Renew/Cancel: The Road So Far (Through October 7, 2012)

Categories: Bubble Watch

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October 7th, 2012

I'm still not sure what the plans are for "Bubble Watch" but at minimum will publish a weekly table indicating which shows have been renewed and canceled so far.

A few of you have asked me what has surprised me the most this season and so far nothing really has surprised me. But if we make it to this time next week and no shows have been cancelled/pulled off the schedule yet, that will surprise me a bit.

As ever, when it comes to renewals, we're talking about for next season. That shows like Revolution and Go On have received full season pickups for this season is not surprising but is of course great news for fans! But that's not the same thing as being renewed for another season.

For Bubble Watch and R/C fans who like all the "likely" and "certain" designations and miss them below, you can fill them in on your own!  Despite lack of designations,  the list below isn't in alphabetical order and there is actually a rhyme and reason to my sort order below that is pretty easy to figure out.

As usual, shows that haven't aired yet aren't in the list and the list focuses only on scripted shows.


Show Network Renewal Status
666 Park Avenue ABC
Last Resort ABC
Private Practice ABC
Scandal ABC
Castle ABC
Middle, The ABC
Neighbors, The ABC
Revenge ABC
Once Upon a Time ABC
Grey's Anatomy ABC
Modern Family ABC
Hart of Dixie CW
Supernatural CW
Made in Jersey CBS
Partners CBS
Good Wife, The CBS
Hawaii Five-0 CBS
Mentalist, The CBS
Vegas CBS
Elementary CBS
Blue Bloods CBS
Person of Interest CBS
Criminal Minds CBS
Mike & Molly CBS
Two and a Half Men CBS
How I Met Your Mother CBS
2 Broke Girls CBS
Big Bang Theory, The CBS Already Renewed
Fringe FOX Final Season
Mob Doctor, The FOX
Raising Hope FOX
Ben & Kate FOX
Bones FOX
Mindy Project, The FOX
American Dad FOX Renewed
Bob's Burgers FOX
Glee FOX
New Girl FOX
Family Guy FOX Renewed
Simpsons, The FOX Renewed
30 Rock NBC Final Season
The Office NBC Final Season
Animal Practice NBC
Up All Night NBC
Guys with Kids NBC
New Normal, The NBC
Parks & Recreation NBC
Parenthood NBC
Law & Order: SVU NBC
Grimm NBC
Revolution NBC
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  • Brandy

    HoD Likley Renewal right now cause it got 0.7 for premiere and 0.9 with +3 added, it’s doing better than Top Model,IHeartMusicFestival, & I think it’ll do better than Nikita and maybe better than GG & 90210.If HoD stays at 0.7, it’ll be renewed.2BGs Certain Renwal right now,hope it stays there,HoD too.

  • City Kitty

    Love Last Resort – dump Revolution –

  • Richard Steven Hack

    KS: Actually, re Revolution quotes, Billy Burke has had some decent lines. No one else has, however. However, you may be right as I can’t remember his lines either – but they were decent enough when he said them that I noted them. Only two or three, however.

    The one smart trick they pulled on that show so far was establishing that HE was the original “bad guy” that started the militia, not Munroe. I didn’t see that coming so I think that was effective.

  • Debsafan

    Why is it that cancellation is the way to go. Why not try some of these shows on Saturday night. People watch TV on Saturday night. It use to be the best night on TV for stay at home people that don’t have the money to do anything else but what TV. Give these new shows a chance.

  • William

    nobody watches TV on saturday except sports

  • Petar Ivanov

    Then are saturdays part of networks overall ratings in the end of the year.

  • Robert Seidman

    Saturday ratings are counted in networks’ weekly and season averages.

  • Clarkwood

    Debsafan – Saturdays are used to burn off shows. BTW, CBS @ the very least did air both Made In Jersey and Elementary repeats on Sat recently. However, if you thought Friday numbers were bad, Sat is even worse. It costs too much vs demo that will watch non sports tv on Saturday night. Friday is more likely just barely a profit and is thus used more as a get this show to Syndication.

    What they maybe should think about doing is airing unscripted Reality New shows on Saturday nights. Those are cheap enough to produce and are easy to get viewers. No more singing shows, there’s too many of those. But maybe stuff like Fear Factor or Game Shows of the GSN variety. That is if they actually want to create a Saturday as tv viewing outside College Football and the like.

  • Petar Ivanov


    ABC are with new reality show. But not for Saturdays. I guess they will try to replace DWTS. Swimming or somthing reality show.

  • 728huey


    How I Met Your Mother – Certain renewal
    Partners – Certain cancellation
    Two Broke Girls – Certain renewal
    Mike & Molly – Certain renewal
    Hawaii 5-O – Likely renewal
    NCIS – Certain renewal
    NCIS:LA – Certain renewal
    Vegas – Likely cancellation
    Survivor – Certain renewal
    Criminal Minds – Certain renewal
    CSI – Likely renewal
    The Big Bang Theory – Already renewed
    Two and a Half Men – Likely renewal
    Person of Interest – Certain renewal
    Elementary – Toss up
    CSI:NY – Likely cancellation
    Made In Jersey – Certain cancellation
    Blue Bloods – Likely renewal
    The Amazing Race – Certain renewal
    The Good Wife – Likely cancellation
    The Mentalist – Toss up


