8:13 pm - 02/11/2014

Death Watch 2014: TV Show Survival Predictions

Once again we stand in vigil while gazing at the broadcast schedule, watching and waiting to see which prime-time series will be the next to … snuff it.

Morbid, we know.

Here’s a status update on nearly all the current shows on the five broadcast networks. Though ratings are still key, a show’s fate is increasingly impacted by other factors: ABC’s Revenge would likely get axed if it weren’t for its impressive DVR numbers. The CW’s Reign has improved odds because of it’s co-produced in-house and ABC’s Neighbors may survive because the bar is lower on Fridays. So we spoke with insiders to try and craft an accurate prognosis for each show. Let’s start with …


How I Met Your Mother: Nice to meet you, mom! You kids have a nice life.

2 Broke Girls: Nothing broken here. Look for the girls to keep on serving.

Mike & Molly: Its numbers are just as good as New Girl, which is considered a “hit” at Fox. Since it’s from CBS’ MVP Chuck Lorre, it’s likely to earn another season.

Mom: See Mike & Molly.

Intelligence: Awfully dumb ratings, though adds 3 million viewers from DVRs. Too early to call.

Hostages: Nice CBS attempt to break out of its procedural drama grind, but it’s finished.

NCIS: No brainer.

NCIS: LA: Ditto

Person of Interest: Ditto squared.

Elementary: Ditto tripled.

Survivor: RENEWED Never has a show been more appropriately titled.

Criminal Minds: Fans just can’t enough of murdered women.

CSI: As long as Leslie Moonves is at CBS, CSI has a home.

Big Bang Theory: Of course.

The Millers: A pretty good shot.

The Crazy Ones: A relatively strong performer. Looks promising.

Two and a Half Men: A huge question mark given its falling ratings and high price tag.

Hawaii Five-0: A fine Friday night show for Joe Lunchpail. It’ll stick around.

Blue Bloods: Same as above, and recently hitting a series high in viewers didn’t hurt.

Amazing Race: No finish line in sight.

The Good Wife: Demo ratings are weak, but the show’s acclaim has guaranteed it a renewal.

The Mentalist: With Red John (the show’s big villain) dead, the veteran drama now has to creatively reboot. Must come back after the Olympics and perform well to keep its spot.


Sleepy Hollow: RENEWED



The Simpsons: RENEWED

MasterChef Jr: RENEWED

Bob’s Burgers: RENEWED

Family Guy: Will return.

The Following: Fewer following The Following, but Fox finagling a pickup.

Almost Human: Short circuited in the Nielsens and pricey too. Fox will abort.

Dads: We keep thinking this critically reviled comedy is dead. We keep hearing it’s not.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Soft numbers, but its ratings are now irrelevant — Fox put it after the Super Bowl and it won the Golden Globe for best comedy series. It’s assured a pickup.

The Mindy Project: Could use some self-improvement. Too soon to tell.

New Girl: Numbers are way down, but Zooey and Co. are still the network’s signature comedy.

American Idol: Yup, especially with fans not throwing things at their TVs this cycle. And new judge Harry Connick Jr is pretty charming.

Raising Hope: On the bubble. Feels like a show nobody talks about anymore.

Enlisted: Unlikely to re-enlist, unless the boys manage to maintain at least a semi-decent Friday number.

American Dad: Moving to TBS.

Rake: It’s still early but … we’re hearing it’s probably dead.

The X Factor: CANCELED.


The Bachelor: There are still plenty of single women willing to embarrass themselves on TV.

Dancing with the Stars: No plans to stop the music for at least one more cycle.

Castle: Currently enjoying its best season ever. Hell yes it’ll be back.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Ambitious but disappointing. Surprisingly not a lock to return.

The Goldbergs: Not as ambitious but also disappointing. Straddles the fence.

Trophy Wife: Same.

The Middle: The family will stay intact.

Suburgatory: It’s not a beautiful day in this neighborhood. On the bubble.

Super Fun Night: Time to give up on this project, but not Rebel Wilson. She’ll be back on TV — just not in this.

