Here are The CW’s renew/cancel standings for week 27 of the 2017-18 season.

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Valor 🐻 0.22 0.02
iZombie 🐻 🐻 🐻 0.24 0.04
Life Sentence 🐻 🐻 0.18 -0.02
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Renewed 0.2 0.0
Jane the Virgin Renewed 0.24 0.04
Dynasty Renewed 0.2 0.0
Arrow Renewed 0.48 0.28
Supernatural Renewed 0.6 0.4
Riverdale Renewed 0.51 0.31
Supergirl Renewed 0.55 0.35
Legends of Tomorrow Renewed 0.49 0.29
Black Lightning Renewed 0.58 0.38
The Flash Renewed 0.84 0.64


The short answer to where the two shows in the headline stand is “outside looking in.” But one is more outside.

“Life Sentence” is a likely cancellation after The CW decided to send the show to Fridays starting in late April. Yeah, the network did the same move with the similarly low-rated “Dynasty” — but that was to make room for “Life Sentence” on Wednesday, and it was part of a planned midseason rollout.

Unplanned schedule changes for low-rated shows aren’t usually harbingers of good news, hence the downgrade.

As for “iZombie,” it’s remaining a tossup for now. With The CW expanding its footprint next season, it seems likely the network will keep at least one of “iZombie” or “The 100,” which premieres in a few weeks. An up-or-down prediction will follow soon after that.

Note: All of The CW’s shows are produced by network owners CBS and Warner Bros., so ownership of series isn’t a factor.


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. There is little variance for The CW on Friday, so the multiplier is not used.

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.

  • Oh hey, President Stable Genius is having another embarrassing mental breakdown over on Twitter. – foolish watcher

    […] Life Sentence is doomed. And yet another example of an ironic title — y’all really need to think harder about what you name your show, guys. […]


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