CW: 'The Secret Circle' Falls To A "Toss Up" For Renewal Or Cancellation

Categories: 2-Featured,Cancel/Renew CW Shows,Cancel/Renew Index

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May 1st, 2012

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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 29, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The L.A. Complex :oops: 0.44
Ringer* :oops: 0.68
Nikita (F) :| :| :| 0.69
Gossip Girl :) :) :) :) 0.82
Hart Of Dixie :| :| :| 0.82
90210 :) :) :) :) 0.98
The Secret Circle :| :| :| 1.01
One Tree Hill* final season 1.07
Supernatural (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.08
Vampire Diaries :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.81


5/3 Update: The Vampire Diaries, 90210 & Supernatural have all been renewed.

While I still think that The Secret Circle has a better chance at renewal than Nikita and Hart of Dixie, after two consecutive 0.5 adults 18-49 ratings I can no longer consider it "likely to be renewed" and it's now down to a "toss up" for renewal or cancellation.

And while The L.A. Complex may have a long and happy life in Canada, after its six episodes run on the CW this spring, you'll never see it on The CW again because of its dreadful ratings. I've also moved Ringer to "certain cancellation". As now the lowest rated CW show on any night (save TLAC), it's done.

This is the last "regular" CW Renew/Cancel Index post of the 2011-12 season. Next week Robert and I combine for our annual "Oddsmakers" final predictions for the season.

The Renew / Cancel Index above includes results beginning January 2, 2012. How did the CW'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.

  • Kavyn

    Yes It Girl, very nice – seems like the real deal. Where’d you get the photo?

  • Peter Mazz

    @It Girl – Here’s a poster i made… i know it’s not great.. but i’m still learning soo ;)

    Arrow Promo:
    C:\Users\PIERRE\Downloads\Arrow CW PROMO FANMADE.htm

  • Kate

    Nice promo poster, It Girl!

    Speaking of, I really hope that all the shows on the network get new sets of promo pictures and just just TVD and their new shows. GG and 90210 have been reusing the same ones for the past couple of years and they are pretty lazily photoshopped together.

  • mikebourkefan

    is it wrong for me to like all those shows and want none cancelled. especialy. tsc and ringer

  • It Girl

    @Peter Mazz
    I Can’t see your picture , You should upload it on HostingPics !

    Thank You !
    Well , i used “Snow White and The Hunstman” movie poster :
    and i put Aimee Teegarden (“The Selection” Lead) picture to replace Kristen Stewart’s face.

  • HC

    2 weeks left? Does the status depend on how they are doing by the ups and downs or downs as series progressess?

  • SmG

    @HC, In fact just 8-9 days left since the news about whats been cancelled and whats been picked generally leaks one or two days before the upfronts (17th)

    Last year the upfronts was on 19th of May and Deadline reported about the cancellations and pick ups on 17th of May.

  • Duarte (portugal)

    My final predictions:
    -Vampire Diares, Supernatural and 90210 renewed (already)

    – Nikita (13 episodes)
    – Hart of Dixie (12 episodes)

    – Ringer

    – Gossip Girl
    – The Secret Circle
    – The LA Complex

    —> 4 new scripted shows get picked up (3 for fall, and 1 for midseason)
    —> Both 90210 and Supernatural should had been renewe for a finale season too (in 2013/2014 CW coould have a lot of news good shows)

  • SmG

    PRIMETIME PILOT PANIC: Pre-Upfront Week Update

    The CW is looking at picking up as many as 5-6 new drama series, probably to spread them out throughout the season. The list of frontrunners continues to be topped by ARROW and THE CARRIE DIARIES, with BEAUTY & THE BEAST, FIRST CUT and CULT strong and the Hunger Games-esque THE SELECTION also in contention.


    New update from Deadline although there is nothing new for CW.

  • Rachel

    So basically the same thing as last week. It’s pretty obvious which shows will be picked up at this point.

  • Adrian

    I hope the “year-round programming” we’ve been hearing about so much means at least 13 eps. orders for HOD, TSC and/or Nikita. I understand it might be very expensive, but they might want to keep one of those to fill in the gaps when something inevitably fails, instead of filling the gaps with cheap and trashy reality that is cheap but does nothing for the network

    As for new pilots, if they pick up the Selection I hope they give it only gets 13 eps along with Cult. I feel it’d be better for that show to have a shorter, more concise storytelling.

  • Bizarro

    Actually Ringer was winning the pole but now the site decided to take out Ringer for the running. Dame it Ringer is gone! I’ll miss being shocked and entertained on a weekly basis!!!

  • lauren


  • Kate

    I’m surprised we haven’t heard anything about screenings. I remember reading about them last year at some point (what sticks out is people didn’t believe that Bilson could portray a doctor, I agree). A lot of times those make or break certain shows

  • fan

    TSC is godly dont cancel

  • Bridget Kelly

    ringer will be renewed

  • em

    i think heart of dixie would be a massive shame to cancel..has a big storyline growth and once more characters become evolved and invested (with OTH finished) they need another show that can develop intertwining storylines and characters that we want to see through love,divorce,career growth,…this also makes me think alot of gilmore girls which had long gevity was light hearted but serious and can be watched by a family with both male and female children and both parents, as well as my other young single female friends who love it. there isnt much out there that is like it atm and is a nice change from a full on comedy like 2 broke girls or new girl or anything action or sci fi!! i know of alot of aussie fans who love it!i think at least give season 2 a go!

  • SmG

    As far as Gossip Girl is concerned, Paolo and Momsen’s characters are certainly alive and well – albeit far from any current storylines. Could the duo ever return to the series?

    Speaking only for himself, Paolo admitted that he no longer watches the program, but would be open to the possibility if ABC and the CW could come to an agreement.

    “It’s quite impossible for me to do it being on the West Coast and doing Revenge, even just down to legalities,” he explained. “You’re contracted to one network, it’s not easy to show up on another network. So it was never about me not wanting to be there and more abut me not being able to be there.”

    Don’t count Eric van der Woodsen out just yet, though.

    “[It’s] much more dependent on the writers of Gossip Girl calling me and going, ‘We’ve gotta get you back, man.’ Then it’s a discussion,” Paolo admitted. “But am I calling them incessantly and going, ‘I need to be back on for this finale’? No.”

  • Hades

    New Renewal/Cancellation post later today but I’ll post here anyway.

    8-The Carrie Diaires
    9-Gossip Girl/The Selection

    -GG to air in the fall and The Selection after winter hiatus since the CW have some reservations about this show

    8-First Cut

    8-Americas Next Top Model/Cult/Americas Next Top Model
    9-Hart Of Dixie/Beauty and the Beast

    -Hart to run from Sept till December
    -Beauty and Cult to air at the same time for 13 episodes each

    8-The Vampire Diaries

    8-Nikita/TSC OR Various repeats for the whole season

    -It is unlikely the CW will air a new show on Friday and all exsisting shows are unlikely to do much better than a repeat of any show so if the CW decide to save money and not renew the failing Secret Circle or Nikita I would suggest filling the 8pm slot with various repeats.

  • Restless

    Well Hades that would certainly suck extra for Supernatural. :P I’m sure ANTM repeats did no favors for Smallville. If they’d give up that much on Fridays by going back to airing repeats, why not move Supernatural to a weekday and completely give up?

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