The five bubble shows most likely to be canceled
With low live ratings and dwindling fan bases, they lack the critical cachet
March 17, 2017
Every year broadcast has a number of bubble shows fighting for survival.
But this year there may be more than usual. With ratings down across every network, and a number of shows struggling to eke out even a 1.0 adults 18-49 Nielsen rating, the networks are faced with tougher choices.
It’s tempting to axe a struggling program, yet these days it’s so difficult to launch a strong new show that networks may be better off keeping a low-rated one over the uncertainty of trying out a fresh one.
That’s why so many less-than-stellar shows have been allowed to stay on the air in recent years.
Still, last May proved that no shows are entirely safe when ABC made two surprise chops, killing off “Nashville” and “Castle.”
Which shows are most in danger of being canceled this May? Here are five that would be lucky to survive, based on ratings and buyer input.
1. CBS’s ‘Elementary’
“Elementary” was never the hit CBS had hoped it would be, despite a stellar cast and an interesting idea (update the Sherlock Holmes story). After moving to Sundays last year, “Elementary” ratings plummeted, and it’s averaging just over 5 million viewers this season. Every show averaging less on CBS has already been canceled.
2. ABC’s ‘Quantico’
The network loves to brag about the drama’s impressive DVR lift – but that lift is coming from almost nothing, with the show posting a 0.7 18-49 rating this season, down 40 percent from last year. Even in a new Monday timeslot, “Quantico” struggled, so it will likely be two seasons and done for the program.
3. Fox’s ‘New Girl’
Even the show’s stars have been saying they doubt a seventh season of the low-rated comedy will occur. The network’s better off trying something new and less expensive.
4. NBC’s ‘Timeless’
If you can’t make it behind “The Voice,” you’re not going to make it anywhere. That’s why this new show will get canceled. NBC would be better off abandoning its recent strategy of launching new shows behind “Voice” and bringing back “Blindspot,” which showed potential in the Monday 10 p.m. hour last year but has struggled on Wednesday nights.
5. ABC’s ‘The Catch’
The network hates to tick off super producer Shonda Rhimes, but her drama about an investigator and the con man who played her doesn’t measure up to Rhimes’ other shows, creatively or in the ratings.
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