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.

  • Theoacme

    @Billy martins: Modern Family is the top rated show on the network, and Fridays have huge ratings problems, with lower broadcast audiences.

    Bringing back TGIF is reasonable; using both Modern Family and The Middle is not.

    Personally, I would develop a remake of Fantasy Island for Fridays at 10/9 Central, with two Roarkes: Mere Roarke (Judi Dench) and fils Roarke (Timothy Hutton – with BBC co-producing the show, it could get 2.0 in the demo, which would be a huge hit for Fridays.

  • Mumbo

    Once Upon a Time is a lock for renewal at this point; the spinoff should help a lot if they can now break the Once Upon a Time season into two halves and use the spinoff to bridge the gap. The one week on/one week off scheduling for Once Upon a Time this season was brutal and I think led to bigger declines than if it was scheduled properly. This way they can have way less off-weeks. And hopefully they won’t be stupid and keep scheduling new Once episodes against all the big award shows and events on Sunday nights.

    SHIELD seems like a shoe-in hit for ABC given how hot the Avengers are. I think they’ll stick it at Thursdays at 8:00 to try and make good on a slot that has been a death slot for them. Since it’s tied to a movie, why not put it on movie-promotion night?

  • omabin


    But how do they want them to air the OUAT spinoff? You say you don’t want OUAT against the big awards shows and I agree, but you want the spin-off to go against it? It would be even crazier since it wouldn’t have a devoted fanbase at that point to stick with it.
    If you did 12 eps of OUAT until December, 10 eps of the spin-off January-February-Early March, and then 12 eps of OUAT:
    1) Not only wouldn’t there be enough weeks in the season for that I think, accounting for Christmas break, hallmark movies, oscars, superbowl, etc.
    2) The OUAT spin-off would go against golden globes, grammys, etc at like their 5th episode, it would be its death!

    This is not specifically to you, but to all the rumours around the internet that the spin off will bridge OUAT’s seasons. I am all for it, as long as OUAT is moved to tuesdays. A revamped night consisted of OUAT/Shield/Big Thunder is what ABC needs there. Sundays should be taken over by the dying DWTS, which needs to be taken away from the voice immediately, and a procedural that can resist the hits that it will inevitable take against big events (either Body of Proof or a new one)

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