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, others remain on the bubble for some time.
In the coming months, all five major TV networks will have to decide which entries from their lineup — from sitcoms 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. Ten Days in the Valley
Even before it premiered, star Kyra Sedgwick knew no one had heard about this freshman drama. The lack of buzz in the lead-up to its premiere is reflected in its extremely low ratings. The show is not only ABC’s lowest-performing new series, it’s also the lowest-performing show in its entire lineup period.
ABC has already taken the first step toward cancellation, moving the underperforming series from Sunday to the low-trafficked Saturday night after only four episodes. The series is being pulled from Sundays effective immediately and will take a break before starting its Saturday run in December.
2. Me, Myself & I
Well, that was quick. CBS’s freshman generational comedy, starring Bobby Moynihan, is essentially dead after only six episodes, making it the first of the fall 2017 TV season to hit the chopping block. The network yanked the show from its lineup, following weeks of low viewership (an average of 4.96 million viewers put it among the lowest of every CBS show) and a mediocre 1.0 score in the key 18-49 demo.
Though the show likely won’t be getting another season, CBS reports the comedy “will return to the schedule at a later date” — which typically means viewers can expect the network to burn off the remaining episodes in a different, less popular time slot.
Another CBS comedy that’s likely to bite the dust is 9JKL, the sitcom loosely inspired by star Mark Feuerstein and his family. The show earned negative reviews and hasn’t done much better in ratings.
It’s currently pulling an average of 6.1 million viewers and a .80 demo score, which, while seemingly not terrible, is far from the lofty standards of the network that’s home to juggernauts like The Big Bang Theory. Given those figures, the show is likely in danger of getting cut after this season.
4. The Exorcist
Fox’s second season renewal of The Exorcist came as a big surprise to many, considering how poorly the show performed the first time around. In Season 1, the show averaged a 0.68 rating in the 18-49 age group and 1.9 million total viewers. That hasn’t improved much in Season 2.
Despite the network’s efforts, The Exorcist is currently sitting as the lowest-rated show in both viewership and demographic in Fox’s entire lineup. With no signs of improving, the horror series certainly seems doomed.
5. Wisdom of the Crowd
CBS is really not having any luck with its new shows. Freshman crime drama Wisdom of the Crowd is also struggling to find an audience, pulling in an average of 7.6 million viewers. Even more problematically, that viewership is only translating into a 0.9 score in the 18-49 demo.
Combine that with the fact that star Jeremy Piven recently faced public accusations of sexual harassment, and it’s easy to see why the network opted to pull the plug on this show after only 13 episodes.
After finishing its rather unimpressive run this fall, it seems like the writing is on the wall for Marvel’s Inhumans. To say the show earned both less attention and praise than the company’s other TV series is an understatement. The critical response was downright dismal (seriously, just look at that 8% on Rotten Tomatoes).
Considering nobody can stop talking about how terrible the show is, it’s no surprise its ratings are equally bad. The season finale matched a series low of 1.95 million viewers and a weak 0.5 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo. To put that in perspective, Marvel’s Agent Carter wrapped up its second season with an average of 2.35 million viewers and was still canceled.
At this point, the only possible reason for this show to continue is because it’s tied to a larger, powerful brand. If Disney intervenes, Inhumans could find itself safe, although we’re not betting on it.
7. The Brave
In addition to earning mostly negative reviews in its debut season, NBC’s undercover military drama is only performing modestly so far. The show has earned an average of 5.1 million viewers and a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo — not terrible, but not exactly great either.
Depending on the rest of the season, the drama could find itself in trouble. For now, The Brave’s fate remains a bit of a toss-up.
8. Great News
NBC surprised many by opting to renew this well-reviewed, but low-rated comedy for a second season. Unfortunately, Season 2 hasn’t improved much in viewership, despite once again earning great reviews.
The show is earning an average of 3.9 million viewers this season and a 0.9 in the key demo. Given that the network already gave it a second chance and other potentially more successful comedies are on deck for spring, it doesn’t look like “great news” (pardon the pun) for this show after all.
Military dramas don’t seem to be panning out for any networks this season. Like The Brave, The CW’s Valor hasn’t been able to draw much of an audience so far. Though the show has been pulling in an average of 1.02 million viewers so far this season, its rating among the key 18-49 demo is a very low 0.23.
Unless those numbers improve (and fast), the freshman series may find itself on the chopping block sooner rather than later.
10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The veteran police comedy is currently the second lowest-rated show on Fox’s lineup, earning an average of 1.7 million viewers and a 0.65 demo score. That puts it in jeopardy of cancellation, especially when combined with the fact that the series will cross its 100-episode mark in early 2018 and is already set for a streaming deal on Hulu and syndication on TBS.
Since it’s not really adding much to Fox’s bottom line at this point, it seems unlikely the channel will bring it back for another season.
11. Once Upon a Time
This was once one of ABC’s biggest hits, but it’s now a shadow of its former self. Following the departure of several of its main stars after Season 6, the network decided to try to reinvent the show without them in Season 7. So far, that doesn’t seem to be working out very well.
The show is the second worst-performing show in ABC’s lineup, barely beating Ten Days in the Valley with an average of 2.5 million viewers and a 0.4 score. That’s low, even for its Friday night time slot. With that in mind, it’s likely this long-running fantasy drama will meet its end after this season.
12. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
It looks like Kevin actually isn’t saving the world yet. The ABC freshman comedy’s ratings so far haven’t been very strong, garnering an average of 3.1 million viewers and 0.75 demo score. That being said, viewers shouldn’t write the show off just yet.
Despite being among the network’s lowest-performing series (and its actual lowest-rated comedy), Kevin got an additional three-episode order from ABC in November — a small but definite sign of confidence that may have been partially spurred by the show’s decent reviews.
Depending on how the rest of the season pans out, the show could have a shot at a renewal, but isn’t a sure thing.
13. The Blacklist
Consider NBC’s veteran series, The Blacklist, on the bubble. The drama isn’t doing too great ratings-wise (an average of 5.6 million viewers and a 0.9 demo), but that actually isn’t very far off from Season 4’s ratings.
There’s also the Netflix factor to consider. The service is currently paying $2 million an episode to include it in its streaming collection. That, combined with its relatively steady ratings, could be enough motivation for NBC to keep it around for at least one more round of episodes, but fans will have to wait to find out for sure.
14. The Last Man on Earth
Fox’s The Last Man on Earth is also facing an uncertain future, although the network’s decision could go either way as of now. It’s far from a big ratings winner, but it also hasn’t dipped much since last season, with a current average of 2.0 million viewers and 0.85 demo score.
Though it’s not definitively on the chopping block, the lackluster ratings mean it’s also not safe from the ax.
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