Renew/Cancel Recap: The Syndication Gods Must Be Crazy...About Nikita!?!?

Categories: Bubble Watch

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October 28th, 2012

This week there were no renewals or cancellations announced for any of the broadcast network's scripted shows (but Showtime announced a third season renewal of Homeland if you just can't stand not having any renewal news). While not renewals, CBS gave full season “back nine” orders for Elementary and Vegas.

In last week's Renew/Cancel Index for ABC on Tuesday, Nashville fell to a toss-up, but the good news for Nashville fans is rating stabilized for its third episode.

Woefully Rated 'Nikita' Is Likely To Be Renewed; Wait, WHAT??!! (Redux)

Bill appropriately titled last Tuesday's Renew/Cancel post for CW with the bold text above. The conventional wisdom is that once Nikita was picked up for a third season it would be shepherded along to at least a fourth to get to 88 episodes for syndication purposes. Granted, conventional wisdom doesn't usually involve shows as low-rated as Nikita, but it's not like Nikita's ratings were any good last year either and while CW execs probably hoped for the best with the changes to the Friday night lineup, it surely knew that there was a good possibility the ratings would get worse than last year.

But then the preliminary ratings for Friday came out -- a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating (yes, that could be adjusted up to a 0.3 in the finals -- woot!) prompting questions like:

"is woefuller a word?"

It also begs the question of "just how crazy are the syndication gods that they would demand -- d-e-m-a-n-d -- more episodes of Nikita?" There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that when it comes to ratings the syndication gods make some demands that to mere mortals like me seem pretty crazy. But Nikita ratings style  C-R-A-Z-Y?!

That's a reasonable question and one that I'm pretty curious to learn the answer to myself. While I'm not as comfortable as Bill,  because of syndication I wouldn't have Nikita as likely or certain to be canceled  either. I definitely wouldn't bet any money Nikita will be canceled, but I'm not sure I'd bet $5 it will be renewed either! I'd have it on the bubble.

I hope Nikita fans won't hate me, but I'm kind of rooting for a 0.1 A18-49 rating just to see @TheCancelBear squirm...or perhaps go crazy and ride a tricycle!

Show Network Renewal Status
Private Practice ABC Cancelled/Final Season
666 Park Avenue ABC
Last Resort ABC
Scandal ABC
Castle ABC
Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23 ABC
Happy Endings ABC
Neighbors, The ABC
Nashville ABC
Middle, The ABC
Suburgatory ABC
Revenge ABC
Grey's Anatomy ABC
Once Upon a Time ABC
Modern Family ABC
Made in Jersey CBS Cancelled
Partners CBS
Good Wife, The CBS
Mentalist, The CBS
Vegas CBS
Elementary CBS
Criminal Minds CBS
How I Met Your Mother CBS
Two and a Half Men CBS
Hawaii Five-0 CBS
Blue Bloods 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
90210 CW
Emily Owens, M.D. CW
Nikita CW
Beauty and the Beast CW
Arrow CW
Supernatural CW
The Vampire Diaries CW
Fringe FOX Final Season
Mob Doctor, The FOX
Ben & Kate FOX
Mindy Project, The FOX
Bones FOX
Raising Hope FOX
Cleveland Show, The FOX
Glee FOX
New Girl FOX
Bob's Burgers FOX Renewed
American Dad FOX Renewed
Family Guy FOX Renewed
Simpsons, The FOX Renewed
30 Rock NBC Final Season
The Office NBC Final Season
Next Caller NBC Cancelled
Animal Practice NBC Cancelled
Up All Night NBC
Guys with Kids NBC
New Normal, The NBC
Chicago Fire NBC
Law & Order: SVU NBC
Parks & Recreation NBC
Revolution NBC
Parenthood NBC
Grimm NBC
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  • brittney

    Suburgatory is missing again.

  • ron

    i think the bear will go crazy :p

  • Robert Seidman

    @brittney: yikes, forgot Happy Endings & Don’t Trust The B—- in Apt 23 too. will add.

  • Liam

    Hey, just wondering is the Bubble Watch coming back this year???

  • Kavyn

    Hahah, well at least Nikita’s making history right? ;)

    If it gets renewed it MUST be turned into summer programming. People that tune in for shows like White Collar would love Nikita.

    As much as I love(d?) Nikita, keeping it on during broadcast season would just be absurdity. Nikita can be sold to networks similar to USA and find a niche there for syndication.

  • KS

    Can’t one read the silent lips of CW saying “We don’t care about ratings anymore….only syndication and online viewership”. And they are happy with whatever profit they are getting.



  • Vance

    I’d put money on Nikita being cancelled.

  • Dude

    Where is the bubble watch?

  • adian

    Emily owens md is missing too.

  • omabin

    I agree with a previous poster, Nikita is at least making story and going against all the odds. I think sooner rather than later the name Nikita will become very used as a precedent in discussions for renewals and cancelations of other shows

  • omabin

    I LOVE seeing Grimm at the top of NBC’s list, so deserved!

  • Robert Seidman

    Emily Owens, M.D. added. Thanks!

  • Kurt

    Loving the bear on the tricycle!

  • SPM

    If the CW dont cancel Floptika before xmas they are finished.

  • layla

    the cw would be NUTS to move nikita off friday and ruin another night. a night i might add that is doing spectacular for cw standards

    cancel nikita announce a short season for next year/summertime or create a 2 hr series final this season for the fans. i doubt any tv station would buy it when it hits syndication anyway.

  • omabin


    Are you being random with these positions? I don’t understand how could Emily be safer than 90210, as bad as 90210 ratings are. This is just an example, there are other positions which I do not understand

  • Robert Seidman

    Are you being random with these positions? I don’t understand how could Emily be safer than 90210, as bad as 90210 ratings are. This is just an example, there are other positions which I do not understand

    Mostly not entirely random, but in that instance it is random. I tacked it on after the fact and I was more worried about it “being there” than “where it was.”

  • Lisa

    With Nikita doing so poorly in first run… what are the odds that it would be worth much in syndication? Anyone have thoughts about this issue? Verifiable statistics? anything?

  • David

    In syndication it could reach people that never knew it existed. A lot of the people that Nikita would probably be targeted to in syndication would probably never have heard of most shows on the CW.

    People seem to forget that the WB owns a lot of content and they have made billions by doing so over the years. They can allow Nikita to fail and still renew it for a final season because without that final season, the previous three would be a waste of money because I know they had to lose money on last season and this one. Why lose money with no chance of future profit? WB has a unique position of being the content provider and part owner of the network.

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