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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts the network’s decision onย renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2012-13 season in May, 2013. (includes results from September 17-November 4, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ 0.57
Happy Endings ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ 0.63
Private Practice canceled 0.64
666 Park Avenue ๐Ÿ˜ณ 0.65
Last Resort ๐Ÿ˜ณ 0.69
Scandal ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ 0.79
Last Man Standing (F) ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚ 0.79
Castle ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚ 0.82
The Neighbors ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ 0.85
Nashville ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ 0.85
Malibu Country (F) ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚ 0.91
The Middle ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚ 1.00
Suburgatory :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen: 1.04
Revenge :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen: 1.10
Once Upon A Time :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen: 1.35
Grey’s Anatomy :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen: 1.45
Modern Family :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen: 1.92

Sophomore sitcomย Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 didn’t start well this season, and its ratings completely tanked in its second episode. If it weren’t for hurricane Sandy, the 1.2 rating last week would have made it “certain to be canceled”. As it is, I’ll wait for one more week’s ratings before dropping it there.

Since Sony (and ABC) are likely to move heaven and earth to get a fourth season forย Happy Endingsย somewhere, even with it’s terrible ratings I’m moving it to just “toss up”. May the syndication gods have mercy on the cancellation bear’s soul.

Last Man Standing and Malibu Country both had nice premiere ratings for a Friday, and are currently “more likely to be renewed than canceled”, but early predictions can change rapidly with new results. Stay tuned.

The mediocre rated 10pm dramasย Nashville andย Scandal could be either canceled or renewed by the end of the season. Similarly ratedย Castle, already syndicated, is more likely to be renewed than canceled. Read more about that here.

Rookiesย Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue are both certain to be canceled by the end of the season. They’re doing worse than Pan Am did last season, but better than Charlie’s Angels. For that reason, I still expect each to air 13 (+/- a few) episodes before assuming their final resting place in the belly of the cancellation bear. Read more about that here.

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him.ย This season you can follow the Cancellation Bearย on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in a little more back and forth banter than we do on our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.

*shows no longer on the air have their Renew/Cancel Index “frozen” at the point they left the schedule.


  • :oops:ย – certain to be cancelled by May, 2013
  • ๐Ÿ˜ฅ :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2013
  • ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ :|ย – toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2013
  • ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚ :)ย – more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2013
  • :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen: :mrgreen:ย – certain to be renewed by May, 2013

Theย Renew/Cancel Indexย 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 Indexย predicted renewals and cancellations from past television seasons.

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