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

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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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  • :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

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  • Ted Craig


    I disagree about the need for stability. Next year, The Middle and MF should both experience a ratings bump. Might as well take advantage and set up two new shows for the future. Suburgatory and maybe How to Live… could become cornerstones for a Tuesday night block with two the stronger new shows.


    No, not bad, but uphill battles for sure. HE is very funny, but inaccessible. It might be able to stay on the air, but it cannot lead off an hour on network TV. Cougar Town is more accessible. That show did suffer somewhat from programming choices, including another case of overrating a show (Mr. Sunshine, which was bad).

  • JacobYates

    @Ted Craig
    Amen to that. If it’s renewed it will have to stay on Wednesday after Modern Family to pull decent ratings. If it’s moved, it will be next year’s A23.

  • SJ

    ABC kind of has a comedy problem on its hands. Sure, The Middle, Modern Family, Last Man and Malibu Country (which I still believe will get renewed) will all stay where they are and do fine.

    However, Suburgatory, if moved, would not hold up well anywhere else.

    How to Live, if renewed and then moved, could turn into another Apartment 23-type disaster (which, FYI, was a great show that ABC mismanaged from start to finish). On the other hand, if they do keep it where it is, it could still wither on its own, prompting ABC to launch another comedy at mid-season and just keep up with this vicious cycle of premiering comedies in April after Modern Family, when they should do so in September, especially with MF getting a syndication boost this coming fall. Therefore, unless HTL manages to keep 100% of its premiere audience for the remainder of its run, I would just cancel it and cut my losses.

    The Neighbors is too weak to stand on its own and I doubt ABC will keep it in the Wednesday block. I vote for cancellation in this case.

    Bottom line: keep the Friday comedies where they are, keep Suburgatory on Wednesdays for one more season (season 4 is probably when it gets the good old Cougar Town/Happy Endings move-around-the-schedule treatment), and premiere a new comedy out of MF in September. Cancel How to Live and Neighbors and let another network pick up Happy Endings.

    And anyone who thinks Family Tools has even an outside chance, check your medication.

    I think Body of Proof should move to Fridays at 9 with a 13-episode order. If it fails there, ABC should definitely – and definitively – cancel it and plug WWYD or Primetime Nightline in its place.

    And yes, I know ABC’s Fridays would weaken without Shark Tank but I think ABC would much rather take the hit on Fridays than, say, Tuesdays, where Shark Tank could move to and make for a solid one-two reality punch with DWTS and even help launch a new reality show while DWTS is on break (The Taste and Splash ain’t coming back with their numbers).

    Castle could move to Tuesdays at 10 and then ABC would have Mondays at 10, Thursdays at 8 and Sundays at 10 to premiere new dramas. Preferably a new procedural on Mondays, Shield on Thursdays and Venice/Westside on Sundays. A new single-cam premieres after Modern Family.

  • Illinois

    Possible Schedule for next season:

    8:00 – Dancing with the Stars
    10:00 – Castle (24 episodes)

    8:00 – Dancing with the Stars: Results
    9:00 – S.H.I.E.L.D. (13-22 episodes)
    10:00 – The Returned (13-22 episodes)

    8:00 – The Middle (24 episodes)
    8:30 – How to Live with Your Parents (22 episodes)
    9:00 – Modern Family (24 episodes)
    9:30 – Bad Management (13-22 episodes)
    10:00 – Murder in Manhattan (13-22 episodes)

    8:00 – Shark Tank
    9:00 – Grey’s Anatomy (24 episodes)
    10:00 – Scandal (24 episodes)

    8:00 – The Neighbors (22 episodes)
    8:30 – Malibu Country (22 episodes)
    9:00 – Last Man Standing (24 episodes)
    9:30 – How the Hell I Am Normal (13-22 episodes)
    10:00 – 20/20

    8:00 – Once Upon a Time (24 episodes)
    9:00 – Revenge (22 episodes)
    10:00 – Nashville (22 episodes)

    Mid-Season: Body of Proof and Mixology.

    Thoughts ?

  • Richard Steven Hack

    If Body of Proof is renewed at all, it will remain a spring 13-episode show. I doubt it can hold ratings beyond one more season, if that. The only way they could retool this show to improve the ratings is to kill off the lead character. :-)

  • Steve

    Lol @ people who think Grey’s will get a 13 episode final season. Grey’s is their top rating, and advertising dollar earner for scripted dramas. They will milk that cow until its absolutely dry. If they lose the main leads (Pompeo and Dempsey) they will chug along without them. As long as its leading the pack and pulling in the money, they will keep it.

