TV Shows That Will Probably Be Ending Sooner Rather Than Later

In 2018, a number of shows have ended, including New Girl and Scandal. And a pretty substantial number of shows have announced they’re ending soon, including House of Cards and Game of Thrones.

So what are the shows that are on right now that don’t seem like they’ll last much longer? There is a good amount of them, with some seemingly coming to the end of their stories and others suffering from declining ratings.

Here’s a look at the shows that will probably be ending sooner rather than later, including one of the most popular series on TV right now (page 8) and another that is rumored to be losing its lead star (page 13).

1. Modern Family 

The cast of Modern Family

Modern Family | ABC

  • The show is losing steam (and viewers).    

Modern Family enters its 10th season in 2018, and it sounds like that might be it. Season 10 hasn’t been confirmed as the last one, but co-creator Steve Levitan told The Hollywood Reporter that right now, they’re planning to wrap up there.

“Never say never, but I just can’t imagine that we’d go past that,” he said.

Next: This show is fairly recent, but it won’t be around that much longer.

2. Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Stranger Things | Netflix

  • The cast can only stay young for so long.

Even though Stranger Things has only been on for two seasons, it apparently won’t last that much longer. The showrunners told Vulture that they’re thinking they’ll end the show at Season 4. That means that the next season will actually be the penultimate one.

There’s always the possibility that Netflix will throw a lot of money at the creators and they’ll decide to stick around for Season 5, but it sounds like that’s the absolute latest the show could run.

Next: The actress who leads this show says they’re getting towards the end.

3. Grey’s Anatomy

The cast of Grey's Anatomy stands in a hospital room

Grey’s Anatomy | ABC

  • Ellen Pompeo says it’s nearly over. 

How much longer could Grey’s Anatomy possibly go? In 2018, it completed its 15th season, and it sounds like there probably won’t be much longer until the end.

In an interview, when asked about the show ending, Ellen Pompeo said, “We’re getting there. Shonda and I will make that decision together.”

Next: This ABC show also probably won’t be on much longer.

4. Agents of SHIELD

Cast of Agents of SHIELD stand next to one another in front of the SHIELD emblem

Agents of SHIELD | ABC

  • The show consistently struggles in the ratings.

Agents of SHIELD almost didn’t even get to return for a sixth season; it was decidedly on the bubble due to its fairly low ratings. ABC ended up giving the show a shortened sixth season, which will air in summer 2019.

Here we have a show, then, that has been airing on Friday nights, getting low ratings, and now it will be on in the summer after a year-long delay. So these certainly aren’t signs of a show with a lot of life left in it.

Next: This beloved comedy likely doesn’t have much left in it. 

5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine | Fox

  • The series is getting a second life, but probably a short-lived one.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine very nearly had to wrap up already, as Fox canceled the show at the end of the fifth season. However, it was then quickly picked up for a sixth season at NBC.

But it probably won’t last much longer than that unless the ratings on NBC substantially improve. And even if they do, we don’t see this show going far beyond Season 7; this would be the best case scenario, giving it the same number of seasons as another Micahel Schur hit sitcom, Parks and Recreation.

Next: We’ll probably have to say goodbye to this comedy soon.

6. Arrested Development

The Bluths posing in front of a home

Arrested Development | Netflix

  • Can the show bounce back yet again?  

It took five years for the fifth season of Arrested Development to come together, and the rollout ended up being fairly disastrous. Not only did Netflix keep Jeffrey Tambor on the show’s press tour despite him being accused of sexual harassment, but the actors also conducted an interview with The New York Times in which the men of the show defended Tambor while Jessica Walter broke down in tears.

This controversy has led some to decide they’ll skip the fifth season entirely, and among those who have watched it, it hasn’t even gotten very good reviews. It’s seeming increasingly likely that we won’t see a sixth season.

Next: This is one of the most popular shows on TV right now.

7. The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory | CBS

  • It’s time for the actors to move on.

One of the most popular shows on television right now seems to be nearing its end. Right now, the actors’ contracts extend until the end of Season 12, the season that begins in fall 2018.

