ABC: 'How To Live With Your Parents' Starts As Likely To Be Renewed

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

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April 9th, 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- April 7, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Don't Trust the B in Apt 23* canceled 0.50
Happy Endings (some F) :oops: 0.56
Last Resort* canceled 0.57
Zero Hour* canceled 0.58
Red Widow :oops: 0.60
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* :) :) :) :) 0.87
Nashville :) :) :) :) 0.93
Revenge :) :) :) :) 0.94
Suburgatory :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.03
Castle :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.07
The Middle :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.12
Once Upon A Time :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.25
Scandal :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.38
How To Live With Your Parents :) :) :) :) 1.49
Grey's Anatomy :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.51
Modern Family :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 2.06

Rookie sitcom How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest Of Your Life) ratings started well last week. Well enough for the cancellation bear to start its prediction as "likely to be renewed". Early predictions are subject to rapid change, stay tuned.

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*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.

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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, 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.

  • Penny

    Fingers crossed HE moves to USA.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I think Grey’s Anatomy should end next year. They are just lucky that the Network has fallen down with them. It has always been ABC’s top Drama when it was getting more than double it’s ratings. Sometimes shows need to end for them to not lose everything they once had. MASH, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, and Everybody Loves Raymond are shows I can think of that weren’t very good by the end, warranted renewal, but decided to end when the show has atleast some of it’s old self.

  • PurpleDrazi

    I think Grey’s has a lot of contracts up for renewal next year. If I recall correctly they almost didn’t get some of the big stars back this time around (of course, some of that I’m sure was posturing for negotiations) so it is likely they could lose some big names next time.

    There are plenty of new players around to keep the show going if they wanted to but I don’t see the show lasting without Mer & Der.

  • Theoacme

    Networks, Patrick Ausgewahlt, are about ratings > ad sales > $$. Relatively, Grey’s is still the top drama on ABC, and it is still decent creatively. Plus all your examples are comedies, which do not necessarily have the same “close to what it used to be” issues as dramas do.

    I prefer to compare Grey’s to ER – and ER could have gone two more seasons on NBC, if they had not announced it as its last season – the ratings were so good, they extended the season by several episodes, and could have gone at least one more season with above Index average ratings.

    No, Greys will continue probably two more seasons, unless the costs for the actors explode – and that is easily dealt with (think plane crash, helicopter shredding, explosion)…

  • Pavelsauce

    I don’t think Suburgatory would do all that well in the Thursday death slot.

  • Fred

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Fourth place ABC is not in the position to make artistic decisions like canceling such a high rated drama prematurely . Keep in mind that Grey’s currently beats the fastest growing drama on Network tv SCANDAL. Now if Grey’s totally collapses next season, I may agree with you.
    ABC or the show runners made an error by not continuing Desperate Housewives this season even if a character or two wanted to exit. Soaps have a way of seamlessly blending new characters in the plots. ABC believed a 2nd season Revenge would beat what 8th season DH was delivering. Sorely mistaken. A 9th season DH would have most likely improved upon what Revenge is doing now. I am a fan of both shows btw.

    Here is a sensible Fall 2013 schedule:


    BACHELOR- 2 Hours

    BACHELOR is the perfect show to compete against the NFL and TWD. Better than wasting the slot with expensive scripted shows.
    NASHVILLE just might grow into a sizable hit here after the Bachelor.


    DWTS-2 Hours
    NEW DRAMA-10:00

    Time for DWTS to help promote a new drama. Although DWTS skews very old, it can at least provide a sizable audience to sample the new drama. ABC can market it to a younger demo at the same time.


    NEW SHOW- S.H.I.E.L.D.
    NEW DRAMA-10:00

    Drop the DWTS results show . I’m sure they can find time in the 2 hours to announce the results the next week. OUAT should hopefully perform OK on Tuesday. S.H.I.E.L.D is the most anticipated new show on ABC next season and it could help launch another new show at 10:00.


    HOW TO LIVE- As of now this should stay. But if it collapses like just about every other post Modern sitcom, replace with NEW SITCOM.
    REVENGE-10:00- This should manage higher ratings here. Far less competitive.



    Castle has benefited from the post DWTS slot for long enough. It has a large and loyal fan base. Surely Castle will help ABC in this very tough slot. Better than trying out a new expensive low rated drama.



    Why mess with success? ABC has been winning low rated Friday all season long.

