ABC Renew/Cancel standings, week 31: ‘Last Man Standing’ and ‘Dr. Ken’ should give stability to Friday

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ABC’s renew/cancel standings for week 31 of the 2015-16 season looks at the network’s Friday comedy block and sees what should be stability after a few years of shaky scheduling.

ABC scripted average through April 24: 1.34

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Wicked City (O) Canceled 0.67 0.4
Blood & Oil (O) Canceled 0.96 0.59
Of Kings and Prophets Canceled 0.65 0.46
Galavant (O) 😥 0.64 0.42
Agent Carter (O) 😦😦 0.8 0.54
Nashville (O) 😐😐😐 0.98 0.74
The Family (O) 😦😦 0.83 0.62
Castle (O) 😐😐😐 1.09 0.82
The Muppets (O) 😦😦 1.31 0.89
American Crime (O) 🙂🙂🙂🙂 0.93 0.65
The Catch (O) 😐😐😐 1.04 0.78
The Real O’Neals (O) 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.2 0.90
Dr. Ken (F) (O) 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.11 0.83
Last Man Standing (F) 🙂🙂🙂🙂 1.2 0.90
Agents of SHIELD (O) Renewed 1.24 0.93
Fresh Off the Boat Renewed 1.38 1.04
Quantico (O) Renewed 1.27 0.95
Once Upon a Time (O) Renewed 1.39 1.05
Black-ish (O) Renewed 1.84 1.38
The Middle Renewed 1.93 1.45
How to Get Away with Murder (O) Renewed 1.87 1.34
The Goldbergs Renewed 2.06 1.55
Grey’s Anatomy (O) Renewed 2.25 1.69
Scandal (O) Renewed 2.12 1.59
Modern Family Renewed 2.62 1.97

 

“Last Man Standing” has been part of ABC’s Friday lineup for four seasons. ABC has paired a different show with it in each of those seasons, with the first three only lasting one year in the timeslot.

The fourth show, “Dr. Ken,” should put an end to that revolving door. It has retained “Last Man’s” ratings better than any show in the timeslot since 2012-13 (“Malibu Country”), the first season “Last Man Standing” aired on Fridays.

The two shows gave ABC a winning performance in the first hour of primetime on Fridays this season. They should get a chance to do it again in the fall.

Key:

DSW Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing
😥 sure bet to be canceled by May 2016
😦😦 likely to be canceled by May 2016
😐😐😐 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2016
🙂🙂🙂🙂 likely to be renewed by May 2016
😀😀😀😀😀 sure bet to be renewed by May 2016


The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show’s new episode adults 18-49 ratings to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its 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. Why live+same-day ratings? Because they correlate very closely with the rarely disclosed C3 ratings (viewing of commercials within three days of air), which are the basis for most ad deals.

Shows that have ended their seasons have their R/C Index number frozen at the point of their final episode.

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays tend to be renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

(O) – Owned: All other things equal, shows owned by studios affiliated with their networks have a better shot at renewal than those from outside producers.

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