It’s not easy for any TV show – whether new or returning — to avoid the ax. Some start out strong and end up losing viewers over time, while others just can’t make it work in their freshman season. Plus, as audiences know all too well, cancellations aren’t always predictable. While some seem doomed right from the start (RIP Minority Report), others remain on the bubble for some time (Sleepy Hollow, Bones).
In the coming months, all five major networks will have to decide which entries from their lineup — from sitcoms to to fantasy dramas — will get officially pulled. Here’s a look at 14 shows that may be counting this TV season as their last.
1. CSI: Cyber
CSI: Cyber, the last remaining show of CBS’s once strong franchise, opened to pretty weak ratings in its second season, with the premiere garnering only 6.7 million total viewers and a low 1.0 rating in the key demo. The following episodes continued to see a decline, with an average of 6.1 million viewers and a 0.9 demo score. If the show, which earned mostly negative ratings last season, sees an uptick in coming episodes, there’s a chance the network will choose to keep the CSI property going. But as it stands now, things aren’t looking good for the series.
2. Sleepy Hollow
The Fox series was already on the brink of cancellation last season, but the network decided to bring it back , even investing significant time and effort to revamp the show for its third season. But the show is got off to a rocky start in its return, to say the least. The series debuted in its new Thursday time slot with 3.5 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, which is down significantly from season two finale and easily hits new series lows. The show’s ratings have been up and down since, currently pulling an average of 3.2 million viewers and a 0.9 score. Since the series doesn’t have enough episodes for syndication, it still has to perform and so far, that’s not happening – meaning Fox may finally have to pull the plug for good after this season.
3. Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0 kicked off its sixth season with a whimper. The season six warranted series-low ratings, garnering 8.3 million viewers and a 1.0 rating in the 18 to 49 demo. Those ratings put it at the bottom of CBS’s roster during premiere week. The show has seen slight upticks here and there since, but continues to pull in a lower-than-normal average of 8.8 million viewers and a 1.1 demo score. If the show continues to dip, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the network pull it off its roster – especially since syndication deals for the show are already in place and the cast contracts are reportedly up after this season. Still, with a vocal fanbase, it can’t be completely counted out just yet.
4. The Muppets
ABC’s new take on the classic Muppets characters has proven to be surisingly entertaining for adults, with cameos from A-list stars like Elizabeth Banks, Josh Groban and Liam Hemsworth. Unfortunately, the first half of the season didn’t hang on to viewers very well. The show had a really strong premiere week, with 9.01 million viewers and a 2.9 key demo rating. But it’s seen a pretty steep decline since then, with it’s latest episode garnering a 1.1 rating and 3.8 million viewers. Since then, The show has undergone a creative overhaul, with Kristin Newman taking over as showrunner. But though she made several notable changes, the series has continued to only do so-so in the second half of its season, with the series finale pulling in 2.7 million viewers and a 0.9 demo score. It remains to be seen whether that’s enough for the network to give it a second chance.
5. Person of Interest
The show ended its fourth season with series lows, causing CBS to give the series only a shortened season five. That immediately fueled speculation that the show was on its way out, although the network has stated that they have not made a decision whether season five will also be the show’s last. Adding fuel to the first? Season five was originally supposed to premiere midseason during the 2015-2016 season, but has so far not appeared on any lineup. CBS has not offered an explanation, so it’s unclear whether the show is just being pushed back until the summer or actually canceled, as fans fear. Update 1/12/16: CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller has confirmed that the network will air its 13-episode fifth season in the spring, but says it still hasn’t decided whether that will be its last.
“We haven’t aired the show yet, and I’m not sure,” he said, per TVLine. “I think [the Season 5 finale] can function as both a season and series finale. The fans will be very satisfied. [Showrunners] Greg [Plageman] and Jonah [Nolan] have made a very compelling arc — big, big surprises this season.”
