CW Renew/Cancel Wrap: 'The Secret Circle,' 'Ringer' Canceled; 'Nikita,' 'Hart Of Dixie,' 'Gossip Girl' Renewed

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

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May 15th, 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- May 13, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The L.A. Complex canceled 0.40
Ringer* canceled 0.68
Nikita (F) renewed 0.69
Gossip Girl  renewed 0.82
Hart Of Dixie renewed 0.84
90210 renewed 0.98
The Secret Circle canceled 0.99
One Tree Hill* final season 1.07
Supernatural (F) renewed 1.09
Vampire Diaries  renewed 1.83

After having them as "toss ups" for renewal or cancellation for most of the year, I predicted cancellation for both Nikita and Hart Of Dixie, and blew both those calls. After being moved to a "toss up" late in the season, I predicted that The Secret Circle would be renewed, and blew that call too. Props to Robert who called both Hart of Dixie and The Secret Circle correctly, and missed only Nikita.

My guess is that the late season swoon by The Secret Circle killed it, and I have so little experience with shows that have ratings dives late, I was unable to take it fully into account.

5/18 Update: As expected, The L.A. Complex was nowhere to be found on the CW 2012-13 schedule. It will never air during the US broadcast season again. It will live on in Canada, and wouldn't stun me if it aired during the summer in the US, but we will have to wait and see.

While I did get all the other CW show final predictions correct, there are so few of them that's like saying I lost my thumb and index finger, but the rest of my hand was fine. As a network, the CW proved to be collectively my worst predicted this season by a wide margin. Ouch!

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

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.

  • Kelly

    I really liked the L.A. Complex mostly because i am in the same position as most of those characters. It appealed to the younger generation who is struggling out there in the real world. I hope they air season two if not on The CW than on Hulu or something!


    ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?!?!?!
    look at the numbers…why is secret circle cancelled?! that makes no sense
    I am so upset by that, the really need to re-consider …

  • Katarrah

    Somebody had best be bringing Secret Circle back!

  • Katarrah

    By the way… Nikita…. your saving grace.

  • Katie

    SO HAPPY HART OF DIXIE IS RENEWED!! anybody know when season 2 starts?

  • fousehouse

    I am completely devastated that the Ringer was cancelled. I was really into this show and now will never know the outcomes. You guys could at least make one or two episodes closing out the show so there is no cliffhangers, just saying.

  • Shirley Marquez

    I don’t think The CW will push back a fall premiere to air The LA Complex. But they might do a deal to air it partly in the summer and partly during what would normally be a rerun time, like December or early January, or book it for summer 2013. Since the production is already funded they should be able to get the rights for short money and it will probably pull better ratings than reruns would – but that’s not saying much on The CW.

  • Jezebel

    My daughter and I will Miss watching the Secret Circle every Thursday. We looked forward to watching it every week and hope CW reconsiders renewing the Secret Circle.

  • mary

    I wish the secret circle would get renewed it was the only showed i washed :(

  • Aubrey

    Once again I invested my time in a cool show only to have it cancelled without wrapping up the ending. These network big wigs should show their audiences some respect & give us closure. Without us you don’t exhist!!!

  • Carmela

    I think it sticks that ringer was canceled they leve you up in the air at least finish the dam show.



  • Ashley

    Honestly, I really enjoyed secret circle and was looking forward to an awesome show that followed vampire diaries. That was the highlight of my week, Vampires and Witches. Now I will have to find some other show that is awesome to replace secret circle. Hopefully another station airs a cool witch show.

  • Oriana

    Super upset about Ringer being cancelled!! Seriously!

  • Barb

    This is a bunch of bull! You finally get a show that I can’t wait to sit down and watch every thursday and it gets cancelled!!!??? That is a bunch of bs! It would almost be easier to cut CW off the air before cutting some peoples favorite shows. TSC is one of me and my families favor shows and was really getting interesting and you are going to cancel it? CW was one of my favorite channels,but maybe we should cancel you from our tv channels! This is so wrong. Why put something on tv that some people get addicted to watching then cancel it ,just like you did Hellcats! To the producers and writers of TSC and VD,thumbs up,but to CW,get a reality check!!!!!!

  • Barb

    And I’m definitely with Ashley and the many others on this one!!!

  • Tim

    LA Complex was not cancelled. It is returning July 17th.

    I am amazed that it is though

  • Peter

    Technically, The L.A. Complex has been renewed and not canceled by the CW other than Bell Media (Canada). It became a summer show after Bell Media and the CW saw that the ratings were not high enough to be a fall or a spring show.

  • dez-e-girl

    so bummed they’re cancelling secret circle, and can’t beleive they are keeping heart of dixie instead…. super lame!

  • lauragjftyujtfu

    We want the secret circle season 2 season 2

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