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This is the final week of Renew / Cancel Index posts for the season, since the Fall 2011 schedules will be announced during the network upfront meetings next week, so as is our custom, Robert and I play Oddsmakers (hat tip, PTI) with our final renewal chance guesses of the season.

Our final guesses of RENEWAL chances:

Show Bill Robert
Detroit 1-8-7 0% 0%
No Ordinary Family 0% 0%
Off The Map 0% 0%
Better With You 10% 20%
V 35% 15%
Mr. Sunshine 45% 50%
Brothers & Sisters 55% 65%
Happy Endings 55% 50%
Body of Proof 80% 75%
Desperate Housewives 100% 100%

I think Happy Endings has a slightly better chance of renewal than Mr. Sunshine, but no combination of their individual renewal or cancellation would surprise me. Brothers & Sisters has hung around at the bottom of the “toss up” range for quite some time, but I lean just a bit on the plus side for its renewal chances.

For those who’d like to review the last Renew / Cancel Index numbers I’ll produce for the season, enjoy:

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 – May 8, 2011):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Whole Truth cancelled
My Generation cancelled
Detroit 1-8-7 😳 0.49
No Ordinary Family 😳 0.62
Off The Map 😳 0.70
V 😥 😥 0.79
Brothers & Sisters 😐 😐 😐 0.79
Better With You 😥 😥 0.80
Happy Endings 😐 😐 😐 0.83
Mr. Sunshine 😐 😐 😐 0.92
The Middle renewed 0.99
Cougar Town renewed 0.99
Body Of Proof 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.00
Private Practice renewed 1.02
Castle renewed 1.13
Desperate Housewives :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.29
Grey’s Anatomy renewed 1.67
Modern Family renewed 1.81

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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