The Taste: Bland to the tongue.

Grey’s Anatomy: Seattle Grace Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital will stay open.

Modern Family: Strong as oak.

Scandal: No shocking twist this season; Fitz and Liv will be back.

Nashville: Considered a “DVR hit.” Yup, that’s a thing now. Will likely return.

Revenge: Ditto.

Last Man Standing: Against the tide because ABC doesn’t own it.

The Neighbors: With the tide because ABC owns it.

Shark Tank: Perfect Friday show and all-around utility player that recently hit a record high.

Once Upon a Time: Having its weakest season in the ratings, but Storybrooke has more tales to tell.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: If you think a renewal is certain, you’re living in a fantasy land.

Betrayal: ABC wants to forget this torrid affair ever happened.


The Blacklist: RENEWED (NBC execs probably dream of doing nothing all day long but renewing this show over and over again).

The Voice: This one, too.

Biggest Loser: Will squeeze in another season.

Chicago Fire: Lots more blazes for the hotties to put out.

Chicago PD: The cops aren’t as popular as the firemen, but will probably stick around.

Revolution: Tough call. It’s owned by a rival studio, which doesn’t help. Perhaps a 13-episode season?

Law & Order: SVU: Should coast into another under-the-radar renewal.

Parks and Recreation: There’s nothing funny about NBC’s comedy block performance. Unless you consider failure funny, because then it’s hilarious. Parks is the best of the worst and will return.

Community: Would five seasons and a movie be okay? Definitely got a fair chance, though…

The Michael J. Fox Show: NBC got dizzy from spinning its decision to yank Fox from its schedule. Will the remaining episodes air? Probably. Will it return next season? You can bet your house against it.

Sean Saves the World: NBC didn’t even try to spin this one — CANCELED.

Parenthood: Modestly heroic numbers against strong competition with almost no lead-in. Will return for another generation.

Grimm: NBC still wants a Friday thriller block and Grimm remains the key.

Hannibal: Since season 2 hasn’t yet debuted in its new time slot, it’s far too early to say.

Dracula: Probably won’t rise again, yet NBC isn’t count-count-counting it out.


Supernatural: The CW’s president says the show can continue as long as it wants with these numbers.

Arrow: Definitely.

The Vampire Diaries: Assured.

The Originals: Can’t kill the vamps.

Reign: Looking pretty good for business-y reasons — CBS runs production on this show and is a co-owner of The CW. Plus, first-year Reign has more potential to improve than, say, Beauty, which is about to burn through its second chance.

Hart of Dixie: The CW wants to see how it does on Fridays starting in March. It must at least beat how The Carrie Diaries performed in the slot.

Beauty and the Beast: Not quite dead yet. Has a shot at a short-order, if only because The CW likes to give their multi-year shows some final seasons.

Tomorrow People: Future doesn’t look bright.

Carrie Diaries: Almost certainly done. Don’t wake us up before you go-go.


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pippopippo 12th-Feb-2014 01:38 am (UTC)
I need people to give ENLISTED a shot. It's so funny and really deserves to be aired alongside New Girl/Brooklyn Nine-Nine, etc.

Don't want to see Almost Human canceled either. :(
jaimelannister 12th-Feb-2014 01:42 am (UTC)
I adore Enlisted! It is so, so cute!

Same about Almost Human :(
professor_chaos 12th-Feb-2014 01:42 am (UTC)
I like Enlisted. Aside from the major eye candy of the main cast it really is a cute, funny show that I think could improve if given the chance and would go great w/B99
khaldrogo 12th-Feb-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
I'm definitely gonna start watching it, or at least watch a few of the previous episodes to see if I like it. Just forgot it had already started.

