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.

  • Nick

    Not all of the shows that “pulled you in and left you wanting more” were canceled. Revenge and Once Upon A Time are big hits.

  • Naomi Hill

    I personally get tired of getting attached to new shows. GCB was AWESOME!!! I am a Christian woman I am strong in my faith, I seen nothing wrong with some good laughs and some fun. It is like all the good shows just get cancelled. I agree with JC, All those shows were amazing, and poof just gone. Just like Crossing Jordan, LOVED that show… now House is gone… good grief.. Guess I will stick to ABC Family and the CW at least those shows seem to stick around. I am glad my comedies got to stay but all the drama’s… really? Thank goodness for Grey’s, Private Practice, SVU and the few others that are left… Harry’s law really pisses me off… Perhaps we should all just torture our toddlers in tiaras, scream at other mothers and totally ruin dance for our girls, Hey I know lets exploit our teenage daughters pregnancies so more teenage girls will go get pregnant so they can get on tv too… SERIOUSLY… I know I am on a soap box… we all know no body at these stations listen to the little people who ACTUALLY watch these shows faithfully… I wish I had the money to have my own station… BOO HISS…

  • Alison

    So very sorry Missing is not to be renewed. One of the few smart and beautifully filmed shows on any network.

  • Dana

    I loved missing! I hate that it is going to be canceled and all the viewers are just going to be left hanging!!! Horrible decision abc!!!

  • chris strickland

    I think it is so Stupid that shows like the Bachelor and Bachelorette and shows like Dancing With the Stars isstill on the air. But they cancelk goid shows like the River and Missing. It figures ABC finally gets a couple of really good shows and they get cancelled. But shows like bachelor and dancing with the stars aee still on. Who watches that trash. So For as I concerned the hell with ABC..

  • Jenni

    I just wished when a show was canceled, some type of conclusion would be offered like one more show? It seems like abc cancels shows more often than other networks. I am happy Once Upon A Time is renewed, I would feel not peace without knowing eventually what is going to happen next!

  • Jenni

    Chris, I am with you “the hell with ABC”

  • mak0205

    I LOVVVEEDD GCB – Found it on Hulu – it was hilarious, fresh and sooo entertaining – couldn’t wait to watch regular season episodes – Sooooo funny but it seems anything funny, well done, etc will be cancelled by ABC. What a Shame. Gee, maybe there will be some more absolutely dreadful reality shows coming up – network tv – more and more a complete waste of time. so sad.

  • mortician

    I am sooo glad BODY OF PROOF was renewed. Love the show. Something great for us Morticians and death care industry workers to enjoy! Dr. Hunt is awesome! Thx abc……pleaded keep this show alive for its target audience, we all don’t want to see REALITY shows! Can’t wait for the next season to start!

  • Lorraine G.

    I am very upset that Misssing has been cancelled. I think it was one of the best shows on thisseason.

  • Marie

    I fell in mad love with GCB, and my heart has broken

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