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 (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 the 2015-2016 TV season as their last.
1. Minority Report
The heavily hyped Fox drama is only a few episodes into its first season, but it already seems destined for the chopping block. The show started at a low 3.10 million viewers and a poor 1.1 rating in the 18 to 49 key demo in its premiere and has only seen continually declining ratings since. More bad news for the show? Fox trimmed its episode order from 13 episodes down to 10. Between the terrible ratings and the equally bad reviews, the show’s cancellation is all but certain.
2. Blood & Oil
The ABC drama, starring Don Johnson and Chace Crawford, started out modestly, with its pilot episode garnering a 1.4 rating in the 18 to 49 demo and 6.3 million viewers overall. The series only continued to dip with subsequent episodes, with its finale finale garnering a series low of 0.7. Perhaps not surprising, given that maker of the leading smart remote app Peel recently revealed that only 60% of viewers still tuned in to this series after 15 minutes. With those less-than-stellar numbers on its side, the show is destined for cancellation.
3. The Player
NBC’s Wesley Snipes-starring drama got off to a disappointing start, with 4.68 million viewers and 1.2 rating – despite having The Blacklist (which earned 7.7 million viewers) as a lead-in. The rest of the season proved to be equally unimpressive, with an average 0.83 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.99 million total viewers. Given the low ratings and mixed reviews, it’s safe to say The Player will be taken out of the game sooner rather than later.
4. 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 5.8 million viewers and a 0.8 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.
5. 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 8.7 million viewers and a 1.0 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.
6. Sleepy Hollow
The Fox series was already on the brink of cancellation last season, but the network decided to bring it back and even invested significant time and effort to revamp the show for its third season. But the show is already getting 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.
7. The Muppets
ABC’s new take on the classic Muppets characters is proving to be surprisingly entertaining for adults, with cameos from A-list stars like Elizabeth Banks, Josh Groban and Liam Hemsworth. Unfortunately, it seems like it’s not doing enough to hang on to its viewers. 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. The falling ratings have taken it out of sure-thing territory and put it in jeopardy of cancellation. Still, all hope is not lost. After it’s initial 10 episodes air, ABC will replace original showrunner Bob Kushell as part of a “creative overhaul.” If things pick up after that, the show still has a chance at staying on air.
8. 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 untl the summer or actually canceled, as fans fear.
Fox’s long-running series was on the verge of cancellation last season, with even the cast suggesting that the show would likely be over. But the network surprised many when it decided to renew the series for an eleventh season, despite a decline in viewership. Now the show’s back and the ratings still aren’t great. The season premiere earned a 1.3 score in the key demo and 6.0 million viewers. But it’s not just the moderate ratings that seem to indicate Bones will come to an end. Star David Boreanaz basically told E! he is ready to leave after 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.
11. The Good Wife
CBS’s drama may be a critical darling, but its seventh season opened pretty soft. The show garnered a 1.2 rating in its October premiere and though it did draw 9.25 million viewers, those numbers are only so-so for CBS. In fact, the network’s political drama Madam Secretary ended up performing better, with a 1.4 rating and 11.79 million viewers. With ratings kind of up and down since, it’s too early to call whether The Good Wife will continue its critically acclaimed run past this season. But with notable cast members gone, the show might be close to wrapping up, especially if the ratings continue to be on the lower end.
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.
13. 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 not a sure cancellation, it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see it pulled from the lineup.
14. Truth Be Told
In its first three airings, Truth Be Told averaged a 0.68 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.34 million viewers overall, making it the lowest-rated of any series on the Big Four networks this fall. It’s also earned absolutely dismal reviews. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that NBC reduced its order to only 10 episodes in October. Further proof that the show is basically done? In November, it was revealed that the show’s set had been dismantled.