And ia about Almost Human.
pippopippo oops wrong gif lol12th-Feb-2014 01:47 am (UTC)


Edited at 2014-02-12 01:47 am (UTC)
zyuranger 12th-Feb-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
Fox NEEDS to move it to the same night as those shows. It fits in better than Dads.
hypnology 12th-Feb-2014 01:49 am (UTC)
They need to give it a better slot than Friday. I happened to tune in by chance and love it
deevee45 12th-Feb-2014 01:51 am (UTC)
Just came here to post this!! It's so clever and funny... what a shame it is buried on Friday night.
pastelstar 12th-Feb-2014 02:03 am (UTC)
Enlisted is so cute! I thought it'd be crap but it's really quite good.
winterover 12th-Feb-2014 02:09 am (UTC)
Fox is seriously screwing Almost Human over at every turn.
nohashtag 12th-Feb-2014 02:28 am (UTC)
I wish they would just cancel it. Karl is wasted on the show.
stewie_e 12th-Feb-2014 02:33 am (UTC)
i like it too. fuck FOX for giving it such an awful slot.
anolinde 12th-Feb-2014 02:48 am (UTC)
It's like Fox is trying to get Almost Human canceled, idek.
xo_soccer9 12th-Feb-2014 03:10 am (UTC)
MTE at enlisted! i mean who could resist this tbh

homicidalslayer 12th-Feb-2014 03:18 am (UTC)
Look, I like Enlisted but the moment they put it in the same time slot as Grimm it was dead to me.
doverz 12th-Feb-2014 03:41 am (UTC)
sihaya09 12th-Feb-2014 03:57 am (UTC)
I'm really enjoying Almost Human.
unbridledglee 12th-Feb-2014 04:05 am (UTC)
lol, my mom's friend wrote a letter to FOX complaining about how Enlisted is a disgrace to the army/military/whatever. I kinda want it to stay on just so it will keep pissing her off. /horribleperson
buttahmellow 12th-Feb-2014 06:03 am (UTC)
I came into the post specifically to stan for Enlisted. I watched it on a whim and fucking love it.
jejejjgess 12th-Feb-2014 01:47 pm (UTC)
juhli 12th-Feb-2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
came here to say this, I hope those two shows somehow survive.
mankini 12th-Feb-2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
Fox loves Enlisted and its DVR playback numbers are some of the best (if not THE best) out there. I feel confident about its chances.
yeah_banana 13th-Feb-2014 01:06 am (UTC)
i'm so glad everyone on ontd was talking about it because i hadn't even heard of it.
nalaa1906 12th-Feb-2014 01:40 am (UTC)
Carrie Diaries: Almost certainly done.

williammiller 12th-Feb-2014 01:53 am (UTC)
MTE. The show is so cute :(
nalaa1906 12th-Feb-2014 01:58 am (UTC)
I think I'm in denial because I refuse to accept it. I REFUSE! LOL
papillonsoldier 12th-Feb-2014 02:24 am (UTC)
god noooooo :'( I love this show so much it devastates me to think they're going to cancel it!!!
deathcrew77 12th-Feb-2014 02:39 am (UTC)
:( :( :(
litebritepeg 12th-Feb-2014 03:15 am (UTC)
I actually liked it. It's cute. Lol
gangsterdorothy 12th-Feb-2014 03:17 am (UTC)
I know :(. It's such a cute show.
lcritter12 12th-Feb-2014 03:30 am (UTC)
contretemps 12th-Feb-2014 04:52 am (UTC)
its so cute, im still hoping it will somehow get renewed lol
wildalicesays 12th-Feb-2014 05:42 am (UTC)
I refuse to say goodbye :'(
marinade 12th-Feb-2014 01:40 am (UTC)
I want more Tomorrow People. Guilty pleasure, right there.
nalaa1906 12th-Feb-2014 01:41 am (UTC)
Same, idk why but I actually like it.
marinade 12th-Feb-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
It's weird how much I root for the characters, for the banter, for the sarcasm and for the shirtlessness.
kiddo84 12th-Feb-2014 01:58 am (UTC)
Same. It fills my need for something superpower-ish.
zyuranger 12th-Feb-2014 02:25 am (UTC)
I like it, and it's really improved since the beginning.

