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

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

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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.

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.

  • Hood2

    If they keep 90210, but cancel Beauty and the Beast, I’m done with the CW.

  • Nick


    Why would they cancel 80% of their programming. That’s not a clean slate, that’s lunacy!

  • Brandy

    @laura, you realize that means canceling all but 2-3 shows right?VD,Arrow,SPN, are the only shows a 1.0 or better but SPN has been below that this season a couple times too.

  • thesnowleopard

    Just for kicks, I went with option #3. Sorry.

    Seriously, though, I think it’s too early to tell. Spring is a loooonnnng season for the CW and other shows could fall even worse than 90210. I think there are factors both for and against its getting a final short season (Does anyone think it will get a full season? Doesn’t sound like it). It’s been doing middling well until recently and still isn’t doing *that* much worse than other borderline shows. On the other hand, Gossip Girl’s last season has rated in the basement. I think a lot depends on how much the CW has in the wings to replace it, and how well the midseason shows do.

  • Lainey

    I really hope CW has some guts and just tells the show’s writers to wrap up all story lines (if there any remotely believable stories left TO WRAP UP) at the end of this season. The point of a farewell season is to let a show hopefully go out in a dignified way- letting this atrociously unbearable show that said goodbye to dignity years ago continue to embarrass the network for even a full 22 episodes THIS season is enough!

  • nunya

    These CW shows are created for cretins. Seriously, an adult of average intelligence cannot get through 10 minutes of Arrow. How do you not see the embarrassing acting and the drivel the embarrassing actors are mangling?? So cheesy and dorky.

  • Andrew

    Totally need to end it with AT LEAST 13 episodes next season.

  • Craig

    I don’t think The CW would or should renew 90210. They have some decent stuff in development, but also, I feel like the new 90210 hasn’t had the same cultural impact that One Tree Hill or Gossip Girl had. In other words, if it were to end I don’t think people would really care.

    They’ve had their 100 episodes so that’s surely not a factor, either.

    Also, GG itself isn’t doing to well this season, is it? So maybe that’s a lesson that a “13-episode send-off” isn’t the best deal…

    Really, there are only two arguments for bringing back 90210 next year: One, if CBS makes money off the DVD’s, a 13-episode final season set wouldn’t hurt; and two, if the Carrie Diaries fails. I don’t think scenario #2 is possible as TCD is actually really good. Beyond that I don’t see the point, short of getting rid of most of the cast and rebooting/restarting the show.

  • Adam

    I think they should give a 13 episode order because I would really like to see some of the old cast come back next season and end one of the most successful franchises on television. I think the fans want the old cast back one more time. Just to say goodbye. Maybe have a West bev. reunion.

  • littlefrancy

    I Think Carrie Diaries won’t be a success but won’t be a Flop either. I Think it will gain 1 and a half million of viewers and maybe 0.6-0.7 as Ratings, so they will renew it! I’m doubtful ’bout “Cult”, everytime CW try to create something more mature than the usual Teen Drama, it blows up! Emily Owens MD was a Good show, but cw viewers didn’t watch it ‘cuz the cw’s target is made by very very young people (12-16 y.o)… i think “Cult” will be a flop, but it’s too soon to say it! i think CW ‘s the most unpredictable channel of all!
    90210 is still good and even though it has lower rating than some other show,it is one of the best-seller series of the channel, so i think they may save it for another season!
    Hart of Dixie is pretty safe, i mean, it’s the only Drama that achieves a good rating…i don’t feel like they will cancelled it! Arrow and the Vampire Diaries are totally safe, while Supernatural can make it another 2 season, but i think it will be hard it will go further than season 10… We have left Beauty and the Beast and Nikita…B&TB has good rating, but it loses a lot from The Vampire Diaries and i think CW is not thrilled about that so there’s a good chance it will be cancelled or it will remplace Nikita on the Friday night slot…Nikita could achieve syndacation, but i think its costs are too High and the outside seller too low to keep it alive for another season…i think “Nikita” will get a short season 4 finale…just for the syndaction…

  • Martine

    @ Hood2, I am with you. 90210 is pretty much done with. Beauty and the Beast is their only show that a person over 16 yrs of age can watch, and its doing far better the Hart of Dixie and Nikita put together. However, I suspect theyr ill cancel hart of Dixie and keep Beauty and the Beast. At least thats the most sane thing they could do.

  • ivan

    i’m not sure if 90210 should get final season maybe not , it needs the final season only if the writers cant create the end of the storylines of the charachters til the end of this season but i think there is enough time to do that and 5 seasons are good enough :P

  • Anthony C.


    I had to chuckle a little bit at your comment about CW cancelling HOD over BATB. You do realize that BATB is gonna end it’s midseason finale probably with an 0.6 rating. When it returns do you honestly think that it’s gonna return any higher than that 0.6? No chances are it will hover around 0.5/0.6 and could hit a 0.4 for the rest of the season which means cancellation for BATB. CW is not gonna renew a first season show that has lost more than half the audience of it’s high rated lead in. HOD is going be here for a while as long as it’s cheap to produce, keeps consistant ratings, and does well online.

  • Nathaniel M.

    I don’t think so. Gossip Girl is currently doing just miserable at those ratings. Why waste money and time on 90210?

  • Joseph

    Maybe the “90210” finale will feature the Cancellation Bear on a rampage through Beverly Hills, cornering and devourinbg all the characters until there’s nobody left and he can growl “I Rule Beverly Hills!”.

  • Andrew

    yeah, I love 90210! it is definitely not ready to end! so shove it haters!
    if Nikita can get renewed with a 0.3 then I most certainly believe we will be seeing more of 90210

  • Brandy

    @Andrew, you know they kept Nikita to get to syndication right?Whereas 90210 has enough episodes for syndication now.

  • Chris

    It’s a shame Beauty and the Beast isn’t doing much better. With B&B, Arrow, Supernatural, I thought CW’s lineup was pretty darn strong this year. I don’t watch Vampire Diaries or Nikita, but those are two of the big ones as well.

  • CK


    I was thinking the same but then I realised that without 90210, they would need to launch even more new shows next season. With a shortened final season of 90210, they’ll be guaranteed 13 weeks of bad ratings in that slot but with a new show, they could be setting themselves up for 13 weeks of absolutely disastrous ratings. I think they’ll go for the safer option and renew 90210.

    If 90210 is cancelled in May, it will either be because they’re incredibly confident about their pilots for next season (unlikely) or because Carrie Diaries and Cult are spectacular hits (equally unlikely.

  • erin

    90210 Must be renewed for a Full Season 6 million of viewers would like to see 90210 with a full season 6

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