ABC: 'Private Practice,' Whether Canceled Or Final Season, It's Likely Not Coming Back

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

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October 9th, 2012

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts the network's decision on renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2012-13 season in May, 2013. (includes results from September 17-October 7, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Private Practice :cry: :cry: 0.65
666 Park Avenue :oops: 0.71
Castle :| :| :| 0.74
Last Resort :cry: :cry: 0.76
Scandal :| :| :| 0.76
The Middle :) :) :) :) 0.95
The Neighbors :| :| :| 0.95
Revenge :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.08
Once Upon A Time :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.36
Grey's Anatomy :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.52
Modern Family :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 2.04

With only a 13 episode order for this season, and the lowest ratings of all ABC dramas so far, the writing is on the wall for Private Practice. Even though it hasn't been announced as its final season, it's more likely to be canceled than renewed.

666 Park Avenue's results in its second episode drop it into the "certain to be canceled" range, while Last Resort will stay in the "likely to be canceled" category, for now. The non surprising drop in The Neighbors second episode ratings has it down to "toss up" for renewal or cancellation. Unclear how long it will stay there.

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. This season you can follow the Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in a little more back and forth banter than we do on our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.

*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, 2013
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2013
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2013
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2013
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2013

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 past television seasons.

  • One

    God DAMN YOU, America! Start watching Last Resort now lest the future of America slip away!

  • AFW

    ABC will be very stupid if they cancel Castle

  • Lynn

    @ One for once we agree!! People should start watching Last Resort, best show on broadcast right now. Andre Braugher is giving an Emmy level performance.

  • Jeff R.

    You know, I’d be happy with a single full season with an intentional series finale for Last Resort. I’m not sure the premise can support more than that, and they can apparently retroactively declare it a miniseries if that happens and score a bunch of emmy nominations…

  • S.

    How appropriate to put the picture of the woman that lost Private Practice more viewers when given the A-story than anything else they might put on screen.

    Hope writers realize that it is the end. Don’t think that have yet. Which is quite funny for a writing room that ran the show, during season 4 and 5, like it was the last, and it didn’t matter if they gave charity arcs to cast members (in photo) that would lose them viewers.

  • Jeff R.

    S: And your least favorite characters will almost certainly be reabsorbed by Grey’s Anatomy when PP does end.

    (But hopefully not Brian Benben, who really deserves to be on a better show than either of those.)

  • Jamie

    ABC needs to go ahead and call it the final 13 episode season of Private Practice. Why not let it go out with some grace and dignity than to allow the show to be embarrassingly cancelled in May?!

  • Bill Gorman

    “How appropriate to put the picture of the woman that lost Private Practice more viewers when given the A-story than anything else they might put on screen.”

    Randomly appropriate. I’ve never seen the show, and I have no idea who any of the characters are!

  • Vincenzo

    What bothers me is not the risk that a show could be axed, but the fact that it won’t have a proper ending. I loved what ABC did with Ugly Betty (canceling the series but letting the writers to wrap up the storylines) because it had an ending, no matter if it was good or bad. It ended.

  • AustinGriffith

    Castle is not going to be cancelled. There’s no way.

  • Bec

    Grey’s Anatomy post-s3 is an entirely different show. Can’t say that I liked the change.

  • S.

    @jeff R.

    The one destined for GA is Scorsone. Both Adelstein and Strickland have been sucking up and promoting Scandal on their twitter feed more than they ever did Private Practice. Like they were already assured that they were moving there. Not necessarily with their Private Practice characters.


    Randomness is how the gods work when they want to send a message.

  • Rebecca

    Castle will be fine. Not sure yet whether I’ll stick with 666PA but so far it’s interesting (albeit slow paced)…if it stays on of course I’ll keep watching.

  • Lynn

    Last Resort could go on for years….
    1st season: attempt to negotiate a peace settlement with the US to get back home, but decide stay on the island instead becuase of the governmental coup.
    2nd season: start to build a new society on the island with big issues such as what type of government should it have, who should be elected/in charge
    3rd season: have the island recognized as a new nation start trading with other countries
    4th season: more international issues, have the US attempt to bring the islanders/rogue Navy into there war with Pakistan, which they are now losing due to pressure from other nations.
    5th season: Have the rogue Navy work with people within the United States government to end the war with Pakistan and have people who created the coup kick out of Office, thus restoring the United States and letting the rogue Navy people return home.

  • CCB

    It’s crazy that you’re tossing Caslte between renewal and cancellation, there’s no way ABC will cancel it

  • badman

    this is soooo sad… :( last resort is the best new show and 666 the second best..
    unfortunately abc gave them both crappy timeslots..

  • Bill Gorman

    “It’s crazy that you’re tossing Caslte between renewal and cancellation, there’s no way ABC will cancel it”

    Castle will be canceled someday, and the crazy fans will rend their garments and spin our pageviews. Whether that day is this season or not remains to be seen. Because it’s making syndication money for ABC, I won’t drop it below a “toss up” this season.

    It is currently ABC’s 3rd lowest rated scripted show, but the crazy tend to overlook that.

  • Agnes

    If Last Resort can stabilize at its current level, I think a case exists for its renewal. As it stands, its performing better than Charlie’s Angels after 2 episodes, so that is a positive.

  • Ram510


    I’ll agree Last Resort didn’t get te best of timeslot from ABC however 666 got a perfect time slot. People just aren’t watching, maybe cause of its name or maybe because the promos don’t tell you much

    Seeing The Middle with the same average as Neighbors makes me ????
    But seeing Scandal with a better average makes me ????

  • Ram510

    Better average than Castle*

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