CW: 'Emily Owens, M.D.' Is Likely To Be Canceled

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

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October 30th, 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 28, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Nikita (F) :) :) :) :) 0.34
Emily Owens, M.D. :cry: :cry: 0.54
Gossip Girl final season 0.54
90210 :| :| :| 0.63
Hart Of Dixie :| :| :| 0.77
Beauty And The Beast :| :| :| 1.12
Supernatural :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.18
Arrow :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.66
Vampire Diaries :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.88

Ratings for freshman drama Emily Owens, M.D. started low, and went even lower in its second week. It's now likely to be canceled.

How can Nikita with absolutely "look away" bad ratings be "likely to be renewed"? The pull of a fourth season for syndication purposes is one of the strongest forces in the TV universe. Read more about it here.

Because the folks at the CW seem to like short final seasons for their veteran shows, 90210 could be renewed for a 13 episode final season next year, even with its terrible ratings, that's why it's just a "toss up" for cancellation or renewal. They could certainly re-ealuate their penchant for short final seasons if schedule time next season gets tight though. Read more about it here.

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.


  • :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.

  • Vincent

    Nikita has a low rating because and ‘one bad show (viewers are not stupid).

  • Bizarro

    Nikita will probably be moved to the summer and I can’t wait. So we don’t have to hear anymore about Nikita’s terrible ratings and its fans bashing the CW for puttting it in a “poor” time slot and “barely” promoting it. They promote Nikita more than most of the shows on the CW especially Supernatural!

  • Pepper

    If no one is watching Nikita now, who will watch it in syndication?

    The CW should dump Nikita, Emily Owens, and BatB and try some of its other pilots out. I’d watch Cult – they should air that.

  • may

    @Bizarro Are you kidding me? Nikita this fall had almost no promotion …. There is not even a new promo photos

  • John A

    Nikita was promoted during Arrow and TVD and BATB when they premiered. Please stop lying Nikita fans.

  • Kavyn

    The only shows the CW should consider keeping for next year’s schedule is TVD, Arrow and SPN. Maybe 90210 to rap it up but honestly I wouldn’t even do that. Maybe TCD and Cult depending on their ratings.

    Move HOD and Nikita as summer shows to get them to their syndication goals (they both work fine as summer shows anyways). Then they have Breaking Pointe, Oh Sit!, ANTM, LAC, Nikita, HOD all in the summer, which is a pretty fantastic summer line up if you also include whatever new shows they decide to introduce.

    Then you can just mass-exodus the entire broadcast season, and hopefully gain a couple more hits. Also order backups, develop trust with people that decide to stick with the CW like they did last year picking up 5 (possibly 6) out of 8 of their scripts, which is a really great number of pick ups.

    Then you can do something like
    Monday – ???
    Tuesday – ???
    Wednesday – Action Night, Arrow and ??? (maybe Supernatural again)
    Thursday – TVD and Cult/The Selection (possibly one fall, one winter)
    Friday – Ladies Night, 90210/replacement and TCD

    CW needs to focus on the sci-fi type shows, because right now TVD, Arrow and SPN are what’s selling for them right now.

  • Kavyn

    Also any show can be sold in syndication. There’s thousands of networks out there, and Nikita can sell to any network that airs action type shows. They can be sold in other countries too.

  • Joseph

    In the photo accompanying this article, the male doctor is telling Emily Owens to run because they are being chased by our the Cancellation Bear!

  • Joseph

    In the photo accompanying this article, the male doctor is telling Emily Owens to run because they are being chased by the Cancellation Bear!

  • Raykim

    can the cw change Nikita timeslot? maybe not the other day but in Friday 8/7c after the finale of ANTM 19? i mean it won’t hurt right? Friday 9/8c, this show is aired with Grimm and between those two, i more likely watch Grimm.

  • helpful_lurker

    Of course, the CW gives “Nikita” no promo, because they don’t have something like this “we air “Nikita” on Friday” scrolling across the top of the screen 24/7. Clearly little 10/30 second promos during the CWs highest rated shows (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Arrow,” and “Supernatural”) DOES NOT COUNT! You hear me, it just does not count, because the CW refuses to promo “Nikita” 24/7 “Nikita” gets NO PROMO!


