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.

  • A

    Also, I have to say – what is so wrong about the “Missing” story line?

    Lost? “What happened on lost?” Oh, they just ran around the Island. Desperate Housewives? “Oh, they just gossiped.” Look, finding her son is what her whole background is about. But, for instance, you find out that a mission went bad, and that there’s a lot of bad seeds in the CIA in her world. Will it last 5 seasons? I really doubt it has THAT much power – but after 6 episodes? come on!

  • Sandy

    I’m with everyone else, why would they cancel Missing. Last night was such a wow I didn’t see that coming. It is really getting interesting now, please don’t cancel MISSING..I agree with Bob it is like Jason Bourne. love love love it….

  • Char

    It would be a shame to cancel Missing has all the elements of a great show…I look forward to Thursdays…

  • Sue

    I can’t believe you are cancelling Missing, A Gifted Man, and Body of Proof, these shows are good clean shows. Not the weird or sexual explicit shows you let on.

    Now, I know why I watch CBS most of the time.

  • Vicki

    What I have resorted to is DVRing entire season of new show and then I wait to see. I’m not investing anymore. I did take a chance on the ones that looked the best for winter starts, the Firm and Missing — both excellent and I guess both are being cancelled. What a rip as usual.

  • David

    are these idiots at ac neilsen not counting the people that watch on just you know this viewer will miss but i hope they end by finding Micheal first

  • Barbara Yates

    I think that even ABC has caught the Fox bug, greed. Missing in my humble opinion is one of the best network shows out there and to cancel it, well I guess the problem is again, not enough intelligence in this country to carry such a well done show. Best if you just show insipid reality shows, more like America’s speed I guess. Sad, glad I was educated, but sadly, intelligence seems to be a thing of the past. Bleh!

  • Holly

    I love missing. I think it is one of the best shows on. I can’t believe how much good tv is being cancelled while dumb shows stick around. Also these networks need to look at the fact that a lot of people are downloading or streaming tv now and using netflix and hulu instead of paying for a bunch of channels they don’t watch.

  • Cassandra

    I enjoy Missing and Body of Proof. They both need to stay on TV

  • Megs

    Missing is the BEST show that ABC has ever and I mean EVER broadcast. It is the only show my family watches. We never have time to watch TV but because this show is absolutely amazing (Ashley Judd is awesome) we make time for it. Why don’t you cancel the stupid reality shows..whoever came up with the idea of reality shows should be banished from earth. I am requesting that you please give Missing another season before determining whether to cancel. Thank you.

  • Linda Salter

    I am very disapointed with abc for canceling the show Missing.I though it was one of the best shows you have had on in a long time.

  • Troy

    This is about it for us as well.Missing”s a Great Show and they actually keep stuff like Cartoons.The Simpsons,,Cmon,give me a break! Nothing Good ever stays with ABC,,they always keep the retarded shows and ax the Good ones!

    Thanks ABC,You lose more dedicated viewers once again!It’s CBS and NBC all the way!

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