The veteran ABC drama has a loyal fanbase, but it seems some viewers have stopped tuning regularly this season. The season eight premiere hit series lows, with 6.8 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating. While ratings are the lowest they’ve ever been, the good news is that they haven’t dipped all that much since. It’s most recent episode maintained a 1.1 rating and 6.6 million viewers. Is that enough for the show to stick around? Consider it on the bubble: while the show isn’t performing as well as it did in past seasons, it’s still a favorite on the network for many viewers.
Grimm never pulled in particularly high ratings and the numbers have continued to dip over the last few seasons. Currently in its fifth season, the show is only pulling in an average of 3.7 million viewers and a 0.9 rating. Between those disappointing numbers and the fact that the series will have more than enough episodes after this season for a good-sized syndication package, it’s a possibility that the network will decide to pull it for good. Still, cancellation isn’t a sure thing — the show has a pretty loyal fanbase that makes it a good property for NBC.
8. Mysteries of Laura
Considering the NBC sitcom earned dismal reviews and only so-so ratings in its freshman season, it’s kind of a surprise that it ever got renewed in the first place. Now in its second season, the show continues to pull in decent ratings, with an average of 7 million viewers per episode. Still, it’s far from a ratings juggernaut and it lacks both the ultra-devoted fanbases or the critical acclaim that other NBC shows, like The Blacklist, have cultivated. With that in mind, the show’s shot at renewal remains up in the air. While it’s definitely not a sure cancellation, it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see it pulled from the lineup. Update 3/4/16: Surprisingly, the show ended with a season high of 7.4 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, so don’t count it out of the running just yet.
9. Agent Carter
While Agent Carter has garnered critical acclaim throughout its two seasons, it’s never exactly been a ratings powerhouse. The second season has only continued to see disappointing ratings, drawing an average of 2.7 million viewers and a 0.79 demo score. Between those fledgling numbers and star Haley Atwell’s recent commitment to another TV pilot, it’s clear that an Agent Carter season three is far from a sure thing. Even if the show does get cancelled though, it may not be the last you see of the character, as there’s been some recent talk that Atwell’s Peggy Carter could join Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D in future seasons.
10. Second Chance
Before the show even began airing, Second Chance underwent two name changes (previously The Frankenstein Code and Lookinglass) and a reduced episode order (although producers claimed the latter was at their request). When it finally began airing, the network switched the show from its Wednesday night timeslot to Friday night timeslot after just two weeks. That’s never a good sign for any series and the show hasn’t improved, pulling an average of 2.6 million viewers and 0.7 demo score. Needless to say, it looks like the drama won’t be getting a (excuse the pun) second chance.
11. Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life
Cooper Barrett isn’t surviving very well on Fox. The show earned pretty meager ratings in its January debut and has continued to perform disappointingly. So far this season, the series has pulled in an average of 2.7 million viewers and a 1.2 demo score. Between that and it’s less-than-stellar reviews, there’s not many reasons for Fox to keep this show around much longer.
NBC’s new sitcom, starring Eva Longoria, earned generally favorable reviews in its January debut, but it’s ratings haven’t been as strong as it’s companion, Superstore. The show garnered an average of 3.4 million viewers in its freshman season, with a 0.95 score in the 18-49 demo. With Superstore already renewed and Telenovela lagging behind, there’s a very real possibility that NBC will decide to leave the latter behind.
NBC’s freshman medical drama, inspired by Dr. Kathy Magliato’s book Heart Matters, is flatlining fast. In addition to getting critically panned after its debut in mid-March, the show’s ratings have decreased drastically and quickly. It started off decently enough, with the premiere garnering 6.30 million viewers and a 1.39 demo score. But subsequent episodes have seen a sharp decline in interest, with the fourth episode garnering only 3.9 million viewers and a 0.6 demo score. If things don’t improve fast, Heartbeat won’t be around for long.
Fox’s adult animated sitcom earned mostly negative reviews after its debut earlier this year and it’s ratings haven’t fared much better. The show, which is a little more than halfway through its first season, has earned an average of 2 million viewers and a .86 score in the 18-49 demo so far. Given the lackluster response, Bordertown looks to be on its way out.