Here are ABC’s renew/cancel standings for week 26 of the 2017-18 season.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|The Middle||Final season||1.32||0.62|
|Scandal (O)||Final season||1.18||0.48|
|Ten Days in the Valley (some Sat.)||Canceled||0.36||-0.34|
|Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (O)||🐻 🐻||0.66||-0.04|
|Once Upon a Time (F) (O)||Final season||0.52||0.04|
|Inhumans (F) (O)||🐻 🐻||0.59||0.14|
|For the People (O)||🐻 🐻||0.7||0.0|
|Agents of SHIELD (F) (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.57||0.12|
|The Mayor (O)||Canceled||0.82||0.12|
|Fresh Off the Boat||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.03||0.33|
|How to Get Away with Murder (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.95||0.25|
|Designated Survivor (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.76||0.06|
|Speechless||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.13||0.43|
|Station 19 (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻||1.1||0.4|
|Deception||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.9||0.2|
|Black-ish (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.09||0.39|
|American Housewife (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||1.25||0.55|
|The Good Doctor||Renewed||1.79||1.09|
|Grey’s Anatomy (O)||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||2.01||1.31|
ABC has debuted a pair of new Shondaland series in recent weeks. The Bear is reserving judgment on “Station 19” until there’s more data. “For the People” is only a week older, but the Bear is confident in predicting that it’s likely one and done.
The show has thus far been unable to transcend its chamber-of-horrors time period in any way. It started with a modest 0.8 in adults 18-49 and slid to 0.6 in its second episode. It’s also unlikely that any halo effect “Roseanne” may have in the coming weeks will extend to the 10 o’clock hour.
Shonda Rhimes has had an enormously successful partnership with ABC, but not everything has been gold. “For the People” looks like it will be joining the likes of “Off the Map” and “Still Star-Crossed” in the quickly canceled column.
|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.