ABC: 'Don't Trust The B---- In Apt. 23' Is Certain To Be Canceled

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December 4th, 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-December 2, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Don't Trust the B in Apt 23 :oops: 0.52
Happy Endings :| :| :| 0.60
Private Practice canceled 0.61
666 Park Avenue canceled 0.65
Last Resort canceled 0.66
Last Man Standing (F) :| :| :| 0.68
Malibu Country (F) :| :| :| 0.71
Scandal :) :) :) :) 0.86
Castle :) :) :) :) 0.87
Nashville :) :) :) :) 0.87
The Neighbors :) :) :) :) 0.90
The Middle :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.09
Suburgatory :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.12
Revenge :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.13
Once Upon A Time :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.40
Grey's Anatomy :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.48
Modern Family :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 2.05

Sophomore sitcom Don't Trust The B---- In Apt. 23 didn't start well this season, and its ratings completely tanked in its later episodes. It's been certain to be canceled for quite some time, but hadn't been in the headline after its downgrade.

I've seen enough of the ratings for The Neighbors, Nashville and Scandal to move them into the "likely renewed" category. As always, future ratings changes, particularly early in 2013, can mean prediction changes, stay tuned.

Happy Endings' woeful ratings this season has me close to breaking my own rules about third season shows and moving its current prediction to "likely canceled". It's in a third season that would normally have me keep it as a "toss up" since the syndication gods (and a crazy deal making producer, Sony) have shown an ability to keep even terribly rated sitcoms alive. If I downgrade it in the future, I'll call a technicality in that it won't have the "typical" 66 episodes at the end of its third season.

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*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.

  • SarahL

    Based on ABC’s mid-season schedule, it does seem like The Neighbors is gone. ABC is burning off the remaining episodes by only airing originals until March.

  • Bill Gorman

    “If the syndication gods can save Nikita they can save Happy Endings, surely?”

    That’s the only reason it’s a “toss up”, otherwise it would be certain to be canceled.

  • Joe

    That’s a horrible, horrible schedule. Zero Hour is just going to die the exact same death Last Resort did. And 4 comedies rotating around 2 slots on Wednesdays? Awful.

  • Just Desserts

    Why do everyone think that ABC is going to cancel half of their shows?

    If they cancel The Neighbors, Nashville, and Scandal and everyone with lower rating than these 3, then they will only have 6 shows left.

    At that point, it would be far more expensive to produce new shows with a risky amount of success than keeping these mediocre ones.

  • Holly

    @Just Desserts,

    Why do everyone think that ABC is going to cancel half of their shows?

    Well…they’ve kind of done it before. Premiering 6-7 hours of new content wouldn’t be much of a leap for them.

  • SarahL

    I have seen the promo for Red Widow. I was not particularly impressed and that late Sunday night slot is not the best time slot around.

  • KJ Styles

    The Neighbors’ ratings average is boosted by it’s premiere which was led in by Modern Family. Take that number out of the equation and it’s average sucks. I hope ABC takes that under consideration.

  • Carmen

    @ Jeff (Canada)

    “. . .So (it’s kind of weird to say this) I guess I’m hoping ABC cancels Happy Endings, if anything just to get this ball rolling!”

    I’m not sure that TBS (or any cable net) wants to get a reputation as being a dumping ground for failed network shows.
    Yes, they (TBS) picked up Cougar Town, but they may tread very carefully to see how that moves works out before jumping right back in.

  • Sel

    My heart is broken by the fact that no one watches Apartment 23! Seriously, I’m crying right now…

  • Melissa

    ABC Scripted Average: 2.2

    I’ve compiled all off the scripted ratings data for ABC this season, and all of the seasonal averages listed below (and the scripted average) are up-to-date as of Sunday, December 2, 2012.

    Shows Above Average:

    *Modern Family – 4.8
    *Grey’s Anatomy – 3.5
    *Once Upon a Time – 3.3
    *Revenge – 2.6
    *Suburgatory – 2.6
    *The Middle – 2.6

    Shows Below Average:

    *The Neighbors – 2.1
    *Nashville – 2.0
    *Castle – 2.0
    *Scandal – 2.0
    *Malibu Country – 1.7
    *Last Man Standing – 1.6
    *Last Resort – 1.5
    *666 Park Avenue – 1.5
    *Private Practice – 1.4
    *Happy Endings – 1.4
    *Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 – 1.2

  • CenterGravity

    LMS 1.6 last Friday.

  • CenterGravity

    “(includes results from September 17-December 2, 2012): Last Man Standing and Malibu Country held steady last Friday with 1.4 ratings for both.”

  • Bill Gorman

    “(includes results from September 17-December 2, 2012): Last Man Standing and Malibu Country held steady last Friday with 1.4 ratings for both.”

