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 20, 2011):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Whole Truth cancelled
My Generation cancelled
Detroit 1-8-7 😳 0.49
No Ordinary Family 😳 0.65
Off The Map 😳 0.74
V 😥 😥 0.79
Brothers & Sisters 😐 😐 😐 0.83
Better With You 😥 😥 0.84
Private Practice renewed 1.00
Mr. Sunshine 😐 😐 😐 1.02
Castle renewed 1.02
Cougar Town renewed 1.04
The Middle renewed 1.08
Desperate Housewives :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.36
Grey’s Anatomy renewed 1.67
Modern Family renewed 1.88

It’s hardly the most original of headlines, and I could have written this post anytime in the last several weeks, but it’s clear that far from being the new hit drama ABC so desperately needs, Off The Map isn’t even going to make it to a second season and will be cancelled after it finishes its run this season. ABC’s last chance for a rookie drama survivor this season is Body of Proof, premiering next Tuesday.

Brothers & Sisters is still hanging on to the bottom of the “toss up” range between renewal and cancellation. ABC’s new Mr. Sunshine still looks like a toss up for renewal.

V and Better With You are both more likely to be cancelled than renewed.

Detroit 1-8-7 and No Ordinary Family are certain to be cancelled at the end of the season.

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

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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