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.

  • tvfreak

    @Rebecca: Apartment 23 made a Castle reference? I wouldn’t have picked up on that, I actually got kinda bored with that show after episode 3. :( At least now it looks like ABC is trying to raise knowledge of Castle – we Missing fans spotted a reference in one episode, where a fictional thriller had a glowing review from Castle printed on the back cover.

  • Rose

    Cannot believe ABC cancelled Missing, but yet the mindless reality shows and
    other bad TV shows got renewed. I will do everything not to watch ABC going forward.

  • Shahhida

    They would renew Body of Proof yet cancel The River…… ABC sucks ya’ll.
    Happy 2 c OUaT up there.

  • Rebecca

    Yep, the Castle reference was during the end credits scene one night. I know what you mean about A23…I get a little bored with it too. It can be funny sometimes, so I keep watching. It’s not as good IMO as HE (which also has its so-so moments but has had some great episodes). At the time the quote was made, Eli (the perv from the building across the street from the girls) was soaking in a tub full of jam June had made. He confiscated it during a health inspection at the coffee shop where she was trying to sell it (turns out he has a real job).

  • M Kay

    Please don’t cancel Missing! It is one of the best new shows in years! It is just as good as Revenge.

  • Nick

    ONCE UPON A TIME – 9 (-3)
    MODERN FAMILY – 60 (+3)

    “So brave. So gallant. So pointless.”
    – Rumplestiltskin, OUAT episode 1.22 “A Land Without Magic”

  • Beth

    I enjoyed both Missing and GCB! I’m sorry they were cancelled… It was nice to have TV series again…as opposed to reality shows

  • Elaine L. Fisher

    Missing is the only show I watched on any of the alphabet channels and I really enjoyed it. Hopefully it will be picked up by cable.

  • Dezira

    I also hate that they have cancelled GCB, I thought it was a funny show. Of course like every show, were some parts that seemed rocky. Wednesday nights are my only night now with ABC. Modern Family, The Middle, and Suburgatory. DH was a favorite, have seen every episode. Too bad it had to end but it had a good run. I too really liked Off The Map, and ABC canned it before it even gave it a chance. I heard Scandal was good, I’m just so nervous now to like any shows because I’m afraid they will be cancelled. I go to sleep really early and wake up very early so anything after 9, I usually don’t get to watch and I will watch it online the next afternoon, lots of people watch shows online if they miss them but I don’t think these are accounted into ratings. I am a Christian but I liked GCB, if was a fun escape, I don’t always like to watch dramas,for me most dramas are too predictable and I’m not a fan of 95 percent of reality shows. I think ABC gave in to pressure, and it’s a shame. Added that there are many shows which I feel should have been canned awhile ago or that ABC keeps renewing that are hanging on by threads. Time slots also make a world of difference, and networks know it. For example I used to like Private Practice in the earlier seasons but could never watch it because I had to get to sleep right after DH (and that was pushing it) 4am-6am comes early for lots of people. If ABC cared about fans then they could move things around at least for a trial basis.

  • billiejean2300

    i really liked the show missing but now it’s being cancelled?!?!?!?!? im ticked off!

  • tvfreak

    ONCE UPON A TIME – 6 (-3)
    MODERN FAMILY – 63 (+3)

    The Winners’ Circle seems to be approaching…

    “Every time I get a haircut, it looks terrible for about six weeks. Then it looks good for, like, a day, then it’s time for a new haircut. It’s what I call the ‘Haircut Cycle of Shame.'”
    -Cory, from Boy Meets World episode 4.02 “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” (this one really explains the disgust I have with my own post-haircut appearance… ;) )

  • Sebastien

    This season I watched and loved the following ABC shows:

    – Pan Am
    – GCB
    – Desperate Housewives
    – Castle

    3/4 have been cancelled, looks like I may be done with ABC…

  • Rebecca

    But you can still keep watching Castle. :-)

  • Rebecca

    ONCE UPON A TIME – 3 (-3)
    MODERN FAMILY – 66 (+3)

    quote from GCB [1.8]:
    Cricket: Actually, I’m goin’ up for the lead. I believe I was born to play the Holy Spirit.
    Carlene: Cricket, Cricket, Cricket – you slay me. You’re not physically right for the role.
    Cricket: Oh? You’ve seen a body shot of the Holy Ghost, have ya?

  • Rebecca

    I feel like just sharing two more GCB quotes so they’re out of my text file, since the show isn’t coming back next season. I still have other ABC show quotes (mostly Cougar Town) for future game posts.

    quote from GCB [1.10]:
    Carlene: Pastor Tudor, nobody understands Revelations. Never have, never will. And anyways, by the time it comes around we’ll all be dead!

    quote from GCB [1.10]:
    Carlene (in Mexico): Poor, delirious Amanda. I’d pray for you if it wasn’t so hot.

  • tvfreak

    Well, since it looks like we might have the Winners’ Circle soon, a little reminder: Castle is in the Victors’ Village, awaiting another show to compete with for Ultimate Winner. If OUAT gets eliminated soon, then the next voter to come along after that must reset Castle and Modern Family to 10 points, then vote in +1 and -1 only until the winner is declared. Have fun!

  • SD

    So happy BOP was renewed love the show, along with Private Practice and Grey’s, what cliff hangers, can’t wait for the new seasons…Sad to see GCB cancelled, I liked to, easy to watch without thinkging too much.

    Scandal by far is a hit, totally hooked on it, love all Shonda’s series, she has hot the mark on all…

  • SD

    Sorry for all the typo’s did not proof read :(

  • Hollie

    They Cancelled “The River” ??!!! ugh! That show was frakken great . It had me on the edge of my seat, the story was great, the acting top notch, etc.. sigh..

  • javax3000

    Missing was a pretty good show sucks that it was cancel.

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