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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*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.

  • Anthony


    8:00pm Greys Anatomy Moving Greys here would fix the death slot.
    9:00pm Scandal Moving Scandal here would allow it to grow even more.
    10:00pm Castle or new drama

    I just don’t see ABC doing this though. It probably would work though.

  • Mark

    8pm – Dancing with the Stars
    10pm – RECKLESS

    8pm – BIG THUNDER
    9pm – DWTS Results
    10pm – Castle

    8pm – The Middle
    8:30pm – How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life
    9pm – Modern Family
    10pm – BETRAYAL

    8pm – Nashville
    9pm – Grey’s Anatomy
    10pm – Scandal

    8pm – Last Man Standing
    8:30pm – KING JOHN
    9pm – Shark Tank
    10pm – 20/20

    8pm – Once Upon A Time
    9pm – SHIELD
    10pm – Revenge

    Body of Proof
    2 New Dramas
    2 New Comedies

  • Cle

    I think shark tank would move out from fridays next season…

  • Charmed

    When do ABC usually announce early renewals? Most other networks have done it already.

  • Cle

    usually in may…

  • Too early to call HTLWYP…

    For those championing renewal for HTLWYP already, do (cancellation) bear in mind the show isn’t doing as well post-MF as “Cougar Town” did. Now I know it’s been a couple years, and ratings continue to deteriorate, but something to consider… (Especially when considering Mr. Sunshine, HE, A23, etc. have fared similarly post-MF.)

  • Chris

    I’m guessing KING JOHN is that multi cam ABC has. I’m sorry but that show doesn’t sound good at all. ABC doesn’t have a lot of good comedies this year. How The Hell Am I Normal and Super Fun Night seem to be locks. What I find funny is a lot of you guys are running into scheduling conflicts which result in bad schedules simply because you all seem unwilling to open up that
    9 o’clock hour on Fridays to comedies. To me, if ABC did move Suburgatory and The Neighbors to Fridays I see that as a win. Those shows without new lead ins get mid 1’s anyhow so on Fridays they would probably do the same. Also it might actually force ABC to promote their Friday comedies for once. Kind of like how Happy Endings got way more promotion than LMS and MC did all season, that’s how LMS and MC should be promoted through out the week but they don’t.

    @Bob Have faith that Guys With Kids will get renewed. It’s Jimmy Fallon’s baby and he’s in position to take over the Tonight Show. I do agree that it would be a way better fit on Fridays with ABC’s comedies but NBC appears to have at least one other family comedy it can go with; the Sean Hayes pilot which looks really good.

  • The End


    It’l be soon, most shows on ABC now have finished their productions. They’re all waiting on the greenlight from ABC to begin working on their next season, though in a lot of cases the producers will be plotting out how they want the upcoming season to go before renewal then getting to work on their scripts.

    Once Upon a Time is in no rush anyway, the producers are occupied with the spinoff pilot at the moment, as they’re done with the final episode of Once.

  • Billy martins

    As of next season on ABC network they should shuffle their shecdule around beginning with instead of having Dancing with the stars 2hr edition on Monday they shall now move it to Sunday at 8:00 til 10:00pm following OUAT at 10:00pm & instead of having Wednesday comedy hour they also shall move it to Friday from 8:00-10:00pm following 20/20 at 10:00pm Here is how they shecdule starting with.
    7:00pm AFHV
    8:00pm Dancing with the stars
    10:00pm OUAT ~(New Time)
    8:00 pm Suburatory ~(New Day&time)
    8:30pm The Neighbours~(New Day&time)
    9:00pm Shark Tank ~(New Day&time)
    10:00pm Revenge~(New Day&time)
    8:00pm Dancing with the stars result show
    9:00pm Gothica~(New)
    10:00pm SHEILD~(new)
    8:00pm Castle~(New Day&time)
    9:00pm Venice~(New Day&time)
    10:00pm Nashville
    8:00pm Grey”s Anatomy~(New Time)
    9:00pm Body of Proof~(New Time&day)
    10:00pm Scandal
    8:00pmHTLWYPFTROYL~(New Time&day)
    8:30pmThe Middle~(New Time&day)
    9:00pm Modern Family~(New Time&day)
    9:30pm Family Tools ~(New Time&day)
    10:00pm 20/20
    Malibu county Fridays at 8:00pm Midseason/Last Man Standing Fridays at 9:30pm Midseason too…

  • Zombie!Ant

    Hopefully USA picks up Happy Endings if ABC cancels it. Seasons 1 and 2 were great, season 3 tapered off for me but some of the recent episodes seem to regain that Happy Endings charm again.