    Anyway, @Kavyn, I’m not sure the CW will leave “Supernatural” behind “Arrow” next season, especially if “Arrow” continues to be a hit, because I think if “Arrow” stays high(ish) then the CW will want to start trying to use “Arrow” as they’ve tried (repeatedly) to use “The Vampire Diaries” to launch a new show next season. Of course, it’s possible the CW could decide to leave the “Arrow”/”Supernatural” pairing together for at least one more season – I just kinda doubt it, because the CW really does need more “The Vampire Diaries” and “Arrow” rated shows. However, it’s possible, and my thoughts on this are subject to change over the course of the season, but right now I’m thinking it’s more likely that the CW would move “Supernatural” back behind “The Vampire Diaries” than to leave “Supernatural” behind “Arrow.” Of course, for the CW to do this they would have to give up on trying to use “The Vampire Diaries” to prop up a new show, and I’m not entirely convinced they are ready to give up on that yet, despite the many failures.

    But really as others have mentioned – “The Vampire Diaries” is now in season four – it’s aging, though not yet showing it’s age, but it’s probably not gonna hold up forever and because of the the CW really does need a few new shows that would come along and unseat “The Vampire Diaries” as the CWs number one show, but so far that hasn’t happened.
    (And I’m not bashing “The Vampire Diaries” because I love that show, and believe that it’ll probably survive as long as the CW does, but for the health of the CW as a whole they really do need more then a few of their new shows to start exploding on the scene just as “The Vampire Diaries” did a few years ago, and even if “The Vampire Diaries” ended up in second place (as long as it’s ratings stayed at a 1.0 or better) the show would still go on for years.)

  • Kavyn

    I was originally going to put SPN on Monday or Tuesday, and have Wednesday be “Action night” with Arrow and a new show, but I don’t think SPN would work well on Mon/Tues and I figured they’d maybe want to keep their “guys night” thing going on.

    If Cult is moderately successful, it would work quite well with TVD due to Matt Davis. And since it’s only a 13 episode show, I’d imagine they’d want to prop up a new show after TVD. Putting SPN after TVD makes no sense based on your argument that they’d want to use Arrow to prop up a new show (they’d want TVD to prop up a new show too).

    So they’ll either move SPN to another day and pair it with a new show, or leave it as it is with Arrow.

  • James

    90210 (FINAL)
    new series

    The Carrie Diaries
    new series


    The Vampire Diaries
    New Show

    The Beauty & The Beast

    SUMMER: HoD, Nikita

  • JJA

    I’d drop 90210 this season. No reason to keep it around any longer, since it already will have over 100 episodes. If they want to end it properly, maybe add an extra hour or two to this season for a proper finale. By the way, that is what they should have done with Gossip Girl last year.

    I’d also end Emily Owens after the initial 13 episodes, if not sooner.

    I still think Beauty & The Beast can be made to work, provided the network invest some energy to fixing its shortcomings. It’s really not that bad a concept, and Kristen Kreuk is adorable. There is still some potential there.

  • ddddddddddddd

    I still cannot believe Oh Sit actually took off and was then renewed!!!

    I tried watching the shows a couple times. It wasn’t too bad but they should think about changing the obstacle course each episode. Otherwise, it’s watching a whole new group of people run around the same obstacle course each week.

  • layla

    i cant be the only chick that watches supernatural . so the cw has its target audience in spn. have you ever read a different message boards? they are full of gals talking about this show, the actors of this show and pretending they want to marry the actors blah blah blah. but i guess those women ratings are very well hid under the facts that its a creepy, garish show so its made for males… pfft yea right. i also watch arrow. atm i cant tell if i watch it for the steven amell aspect or if im watching it for the comic book relatedness aspect. which i might add is very thin. nikta, 90210, GG and eomd which my demo is supposed to like, i cant stand.

