ABC Renew/Cancel Wrap: 'GCB,' 'Missing,' 'The River' Canceled; 'Body Of Proof,' 'Scandal,' 'Private Practice,' 'Castle,' 'Revenge' Renewed

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

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May 15th, 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- May 13, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Pan Am* canceled 0.42
Charlie's Angels * canceled 0.48
Work It! * canceled 0.61
Missing canceled 0.61
Cougar Town canceled by ABC, picked up by TBS 0.64
Body Of Proof* renewed 0.66
Man Up * canceled 0.66
The River* canceled 0.66
GCB canceled 0.80
Scandal renewed 0.82
Last Man Standing renewed 0.87
Private Practice  renewed 0.90
Castle  renewed 0.91
Suburgatory renewed 0.98
Revenge renewed 0.98
The Middle renewed 1.00
Happy Endings* renewed 1.01
Don't Trust the B in Apt 23 renewed 1.01
Desperate Housewives final season 1.08
Once Upon A Time renewed 1.30
Grey's Anatomy  renewed 1.45
Modern Family renewed 1.98


ABC's Body of Proof turned out to be my biggest prediction miss this season. The only "certain to be canceled" predicted show that was renewed. I'm still not quite sure how it got renewed, and may never know for certain. Looks like its 13 episode order for next season will be used as a schedule filler, likely for a failed rookie drama, or a mid-season replacement.

Other than that I predicted the fate of every other ABC show correctly in the final guesses this season, most long ago.

With that the Index bids the 2011-12 ABC season adieu, there will be no more ABC Renew / Cancel posts until September. Happy summer, ABC!

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.

  • mayday

    Is there a possibility that enough people can sign a request sheet to keep the show Missing on (ABC). The final show was great!

  • tasha

    Oh My Goodness….. I am so sad I just now found out they canceled GCB!!!!! I was upset about The River but I am heated about GCB!!

  • Connie G

    No, No Please No! Please don’t cancel GCB. There’s no better a night time soap to hold those desperate housewives rebounders? The cast is spectacular and the humor carries me through Mondays.

  • debbie

    HOW IN THE WORLD CAN YOU JUSTIFY CANCELLING “MISSING” WITH ASHLEY JUDD? that was a great show….Some shows draw you in, and that one definitely did, lots of suspense, you really never knew what the characters were going to was like 24 ….PLEASE PLEASE…CANCELLING THIS WAS A HUGE MISTAKE….

  • Rebecca

    CASTLE – 17 (+1)
    MODERN FAMILY – 3 (-1)

    quote from MF [3.24]:
    Dylan: Um, listen…I know that you’re concerned, but I’m designing t-shirts now and they’re gonna be huge. Also medium and small.

  • stacie

    I can’t believe some of the shows they keep, and they get rid of awesome shows. GCB, The River and Pan Am were great shows, especially the river and pan am. I am so pissed off, you get into a show, and they cancel it! Do we really need anymore cop or hospital shows?! You’ve got blue bloods, rookie blue, body of proof, castle, house, greys anatomy, criminal minds, and about 4 CSI’s. The only one I watch out of those is Criminal Minds, but they are all the same! I’m not saying that just because I don’t watch these shows, doesn’t means they aren’t good, but do really need to have the same types of shows keep coming out and staying on the air? People want a VARIETY of shows….. or atleast I do. Lol

  • tvfreak

    I forgot to vote yesterday. Family visit.

    CASTLE – 18 (+1)
    MODERN FAMILY – 2 (-1)

    “Proms are lame, it’s just an excuse for dressed up dorks to ride in limos and hump each other.”
    -Haley, from Modern Family episode 3.24 “Baby on Board” (which is why I never went to any of my proms… ;) )

  • gloriajill

    When I first saw the advertisements for Missing, I thought okay I will try it..but to my surprise I found the show to be interesting and couldn’t wait for the next eposide to come daugther and I watched every week, and we both agree it is the best show..and Ashley is amazing in the show..her best ever. ABC was always my favorite station but they are letting me down more and more..last season it was Combat Hospital now Missing, whats next…
    maybe they need to get rid of some of those stupid reality shows..What will it take to put MISSING back on

  • Nick

    CASTLE – 17 (-1)
    MODERN FAMILY – 3 (+1)
    Me too lol.

    “I don’t understand. They named you after a sandwich?”
    -Gloria, MF episode 3.23, “Tableau Vivant”

  • tvfreak

    @Nick: Which one? The family visit or the prom joke?

  • Mary

    What a crappy way to end MISSING!!!!! I could see ending it like that if there was going to be a second season, but…there’s not. And the story isn’t even finished!!

  • cher

    I love missing!!!You always take the good stuff off and leave the crap. Then a lot of us will end up watching another station. Missing should come back!

  • DebiDecker

    Please don’t cancel Missing it’s a very good show I like many others don’t watch it when it airs I tape it and watch when I have the time so you can’t go by who’s watching it while it airs because in this Day and time people record there shows so you have to find another way to determine if people are watching the shows or not

  • SNB

    How come body of proof had almost .20 views less then GCB yet it gets canceled?? I hate ABC they are known for getting rid of shows that are better then the ones they keep.

  • Jacky

    Missing was so intriguing though, Ashley Judd and Nick Eversman did well I thought, wish it stayed and maybe been advertised more.

  • jackie

    CASTLE – 18 (+1)
    MODERN FAMILY – 2 (-1)

  • tvfreak

    Something’s seriously wrong…I tried to post twice and it’s not working. Third time’s the charm…I hope!

    CASTLE – 19 (+1)
    MODERN FAMILY – 1 (-1)

  • tvfreak

    And a quote:

    “I’m basically his beard…pre-beard…stubble.”
    -Alex, from Modern Family 3.24 “Baby on Board”

  • Just0r

    WTF, The River was awesome, why would that that canned. People that watch TV just want to be spoon fed cookie cutter crap apparently. GCB wasn’t that bad either, kind of funny.

  • Tracey

    GRRRRRRRRR ABC love DH now its gone. Love GCB now its gone to..And you keep
    DWTS and The Bachelorette and the Bachelor on tv. How lame it that.

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