Here are ABC’s renew/cancel standings for week 17 of the 2017-18 season.

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
The Middle Final season 1.35 0.65
Scandal (O) Final season 1.16 0.46
Ten Days in the Valley (some Sat.) Canceled 0.36 -0.34
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (O) 🐻 🐻 0.7 0.0
Once Upon a Time (F) (O) 🐻 🐻 0.54 0.07
Inhumans (F) (O) 🐻 🐻 0.59 0.14
Agents of SHIELD (F) (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 0.6 0.16
The Mayor (O) Canceled 0.82 0.12
Fresh Off the Boat 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.07 0.37
How to Get Away with Murder (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 0.93 0.23
Designated Survivor (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 0.81 0.11
Speechless 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.16 0.46
Black-ish (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.13 0.43
American Housewife (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.3 0.6
The Good Doctor 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 1.87 1.17
Grey’s Anatomy (O) 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 2.01 1.31
The Goldbergs Renewed 1.52 0.82
Modern Family Renewed 1.73 1.03


TV Twitter was set afire last week by the publication of “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo’s very frank interview with the Hollywood Reporter. Practically lost amid all the talk about Pompeo’s forthright discussion about the business side of making her show was the fact that she signed a contract to stay with “Grey’s” for two more years.

The Bear has had “Grey’s” as a lock for renewal since the start of the season; 14 years into its life it’s ABC’s top-rated drama in adults 18-49. The news of Pompeo’s new contract just further cements its status.

Whether ABC pulls the trigger and gives “Grey’s Anatomy” a two-season pickup remains to be seen. But there’s no doubt the show will return in 2018-19.


DSW Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing
🐻 sure bet to be canceled by May 2018
🐻 🐻 likely to be canceled by May 2018
🐻 🐻 🐻 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2018
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 likely to be renewed by May 2018
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 sure bet to be renewed by May 2018


The Renew/Cancel Index is the amount above (or below) a replacement-level rating — i.e., the expected adults 18-49 rating of an emergency fill-in show should a series be canceled. For the 2016-17 season, replacement level is a 0.7 same-day rating in adults 18-49 for the Big 4 networks and a 0.2 for The CW. (Read more here.) The index number is taken by subtracting 0.7 (or 0.2) from a show’s average same-day rating.

Friday scripted shows (denoted with an “F” above) on the Big 4 have average ratings about 30 percent lower than those of other nights, therefore their ratings are multiplied by 1.43 (1/0.7, or 70 percent) before subtracting the replacement-level number.

Shows that have ended their seasons have their R/C Index number frozen at the point of their final episode.

(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.

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