Cancellation Buzz: These TV Shows Are in Trouble

Updated Feb. 24, 2017: After just two weeks on the air (and half a day after this post was published), Doubt has become the first official broadcast network casualty.

Shockingly, there still have been no official cancellations of new series by any of the major broadcast networks, and with the first batch of midseason shows debuting, the number of shows on the bubble is increasing.

CBS’ Ransom, a Saturday series that got off to a slow start in January and never improved, is averaging a dismal 0.45 in the all important 18-49 rating. Doubt has only aired a couple of episodes, but things aren’t looking good there, with 0.8 in the demo. That's right on par with Training Day.

There's no word on the fate of Pure Genius, which ended its run in January without any additional episodes ordered, but it's a likely goner.

Powerless is struggling (staying just below the 1.0 mark in the 18-49 rating), but among NBC comedies, that's firmly tossup territory. Emerald City's 0.7 puts it on very shaky ground. Timeless is definitely on the bubble, but it ended on a decent note, hitting a three-week high.

Son of Zorn in a tossup, as is fellow FOX show Pitch. The Exorcist ended its run with terrible numbers (under 0.7), but much better reviews than early in the season. APB is by no means a hit, but its numbers are similar to those of Star, which was recently renewed.

Conviction is all but canceled, as is fellow ABC drama Notorious (although neither has been officially axed).

The CW likely has been waiting to find out whether Netflix subscribers will be wooed by No Tomorrow and Frequency, which are now streaming. It would take a lot of interest to save them, however, given the indifferent critical response.

Among the notable sophomore shows, Scream Queens’ future looks even bleaker now that Lea Michele has been cast in a half-hour sitcom pilot for ABC from Hamilton star (and Black-ish guest) Daveed Diggs.

Averaging a 0.75 demo rating, Quantico is down about 40 percent from its first-season average. The show's typically huge DVR playback increase could help it win a renewal, however.

There have been a handful of legit hits this year, of course, but none bigger than NBC's tearjerker This Is Us, which hit another ratings milestone this month. The Feb. 7 episode was the week’s top broadcast series in the Live+7 18-49 demo, outrating The Big Bang Theory in that metric for the first time.

To stay on top of renewal and cancellation news, check out our Cancellation Buzz page.

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Feb 24, 2017 7:44PM EST

Quantico needs to go. It's not doing anything new to keep viewers. Same story, different location.

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Feb 24, 2017 7:55PM EST

Added a note about "Doubt." Will Katherine Heigl ever find success on TV again?

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scotwotContributor
Feb 24, 2017 8:05PM EST

Interesting news.

I've yet to watch Frequency as I've just not found the time (ugh!), but I did hope it would be good and have at least two seasons. Having just seen the first couple episodes of Ransom, I don't think I'll be watching it again but I hope its renewed if there's a fanbase there. Remembering how awful the cull of 2016 was, I've been leery about watching anything new.

That said, I love that a show I'm enjoying so much, This is Us, is doing so well. Long may it last... : )

Agree with @Melissa-LeeM, Quantico has to go, her comment sums it up perfectly, imo.

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Feb 24, 2017 8:41PM EST

As much as I want to hate Quantico I can't. As terribly convoluted and confusing as the writing is, I love the cast. Same deal with Scream Queens. The second seasons of both of these shows were sub par, but that many beautiful people on a show and I feel inclined to root for it lol.

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An0nym0use
Feb 24, 2017 8:47PM EST

Two episodes of Doubt and it's canceled? Those must have been horrific ratings. I actually enjoyed it. Oh well, I'm watching too much television to not be paid for it anyway. ;)

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Feb 24, 2017 8:58PM EST

Eventhough I so love Katherine Heigl, I am am not surprise that "Doubt" got cancelled. After watching the first episode, I thought show lacks ummmpppphhhhh!! to see the next episode. Very easily to forget the episode and no lost if I dun see the next

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Feb 25, 2017 5:45AM EST

They better not cancel Conviction, really like that show...they can't take Atwell away again. I really enjoy her performance

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Feb 25, 2017 2:24PM EST

I really like the premise of Timeless, but it just has so many issues with pacing and plot. I enjoy the episodes that are good, but if they're bad, then they're really bad. I'm not going to miss it if it goes away.

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Feb 26, 2017 5:58PM EST

So sad to hear about, Bill Paxton.
Having said that, I know actors die and can sometimes be replaced in a show. However I don't see Training day being able to go on next season without Bill Paxton?

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UnknownfearContributor
Feb 28, 2017 5:38PM EST

Powerless has to go.
Timeless has to stay - they way they ended season 1 .. it would be a smack in the mouth if it were pulled now.
Emerald City's L7 numbers are quite decent, and I suspect its L35 numbers will be pretty good too. So that one depends on cost of the show. And based on the fact that Incorporated was canceled likely due to cost, Emerald City is not looking good. Which is a huge shame, because frankly, it was a pretty brilliant show. Everything from the imagination of the writers to the beautiful set and stage design ... and then there's Langwydere's masks ... those should get their own show.
APB is one of the best new shows of the year - unfortunately, a technology driven procedural is a REALLY tough sell, especially given the nature of the last 2 attempts fox made with Almost Human, and Minority Report -- all great shows, but just not pulling the same kind of numbers as generic stupid procedurals like NCIS. That being said, even great procedurals like The Blacklist and Blindspot have really low ratings these days - so it just points more light to the fact that Live numbers just aren't as important as they used to be.

Training Day is a good show - but that probably getting pulled...
Exorcist has to go. Love Hannah Kasulka and Brienne Howey, but man was that a pointless show....

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May 10, 2017 9:31PM EDT

Timeless Cancelled! That sucks big time. Unanswered questions never to be resolved. Why do all the interesting shows get canned while so many other shows seem to go on forever............ I could mention some but we all know which ones I'm referring to.......

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