  • Al

    @Billy martins

    Worst schedule ever!

  • omabin

    I don’t understand how people can still make dream schedules with DWTS staying put. Its lead out, Castle, not to mention fellow reality show Shark Tank, on Fridays, are now beating it. Regardless of how many problems ABC has elsewhere, this is by far their main problem as it takes away 3 hours of prime real estate, not to mention the effect it has on the following hours. Any schedule that doesn’t solve this is a major No for me (including ABC’s likely schedule in May, which I imagine won’t tackle this issue yet again). The fact that the results show has even beat it sure should show that it must be moved away from the voice as soon as possible!

  • Jeff

    The problem with DWTS isn’t the day it schedulled the problem lies with the producers constantly manipulating the show if DWTS stopped these stupid things like Tweet to give a couple an extra two points and these stupid themes like Country Week and Prom Night that has failed. A lot of fans are tuning out because they r feeling like the show is being manipulated to much and sunday would not work for DWTS for the fall at least because 2 of the judges are on the UK Series as well that airs on Saturday

  • Marc

    @Chris: “9 o’clock hour on Fridays to comedies. To me, if ABC did move Suburgatory and The Neighbors to Fridays I see that as a win. Those shows without new lead ins get mid 1?s anyhow so on Fridays they would probably do the same.”

    Name a show that moved to Friday’s and did about the same. Most shows suffer a serious drop. LMS actually dropped quite a bit. HE went from a 1.2ish to a .8 and .6 in their latest airings. Vegas, Golden Boy, CSI. Every show, every network, every time. A 1.6 on a Wednesday would become a 1.0-1.2 on a Friday. And Shark Tank is doing a 2.0 there now.

    The only way ABC goes two hours of comedy on Friday’s is if they get at least one more show with a big name/self starter that they can plug in at 9:00. If you plug in your worst two performing Wednesday comedies it just looks like a last ditch effort and more hoping that TN and Sub don’t “fall too much.” ABC did it right by launching a new show with MC on Fridays and saying they wanted to be competitive on the night, not let it be a graveyard for failing shows.

  • The End

    @Billy martins
    @8:00pm Dancing with the stars
    10:00pm OUAT ~(New Time)

    *Shakes head* This will never, in a million years happen. ABC has the show at 8pm on Sunday for a reason, it appeals to a more family friendly audience. Moving the show to 10pm would be entirely counter productive.

    Dancing With the Stars doesn’t need to be placed on Sunday, it’s doing alright as is. And ABCs Sunday lineup to a degree is doing fine too. The only question over Sunday will be if ABC elects to keep Revenge on Sunday, and if it does, what will it pair with it and Once.

  • The End

    8:00pmHTLWYPFTROYL~(New Time&day)
    8:30pmThe Middle~(New Time&day)
    9:00pm Modern Family~(New Time&day)
    9:30pm Family Tools ~(New Time&day)
    10:00pm 20/20

    Worse scheduling choice I’ve ever seen for Friday personally. ABC would never go along this route, ever.

  • KJ Styles

    @Ted Craig- “There are no death slots, only bad shows”

    Nonsense! Last Resort was an EXCELLENT show that was put in a death slot (8pm Thursday) it would have probably survived at 10pm elsewhere on the schedule except Sundays.

  • v

    I don’t see Neighbors getting renewed, especially with what happened last year, moving 2 Wed comedies to Tuesday and they both bombed.
    Friday slot will be worst.

  • SteveO

    7pm AFHV
    8pm OUAT/Once spinoff
    9pm Revenge/Nashville
    10pm New Drama/Body of Proof

    8pm Dancing/The Bachelor/Dancing
    10pm Castle

    8pm Suburgatory/The Neighbors/Dancing Results
    9pm Dancing Results/Super Fun Night/The Goldbergs
    10pm Influence

    8pm The Middle
    8:30pm How to Live with Your Parents
    9pm Modern Family
    9:30pm Back in the game
    10pm Shield

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

    8pm LMS
    8:30pm King John
    9pm Malibu Country
    9:30pm Divorce: A love Story (needs a new name)
    10pm 20/20

  • Billy martins

    I”am sorry for defending anyone I was just making a suggestion that ABC Network shall bring back TGIF Friday instead of Wednesday night of comedy they shall just move to Friday to freshin up the shecdule Wednesday shall only be a night of drama
    They shall bring want it was twenty years ago now there is nothing that quite is good on Friday night.

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