Here are ABC’s renew/cancel standings for week 5 of the 2017-18 season. A sophomore comedy gets an upgrade.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|The Middle||Final season||1.4||0.7|
|Scandal (O)||Final season||1.2||0.5|
|Ten Days in the Valley||DSW||0.43||-0.27|
|Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.83||0.13|
|Once Upon a Time (F) (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.6||0.16|
|Inhumans (F) (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.62||0.19|
|The Mayor (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.95||0.25|
|Fresh Off the Boat||🐻 🐻 🐻||1.18||0.48|
|How to Get Away with Murder (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.94||0.24|
|Designated Survivor (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.88||0.18|
|Speechless||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.2||0.5|
|Black-ish (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.25||0.55|
|American Housewife (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.42||0.72|
|The Good Doctor||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||2.04||1.34|
|Grey’s Anatomy (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||2.08||1.38|
The Bear was already pretty confident that “American Housewife” would return next season. The news that ABC is extending the show’s second season allows the show to move up from likely renewal to sure thing.
The show has taken well to the post-“Modern Family” spot on Wednesday nights. That show is not what it once was, but even so, “Housewife’s” 77 percent reception of its lead-in is pretty solid.
“American Housewife” is also the third highest-rated comedy on ABC, behind “Modern Family” and “The Goldbergs.” It will join them in being renewed before the season is out.
Additionally, the move of “Ten Days in the Valley” to Saturday makes it the first Dead Show Walking of the season.
|DSW||Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing|
|🐻||sure bet to be canceled by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻||likely to be canceled by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻 🐻||tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||likely to be renewed by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||sure bet to be renewed by May 2018|
The Renew/Cancel Index is the amount above (or below) a replacement-level rating — i.e., the expected adults 18-49 rating of an emergency fill-in show should a series be canceled. For the 2016-17 season, replacement level is a 0.7 same-day rating in adults 18-49 for the Big 4 networks and a 0.2 for The CW. (Read more here.) The index number is taken by subtracting 0.7 (or 0.2) from a show’s average same-day rating.
Friday scripted shows (denoted with an “F” above) on the Big 4 have average ratings about 30 percent lower than those of other nights, therefore their ratings are multiplied by 1.43 (1/0.7, or 70 percent) before subtracting the replacement-level number.
Shows that have ended their seasons have their R/C Index number frozen at the point of their final episode.
(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.