    Sometimes there is too much editing. Sometimes, not enough!


  • omabin

    I think Happy Endings situation is way worse than Nikita’s. Its relative average when compared to the other ABC comedies is way worse than Nikita’s average when compared to the other cw shows, especially when you include a friday factor. Also, happy endings has that technical thing that it would need more than more than a full season to get to 88. I love the show, but it looks bad.

  • Bright

    Seeing that spring schedule for ABC, and I’m starting to think that the person who decides that stuff is stupid, or maybe someone doesn’t love it’s network as hard as you’d supose he/she does. They are doing the same freakin mistake over and over and over again with the schedule. Seriously? The biggest media company in the world isn’t able to pay one person to do a sane schedule to it’s network? Really? I can’t bealieve that. This is awfull. Shame on you, Disney-ABC

  • Dan

    @Ryan Schwartz – 8 Simple RUles could not be sold into syndication because of John Ritters Death however it basically got syndication when the show aired on CW and ABC family (and it still does).

    Cougar Town is the only other show I can think of that ABC axed after its 3rd season and because TBS picked it up, syndication is a possibility.

    @Joe – I surprised ABC didnt renew Hope and Faith even just for 13 episodes but maybe they didnt want a repeat of Less Than Perfect.

    Times have changed now that ABC has found sucess in comedies, since Suburgatory and Last Man Standing have had full 1st and 2nd seasons, if they are renewed for a third full season, they will most certainly get a fourth. Happy Endings got screwed because it had a 13 ep 1st season and 2 22 ep second and third years. I can stil see a scenario where ABC gives Happy Endings a Rules of Engagement deal to help it reach syndication.

  • Dan

    Lets go down the comedy list

    Modern Family is certain to be renewed forever, it has ratings awards and out ABC comedy Wednesday on the map. Renewed for 2013-2014 and beyond.

    The Middle is like HIMYM, a good lead off for ABC’s night. Its going to be around for a while. Renewed for 2013-2014 and beyond.

    The Neighbors seems like this years Better With You and with ABC’s comedy success, they have no reason to renew it, despite its performing decently. Cancelled in May 2013.

    Suburgatory isnt performing amazingly but its stable and holds up. It will probably get a third season 2013-2014 and therefore a fourth.

    Last Man Standing is a bubble show. If it holds up stead this season ABC will probably give the show a third year and therefore will get a fourth for syndication. Its 50/50.

    Malibu Country is also 50/50 and if ABC axes LMS they will probably get rid of MC too but its possible ABC will keep both if they expand their comedy friday.

    Happy Endings is 50/50 only for syndication and could be this years Cougar Town but my guess is ABC will try to keep it around. They could make a deal with TBS because they co own it with SONY.

    Apartment 23 is a dead show walking, premiere OK last year but is now burning through its final episodes. It will end with 2 seasons of 26 episodes and will be gone by May.

    How to Live With Your Parents has a shot if ABC wants to salvage something from the season (If they decide to axe The Neighbors and Malibu Country). It also will have 5 episodes for second season should ABC renew it (Because it will likely air 8 episodes by the end of May)

    Family Tools is dead because of the May 1 premiere date, my gues is ABC had to many comedies this season so they want to burn through this one as quick as possible. ALl 10 episodes will likely air May 1-June 26?

    Verdict: ABC’s two veterans will be renewed along with Suburgatory and LMS for syndication purposes. HE is hanging on though ABC could dump it, they may try to save it. Freshman Neighbors is definitely gone along with sophomore slump Apartment 23 and Malibu Country has the best chance if ratings pick up. Between HTLWYP and FT Parents has the best chance, while Tools is likely dead, but ABC wont say its axed until all 10 eps air.

  • Nick

    What ABC SHOULD do for the 2013-2014 season:

    8: Last Man Standing
    8:30: Malibu Country
    9: Now What? (new)
    9:30: Crazy Gene (new)
    10: Body of Proof

    8: Grey’s Anatomy
    9: Revenge
    10: Rise & Fall (new)

    8: The Middle
    8:30: Suburgatory
    9: Modern Family
    9:30: Knock Knock (new)
    10: Birthright (new)

    8: Dancing With the Stars
    10: Nashville

    8: Dancing with the Stars: The Results
    9: Shark Tank
    10: 20/20

    Sat- (midseason)
    8: Shark Tank (R)/ Winter Wipeout (R)
    9: Castle (R)
    10: Primetime: What Would You Do?

    7: AFHV
    8: Once Upon a Time
    9: SHEILD (new)
    10: Castle

  • SarahL


    Dude, be honest, your proposed schedule is a dark plot to destroy ABC, right?

  • Melissa


    That’s possibly the stupidest schedule I’ve ever seen. Grey’s Anatomy on Tuesdays at 8? Yeah right.

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