For the latest CW 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 – April 3, 2011):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Life Unexpected cancelled 0.78
Hellcats 😐 😐 😐 0.80
Gossip Girl 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.87
90210 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.87
Nikita 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.96
One Tree Hill 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.96
Smallville (F) final season 1.07
Supernatural (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.09
Vampire Diaries :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.58

While new episodes of CW’s scripted shows begin again after a long layoff on Thursday, the only CW show with any question over its return due to ratings, Hellcats, doesn’t return with new episodes until April 19. Until then, we’ll have to find other ways to amuse ourselves in these weekly CW Renew / Cancel posts.

We’ve had plenty of One Tree Hill cast/crew calling it quits rumors over the last several weeks, if commenters would like to continue with those, feel free, but in the absence of any ratings news, fell free to speculate about anything CW related!

Why does the CW air so many repeats?

I still don’t think the CW will want to premiere three new shows next fall, but it’s not out of the question and if they want/need to cancel another show because of its ratings (as opposed to crew/cast fatigue) it will be Hellcats. If the cast/crew decide to call it quits One Tree Hill might not be back, but it won’t be because of the ratings, and I don’t try and predict cancellations for that reason.

What was the status of the CW Renew / Cancel Index 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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