CW: 'Beauty & The Beast' Is The Only CW Show Still A "Toss Up" To Be Canceled Or Renewed

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

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March 26th, 2013

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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 December 31, 2012- March 24, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Cult :oops: 0.38
90210 canceled 0.50
Emily Owens, M.D.* canceled 0.54
Gossip Girl* final season complete 0.61
Nikita (F) :) :) :) :) 0.61
The Carrie Diaries :cry: :cry: 0.76
Hart Of Dixie :) :) :) :) 0.91
Beauty And The Beast :| :| :| 0.93
Supernatural renewed 1.49
Arrow renewed 1.61
Vampire Diaries renewed 1.94

Beauty & The Beast ratings ticked up a tenth last week. Better than the alternative, but not enough to have the cancellation bear change his prediction.

As noted last week, the biggest thing the show has going for a second season is simply the fact that were Beauty & The Beast canceled, along with Cult and The Carrie Diaries as currently predicted, the CW would only have 5 hours of "veteran" scripted shows for next Fall, and they've never begun a 10 hour Fall schedule with fewer than 6. In this case, the trend is Beauty & The Beast's friend.

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.

From now through the end of the broadcast season in May, the Renew/Cancel Index values will only be calculated using new episodes airing during 2013. However, until new episodes of a show air in 2013, I will keep the "old"  Fall predictions in the table.

Want to know what the CW Renew/Cancel Index table looked like at the end of the Fall season? Click here.


  • :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.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Zathe: “HOD has no syndication value as shown by its repeats”

    Repeats have utterly nothing to do with syndication potential.

  • Win

    by that logic nothing on the cw would have syndication value, which simply isn’t true.

  • Dave S.


    If anyone ever wondered where all the bullies from school went after graduation they should just look at these comments. I have always loved statistics because I find them fascinating and factual, not emotional. I understand being a big fan of a show. I understand sometimes what I consider crap makes its way through a season or two on television. I suggest you post your love on fan forums or turn the show off if you don’t like it.

    Unless some of you are executives at the networks in question, you might want remember it is only your opinion. You have a right to yours, others have a right to theirs.

    People who are interested in ratings should look no further than the numbers on this site.

    These comments are a lot of things but an enlightening exchange of ratings is not one of them.

  • Gus

    Four smiling faces for a show (Nikita) that is getting lower ratings that The Carrie Diaries and Beauty and The beast? Oh yeah the head of the network likes Nikita thus it stays. It still doesn’t add up really. Sad thing is whatever thing the CW does try that is new once it gets a bad rating in its’ first outing (See Cult for details) it is ready for cancellation. After Arrow and The Vampire Diaries the CW is toast.

  • Bizarro

    I do agree with you, that’s how the CW is in the state it is in. I have not EVER seen a network have so many viewers come and go over the years. Tuesday at 9 is the death slot because so many people have devoted that time to a show they watched and love and in turn it gets cancelled. People thus say they aren’t watching the CW anymore and it matters because unlike the big four they don’t have to worry about that problem. With the CW they do, this is why Tuesday is cursed for them, people don’t even WANT to invest in a show and know that it probably will get canned. (Emily Owens and Cult) I know that just about every network has that one show that they renew despite low ratings for the fans and its called the 13 ep pity renewal. ABC is doing it with Body of Proof, NBC with Harry’s Law, and Fox did it with Dollhouse and Fringe in the end. So why can’t the CW do it too? So they can actually give a bubble show another chance and be able to show a new show at it. I’m thinking that the CW should just have four spots in the fall of new shows and then have the other four show as midseason replacements. If they don’t air in the fall or spring then they can air during the summer. If a show gets below a .5 then it gets canned. The replacement will take its place in January and if the replacement fails another show will takes its place. Then give the pity renewal show a 13 ep order to see if it improves and if it doesn’t then tell the writers to wrap it up and cancel it. So their will be no hard feelings and the other networks shows that they don’t give ONLY their veteran shows special treatment (90210 and GG). Now that is what the Big Four would do! Now why doesn’t the CW join them and trying to clean house. In a way it wouldn’t be cleaning since its been years since they renewed more than one freshman show and oh the CW is cheap and the other networks can afford this strategy. Oh maybe that’s why!

  • Bizarro

    Hart of Dixie
    Company Town (Blink)

    The Tomorrow People
    The Selection (Reign)


    The Vampire Diaries
    The Originals

    Beauty & The Beast/Oxygen
    Every new show that has a replacement, have similar premises if you Google the titles you will see.

  • Freyja

    He is NOT supposed to be ugly or scary or whatever else you want in his non-Beast persona.
    Rather, the Beast in this story refers to the beast inside the person, how the horrors he’s been subjected to affect him as a man and a human being. It’s also a reference to the good and evil in society, and therefore this story.

    And that’s where the show went wrong in this remake or update version of whatever you want to call it.

    The Original Beauty and the Beast the guy really was a beast, not a fake beast with a pretty face ;)

    The writing is awful and the acting let’s not even go there, yes I watched more than three episodes it didn’t get better.