  • layla

    EDIT: cuz i cant edit and figured out what i wanted to add…

    does anyone know the ratings or partial ratings on the supernatural 24 marathon tnt ran this past sat 10/27/12? thanks

  • helpful_lurker


    Oh, I agree that it’s unlikely “Supernatural” season nine will air behind “The Vampire Diaries” or “Arrow.” I think it’ll probably instead be shuffled off to back to Tuesday (where it began) or to Monday just for the bragging rights of airing on every night of the week. No, not just for that, but more because the CW really needs something on Monday that would maybe stop Monday’s from looking so awful for the CW. On the other hand, “Supernatural”s original Tuesday slot has come to be known as a CW death-slot, and maybe the CW slides “Supernatural” there hoping to end the curse of the so-called death-slot.

    Mostly I just think after three failed shows (because at this point it’s unlikely “Beauty and the Beast” will become one of those 0.9/1.0 shows) that it’s more likely the CW would/will give up dreams for the post-“The Vampire Diaries” slot then they’d be ready to give up on a post-“Arrow” slot, since “Arrow” hasn’t yet been used to try and grow/start a new show where “The Vampire Diaries” has (repeatedly). But as I said I could also see the CW leaving “Arrow”/”Supernatural” alone for one more season.

  • JC

    @Del “Another problem the CW has is bad casting, poor casting choices doomed the Secret Circle. TVD has a great cast of charismatic people, but for some reason TSC cast pretty people who may look good in still shots, but who had little or no charisma or chemistry with each other, except Phoebe Tonkin.”

    ITA^ I liked TSC well enough, but I had worried about the cast from the promos, and my fears were confirmed when it aired. The adults were great, but the actors playing the teens could not carry a show. It’s not like TVD acting is Emmy worthy, but, like SPN, the actors’ have charisma/chemistry. I didn’t care about TSC characters the way I do my Winchesters, or on TVD (regardless of whether I hate or love them, TVD characters bring out emotions. TSC characters were meh).

    The other problem with TSC was it couldn’t find its footing as a show. Some weeks it felt like one thing, other weeks it felt like something else.

    Anyway, Emily Owens should go. I don’t know what the CW was thinking. Doctor shows are played out, and Emily Owens is a poor man’s version of these shows.

    Re Beauty and the Beast: The procedural element doesn’t work because the crimes are handled in an afterthought way. They should focus on the larger conspiracy and the relationship between the main leads. Right that show also doesn’t know what it wants to be. I hope the writing gets better because the leads are appealing (though the beast isn’t a beast!).

    I like Nikita and have watched every episode so far, but to be frank, I don’t find it as good of a show as some other fans claim. I wonder if these people have seen the other incarnations? I watched the old LFN series on DVD and the movies, and the CW’s Nikita is the weakest by far. Maybe it’s the casting again. Nothing wrong with Shane and Maggie per se, but when you compare them to Peta Wilson and Roy Dupuis’s charisma and chemistry, or Anne P in the French film….yeah.

    I love SMG, but Ringer was boring and slow.

    TVD, SPN, and Arrow do the best because they’re the best shows on CW, or at least are the most enjoyable and with the best casts (well, TVD and SPN definitely, I’m a little iffy on Arrow as yet).

    The CW also needs fresher ideas and to stop doing watered down versions of stuff. TVD and Dexter, to bring in a non-CW example, prove that you can adapt source material in fresh and exciting ways, so it’s not that they can’t use books or movies as source material. They just need to do their own thing. Arrow should work, though I’m a little concerned that they’re shaping it be a poor man version of Nolan’s Batman/Smallville instead of its own comic incarnation.

    Carrie Diaries isn’t my thing (why do we need a show about the 80s Carrie Bradshaw?), but it may or may not work depending on how it all plays out.

    I want to like Cult, and I love Matt Davis, but I’m worried about the show’s actual execution.

    The CW needs to go back to the drawing and find better scripts and showrunners with a vision.

  • SPM

    The entire CW should be canceled.

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