The broadcast networks are set to unveil their 2019-20 lineups to advertisers the week of May 13. So ahead of those announcements, it’s time for the Bear to make his final renewal and cancellation predictions of the season, for all of the network shows still in limbo. Nearly every one of these shows will have their fates decided within the next several days.

The Bear feels fairly confident about his renewal odds for the dozen or so CBS shows still waiting to hear their futures. The Bear still thinks “Man with a Plan” and “Life in Pieces” are likely to be renewed, as are “S.W.A.T.” and “SEAL Team,” though the latter two shows are in slightly shakier positions.

On the flip side, newbies “Happy Together,” “Murphy Brown,” “The Code,” and “Fam” are all likely to be canceled. The “Status” column below will be updated as the network’s decisions are announced.

Show Renew/Cancel Index Renewal chances Status
The Code (O) -0.02 4% Canceled 7/23
Murphy Brown 0.25 9% Canceled 5/10
Happy Together (O) 0.25 15% Canceled 5/10
FAM (O) 0.28 41% Canceled 5/10
Ransom (Sat.) -0.32 50% Canceled 7/3
Madam Secretary (O) -0.03 55% Renewed 5/9
S.W.A.T. 0.18 72% Renewed 5/9
SEAL Team (O) 0.17 75% Renewed 5/9
Bull (O) 0.16 78% Renewed 5/9
Life in Pieces 0.25 82% Canceled 5/10
Man with a Plan (O) 0.27 88% Renewed 5/10
MacGyver (F) (O) 0.40 94% Renewed 5/9
Hawaii Five-O (F) (O) 0.53 97% Renewed 5/9


Already renewed: “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “God Friended Me,” “Magnum P.I.,” “FBI,” “The Neighborhood,” “Blue Bloods,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “Young Sheldon”

Ending: “The Big Bang Theory”


DSW Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing
🐻 sure bet to be canceled by May 2019
🐻 🐻 likely to be canceled by May 2019
🐻 🐻 🐻 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2019
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 likely to be renewed by May 2019
🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 sure bet to be renewed by May 2019

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 2018-19 season, replacement level is a 0.6 same-day rating in adults 18-49 for the Big 4 networks and a 0.1 for The CW. (Read more here.) The index number is taken by subtracting 0.6 (or 0.1) 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.

Posted by:The Cancel Bear

The Cancel Bear is a bear who tracks and devours low-rated TV shows.

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