There was some carnage over the past week: NBC's Animal Practice was canceled and ABC announced there would be no more episodes of Private Practice after the 13 already ordered for this season finish airing. There was some good news too though, at least if you're a Bob's Burgers fan. Fox ordered 22 more episodes for what it's calling a fourth season. If I did the math right it's the third production cycle for the animated comedy and it will leave at least 13 episodes on the shelf and available to air after the current 2012-13 season.
Back to a "no prediction designations" tablethis week. I realize fans of the Bubble Watch will not be happy about this. Maybe I will make them happier later in the season, maybe not! If you can't stand not having any predictions, you can head on over to the Renew/Cancel Index. There's usually not much disagreement anyway, and certainly not any big disagreements.
Last year the biggest disagreement I had with the Renew/Cancel Index probably involved the CW shows. I was not so sure about The Secret Circle sooner than Bill and liked Heart of Dixie's prospects better. But by the time May rolled around the gap wasn't very big. I gave Hart of Dixie the edge over The Secret Circle, but not a huge edge. Bill went the other way, but by the same small margin.
What About Castle?
This year Bill has already bumped Castle up to likely renewal. If there were designations this week, I'd still have it on the bubble. Castle's ratings haven't been great, or even good for ABC. But, they haven't been heinously awful either and, more importantly, there is already an off-net syndication deal in place with TNT. But, there will be over 100 episodes of Castle available by the end of this season (with the extra episode recently ordered for this season I count 105 episodes at the end of the season) and when I look at Castle's current ratings on ABC and its repeat airings on TNT, I see... a toss-up for renewal.
If Nielsen Won't Validate Your Worldview, Who Will?
On Monday after the ratings for the premiere of The Walking Dead came out, I got this e-mail:
From: Raymond Jenkins
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2012 2:54 PM
To: Robert Seidman
Subject: Proof the Nielsen Ratings Are Wrong!
Good day. Not that I needed more data to support the premise that Nielsen is a flawed and antiquated system, when I consider the ratings for the horrible, awful The Walking Dead vs. the ratings for the tremendous first rate Last Resort (it's the best show on the air!) there's no other reasonable conclusion than that Nielsen's ratings system is horribly busted. It's not possible that so many more young adults prefer the abomination that is The Walking Dead to the wonderful Last Resort. Andre Braugher rocks!
From: Robert Seidman
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2012 19:36 PM
To: Raymond Jenkins
Subject: Re: Proof the Nielsen Ratings Are Wrong!
But, alas, there are in fact other reasonable conclusions. Here are a few:
- Not only is it possible that more people prefer to watch The Walking Dead than Last Resort, more people actually do!
- You can't stand that many people don't share your taste in television programming and it drives you a little crazy
- Andre Braugher rocks, but zombies rock much harder!
A Quick note on Revolution:
I did want to note that yes, it would certainly have been upgraded to likely renewal had there been designations this week. I was waiting for some signs of stabilization after its first four weeks went: 4.1, 3.4, 3.2, 3.0. A 3.3 adults 18-49 rating for its fifth episode is a good sign.
|Private Practice||ABC||Cancelled/Final Season|
|666 Park Avenue||ABC|
|Once Upon a Time||ABC|
|Made in Jersey||CBS||Cancelled|
|Good Wife, The||CBS|
|How I Met Your Mother||CBS|
|Two and a Half Men||CBS|
|Person of Interest||CBS|
|Mike & Molly||CBS|
|2 Broke Girls||CBS|
|Big Bang Theory, The||CBS||Renewed|
|Gossip Girl||CW||Final Season|
|Hart of Dixie||CW|
|Beauty and the Beast||CW|
|The Vampire Diaries||CW|
|Mob Doctor, The||FOX|
|Ben & Kate||FOX|
|Mindy Project, The||FOX|
|Cleveland Show, The||FOX|
|30 Rock||NBC||Final Season|
|The Office||NBC||Final Season|
|Up All Night||NBC|
|Guys with Kids||NBC|
|New Normal, The||NBC|
|Law & Order: SVU||NBC|
|Parks & Recreation||NBC|