CW: Does '90210' Get A Short, Final Season Or Will It Be Canceled? (Poll)

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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
Nikita (F) :) :) :) :) 0.42
Emily Owens, M.D. canceled 0.51
Gossip Girl final season 0.53
90210 :| :| :| 0.65
Hart Of Dixie :| :| :| 0.78
Beauty And The Beast :| :| :| 0.99
Supernatural :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.23
Arrow :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.68
Vampire Diaries :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.96

One Tree Hill. Gossip Girl. Both were veteran CW dramas that were given a short final season on their way out the door. With 90210 ratings this season as dreadful as they've ever been, a short 13 episode final season next Fall is its only hope, but just because the CW has done it before, doesnt mean they have to do it again.

What's your guess? Will 90210 get a 13 episode farewell season, or is 2012-13 its final hurrah?

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.

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  • :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.

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  • Andy

    As a former fan, I beg the CW: CANCEL THIS CRAP! 90210 doesn’t deserve a farewell season, as neither GG did. The CW should focus on Supernatural dramas.

  • Michael

    This is going to be a long season for the renew/cancel index. Bill, you must be sick of doing this on a weekly base lol.

  • Maximillian

    I think 90210 has enough time this season to wrap up everything, why waste money on a short season and waste a prime spot for a new show to launch (that otherwise would be held off till mid-season).

  • Jeremy

    I think when the Carrie Diaries premieres, it will give 90210 a boost and then next season will be its last. Everything else going good so far.

  • juliedawn

    I think they should cancel 90210, not have any short ‘final’ season taking up space in the schedule, and (barring any horrible ratings slide in the spring) give Beauty and the Beast a 2nd season.

  • halloween

    if 90210 get another season, the cw continues to be a joke, Gossip Girl never deserved another season being under a million for majority of this season and last May

  • kat

    I honestly think it depends on how their pilot season turns out, and how Cult and Carrie Diaries do. It doesn’t have the legacy that OTH and GG had. I don’t see them feeling obligated to give it a final send off season unless they need something to fill the schedule.

  • Roswell

    @julieedawn it is way too early to be saying BATB should get a final season.

    @KAT are you aware that ever since mid season 3 of GG, 90210 has started getting better ratings than gg?

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I voted for a short final season. I think Cult will “die very badly” and I’m not sure about Carries Diaries either. So they may have no choice but to keep 90210 around a little while longer.

  • Wright

    Cancel 90210 and make way for a new show.

  • Chris

    I think The CW uses short, final seasons of its veteran shows as programming to keep the lights on more than as a tribute. It saves the network in ad dollars from having to launch more than 2 or 3 shows in the Fall, even though my opinion is that The CW needs to make a wholesale makeover and should just launch a lot of new programming at once to create a fresher feel.

    90210 will get a final season, though, if either The Carrie Diaries or Cult flops. If both succeed, then its best shot is a Friday slot with Nikita (after which The CW will return Fridays to its affiliates; it feels like that’s its next step anyway).

  • AMES

    I don’t care what you do with 90210 (although that show has become just painfully unwatchable) but they need to RENEW Hart of Dixie

  • Honey Badger

    CW will renew Hart Of Dixie for 2 more seasons. It does well in a time slot against the top rated shows on TV. CW could not find a show to do better in this time slot.
    And it will get a syndication deal.
    Plus it is the best show, with the best actors on television.

  • EatMorePez

    90210 may have poor ratings this season, but the final short season of Gossip Girl is getting even worse ratings. Given that, I think 90210 will be canceled after this season. Unless The Carrie Diaries and Cult both bomb hard in the Spring. Then it may have a chance a shortened final season next Fall.

  • Jamie

    I always images Gossip Girl outliving 9O21O.

    But, with that said, I think it will get a short final season. Maybe 6/8 episodes. Mark Pedowitz consistently says he’s a big believer in short final seasons.

    And The CW should also try a teen drama on Friday. There’s too much genre competition so it could work. Top Model did.

    Perhaps Fridays should be:

    8/7c America’s Next Top Model
    9/8c 9O21O

    at least for fall 2013.

    Nikita could return at mid-season.

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  • Ali

    I say cancel everything below Hart of Dixie except for Nikita.

  • omabin

    Yeah, its ratings are not that low compared with the cw average, it will get a final season. it could all change on the spring obviously but if it was now, it would get it.

  • Franko

    My predictions:

    Nikita – renewed
    Emily Owens, M.D. – canceled
    Gossip Girl – ended
    90210 – canceled (possibly renewed for a final season if Carrie Diaries and Cult flop)
    Hart Of Dixie – renewed
    Beauty And The Beast – canceled
    Supernatural – renewed
    Arrow – renewed
    Vampire Diaries – renewed

  • israelCD

    Cancel Beauty and the Beast ! Renew Hart Of Dixie !

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