Here are The CW’s renew/cancel standings for week 29 of the 2018-19 season.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Final Season||0.12||0.02|
|Jane the Virgin||Final Season||0.23||0.13|
|DC’s Legends of Tomorrow||Renewed||0.30||0.20|
|In the Dark||🐻 🐻||0.20||0.10|
|All American||🐻 🐻||0.23||0.13|
|Roswell, New Mexico||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.28||0.18|
The Bear has some bad news for “In the Dark.”
The new CW drama scored back-to-back 0.2s in its first two weeks on the air, and while it’s not impossible for “In the Dark” to be renewed with those kinds of numbers (it is on the CW, after all), they certainly don’t help its chances.
The CW has proven before that it’ll stick with a show that eventually dips into 0.2 and 0.1 territory, but a 0.2 is still a low enough series premiere rating to cast doubt on any show’s future. Without the kind of critical acclaim and awards attention behind it that something like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” had too, “In the Dark” has a difficult road ahead of it, if it wants to seem worthy of being renewed.
Due to the CW’s bias towards renewal, there’s always the chance that “In the Dark” could get a second season, but the Bear has a feeling it won’t be back next year. It’s likely to be canceled.
Note: All of The CW’s shows are produced by network owners CBS and Warner Bros., so the (O) designation (see below) is immaterial.
|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 2018|
|🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||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.