The CW scripted average through Feb. 14: 0.66

The CW’s renew/cancel standings for week 21 of the 2015-16 season, where corporate politics raises its head:

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 😦 😦 0.31 0.47
Reign (F) 😐 😐 😐 0.31 0.47
Jane the Virgin 😐 😐 😐 0.38 0.58
The Vampire Diaries (F) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.54 0.82
iZombie 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.55 0.83
The 100 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.6 0.91
Legends of Tomorrow 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 1.03 1.56
Supernatural 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 0.74 1.12
The Originals (F) 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 0.41 0.62
Arrow 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 1.03 1.56
The Flash 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 1.41 2.14


The CW is supposed to be an equal partnership between its two corporate parents, CBS and Time Warner. On the air, however, it’s not.

Eight of the 11 shows that have aired on the network this season come from Warner Bros. TV, the Time Warner side of The CW. The three CBS shows — “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Reign” (which is on hiatus until April) — all happen to be the lowest-rated on the network.

There’s a persistent (if never publicly verified) belief that The CW has to keep at least two CBS-produced shows on the air in a given season. “Jane the Virgin” is the CBS/CW ratings leader at the moment, so it’s probably the safest of the three. But it’s still staying as a tossup for now because it’s well below the network average as a whole.

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 2016
😦 😦 likely to be canceled by May 2016
😐 😐 😐 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2016
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 likely to be renewed by May 2016
😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 sure bet to be renewed by May 2016

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show’s new episode adults 18-49 ratings to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its network. It’s calculated by dividing a show’s new episode live+same-day adults 18-49 average rating by the live+same-day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show’s own network. Why live+same-day ratings? Because they correlate very closely with the rarely disclosed C3 ratings (viewing of commercials within three days of air), which are the basis for most ad deals.

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

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays tend to be renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

(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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