For the latest ABC show Renew / Cancel Index news click here.

Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2010-11 season in May, 2011. (includes results from January 3-March 6, 2011):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Whole Truth cancelled
My Generation cancelled
Detroit 1-8-7 😳 0.48
No Ordinary Family 😳 0.62
Off The Map 😥 😥 0.75
V 😥 😥 0.76
Brothers & Sisters 😐 😐 😐 0.80
Better With You 😥 😥 0.81
Castle renewed 0.98
Cougar Town renewed 1.00
Private Practice renewed 1.00
The Middle renewed 1.04
Mr. Sunshine 😐 😐 😐 1.10
Desperate Housewives :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.31
Grey’s Anatomy renewed 1.60
Modern Family renewed 1.80

Two weeks ago, the ratings for Brothers & Sisters put it out of the “toss up” range and into the “more likely to be cancelled than renewed” range. Two weeks of slight ratings improvement, and it’s back at the bottom end of the “toss up” range. Such is the ebb and flow of ratings and the future prospects they dictate. B&S is likely to ride that toss up/more likely to be cancelled range until we get the final word, no later than mid-May.

ABC’s new Mr. Sunshine will certainly get the nod over Better With You in an either/or situation, it’s at the top of the toss up range with its recent ratings, and BWY is well below it.

Detroit 1-8-7 and No Ordinary Family are certain to be cancelled at the end of the season. Both V and Off The Map are more likely to be cancelled than renewed.

I’d expect the apocalypse before I’d expect Desperate Housewives to not be renewed.

ABC’s last chance for a hit drama this season looks to be Body of Proof, premiering in March.

What did the ABC Renew / Cancel Index look like for the Fall? Click here.


  • 😳 – certain to be cancelled by May, 2011
  • 😥 :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2011
  • 😐 😐 😐 – toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2011
  • 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 – more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2011
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: – certain to be renewed by May, 2011

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? While the methods used have changed slightly from past seasons check out how the Renew / Cancel Index would have predicted renewals and cancellations from the 2009-10 broadcast television season.

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