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All Your Favorite Shows Will Be Cancelled (Or More Likely Renewed, Except 'Brooklyn Nine Nine')

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 13, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | December 13, 2017 |

We’re coming up on the end of the year here, and though I know that network television is not as watched as it once was, there are still some shows out there that you guys are digging. So, let’s take a cursory look at their chances at cancellation or renewal, and I’ll try to stick with TV shows you might actually care about.


I’ve noticed from the comments section that a lot of you people love The Exorcist, and a lot of you love it even more now that John Cho is on it. Unfortunately, ratings have not been kind, and it doesn’t look good for another season. Likewise, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which we all love, appears to be on its last legs. The good news is, reruns will be airing on TNT for generations.

Meanwhile, The Orville, which I know a lot of you have taken a liking to, has already been renewed, while Ghosted (which is not nearly as good as I had hoped it would be) and The Mick (which I really like) look good for renewals, along with Last Man on Earth. That’s kind of surprising to me. It’s been on the bubble since its first season, but viewers do tend to reward longevity, as long as it’s not too long (see Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is now getting burned off with double episodes). (The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers are shoe-ins).

That Gifted show — which I bailed on after the pilot — is also doing pretty well. Gotham is where it always is: In the meh range. It’s probably got another season in it.


Over on NBC, Great News is not doing so great, which is too bad because I dig it. Everything else over there looks solid for next season, except some show called The Brave, which I’ve never heard of. The Good Place has already been renewed, as has Will & Grace. Superstore looks sturdy, too (it’s better than you think, if you haven’t given it a shot).


No one in the Pajiba demo watches this network. I’ve never even heard of some of their shows. Superior Donuts? 9JKL? Whatever they are, they won’t be around next year, while Me, Myself & I has already been shit-canned. However, Young Sheldon will be back, because of course it will. All those NCIS shows and other procedurals look good for additional seasons, too, as do the Matt LeBlanc and Kevin James sitcoms. Whatever.


The Middle and Scandal are in their planned final seasons. The Goldbergs and Modern Family have been renewed already. Black-ish looks good. The other sitcoms — Fresh Off the Boat, Speechless and The Mayor are hanging in there, and they’ll probably be fine. The Good Doctor is killing it in the ratings, while Kevin Probably Saves the World is probably only going to get one season (it’s not a great show, but I like it anyway). Agents of SHIELD and Inhumans are meh, and decisions on those will likely be made at the end of the season. Those Marvel series are indestructible.

The CW

The entire schedule is almost certainly going to be renewed, except some show called Valor. Huh. The Flash is now the highest rated show on the network. Riverdale is crushing it, too, but somehow Supernatural — now in its 47th season — is the second highest rated show on the network. That show will outlast us all.

Ratings Source: TVByTheNumbers

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