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.

  • Cyrax86

    For those who were also concerned like me, The Futon Critic has confirmed that Nashville only got 21 episodes, the producers couldn’t deliver more…

  • brenda ronsky

    I love “Body of Proof”. Please do not cancel it. The show has not had a good lead in this year. Red Widow is very good, but needs time like Revenge did to get viewers hooked. Forget the cooking shows & diving shows in primetime. A pain to watch, but as an avid ABC viewer I persevered, however will not contiue if shows like this continue to be broadcast.

  • Michael1

    If “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” maintains its strong ratings, does that push “Malibu Country” out of the mix?

  • Charmed

    Why is Scandal third?

  • d

    @Charmed it’s one of those shows that people hate for no reason.

  • NBC Fan

    The Family Tools. I have a feeling that this show will drag Modern Family and the rest of the night down if they air it.

  • eiaboca

    I love Happy Endings so much, and am so sad that it is likely to get cancelled. I think it’s funnier than Community, which I know is sacrilege to many a TV comedy watcher. It is ALWAYS funny, and fresh, and silly, and it doesn’t take itself so fudging seriously.

  • Joseph A

    The missed the mark with Red Widow when they wrote the kids as a bunch of lame lemming just for easy dramatic moments
    I wish they would improve Red Widow and bring it back ,
    My wish would be the get rid of Body of Proof , above all the other remaining shows

  • Emily Hansen

    I see a lot of people that commented on what they think the schedule should be all put Castle off Monday. I know last year they were thinking about moving Castle to Thursday and it didn’t happen so I don’t think it will happen this time either and I love it on Monday’s so I hope it doesn’t move

  • Emily Hansen

    I will say that the only show I actually watch every week on ABC is Castle so I can’t really say a lot about other shows but I would for sure cancel the neighbors because the 2 episodes I saw were really poorly done and not funny. I would also cancel Nashville and Revenge since I tried to watch them but just didn’t find them engaging. I would also keep Malibu Country though I don’t really watch it just because I found out that they have made references to Castle on that show which is cool.

  • Rane

    I’d save Castle, Modern Family, The Neighbors and bring back The Bitch. Then I would cancel everything else.

  • Networkman

    IMO, Nashville has been underwhelming. With a star like Connie Britton, I expected so much more from this drama.

    This is my fantasy schedule for ABC

    7pm AFHV(New Host: George Lopez)
    8pm DWTS
    Midseason: The Bachelor
    10pm Body of Proof

    8pm DWTS:Results
    9pm *The Returned
    10pm Castle

    8pm Once Upon A Time
    9pm *SHIELD
    10pm *Gothica

    8pm The Middle
    8:30pm *Super Fun Night
    9pm Modern Family
    9:30pm How to Live with Your Parents… or *Trophy Wife
    10pm Revenge

    8pm Shark Tank
    9pm Grey’s Anatomy
    10pm Scandal

    8pm Last Man Standing
    8:30pm The Neighbors
    9pm *Girl Meets World (ABC really has to try and acquire this show)
    9:30pm Malibu Country
    10pm 20/20

    If ABC does not get Girl Meets World then Malibu Country should air at 9pm followed by Suburgatory at 9:30pm.

  • Networkman

    I’m reading comments about how DWTS will have to replace two judges if ABC were to move it to Sunday Night. That is even more reason to move it. The judges table needs a shake up. Why not use a former DWTS pro dancer as a judge? I would love to see Max give his critique. And then I still feel Debbie Allen who has trained dancers should be given a try. It would be nice to see a panel with two women.

    Lastly, I would try a season with all athletes. It would be nice to see former Olympic Track & Field stars such as Jackie Joyner Kersee. If they could snag someone like Ryan Lochte, I feel the ratings would really skyrocket. Michelle Kwan, Andre Agassi and Charles Barkley would be a great additions as well.

  • Richard

    Modern family and last man standing

  • Richard

    Anyone who thinks walking dead is getting canceled is a moron.

  • josh m

    Last man standing and malibu country need to be cancelled. They are terrible shows.

  • Marina

    They better renew Nashville! It is fabulous ….

  • judy

    It would be easier if we told ABC which ones to keep, there is soooo much garbage on t.v. anymore…

  • judy

    It would be easier if we told ABC which ones to keep, there is soooo much garbage on t.v, not worth turning the set on anymore…to many can see the programs are for the 30 and under crowd..

  • Toni

    I would like to have them cancel Revenge, all reality show, boring! Move Body of Proof to an early hour and git rid of the reality show. The Neighbors are better than Scandal, Modern Family. Can’t understand Sofia half of the time. Boos are not gonna help her clean up her speech.

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