  • HV

    7:00 America’s Funniest Home Videos (Sept. 15)
    8:00 Once Upon a Time (Sept. 22) (13 ep)/Once Upon a Time spin-off (NEW) (Jan. 5) (10 ep)/Once Upon a Time (Mar. 16) (11 ep)
    9:00 Revenge (Sept. 22) (24 ep)
    10:00 Lucky 7 (NEW) (Sept. 22) (22 ep–canceled)

    8:00 Dancing with the Stars (Sept. 16)/The Bachelor (Jan. 6)/Dancing with the Stars (Mar. 17)
    10:00 Castle (Sept. 16) (24 ep)

    8:00 Suburgatory (Oct. 1) (22 ep)
    8:30 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) (Oct. 1) (22 ep)
    9:00 Dancing with the Stars (Sept. 17)/The Taste (Jan. 7)/Dancing with the Stars (Mar. 18)
    10:00 Body of Proof (Sept. 17) (22/ ep)

    8:00 The Middle (Sept. 18) (24 ep)
    8:30 Family Tools (Sept. 25) (9 ep–canceled)/Mixology (NEW) (Jan. 8) (18 ep)
    9:00 Modern Family (Sept. 18) (24 ep)
    9:30 Spy (NEW) (Sept. 25) (24 ep)
    10:00 Nashville (Oct. 2) (22 ep)

    8:00 S.H.E.I.L.D. (NEW) (Sept. 26) (24 ep)
    9:00 Grey’s Anatomy (Sept. 19) (24 ep)
    10:00 Scandal (Sept. 19) (24 ep)

    8:00 Last Man Standing (Oct. 4) (24 ep)
    8:30 Malibu Country (Oct. 4) (22 ep–canceled)
    9:00 Primetime (Sept. 13)/Shark Tank (Jan. 3)
    10:00 20/20 (Sept. 13)

  • CrimTV

    @Ted Craig

    Apartment 23 failed because ABC moved it to a ‘death’ comedy block on Tuesdays, if ABC keep How to Live on Wednesdays it will be fine!

  • CrimTV

    Yes ABC need to keep How to Live behind Modern Family next season if it continues to perform well instead of sending it to Tuesdays/Fridays and leading to it’s death like they did with Apartment 23 and Happy Endings. No point launching another new comedy behind Modern Family when the same thing will happen to it!

  • rob60990

    Anyone who believe ABC is going to renew a sitcom that pulled a 1.5 for its season finale in between The Middle & Modern Family is an idiot and if ABC does indeed renew it, I’ll start to treat them like I do NBC. The Neighbors only did a tenth better than Malibu Country’s season finale. It would struggle to crack a 1.0 on Fridays by itself.

  • Ultima

    8:00 Once Upon a Time (Sept. 22) (13 ep)/Once Upon a Time spin-off (NEW) (Jan. 5) (10 ep)/Once Upon a Time (Mar. 16) (11 ep)

    They could rename the spinoff ‘Once Upon a Time in Ratings Wasteland!’

    9:00 Primetime (Sept. 13)/Shark Tank (Jan. 3)

    Why would they hold their highest rated Friday show for midseason?

    Family Tools (Sept. 25) (9 ep–canceled)

    It hasn’t even aired an episode yet, but you’re both predicting a renewal as well as exactly how many episodes of season two will air before it is canceled? Bold.

  • rob60990

    If How to Live… holds up, I would keep it after Modern Family for maybe half the season to try and build an audience and launch a new sitcom out of MF in January or February.

  • Ultima

    Yes ABC need to keep How to Live behind Modern Family next season if it continues to perform well instead of sending it to Tuesdays/Fridays

    I agree. If HTLWYP finishes up year-to-year over DTBiA23 (acronyms ftw!), I think ABC should stick with Middle / Suburgatory / Modern Family / HTLWYP on Wednesday and just launch their top two pilots on their own (probably on Tuesday).

  • diana

    now that the average is down i think that abc should shorten all of its dramas seasons next season with perhaps 13 episodes i think that most shows on abc would benefit from it especially revenge and ouat

  • Ted Craig


    There are no death slots, only bad shows and A23 was a bad show.

  • Fred

    @Ted Craig

    Would you consider former ABC ratings disappointment Cougar Town or current ABC failure Happy Endings bad shows?
    Because if you do, I totally disagree with you.

  • omabin


    I agree. Wednesdays on ABC badly need stability. But I am still not the biggest fan of comedy on tuesdays, although that is still the best option if they really want the 4th comedy hour.

  • MJDB


    Bob, about Guys With Kids and ABC, that would proabably work well. Good thinking!

  • HV

    Seriously, I don’t know? Haha I’ll change that. Primetime can be in the summer or replace a canceled show.
    And haha I think the only bold thing about it is the episode number. ABC is not going to cancel this show after airing two episodes. They will cancel it after it flops in the fall. (Trust me–it will FLOP) The reason I have that episode number is that originally I thought it had a 13 episode order (didn’t know it had been reduced to 10) and I assumed that ABC would air 4 episodes in May. Then I made realizations, but 9 seemed like a good number, so I kept it at that. The Middle would get an hour-long premire and Modern Family either hour-long or two episodes. Then, the next week, Family Tools season 2 and new show Spy would premire and the four shows will air together for 9 weeks. Then Family Tools would leave and get replaced by Mixology.

  • Brandy

    I just want Once and Nashville renewed.

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