The CW scripted average through Nov. 8: 0.63

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 😥 0.28 0.44
Reign (F) 😦 😦 0.28 0.44
Jane the Virgin 😐 😐 😐 0.38 0.60
iZombie 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.58 0.92
The Vampire Diaries 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.58 0.92
Supernatural 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 0.74 1.17
The Originals 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 0.42 0.67
Arrow 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 1 1.59
The Flash 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 1.42 2.25


“The Flash” and “Arrow” are The CW’s two best-performing series, and both saw their ratings rise last week. They are both sure bets to be renewed for next season.

But they’re not the only comic book-based shows on The CW. After a couple weeks in tossup territory, “iZombie” gets a bump up to safe bet for renewal. It has the same profile as CW staple “The Vampire Diaries,” and it appears to have stabilized a little after a couple of rough outings earlier in the season.

But as one show goes up, another goes down. “Jane the Virgin” enters tossup territory this week. If half a smiley were possible, it would probably still lean slightly toward renewal, but a same-day rating of under 0.4 is worrisome, even for The CW.

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.

(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.

How has the Renew/Cancel Index worked out in past seasons? See all the Renew/Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from recent television seasons.

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

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