ABC: A Lump Of Coal In Their Stocking? Which Show(s) Would You Cancel? (Poll)

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

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December 18th, 2012

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2011-12 season in May, 2012. (includes results through December 16, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Don't Trust the B in Apt 23 :oops: 0.53
Happy Endings :| :| :| 0.60
Private Practice canceled 0.61
Last Resort canceled 0.64
666 Park Avenue canceled 0.67
Last Man Standing (F) :| :| :| 0.70
Malibu Country (F) :| :| :| 0.71
Castle :) :) :) :) 0.88
Nashville :) :) :) :) 0.89
The Neighbors :) :) :) :) 0.91
Scandal :) :) :) :) 0.94
The Middle :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.10
Suburgatory :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.14
Revenge :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.17
Once Upon A Time :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.45
Grey's Anatomy :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.49
Modern Family :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 2.10

We're into the holiday season for the Renew / Cancel Index and this post before the holiday break gives readers a chance to pick which shows they'd cancel were they a network programmer. You can vote as many times as you'd like, pick as many as you'd like. I've included every show, even canceled ones, so that no one feels left out!

Scheduling note: The Renew / Cancel Index will return with new Indexes and predictions on January 8, 2013 and will then only use the ratings since December 31, 2013 for its calculations for the remainder of the season. Expect prediction changes in the first weeks of 2013.



  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2012
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2012
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2012
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2012
  • :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.

  • Rick

    Suburgatory, Revenge, The Neighbors and Once Upon a Time are all great. The Neighbors is quirky but has had some hysterical episodes. I’ve enjoyed it and hope it gets renewed. :)

  • Ocelot2000

    I actually love “Don’t Trust the B…. in Apt. 23″

    I’m very surprised by it’s ratings….. It’s dark and funny.

  • James

    Once Upon A Time
    SHIELD (new drama)


    Super Fun Night (new comedy)

    The Middle
    Crazy Gene (new comedy)
    Modern Family
    Knock Knock (new comedy)
    Dirty Laundry (new drama)

    Westside (new drama)
    Greys Anatomy

    Last Man Standing
    Malibu Country
    Happy Endings
    The Neighbors

    Body of Proof
    Trophy Wife (new)
    Evolve (new)
    Shark Tank
    Primetime: What would You do?
    Red Widow?
    How the F— am I normal?
    Mila 2.0 (new)
    City Hall (new)
    The Housewives (new)

  • Craig

    Nashville is the best new drama on television…

  • Martine

    Don’t Trust the B must go go go

  • Martine

    Thank goodness Last Resort got the boot. Never will understand how they decided to make heroes out of a group of traitors that decided to go against the interests of their home country. Like..Oh noes, a false flag operation! Why I never! Dumb concept, and they got it right up their bum.
    This network never comes up with anything worth watching anyhow.

  • Bianca

    Happy endings is a great show! I hope it doesn’t get cancelled

  • Oliver

    If ABC cancel Happy Endings, Fox should pick it up and put it after New Girl.

    I’m being serious. Fox will struggle to develop a show that’s as good or as compatible and Sony/ABC will slash the licence fee to get it over the syndication line.

  • Cj morton

    Save Malibu country and las man standing!!!!

  • Chad

    Happy Endings WILL get a 4th (and Prob 5th) Season…the only question is- Will it be on ABC?

  • Drew

    I think we’re safe in assuming “Don’t trust the B” will be axed, I can’t stand “The Neighbors” so I hope that goes. I’ve never enjoyed “Happy Endings” and if I’m not mistaken it has dropped a pretty significant amount with their ratings over time, so wouldn’t be shocked if they dropped it as well. As someone earlier said though, I could see it getting picked up by a cable network.

    On ABC, I’m just patiently waiting on Body of Proof to return…..

  • steve

    Happy Endings is hilarious and Damon Wayans Jr. is as funny as his father. I love the characters, and ABC wants at least 4 seasons since they own part of it for syndication reasons.


    The Neighbors
    Don’t Trust the B—–
    Last Man Standing
    Grey’s Anatomy


    The Middle
    Suburgatory–DALIA ROCKS!
    Modern Family
    Happy Endings*****fingers crossed for 4 seasons*****
    Shark Tank

  • DR

    It is so disappointing that Castle was cancelled. What is wrong with the people who make these decisions. So many really stupid programs that are kept and a good show is cancelled. Oh my goodness! How sad for all of us!

  • Eric

    I’m kind of sad that Don’t Trust The B—- is almost certainly getting canned. I sorta like it. Happy Endings, on the other hand, needs to stick around. I absolutely adore that show.

    Last Man Standing and Malibu Country should both be cancelled, especially if it means more room for comedies like Happy Endings and Suburgatory.

    The Neighbors is stupid. I watched the first five or six episodes and I couldn’t get past how ridiculous it is. It’s a shame that viewership is so high, as it should be cancelled. The way things are going, however, it probably won’t.

    As far as dramas go, I was really liking Last Resort and wish that it hadn’t been cancelled. I wouldn’t be surprised to see either Scandal or Nashville get cancelled, and even though it is generally a sure thing, I believe Grey’s is beginning to overstay its welcome. I could easily see it getting renewed, though.

  • Gabr

    Cancel Apt. 23, Neighbors, Malibu Country, Last Man Standing, Nashville.

    And keep the rest, especially Once Upon A Time and Revenge :-)

  • Rita

    Keep The Middle!

  • Joe Petitjean

    Bill, you wait on that second week of ratings then you get the ratings and if they are low for Last Resort witch was going against a football game are the World Series the rating would be down and you and many others would write it off as dead.Then we have a show like Revenge which was great the first season but in it’s second you don’t recognize it.Then you say ABC will renew it,one it’s one of worst dramas on ABC and TV this year!!

  • Davis

    @ Joe Petitjean

    You must not be reading the same ratings I am. Yes, Revenge has seen a smal decline in its second season. But, guess what? Most shows do!!!! And by the way, Revenge is like the best show on tv.

  • joey

    @ DR

    Castle is not Cancelled

  • joey

    Castle is a Great show !!!

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