While it hasn’t been confirmed that the show will end after that, the showrunner told TV Line that until he hears differently, he thinks it will.

Next: This comedy is also getting ready to wrap up.

8. Archer


Archer | FX

  • The writers may have exhausted their ideas.

Back in 2016, the creator of Archer, Adam Reed, said that the plan was to end the show with Season 10. That season has almost arrived, as the ninth one wrapped up in 2018.

More recently, Reed has said that he isn’t sure whether Season 10 will be the last one, but based on his previous comments, it does sound like the series is very near to the end of its run.

Next: This show recently lost several cast members.

9. Suits


Suits | USA

  • The show has lost several of its main characters.

Suits suffered a major blow when it lost two of its main stars, Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams. When those two left, it remained unclear how much steam the series had left in it. In addition, Season 7 was the lowest-rated season thus far, with the show dipping below one million viewers for the first time.

USA hasn’t talked much about when Suits is coming to an end, but with this combination of losing major characters, declining ratings, and the fact that the network is planning a spin-off, we have to imagine it won’t be with us for very long.

Next: This show also lost a cast member recently.

10. Lethal Weapon

Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans in Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon | Fox

  • The series made headlines for firing one of its leads. 

Lethal Weapon just started in 2016, but for Season 3, it’s losing one of its main stars, Clayne Crawford. That’s reportedly due to his bad behavior on set.

It remains to be seen how Season 3 goes, but the show will have to do a phenomenal job replacing Crawford if it hopes to not suffer in the ratings and end up canceled.

Next: This show is getting ready to conclude on its own terms.

11. Peaky Blinders

Tommy Shelby

Peaky Blinders | BBC

  • Season 5 is being planned as the ending.

Peaky Blinders’ next season will be its fifth, and co-creator Steven Knight has said he thinks that will probably be the last one.

Nothing is set in stone, and Season 5 hasn’t been announced as the last one. But for now, it appears likely that the show is coming to a close then.

Next: This show will have a hard time continuing after a major star left.

12. The X-Files

The X-Files

The X-Files | Fox

  • How could the show go on without Agent Scully?

Fox has no immediate plans for more seasons of The X-Files, but creator Chris Carter has said that he believes the show will continue. However, we’re not so sure about that.

Gillian Anderson is adamant about not returning, and the ratings for Season 11 were way down. The Season 11 finale of The X-Files seems like it’s likely the end, and if it does return, it almost certainly won’t last for more than one more season.

Next: This show has seen declining ratings, and it’s about to lose its main star.

13. The Walking Dead

Carl and Rick embrace while Michonne stands away from them

Carl, Rick, and Michonne in The Walking Dead Season 8 episode “Mercy.” | AMC

  • The show has been declining in quality and viewership. 

The Walking Dead has been suffering from declining ratings, and recently, it was reported that star Andrew Lincoln is leaving.

The hit zombie series has lost a lot of cast members over the years, but it’s really difficult to imagine it continuing without Rick Grimes, especially with ratings that keep on sinking.

Next: This sitcom gets pretty subpar ratings.

14. Man with a Plan

Matt LeBlanc in Man With a Plan

Man With a Plan | CBS

  • The show’s ratings are surprisingly low.

It was actually pretty surprising when CBS renewed Man with a Plan for a third season. After all, the show’s ratings are not great; it airs the same night as Kevin Can Wait, but its ratings are worse, and Kevin Can Wait was canceled.

With CBS changing up its comedy lineup so often, and with Man with a Plan’s ratings only continuing to decline, we have a hard time seeing how it could last beyond Season 3.

Next: This Netflix show is not long for this world.

15. The Ranch

The Ranch

The Ranch | Netflix

  • The show fired one of its stars after a shocking scandal.

The Ranch was in the middle of production of its third season when Netflix fired one of its main stars, Danny Masterson, due to multiple rape allegations again him.

Masterson is still in about half of the third season. After that, Dax Shepard joins in a recurring role. But we can’t imagine the show will last into Season 4.

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