    The Voice – Already renewed
    Revolution – Likely renewal
    Go On – Likely renewal
    The New Normal – Toss up
    Parenthood – Toss up
    Animal Practice – Certain cancellation
    Guys With Kids – Likely cancellation
    Law & Order:SVU – Toss up
    Chicago Fire – Toss up
    30 Rock – Final season
    Up All Night – Likely cancellation
    The Office – Final season
    Parks and Recreation – Toss up
    Whitney – Toss up
    Community – Toss up
    Grimm – Likely renewal


    Dancing With the Stars – Likely renewal
    Castle – Toss Up
    Last Man Standing – Toss Up
    Happy Endings – Likely cancellation
    Private Practice – Likely cancellation
    The Middle – Certain renewal
    The Neighbors – Certain cancellation
    Modern Family – Certain renewal
    Suburgatory – Likely renewal
    Nashville – Toss up
    Last Resort – Likely cancellation
    Grey’s Anatomy – Certain renewal
    Scandal – Toss Up
    Shark Tank – Likely renewal
    America’s Funniest Home Videos – Certain renewal
    Once Upon A Time – Certain renewal
    Revenge – Likely renewal
    666 Park Avenue – Toss up


    Bones – Likely renewal
    The Mob Doctor – Certain cancellation
    Raising Hope – Toss up
    Ben and Kate – Likely cancellation
    New Girl – Likely renewal
    The Mindy Project – Toss up
    The X Factor – Certain renewal
    Glee – Likely renewal
    Kitchen Nightmares – Certain renewal
    Fringe – Final season
    Cops – Likely renewal
    The Simpsons – Already renewed
    Bob’s Burgers – Likely renewal
    Family Guy – Already renewed
    American Dad – Already renewed
    The Cleveland Show – Toss up
    American Idol – Likely renewal

  • Nick


    How I Met Your Mother – Certain renewal

    The ratings say that, but there’s talk of this being HIMYM’s final season, so it should be on the bubble, or at least likely renewal.

  • a p garcia

    FOX should cancel TMD ASAP, but hasn’t b/c it has nothing to put in its place or so they say. They could put a House, TSCC,TN or even X-Files. I remember about 15 or 20 years ago chen CBS was having a terrible year. Practically everything they aired was canceled, so CBS aired an All In the Family episode and CBS won the time period!

  • Dan

    With HIMYM, like House, is not about ratings, its if the cast wants to continue and with a show that that, it needs to be wrapped up nicely to end the story.

    First cancellations
    Made in Jersey – Tomorrow
    The Mob Doctor – Tuesday
    Animal Practice/Guys With Kids – Thursday but possibly next week or the week after
    Last Resort – Friday or the week after

  • Rooks

    Just the shows I’m watching this season, and my predictions

    666 Park Avenue Likely Cancellation

    Last Resort Likely Cancellation

    Castle Likely Renewal

    Once Upon A Time Likely Renewal

    Supernatural Likely Renewal

    Elementary Toss Up

    Person Of Interest Certain Renewal

    Criminal Minds Likely Renewal

    Grimm Certain Renewal

    Revolution Likely Renewal

  • Dan S

    Last Resort won’t have to face the bear for awhile. It’s ratings aren’t disastrous & hopefully ABC might try it out on another day & time before making any decision to yank it. The show in more immediate trouble is The Neighbors which did take a dramatic drop after its premiere. On CBS I’m certain Partners could get yanked after tomorrow along with MIJ. On Fox bush bye to Mob Dr & on NBC will likely be AP but I think they’ll hang onto GWK for awhile since it actually gets better numbers after AP.

  • Oliver


    If last year is any guide, then if a show gets a full season, there’s roughly an 86% chance it will get renewed.

    If you ignore The CW (which operates differently from the 4 major networks) then it’s 100%.

    I suspect that’s misleading and last season was an outlier. For example, 2010-11 had Better With You, The Event, Outsourced and Law & Order: LA all cancelled and No Ordinary Family had its order reduced to 20. My guess is that typically around 3/4 of shows given full season orders get renewed.

  • Robert

    RSH. What are you on? Nikita is in syndication territory noway they are gonna cancel Nikita. Every entertainment site say its a given for a renewal even this site say Nikita is practically guarantee renewed for syndication purpose. You are clearly so out of the loop.

    666 will not get cancelled if it can hold these numbers

  • varnelius

    I so hope Elementary gets cancelled. I really wanted to love that show, but even now a couple of episodes in, when I’m watching it, by halfway thru I realize I’m just looking forward to the end.

    It’d be nice if Lost Resort moved to a better timeslot…. Not sure what an earlier poster was implying about Lost Resort needing a suspension of disbelief.

    If anything of the slate of dramas that I monitor (basically, all of them–even losers like FlashForward, The Event, and The Firm held my attention to the end) so far this fall the only show that has seriously disappointed me has been Dexter. Dexter had way too much non-believable CSI crap going on last week. That whole read a fingerprint with a smartphone screen was ludicrous (H5O with taking a photo of a dusted print is so much more current tech). There were some other issues with believability with that episode as well.

  • varnelius

    Oh forgot to add, Robert S… It would be super nice if you bumped some of those front page links to a “hot bookmark” sort of page when they dropped off. Even now, I find myself wanting to pull up the fall premiere dates, since shows like Burn Notice etc are a ways off yet, plus CW hasn’t even started half their slate yet. (I think the whole reason I came here tonight was to verify my TV guide to see if TVD was going to start this week on CW, and I didn’t even get that done.)

  • Jared

    ABC should flip flop Last Resort and 666 Park Ave. I think Last Resort might do better at a 10 pm time slot whereas 666 Park Ave might do better earlier.

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