ABC: 'The River' Started Slowly, But That Won't Save 'Body Of Proof' From Being Canceled

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

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February 14th, 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 12, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Pan Am canceled 0.40
Charlie's Angels * canceled 0.48
Body Of Proof :oops: 0.57
Work It! * canceled 0.61
Man Up * canceled 0.66
Castle :) :) :) :) 0.79
Private Practice :) :) :) :) 0.85
Last Man Standing :) :) :) :) 0.87
The River :| :| :| 0.88
Revenge :) :) :) :) 0.91
Desperate Housewives final season 0.92
Suburgatory :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 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: 1.22
Grey's Anatomy :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.42
Modern Family :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.96

Premiering to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating certainly isn't good news for ABC freshman The River, but it isn't good news for Body Of Proof either.

Could The River get renewed if it maintains a 2.4 rating average for the season? Sure. Is it likely that The River ratings will decline at least somewhat from its premiere? Sure. If and how far its ratings fall will indicate whether it has any chance at a second season. Stay tuned.

How The River ratings ultimately turn out is irrelevant to the future of Body of Proof. Nothing short of a miraculous ratings recovery in its final weeks (the likes of which we have never seen) can save it from certain cancellation.

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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