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

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

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December 4th, 2012

Click this link for the latest ABC renewal / cancellation information:

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.

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.


*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.

  • Bright

    @SarahL LOL

  • SarahL


    So why are you obsessed with my opinion? Just ignore my posts and go about your life in “your all so much knowing.” RME.

  • iowegian


    Don”‘t flatter yourself, I’m trying to save you from looking stupid.

    I wish there was an ignore setting on this website since seem to think you have to say the same thing on every thread.

  • SarahL


    Stop trying to “save” me. It is pathetic. Stop responding to my posts and ignore them.

  • vincentdante

    Kids… Don’t make me turn this car around!

  • Liz

    Boo, this sucks. I happen to love Apt. 23! :(

  • Jimmy

    Booh! I blame Canada for Apt. 23 and Happy Endings’ woeful ratings (Don’t try and make me believe that downloads being available 2 days earlier than the american broadcast is not affecting the ratings).

  • Syndication Limbo

    “Who’s going to want to watch HE in syndication when it performs that poorly now?”

    That horrible robot girl show went on for years in syndication. I’ve never seen Happy Endings but I can’t imagine it is as bad as that show. People will watch anything.

  • Neo

    90% of Hppy Endings fans are young slackers who do all their tv watching online or I’m sure most of the ones that do watch on tv aren’t part of the neilsens anyway. Damnit, isn’t there any other way to let ABC know people like this show? Do they check DVD sales or Hulu views and stuff like that? It’s makes me so sad that one of the my favorite shows on tv is probably going to be cancelled. And wtf did ABC expect putting it on against higher rated shows like New Girl & Go On anyway? Of course they were gonna do terrible.

  • Burrhus

    Last Resort cancelled???? @ABC…stupid, stupid, very stupid!!!

  • JJF

    ABC cancels sitcoms in their 3rd season a lot, some of them very good and higher than HE.

    I honestly do not see how Scandal and Nashville are likely to be renewed given their low ratings and their early runs. I suppose the lack of any new hits will give them more wiggle room but I think both will be gone soon. If Scandal survives, it’ll be another Body of Proof situation.

    I like The Neighbors. If it survives, it’ll likely be only because the other sitcoms tanked. And even then, ABC might can it to free up a slot for a new sitcom next season.

    As I see it, a show’s survival is always a comparative issue.

  • vincentdante

    Given Matthew Perry’s penchant for picking poorly, no one could’ve assumed Go On would be successful. (After watching a few episodes, I’m still not completely convinced.)

  • vincentdante

    Scandal has found a niche that might be the water cooler type show ABC has been without for a few years. (Unless the current assassination/conspiracy storyline blows up in Shonda’s face.) As I’ve stated before, Nashville has the extra added attraction of being able to promote music– which ABC gets a cut of and can’t hurt its chances for being brought back. I suspect the real problems may be the potential failure of Zero Hour in a lousy time slot; the cast changes at Body of Proof alienating what little audience it originally had; will Red Widow truly be a good mesh with Revenge; and, will The Powers That Be finally decide two cycles per season of Dancing with the Stars might be one cycle too many…

  • JT

    I loved the “Don´t trust the B…” in her first season, but now It is so borring. I feel the problem is that the history and character does not evolve. They are statisc, as the situation. All the time is the same. Chloe sometimes is funny. But in this second season June and Van Der Beek repeat the same time of situation and jokes of firts season. In the second season I think the only chapter like me, it was when appear a actor male love antagonit for CHloe. I was thinking he will be a regular, but not, that would be a evolution that the serie needed. I feel sorry because it sould be a great show, but the scripter did not what to do. Now, I do not feel sorry if they cancelles. I hope they did not cancel “happy endings”, I like this more this season. The cable idea would be great.

  • Oliver

    The best hope for Happy Endings is TBS. Let’s hope Cougar Town does well and proves it’s a viable model for them.

    Apt 23 is a goner barring a miracle. Still, it’s a cheap show that would be a good fit on other networks, so you never know.

  • Jermal

    Nashville as someone already mentioned has an added benefit of being a drama centered around the country music scene. The music from the show much like Glee is being released with the network getting a cut of the profits. If the ratings remain respectable then I don’t see why it is not renewed.

  • Megs

    Nooo not Happy Endings! I was surprised when it got a second, then third season- hopefully I’ll be [very pleasantly] surprised again. *crossing my fingers*

  • asdf

    Weird situation with Castle. They were kind of up in the air last year, with the syndication deal giving them a lock on Season 5 but unlikely to be renewed after that. Now, suddenly, the show is looking up. Better ratings, especially in the demographic.

    I’m wondering if it’s that the show has lightened up again after a gloomy mopey season 4, or if being on TBS has attracted new viewers who want to see the latest episodes. Or if hooking up the main characters and ending the will they/won’t they thing has made the show more watchable.

    Either way, it’s a nice situation.

  • Oliver

    666 Park Avenue, Apt 23 and Private Practice have wrapped up production.

  • Oliver

    Castle’s ratings are well down on last year, most likely because DWTS has fell so hard.

    Regardless, Castle’s relative ratings have stood up because ABC are having a poor year: 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort have both bombed, Nashville’s ratings are soft, and Tuesday is a disaster.

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