  • Fred


    I like it. However where is Suburgatory?

  • Nick

    What ABC should do for 2013-2014:

    8: Shark Tank (27 episodes)
    9: S.H.E.I.L.D (new) (24 episodes)
    10: Castle (24 episodes)

    8: Last Man Standing (24 episodes)
    8:30: How the Hell am I Normal? (new) (13 episodes)
    9: Grey’s Anatomy (24 episodes)
    10: Betrayal (new) (13 episodes)

    8: The Middle (24 episodes)
    8:30: Suburgatory (22 episodes)
    9: Modern Family (24 episodes)
    9:30: Keep Calm & Karey On (new) (13 episodes)
    10: Nashville (13 episodes)

    8: Dancing with the Stars/The Bachelor
    10: Scandal (24 episodes)

    8: Dancing with the Stars: The Results/Splash
    9: Body of Proof (24 episodes)
    10: 20/20

    Sat- (midseason)
    8: Shark Tank (R)
    9: Castle (R)
    10: Body of Proof (R)

    7: AFHV (27 episodes)
    8: Once Upon a Time (22 episodes)
    9: Gothica (new) (13 episodes)/Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (new) (13 episodes)
    10: Revenge (22 episodes)

    Regarding Sundays–Run the OUAT straight in the fall, go off Jan & Feb, and skimp on the spring shows, so the show doesn’t get hurt by DST. Put the spin-off behind the weaker period to give the less-obvious show a chance. If Gothica fails, burn it off in January. If it’s a success, replace Nashville or Betrayal. Also, don’t skimp on AFV. In the January period of grace between Football and the DST-ruction, it is a very solid performer.

    Midseason – How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (13 episodes), Winter Wipeout (6 episodes), Celebrity Wife Swap (10 episodes), Wife Swap (6 episodes), Primetime: What Would You Do? (13 episodes)

  • Rollie Dethloff


    7:00 Primetime: What Would You Do?
    8:00 Once Upon A Time (22)
    9:00 Nashville (22)
    10:00 Revenge (22)

    8:00 New Reality (10, 13, or 22)
    9:00 DWTS/The Bachelor/DWTS

    8:00 Once: Wonderland (13-22)
    9:00 S.H.I.E.L.D (13-22)
    10:00 DWTS Results/Lucky 7 (12)/DWTS Results

    8:00 The Middle (22)
    8:30 Bad Management (13-22)
    9:00 Modern Family (22)
    9:30 How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest Of Your Life (22)
    10:00 The Neighbors (22)
    10:30 How The Hell Am I Normal? (13-22)

    8:00 Shark Tank (22)
    9:00 Grey’s Anatomy (22)
    10:00 Scandal (22)

    8:00 Last Man Standing (22)
    8:30 Malibu Country (22)
    9:00 AFV (22)
    10:00 20/20

    Midseason: Suburagtory, Killer Women, and Venice

  • Rollie Dethloff

    Also for Midseason: Super Fun Night, Winter Wipeout, and Splash

  • Nick

    @Rollie Dethloff

    That’s not a bad schedule, I have just two arguments:

    1. I’d switch Primetime: What Would You Do? and AFV. There’s no use advertising a switch if they’re just going to get the same ratings.
    2. Warner Bros. would kill ABC if they put Suburgatory for midseason. Well, not really, but they’d be supremely pissed. Suburgatory is on the fast track to syndication and putting it for midseason would ruin that.

  • Tony JJ

    some of these fantasy schedules are just hilarious. Grey’s given a 13 episode final season?? Even if it is the final season it isn’t going to be less than 22 episodes. And moved to tuesdays?? Yeah right. Dancing moved to Thursday/Friday? AFV moved to Friday? The Neighbors on at 10 pm Wednesdays?? Shark Tank held for midseason?? Some of you are on some drugs.