Doesn't hurt that I lust after Robbie and Luke, though.
klmnumbers 12th-Feb-2014 04:49 am (UTC)
ugh me too. watch it every week
imabadkid 12th-Feb-2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
I DVR'd it and eh... I really wanted to like it because plot-wise it seemed interesting but it just fell flat. They need better writers tbh
itscomicrelief 12th-Feb-2014 01:41 am (UTC)
Do HBO's renewals work in a different way compared to Network TV?

I just keep looking for news that Looking is canceled.
whosoliver 12th-Feb-2014 02:02 am (UTC)
Looking's chances of a second season are optimistic. Ratings aren't the only factor for HBO shows, and even if they were, Looking's have doubled since the premiere.

HBO airs a shows entire season regardless. So I think it's time you moved on.
eldvno 12th-Feb-2014 02:07 am (UTC)
Yes, ratings don't matter nearly as much because they don't rely on ad revenue (which is determined by a show's ratings).
scornedsaint 12th-Feb-2014 03:02 am (UTC)
HBO tends to not announce cancellations during or right after a season. I think someone once said that if a show isn't a hit, they don't bring it back and just hope that you forget to ask about it.
prophecypro 12th-Feb-2014 07:43 am (UTC)
Cable ratings are a bit different. In most cases they tend to give everything a couple of years but you never know
spanishsaharaa 12th-Feb-2014 01:41 am (UTC)
ok semi ot but is it worth me ordering HBO as an extra channel or just wait like I always do & wait for a show to be put online somewhere a couple days later?

I fucking hate Bell so I hate giving them more money.

Edited at 2014-02-12 01:42 am (UTC)
khaldrogo 12th-Feb-2014 01:45 am (UTC)
I guess it would depend on how many of the shows you like that are on HBO really. If you only wanted it for one show then that would seem pointless.
williammiller 12th-Feb-2014 01:54 am (UTC)
There are download sites where the episode is up almost immediately after it airs.
the_glow_worm 12th-Feb-2014 02:11 am (UTC)
The only real utility for having HBO is if you have a bunch of friends who are big fans of HBO shows and you can invite them over to watch important episodes together. And by this I really mean, if you and your friends are giant Game of Thrones fans.
saintssin 12th-Feb-2014 02:51 am (UTC)
A couple of days later? Homie, it's 2014. Everything is up within five minutes, or live while the show actually airs.

Don't do it. I'll send you sites myself if you can't find any.
spanishsaharaa 12th-Feb-2014 02:58 am (UTC)
lol well I guess I meant a couple days later when I finally have the time to watch it. Idk I never find a stream/link I like. Or maybe I'm looking in the wrong spot. Although Ja'mie was easy to find.
mary_pickforded 12th-Feb-2014 03:06 am (UTC)
I second this. Last year I was able to watch the new episodes of Girls within in hour of their airing.
mckenziejr2002 12th-Feb-2014 05:51 am (UTC)
I can always find it online right after it airs. 
luvlorn 12th-Feb-2014 06:00 am (UTC)
The one year I had hbo included with an apartment I rented they played Glitter 4 times a day. After that I vowed never to pay for it.
sastra_fuss 12th-Feb-2014 01:42 am (UTC)
The cw just needs to stop.
I stopped watching Nashville and Once Upon A Time this season. I regret nothing
evilgmbethy 12th-Feb-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
I'm sad that Almost Human's fate is looking grim. Fox really screwed this show over with the late start date and airing episodes out of order. Bummer because I love the cast and it's lots of fun.

Elementary's syndication deal makes it pretty much a moot point.