  • Katherine

    I really like TCD, I think this show could have more ratings but is rare when CW promotes their shows. There is a big Sex and the City fan base out there, probably the older generations wont like the show, but the there is chance younger generations will. I will never forgive CW for canceling Ringer and The Secret Circle. I understand that Ringer was doing bad, but The Secret Circle was doing so much better than other shows. They should bring The Secret Circle back, ant least for 12 episodes.

  • Adrian


    You do understand that producing a TV show costs millions of dollars, right?
    Giving 13 eps to “prove itself” or “see if it improves” to a show in its first or second season (far away from syndication) is just throwing those millions of dollars away. CW just can’t afford to do that.

  • Immaculate

    The Beast is ugly. Just because he’s not ugly all the time doesn’t make him not a Beast. And in the original BatB, the guy was a handsome prince until who was cursed until he found true love, then reverted back to the former. So, people complaining about him being “handsome” or an “underwear model” in the current rendition really should stop complaining because it’s simply all about castigating a show they don’t like and want to see fail. That is all.

  • Bizarro

    If you read the end, you will see “oh the CW is cheap and the other networks can afford this strategy. Oh maybe that’s why!”

  • Rachel

    BaTB failure has nothing to do with the guy being handsome and not a beast. The overall production of the show feels like something out the 90s to me. Plus, Kristin Kreuk still can’t act.

  • Shaz

    I don’t get the hangup about BATB’s beast not being beastly 100% of the time. Practically speaking, having the actor in beast makeup all the time is probably too expensive for a CW show. There’s the cost of the makeup itself and all the extra hours spent getting him in and out of makeup each day. The original BATB was one of the most expensive network shows at the time it aired. So the reason for the change is likely bugetary.

    That said, the biggest reimagining I can think of for a TV show was what they did with Battlestar Galactica. Several major characters not only changed gender, but were turned into Cylons (i.e. changed from “heroes” to “villains”). Although there was a ton of bitching and moaning about the changes, the general consensus is that the reimagined BSG is vastly superior to the original.

    I’m definitely not claiming that BATB is better than the original. I just don’t see how faithfulness to the original premise of a show has any bearing on its quality.

    And if the hangup is that the title of the show shouldn’t be Beauty and the Beast when there’s not beast in it (or the beast is only there part-time), then why aren’t you equally outraged that nobody on The Vampire Diaries seems to be writing in their diaries much anymore?

  • Moon

    What CW should do next season:

    8:00 – The Hundred (13-22 episodes)
    9:00 – Beauty and the Beast (22 episodes)

    8:00 – Hart of Dixie (22 episodes)
    9:00 – Oxygen (13-22 episodes)

    8:00 – Arrow (23 episodes)
    9:00 – Supernatural (23 episodes)

    8:00 – The Vampire Diaries (23 episodes)
    9:00 – The Originals (13-22 episodes)

    8:00 – Nikita (22 episodes)
    9:00 – America’s Next Top Model / Repeats

    – Reign

  • blergh

    BatB has to be the dumbest cop show I have ever seen. The leads can’t act. The story is stale as popcorn left out for a week. And the fans are just swallowing it up, I guess this is all they have to fill the twilight shaped hole in their hearts.

  • Immaculate


    Kristin can act perfectly fine. Go away aliasing douches.

  • andy

    Kristin Kreuk has no idea about acting. She is simply without emotion and very boring. Therefore she plays in the low ranked series as it is “Beauty and the Beast”

  • Bizarro

    This is ridiculous, why are you guys hating so much on a show. The actors on the show act perfectly fine. This site is about the ratings and not the quality. B&TB has IMPROVED greatly from when the show premiered. I can tell that most of you guys commenting don’t watch the show except a handful. Watching one or two episodes in the BEGINNING doesn’t mean a thing when the show just aired its 16th ep. A lot has changed since then. I think most of the hate that is coming from the show is from the show’s ratings not from the quality aspect of the show. This reminds me of last year with Ringer, once the ratings went down everyone was bashing the show and some of the people that bashed the show said that it improved greatly by the end. By the way the show is very loosely based on the 80’s version.

  • anon

    @Bizarro: The CW has had ‘pity renewals’ before, at least two or three times if memory serves.

    -First time, when they renewed ‘Life Unexpected’ for an only 13 episode S2, broadcast in the Fall of 2011.

    -Second, when ‘One Tree Hill’ was renewed for an only 13 episode S9/final season, broadcast in the Spring of 2012.

    -Third, when ‘Gossip Girl’ was renewed for an only 10 episode S6/final season, broadcast in the Fall of 2012.

    So any of the struggling shows being renewed for only abbreviated seasons is a possibility, though we’ll have to see. (Although with 5 season CW ‘veteran’ show 90210’s cancellation after this season, there’s also the possibility that ‘pity renewal’ won’t happen either.)

  • starship


    Haha, OTH wan’t a pity renewal, it was one of their top performers, it only got 13 episodes for its final season because the cast didn’t want to sign on for more than that.
    Gossip Girls’wan’t a pity renewal either. Yes, it was doing terrible ratings-wise but was given a final season send off to give it a proper goodbye, as it was the networks first long-lasting original show and to plug holes in the Fall schedule.

    A pity renewal is given to shows in their first season who are under-performing and yes the only example of such a renewal on the CW is Life Unexpected.

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