    Anyways. I agree with SJ. Apt. 23 was treated terribly, not because I liked the show, but because the buzz of the pilot was similar buzz that Modern Family was getting before it premiered. If they would’ve premiered it in the fall it would’ve probably been a hit for them and would still be on the air. I really don’t understand why networks leave some of their big buzzed shows for midseason. I get that networks like to leave some ‘event’ shows (The Following) to premiere in midseason, but in a fall season when you have a buzzed about comedy, why would you hold off? That’s why I wonder if ABC should debut two new (or at least one new) comedy on Tuesdays at 8 that has good buzz. Last Man Standing premiered good there for ABC.

    and ABC does have a comedy dilemma. I personally think Suburgatory should be moved. Last season I would’ve said no way it has potential, but this season it’s ratings dropped too low especially being behind a better lead in.

  • Wright

    The only show I watch on this network is OUAT.

  • Dan

    I’m starting to think that both The Neighbors and Malibu Country are done and How to Live With Your Parents will be the sole comedy renewal. Neighbors kept dipping in viewers each week and ABC probably believes it can do better.

    My guess is How to Live will be renewed and stay after Modern Family and a new series will be sandwiched between Middle and Modern Family. Suburgatory will be moved to Tuesdays at 8 and lead into a new comedy and Last Man Standing wil remain Fridays at 8 and lead into a new comedy.

    ABC definitely doesnt need to keep both MC and Neighbors but if they decide to keep Neighbors it will probably be moved off Wednesday night with Suburgatory. ABC will cancel Happy Endings and USA will pick it up.

    My guess is with Grey’s & Scandal certain to be renewed, and Castle, OUAT, and Revenge defintiely rerurning, Nashville has a good chance at being renewed as the save face drama and moved to Sundays at 10. SHIELD, if picked up has a good shot at the troubled Thursday 8 slot.

    Even Body of Proof may have a good shot should it hold up. Its not doing am,axing but its not doing horribly and compared to ABC’s other shows, it could do worse. ABC should hold it as a midseason replacement but use it if a drama flops like how FOX used Lie to Me to replace Lone Star in Fall 2010. This way BOP has a shot at a full season without compromising another dramas’s shot at a fall slot.

  • Jon

    Does anyone really think that splash will see a season 2, the numbers are horrible

  • Jon

    @Dan…..ABC’s crazy scheduling is what hurt it’s weds night lineup this spring. Airing 2 or 3 repeats with a new show sprinkled in the midde is not good scheduling. When people tune in on weds and see the middle as a repeat, they turn off thinking they are all repeats.

  • Jon

    @ Steve…I agree, Greys isn’t going away anytime soon. I laugh everytime I see people type final season for them next year

  • Dan

    @Nickster – Every season in the past 10 years ABC has renewed at least 1 of its dramas. Some seasons ABC renewed only 1 drama to “Save Face” examples 2005-2006 (What About Brian), 2008-2009 (Castle), 2009-2010 (V), and 2010-2011 (Body of Proof). What this means is in a year of failure or low rated dramas, ABC renews its best one to justify the season and not say it was a total failure. With Last Resort, 666 Park Avenue, Zero Hour and Red Widow all flopping, Nashville is this years Save Face drama. The show that could do better but has performed the best of all the other dramas. My guess is ABC’s renews Nashville for Sundays at 10 and next season gives its slot to a new drama. And Splash wont see a second season.

    Here’s my schedule

    7:00 AMHV
    8:00 OUAT / OUAT Spinoff / OUAT
    9:00 Revenge
    10:00 Nashville

    8:00 DWTS
    10:00 Castle

    8:00 Suburgatory
    8:30 The Neighbors or NEW COMEDY
    9:00 DWTS
    10:00 NEW DRAMA / Body of Proof

    8:00 The Middle
    8:30 HTLWYP
    9:00 Modern Family
    9:30 NEW COMEDY
    10:00 NEW DRAMA

    8:00 SHIELD
    9:00 Grey’s Anatomy
    10:00 Scandal

    8:00 Last Man Standing
    8:30 NEW COMEDY
    9:00 Shark Tank
    10:00 20/20

  • yasmeen

    even though that i know for sure that abc will renew revenge, i honestly think that if the 3rd season is anything like the 2nd season (which has been a disaster) then abc should just cancel it to save time but we will see if gets better

  • Cle


    revenge will see a 3rd season as only Grey’s & Scandal are doing good on ABC..
    and being in the most competitive slot of the week its doing well for abc if there were another scripted show there it would have collasped badly.. maybe that drama will it lows of below 1 too..

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