ABC: Be The Cancellation Bear, Which ABC Shows Would You Cancel?

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

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April 2nd, 2013

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 December 31, 2012- March 27, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Don't Trust the B in Apt 23* canceled 0.50
Last Resort* canceled 0.57
Zero Hour* canceled 0.58
Happy Endings :oops: 0.61
Red Widow :oops: 0.62
Private Practice* canceled 0.63
Malibu Country (F) :| :| :| 0.65
666 Park Avenue* canceled 0.68
Body Of Proof :cry: :cry: 0.69
Last Man Standing (F) :) :) :) :) 0.74
The Neighbors :) :) :) :) 0.89
Revenge :) :) :) :) 0.96
Nashville :) :) :) :) 0.97
Suburgatory :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.05
Castle :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.06
The Middle :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.16
Once Upon A Time :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.25
Scandal :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.40
Grey's Anatomy :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.52
Modern Family :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 2.10

This is a special short week version of the post. The table above includes news and ratings through Wednesday, March 27. only.

No changed predictions from the cancellation bear this week (although the bear has his eye on Body of Proof for next week), he's soaking up the sun, but it's your chance to be the bear.

Which ABC show(s) not currently renewed or canceled would you devour? (Vote for as many shows, as many times as you want. As are all internet polls, this is meaningless.)

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.

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, the "old" Fall predictions will carry over.

Want to know what the ABC 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, 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.

  • joanna

    i cant believe that revenge is second in the pole i dont know why people hate this show so much

  • aciel

    abc should renew revenge, once upon a time, nashville, scandal (even though i hate that show), greys anatomy and castle

    abc should cancel body of proof, red widow and happy endings

  • rob60990

    lmao at the power voting for Revenge. Some people seriously have nothing better to do than keep voting in a silly meaningless poll?

  • aciel

    @rob its the revenge haters they have nothing better to do then to vote on show that they hate

  • PattiO

    I can’t believe Zero Hour has been cancelled before it even finished it’s first run. I was very interested in the show … something different. SO sick of singing shows and reality shows. BLAH!

  • eridapo

    Revised CI using results through 4/1/2013

    Net/ Programs~~~~Aired Eps~~~~Viewers~~~~A18-49~~~~CI
    Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23~~~~4~~~~2.454~~~~0.98~~~~0.51
    Happy Endings~~~~8~~~~2.775~~~~1.09~~~~0.56
    Last Resort~~~~3~~~~5.452~~~~1.13~~~~0.59
    Red Widow~~~~5~~~~5.086~~~~1.16~~~~0.6
    Zero Hour~~~~3~~~~5.606~~~~1.17~~~~0.61
    Malibu Country~~~~11~~~~5.969~~~~1.25~~~~0.65
    Private Practice~~~~3~~~~4.476~~~~1.27~~~~0.66
    Body of Proof~~~~6~~~~7.387~~~~1.33~~~~0.69
    Last Man Standing~~~~11~~~~6.865~~~~1.44~~~~0.75
    The Neighbors~~~~12~~~~5.787~~~~1.71~~~~0.89
    The Middle~~~~8~~~~8.027~~~~2.2~~~~1.14
    Once Upon a Time~~~~9~~~~7.73~~~~2.43~~~~1.26
    Grey’s Anatomy~~~~10~~~~8.891~~~~2.95~~~~1.53
    Modern Family~~~~8~~~~10.498~~~~3.98~~~~2.07

  • Brandy

    Just keep Once,Nashville.

  • cris

    Happy Endings
    Body of proof
    bye bye

  • Jared

    Who in their right mind voted to Scandal?!?! Seriously?! WHO?!

  • KJ Styles

    I’d cancel The Neighbors because it sucks. One of the worst comedies of all time. I know it’s not gonna be cancelled but it sucks that Happy Endings is getting the axe while that trash is being renewed. Hopefully it will get moved to Fridays next season and get cancelled.

    I’d also cancel Red Widow, Malibu Country, and Body Of Proof because of bad ratings.

    How To Live With Your Parents hasn’t even aired yet, but a title like that makes me not interested at all. I hope it bombs. Sucks that this got greenlit over Family Tools.

    On ABC I only watch The Middle, Modern Family, Suburgatory, and Once Upon A Time. I wouldn’t cancel everything else though because I’m not selfish like that.

  • KJ Styles

    I don’t see Revenge getting cancelled simply because ABC’s scripted average as a while is way down this season. Same goes for Nashville.

    Of all the non-rookie shows, Scandal is the only show they have who’s ratings are better than they were last season.

  • SJ


    No use arguing with fanboys. Body of Proof might get renewed, but there is no scenario in which it gets renewed over Revenge. So either they both get renewed, or only Revenge does. Revenge is 100% safe. I honestly don’t get the hate…

    I voted for Red Widow and Scandal. Obviously, the latter is safe cause ABC will protect it forever like they did Private Practice, which should have died after less than 22 episodes, and I say that as a fan. Of PP, not Scandal. Absolutely loathe that one. But yeah, Red Widow is gone. Happy Endings, unfortunately, too. Make your move, TBS!

  • rob60990

    I see someone is power voting Scandal now. Thats more like it. :D

  • Billy martins

    Please keep revenge,Body of proof,scandal,Nashville,.




  • Billy martins

    Hey Jared you got some freakin problem with revenge I love revenge it”s stayin put for ABC next season all they need to do is move it to Mondays at 10pm& castle shall move to Sundays at 9:00pm that’s all.


    Why Revenge fans couldn’t be just dumb? Why they have to be lunatic too?

    Revenge was in the second place on the poll all day and Scandal was one of the last. Why waste all day voting on a poll that don’t even matter and voting on a show that don’t even compete with Revenge? LOL

    This will not change the fact that Scandal is a much better show with much better ratings.

    How pathetic these Revenge fans are. Almost as pathetic as the show they love.

  • aciel

    u grow up


    People will laugh when they see the poll results. As a loyal viewer and commenter I’m feeling insulted cause they will think all the viewers here are dumb.

  • rob60990

    lmao wow someone is voting HARD for Scandal (not me). What goes around comes around. :D

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