Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Agents of SHIELD (O)  😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
The Goldbergs  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The 2015-16 TV season has just begun, and already there are sure bets for renewal? Yes, there are, and here’s why: money.

It’s a near-ironclad rule of broadcast TV that if a show will end its third season with 66 episodes (give or take one or two) under its belt, and it’s produced by the sister studio of the network where it airs, then it will be renewed for a fourth season. Media conglomerates make more money selling 88 episodes of a show into syndication than they do with 66 episodes, thus the incentive to keep rolling into a fourth year.

Which is why “Agents of SHIELD,” produced by ABC Studios and Disney sibling Marvel, is a sure thing to make it to 2016-17. The enormous Marvel apparatus also needs feeding, and “Agents of SHIELD” also looks to be laying the groundwork for the studio’s “Inhumans” movie at the end of the decade.

It’s also why “The Goldbergs,” despite having better ratings than SHIELD last season, isn’t quite a done deal yet. It’s produced by Sony, which will have its own incentives to extend the show’s life — this is the studio that managed to get “‘Til Death” to 81 episodes, for heaven’s sake. Another season like 2014-15 will bump it up to a no-brainer, but the accountants must be appeased first.

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*shows no longer on the air have their Renew/Cancel Index “frozen” at the point they left the schedule.


😥 sure bet to be canceled by May 2016
😦 😦 likely to be canceled by May 2016
😐 😐 😐 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2016
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 likely to be renewed by May 2016
😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 sure bet to be renewed by May 2016

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. Why Live+Same Day ratings? Because they correlate very closely with the rarely disclosed C3 ratings (viewing of commercials within three days of air), which are the basis for most ad deals.

(F) – Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays tend to be renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

(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.

How has the Renew/Cancel Index worked out in past seasons? See all the Renew/Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from recent television seasons.

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