I really wish Once Upon a Time would get the axe, it's so fucking horrible.
hautexmaglia 12th-Feb-2014 01:48 am (UTC)
"Elementary's syndication deal makes it pretty much a moot point"

Today Larry Teng, one of Elementary's directors, confirmed that the show was picked for 2 more seasons!

evilgmbethy 12th-Feb-2014 02:03 am (UTC)
ohhh... you got a link on this?
masalachaitea 12th-Feb-2014 02:04 am (UTC)
Feeling the same about Almost Human. I think it has a lot of potential and I really like the cast.
winterover 12th-Feb-2014 02:11 am (UTC)
The outlook for Almost Human actually seemed fairly good until yesterday's episode dropped because it was up against the Olympics. Then all the sites started predicting that it's doomed. It doesn't seem fair to judge its ratings against another network that's pulling in 20 million viewers a night for a special event. :/

I hope Fox waits and sees what its last episodes do, once it *isn't* up against the Games.
browneyedguuurl 12th-Feb-2014 02:13 am (UTC)
Maybe they can save money on Once Upon a Time and just fire everyone except Rumple and Regina since they damn show revolves around them.
oh_sailor 12th-Feb-2014 03:11 am (UTC)
Almost Human :(
executivehpfan 12th-Feb-2014 03:17 am (UTC)
I will be so sad if they get rid of Almost Human. UGH.
joliebelle 12th-Feb-2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
I'll be forever pressed if Almost Human gets cancelled
nutmegdealer 12th-Feb-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
svu needs to go.
procedurals 12th-Feb-2014 01:48 am (UTC)
williammiller 12th-Feb-2014 01:54 am (UTC)
It hasn't been good for a long time but I would be sad to see it go.
professor_chaos 12th-Feb-2014 01:55 am (UTC)
SVU will only go once Mariska decides to leave. It will stay on as long as she wants it to.
false_hate 12th-Feb-2014 02:08 am (UTC)
It was excellent back in the day.
_twenty 12th-Feb-2014 02:13 am (UTC)
francesbcobain 12th-Feb-2014 03:02 am (UTC)
Do not! It's terrible, but I love it and I need Queen Mariska on my tv. Plus I love the over the top eps.
insaynejayne 12th-Feb-2014 03:30 am (UTC)
misscrystal 12th-Feb-2014 04:43 am (UTC)
Yes, and let L&O Original Recipe rise again in its place.
jaimelannister 12th-Feb-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
I read that Elementary was pretty much renewed through season 4, so no worrying about it until 2016 haha.

So glad Brooklyn Nine Nine might be coming back, it's my favourite show right now.

OP, the Greys Anatomy tag is funky.
professor_chaos 12th-Feb-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
I spent forever marking tags and had a shitload of them (and had to do them twice) and only a few fuckers showed up.
jaimelannister 12th-Feb-2014 01:54 am (UTC)
That sucks, and has definitely happened to me before :(
_twenty 12th-Feb-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
American Idol: Yup, especially with fans not throwing things at their TVs this cycle. And new judge Harry Connick Jr is pretty charming.

The X Factor: CANCELED.

professor_chaos 12th-Feb-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
My guilty pleasure is The Neighbors. Dick Butkus is my favorite character and I really like Reggie & Amber (although they are currently going in the wrong direction)
professor_chaos 12th-Feb-2014 01:51 am (UTC)
I think they went about saying it was cancelled in a confusing and roundabout way.
larrylurker 12th-Feb-2014 02:02 am (UTC)
not "officially" cancelled yet
degsassy 12th-Feb-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
Still watching and loving Suburgatory and Raising Hope.
bodyline 12th-Feb-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
all the shows i really care about are definitely going to get renewed so yeaaaaaaaaah. the only one on the fence is community and i have no real strong feelings about this season thus far, so eh.
sfarfallio 12th-Feb-2014 02:04 am (UTC)
i've been surprised with these season's community. I didn't really care for last season but this year feels different (probably because pierce is gone yas) im diggin it
bodyline 12th-Feb-2014 02:10 am (UTC)
i like it well enough but i don't love it the way i loved the earlier seasons
missdisco 12th-Feb-2014 12:12 pm (UTC)
i think community is on the up again, i think moving onto more faculty plotlines is a sensible move (and putting the dean back in the background for a while, he was getting too much last year.)

plus, hickey is great.

of course i can't contribute to the ratings because i'm not in america, so :(.
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