ABC: 'Missing' Now Likely To Be Canceled

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April 3rd, 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- April 1, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Pan Am* canceled 0.42
Charlie's Angels * canceled 0.48
Work It! * canceled 0.61
Body Of Proof :oops: 0.61
Cougar Town :| :| :| 0.64
Man Up * canceled 0.66
The River* :oops: 0.66
Missing :cry: :cry: 0.70
GCB :) :) :) :) 0.85
Castle :) :) :) :) 0.87
Last Man Standing :) :) :) :) 0.91
Private Practice :) :) :) :) 0.93
Revenge :) :) :) :) 0.99
Suburgatory :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.01
Happy Endings :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.01
Desperate Housewives final season 1.02
The Middle :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.02
Once Upon A Time :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.27
Grey's Anatomy :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.45
Modern Family :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 2.02

After its second episode Missing slid to a level that indicated likely cancellation,  and in its third it fell another tenth. Enjoy it while you can, it's not coming back.

GCB's 1.9 rating on Sunday still likely gets it renewed, but any lower than that and it's in "toss up" territory. Stay tuned.

Why is Cougar Town just a "toss up" with its dreadful ratings instead of "likely to be canceled" or worse? Because of past (negative) experience, I'm keeping shows in their third seasons (even shortened ones) no lower than a "toss up" because of potential syndication related benefits.

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.

  • D White

    Why would they cancel MISSING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally a good show. Great acting, good pace, great storyline. I am sick of Reality shows……..BORING!!!!

  • Carole

    I LOVE…LOVE…LOVE ‘Missing’…..Have always liked Ashley Judd and am certainly disappointed to see that ‘Missing’ is in jeopardy of ending!!! Who decides this stuff anyway! Hope they reconsider and leave this on!!

  • nikita

    I totally agree, Missing is fast paced, full of action and yet personal and human in the same time, the cast is great, they are real professionals. I can’t belive and won’t accept that they even think of cancelling it? Showing Missing when American Idol is on is bad programming, no tv serial can bit American Idol given live.
    Be clever and good to your audience, or don’t pull up any worthy tv series just so to have them cancelled beacuse of bad programming.

  • Martha

    Missing is a fantastic show. Always anxious to see the next episode. Good story line and definitely keeps you on your toes. Hopefully the show doesn’t get cancelled.

  • Joanne

    I can not believe that you are taking of two shows that are outstanding. ABC is going right down the tubes because all you are interested in is the reality shows. You need to know that alot of us are much older and could care less about reality shows!

  • Jason

    The problem with ABC is that it, like most of the networks, is run by people who have little sense in entertainment and only see the supposed bottom line of profit. Reality tv is dreck, pure and simple, but it costs networks almost nothing to produce and the simpleminded eat it up: a perfect combination for the MBA’s in charge of things. Scripted drama (and to a lesser extent comedy) requires genuine talent, a network willing to devote time to let it develop, and an audience that builds over time. All of this is, of course, anathema to people who only thing short-term profit.

  • tiff

    DO NOT CANCEL MISSING! I LOVE THAT SHOW, give it a chance like.. its alot better than some shows on now. its awsome!

  • Jack

    CANCEL MISSING. Put the show out of its misery. Bad acting. I guess that is the best people can do with a script like that.

  • Susan

    If the advertisers are the important ones to contact, then I would suggest that we viewers contact the advertisers to make our point about how much we like “Missing” and urge them to not have ABC cancel the show.

    My only complaint about Missing is that the music is louder than the talking. I find myself straining to understand what is being said. If anyone at ABC is reading these comments, please tone down the music.

  • Rene

    Dear all viewers of ABC’S “Missing”,

    I agree with everyone who has tried to stand up for this show. “Missing” is a truly original and entertaining show. Ashley Judd and fellow cast are all highly talented actors. I and all my friends and our families watch the show. Just b/c we can’t all watch “Missing” at the exact time when it airs, we make sure we always save it on the DVR and sit down to enjoy every second of it when we have the chance; it is the most well-scripted and well-acted show on network TV. I absolutely identify with all the characters and the story. I have no idea why the network thinks that only older people are watching this show; all my friends and I who watch it are under the age of 30. ABC has truly lost itself in the greed of advertising. I cannot believe this network would go to such lengths of giving audiences false hope that their favorite shows will last, and then they cut the strings when we are most engrossed. I am angry at ABC; it will surely lose me and many others I know for good if “Missing” is cancelled. Good luck to trying to win ratings, ABC, not without “Missing”.

  • Tim

    No please !!!!
    After Alias (2006) i’ve been waiting for such a tv show, now they gonna cancel it.. :'(

  • F

    Missing is EXCELLENT! Give it a chance!

  • Linda

    Why cancel Missing? It’s a great show with good actors and action. I am so tired of the networks cancelling so many good shows. All that’s going to be left are reality shows that are so idiotic. I’m done with TV. Every season is the same crap!

  • Meridith Johnson

    please please DO NOT CANCEL MISSING….i really love this show…


    I love Body of Proof and MISSING!



  • Geoduck

    “Missing” is a good show, but you cannot keep chasing your kid around season after season and not bore the audience..It has “or had” a good cast, but the storyline was never going to last..Nice try Ashley, you’re still one of my favorites..

  • Nancy

    Finally a show that is fast paced with excellent acting and now Missing might be cancelled. I love the show. I cannot understand why a network doesn’t show a new show in 2 different time slots to at the beginning to allow more people to watch and get hooked on the series. I sometimes wonder why I even start looking at a new show. So disappointed.

  • Marion

    If Missing is cancelled,we will be missing a great show with great actors. I agree it will graduate into one of the best shows you have on. I have a lot of action favorites but I will miss them to watch Missing and that says a lot because NOTHING will make me miss my usual shows except Missing.PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL IT.

  • A

    I am 2 steps away from never watching ABC again. THIS SUCKS.

    Body of Proof has its kinks – I get that. But it is a good show. Fun to watch. There’s a storyline, and always worth watching.

    MISSING? CANCEL MISSING? Look, I know that it’s different…but has anyone cared to watch it recently? It’s AMAZING. Seriously. Keeps getting better. And better. And better! It’s like Revenge & Taken had a baby.

    Don’t cancel it. At least give it another season.

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