It’s not easy to avoid the chopping block when it comes to primetime television. Whether it’s a returning series or a new show, livelihood is purely a numbers game, and when the numbers go south, cancellation is not far behind. TV by the Numbers runs a series of articles outlining which shows from the major networks are trending downwards using what it calls the “Renew/Cancel Index” — a ratio that takes into account a show’s 18-49 age group ratings relative to the performance of other shows.
In general, a score less than 1 puts a show at considerable risk of cancellation, while a score greater than 1 puts a show in safer territory. Shows approaching 2 on the scale are more or less untouchable — pretty much assured for an early renewal. Shows trending around 0.5 are generally in big, big trouble as networks decide what to cancel. Using TV by the Numbers’ Renew/Cancel Index, here are the shows from each of the five major broadcast networks — ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC, and The CW — that seem destined for the chopping block.
Marry Me, NBC
This television season has been rough on the slew of romantic comedies that networks introduced. NBC’s Marry Me has managed to hang on longer than others and it’s still scoring decently on the Renew/Cancel Index at 1.02, but TV By the Numbers still predicts the show will be canceled by this May. The site points out that no more spots in the network’s schedule have been added for the show. NBC has already cancelled the comedies A to Z and Bad Judge and it’s facing the end of Parks and Recreation this winter, so things aren’t looking so good for the network’s comedy lineup come spring.