CW: '90210' Would Be Canceled Elsewhere, But Expect A Short Final Season On The CW

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

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October 16th, 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 14, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Gossip Girl final season 0.46
90210 :| :| :| 0.46
Hart Of Dixie :| :| :| 0.68
Supernatural :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.03
Beauty And The Beast :) :) :) :) 1.37
Arrow :) :) :) :) 1.48
Vampire Diaries :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.82

With its woeful premiere ratings, 90210 would be headed for certain cancellation anywhere else but the CW. However, the CW has shown a fondness for short final seasons of their veteran shows (One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl) once they are past their sell by dates, and that's what I'd expect for 90210. However, I reserve the right to keep the prediction a "toss up" for at least a while until we can see more results for other CW shows over the next few weeks.

Hart  Of Dixie's second episode ratings cooled noticeably, and it's now no better than a "toss up" for renewal or cancellation at the end of this season. It could become another one of the cancellation bear's sophomore snacks.

The rest of the CW shows likely have the folks at CW HQ giddy with their initial results.

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  • :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, 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.

  • Julia

    They have so much time to wrap things up this season! They should do it and make another show like Arrow next year!

    The ratings are worse than Gossip Girl last year

  • Rachel

    A short final season? They have 22 episodes more episodes to wrap things up if ratings don’t improve. That’s ridiculous.

  • John A

    I dont believe 90210 will get a final season. Surely CW realise its mistake renewing GG. Unless it rises to a 0.6 each week and doesnt fall it they might.

  • Alan

    I can see 90210 getting a final shortened season, or an announcement in November that this season will be the last.

  • iMember

    Nah, 9O21O doesn’t need a short final season. It’s VERY early in the season that the CW can announce this as its final season and give the writers enough to time wrap everything up. The CW doesn’t need to be keeping ill rated shows anymore, what they need is to keep expanding like they are doing now with Arrow and such, because they are finding success there.

    I don’t see 9O21O or Hart of Dixie making it another season, but we’ll see!

  • @ramirescl

    I’m worried about Arrow.

  • hammard

    I think it has a better chance than Beauty and the Beast. Arrow is up against the exact same shows, had increasing half hours and strong reviews. B&TB has to now go up against mostly regularly scheduled programmes for the first time, had a big drop off in half hours and (according to Metacrtic) had the worst reviews of any new show of the fall.
    Obviously nothing’s certain, but if I was a gambler I’d put money on B&TB having a bigger sophmore slump than Arrow.
    I’m also not confident about Emily Owens survivng, as the Tueday at 9 slot has been a failure for all new shows.

  • Michael

    Should be interesting to see how Beauty And The Beast performs, with actual competition this week! EEK!

  • Nope

    as long as SUPERNATURAL lives everything is good

  • Ashley

    I think SPN will be renewed no matter what the ratings are like (and I expect them to be good and stead) so I’m hoping they stay green all year!

  • Ralph

    90210 will have a final season 6. Lets not be idiots this is the CW. No way in hell they would cancel this show without giving it a proper good bye. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprise if they CW gave 90210 a full final season.

  • EatMorePez

    I’m with you guys on a potential final season for 90210: It doesn’t need one. It was never the pop culture phenomenon that Gossip Girl was, and never had the loyal audience like One Tree Hill. Five seasons, 114 episodes is a good run. Time to call it a day.

    Will we get a poll for tonight’s Emily Owens premiere? I’m guessing 0.8.

  • Sid


    Do you know how you will place Nikita when it arrives next week on the CW renewal/cancel index? I mean of course it depends on ratings but with it being a 3rd season show and with it having 67 episodes by the end of the Season; will its lowest status stay as a “toss-up”?

  • Luke

    Supernatural and Arrow being Good. I am Good. :D

  • Dan

    Even if CW has some hits, I expect 90210 to get a Gossip Girl final season and end in the 2013-2014. They did it with Smallville, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and next year will be the time for 90210. However it will be renewed along with ANTM, Vampire Diaries, and Nikita.

  • Bill Gorman

    “Do you know how you will place Nikita when it arrives next week on the CW renewal/cancel index? I mean of course it depends on ratings but with it being a 3rd season show and with it having 67 episodes by the end of the Season; will its lowest status stay as a “toss-up”?”

    With my new boldness re: syndication, probably “likely renewed”, but I’m still thinking about it.

  • Sid


    Thank you.

  • halloween

    how about as summer season for 90210, something other than reruns during summer

  • Sid

    I still think it’s too soon to tell about 9O21O. At this point it’s 50/50 for me; either it gets a shortened final Season, or The CW does a bold move like ABCF and announces the remaining Season 5 episodes as the final season. CW will need ratings for a few more weeks to make that decision though.

  • Sid


    The point is that the plug won’t be pulled on 9O21O without a proper ending.

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