was better for us to promote the Super Bowl and Post Super Bowl show polls) I’d already moved Bones back up to likely renewal (mostly due to The Finder flailing), and with House’s final season set, that seems even more likely.
- CSI: NY pushed back up to the bubble.
- The Good Wife and Rob pushed down to the bubble
- Person of Interest upgraded to certain renewal
Alcatraz Still on the Bubble, Terra Nova Too
Taking a week off definitely has its advantages. I’d upgraded Alcatraz to likely renewal, but didn’t publish the updated list. Then came the first full Monday of sweeps and it fell back half a point with adults 18-49. In the 2.8 range, Alcatraz was a lock for renewal. In the 2.3 range, not so much. Was last week just a blip? We’ll see.
House’s departure at the end of the season is definitely not bad news for Fox’s shows on the bubble. It could clear a path for a bubble show to survive, or it could clear space for another new show or two new comedies. There are cases where it makes plenty of sense to renew bubble shows, mostly to shepherd shows along to get to enough episodes for syndication. But that doesn’t make as much sense with first season shows with mediocre ratings, particularly for new shows with only 13 episodes in their first seasons (which is the case for both Terra Nova and Alcatraz).
Unlike Terra Nova, Alcatraz at least still has some opportunity to improve (of course, it also has the opportunity to keep falling). No news isn’t necessarily good news for Terra Nova, but with long production lead times necessary for Terra Nova, Fox needs to make a decision very soon. The good news is we won’t have to wait until May to find out about Terra Nova’s fate. I’ll be surprised if we get to March without some announcement about Terra Nova.
CBS, A Relative Wealth of Riches, But…
Just because CBS has it good doesn’t mean they won’t be cancelling any shows. Of course it will and though Unforgettable and A Gifted Man are going to get cancelled, it’ll be a surprise if those are the only shows that are canceled (and if the forthcoming NYC 22 gets canned, it’ll be a surprise if those are the only three shows canceled).
Bill has a great discussion on “what happens if CBS introduces another hour of comedy next season." If it does, that’s at least a little bit better news for ‘Rob’ and ‘Rules’ but it could mean CBS will have to cancel more dramas than normal or get creative with its scheduling. I’m not qualified to prognosticate on pilot season, but unless CBS hates its comedy pilots I’d be more surprised than not if CBS doesn’t add an extra hour of comedy.
With all that in mind I changed the fates of CSI: NY, The Good Wife and Rob to on the bubble. As with last season, I will be surprised if CBS renews all three CSIs and with that thinking CSI: NY is the odd man out. But at this point its numbers are so close to Blue Bloods’ that it seems a little wacky to have CSI: NY as a likely cancellation and Blue Bloods as a likely renewal which had been the case on Bubble Watch previously (and a little wackier still in the Renew/Cancel Index where CSI: NY is a likely cancellation and Blue Bloods is a certain renewal.
Rob isn’t doing poorly, but if CBS doesn’t add another comedy block it will almost certainly want to try another comedy post Big Bang Theory to see if it can do even better.
I’d previously maintained The Good Wife as a likely renewal under the theory that CBS was in for a penny and in for a pound as far as shepherding it to enough episodes for syndication. But here we are late in its third season and it still has no syndication deal. Under normal circumstances its ratings would = likely (or even certain) cancellation. But throw in proximity to syndication and some Emmys and it’s not going to fall lower than “on the bubble.”
- There’s a case to be made that both Last Man Standing and Up All Night could be on the bubble, but for now I’m holding off.
- Crazed Supernatural fans (not all fans are crazed, I’m a big Supernatural fan too) are constantly irked that I have it on the bubble. Please don’t be irked. Its ratings say renew, and it’s only age of series and general mayhem at CW that have me being (perhaps overly) cautious. While I generally discount the positive comments from stars, producers and the CW’s entertainment chief, given CW’s general state and the shows age, I’m simply not sure what will happen. If you’re sure, that’s fine with me! Again, the relative ratings say “renew.”
Note: only scripted shows that have aired at least one episode this season are in the table below.
|How To Be a Gentleman||CBS||Canceled|
|The Playboy Club||NBC||Canceled|
|Body of Proof||ABC||Certain Cancellation|
|A Gifted Man||CBS||Certain Cancellation|
|Harry's Law||NBC||Certain Cancellation|
|Hart of Dixie||CW||Likely Cancellation|
|I Hate My Teenage Daughter||Fox||Likely Cancellation|
|The Finder||Fox||Likely Cancellation|
|Are You There, Chelsea?||NBC||Likely Cancellation|
|Private Practice||ABC||On The Bubble|
|CSI: NY||CBS||On The Bubble|
|The Good Wife||CBS||On The Bubble|
|Rob||CBS||On The Bubble|
|Rules of Engagement||CBS||On The Bubble|
|90210'||CW||On The Bubble|
|Gossip Girl||CW||On The Bubble|
|Nikita||CW||On The Bubble|
|Supernatural||CW||On The Bubble|
|The Secret Circle||CW||On The Bubble|
|Alcatraz||Fox||On The Bubble|
|Napoleon Dynamite||Fox||On The Bubble|
|Raising Hope||Fox||On The Bubble|
|Terra Nova||Fox||On The Bubble|
|Touch||Fox||On The Bubble|
|Community||NBC||On The Bubble|
|Happy Endings||ABC||Likely Renewal|
|Last Man Standing||ABC||Likely Renewal|
|Blue Bloods||CBS||Likely Renewal|
|CSI: Miami||CBS||Likely Renewal|
|The Mentalist||CBS||Likely Renewal|
|30 Rock||NBC||Likely Renewal|
|Parks & Recreation||NBC||Likely Renewal|
|Up All Night||NBC||Likely Renewal|
|Grey's Anatomy||ABC||Certain Renewal|
|Modern Family||ABC||Certain Renewal|
|Once Upon a Time||ABC||Certain Renewal|
|The Middle||ABC||Certain Renewal|
|2 Broke Girls||CBS||Certain Renewal|
|Criminal Minds||CBS||Certain Renewal|
|Hawaii Five-0||CBS||Certain Renewal|
|Mike & Molly||CBS||Certain Renewal|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||CBS||Certain Renewal|
|Person of Interest||CBS||Certain Renewal|
|Two and a Half Men||CBS||Certain Renewal|
|Vampire Diaries||CW||Certain Renewal|
|New Girl||Fox||Certain Renewal|
|Law & Order: SVU||NBC||Certain Renewal|
|The Office||NBC||Certain Renewal|
|How I Met Your Mother||CBS||Renewed|
|The Big Bang Theory||CBS||Renewed|
|The Cleveland Show||Fox||Renewed|
|Desperate Housewives||ABC||Final Season|
|One Tree Hill||CW||Final Season|