Welcome to a preseason installment of the CW Renew/Cancel Watch for the 2017-18 season! This season will mark my third season doing CW predictions, and this time, I'm going back to basics! There will be five categories in the watch: Certain to be Canceled, Likely to be Canceled, Watching, Likely to be Renewed, and Certain to be Renewed. Here is the table:

Unlike in previous seasons, I will not predict every show. I will only predict in advance the shows in their third seasons. Also in the table, we have shows in the Watching category with uncertain fates currently. The rest of the shows will be predicted once they premiere in October.

In the table, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and DC's Legends of Tomorrow are predicted as certain to be renewed. Both shows will be airing their third seasons on the network. On the CW, a third season gets you a fourth season no matter what. For fans of these two shows, there is no need to worry about their fates. They will be back next season.

Supergirl is also certain to be renewed. With close to three full seasons, a fourth season is needed to get to syndication. Supergirl will have 65 episodes at the end of the season, it can't get much certain than that.

The three shows with uncertain fates are iZombie, Jane the Virgin, and The 100. They are predicted as toss ups preliminarily. The Originals is ending after the upcoming season, and both Jane the Virgin and iZombie will be in their fourth seasons while The 100 will be in season five. It may come down to how the other shows perform or during the announcement at Comic Con before I make the final call. Otherwise, somebody is getting the Reign treatment.

What do you think about the veterans' situation? Let me know in the comments below!


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Queen SugarOWN0.471.59
Lip Sync BattleSpike0.290.76
Odd Mom OutBravo0.210.59
Blood DriveSyfy0.130.44

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Welcome to a new installment of Jess's Take. While normally I give my take on television ratings and the state of the television business in general, there are some times where my take could be outside the realm of television. This happens to be one of those times.

Today, I was stunned with the news that Chester Bennington, one of the lead singers of Linkin Park, had died at the age of 41 through the same manner as Soundgarden's Chris Cornell - a suicide by hanging.

Linkin Park was a major part of my life growing up. I started listening to Linkin Park semi-regularly in 2007, when I was an elementary school savage trying to find myself. Linkin Park was one of the bands I have listened to through the tough times. Now, with the song "Heavy", it comes full circle. I don't normally share my struggles outside of my personal blog, but it's time for me to take some time to clear the air.

I have anxiety. It's what I have had for a very long time. Anxiety followed me into college and has now affected me to the point where I break down and cry suddenly without any explanation. This is due to a major life change I've had over the past couple of months. With that being said, it has progressed into depression. Sometimes, the pain and stress of everyday life can be too much and I haven't been coping properly for the past couple of months. I wanted to write this because I want people to know that you're not alone in the struggle.

This leads me to my next point. Actors, musicians, writers, and professional athletes do not just exist for people's entertainment. They are real human beings just like everybody else, just with more money and fame. It's an absolute shame that mental health is still being stigmatized in our society. Anxiety and depression does not discriminate against anyone. We still have a long way to go until we end the stigma that follows with mental illness. 

We don't know what Chester Bennington was going through or what was going on in his mind. Have we ever stopped to think about how comments and reviews can hurt people? Do we even know the motivation behind critically panned "Heavy"? It just goes to show us that even the happiest of souls can go through personal hell to live through another day. 

At the end of the day, he still committed suicide. You never know what goes on in a person's mind until it's too late. If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, you can call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. 

It was a night of many sub-1 ratings last night, with just two shows managing to crack a 1.0 this Wednesday. Big Brother was one of those shows. The long-running reality hit ticked down a tenth but still won the night by a huge margin. Its lead-out, however, was certainly not setting the world on fire. Salvation did get some good news, though. The freshman flop stayed steady at 0.7 after last week's weak debut. The Criminal Minds repeat at 10 was up a tenth. Over on Fox, MasterChef tied its season high, up a tenth from last week. The F Word managed to be less of a flop this week, as it ticked up a tenth to a (still pretty poor) 0.7. NBC had a rough start to the night, with Forever Young ticking down two tenths to a 0.8. The Carmichael show was steady at a 0.7. ABC and The CW had low-rated repeats, with both CW shows at 0.2 and most ABC shows at 0.6.

Finals Update: Big Brother (+0.1) and a repeat of the Goldbergs (+0.1) adjusted up.
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8 PMBig Brother1.9/86.15CBS


Little Big Shots: Forever Young0.8/45.78N/BC

The Goldbergs (R)0.7/33.00ABC

Arrow (R)0.2/10.86The CW
8:30 PMSpeechless (R)0.5/22.17ABC
9 PMThe Carmichael Show0.7/33.26NBC

The F Word0.7/32.10Fox


Modern Family (R)0.6/32.52ABC

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (R)0.2/10.74The CW
9:30 PMAmerican Housewife (R)0.6/22.24ABC

The Carmichael Show (R)0.6/22.64NBC
10 PMCriminal Minds (R)0.6/34.19CBS

Modern Family (R)0.6/32.36ABC

This Is Us (R)0.4/22.00NBC
10:30 PMThe Goldbergs (R)0.5/21.98ABC
The following shows will be coming to Hulu this fall:


Mindy's quirky adventures shall come to an end when Mindy Project returns for its 6th and final season on September 9th (10 Episodes)

Hugh Laurie's Chance will return for its 2nd chance on 10th October (10 Episodes)

Teen Horror series Freakish is coming out just in time before Halloween as it premieres on October 18th (10 Episodes)

The new Sci-fi comedy Future Man starring Josh Hutcherson will premiere on November 14th (13 Episodes)

Marvel's first show for Hulu, The Runaways will premiere on November 21st (10 Episodes)

Shut Eye also returns for its second season on December 6th (10 Episodes)

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It has recently been announced that the fifth season of 'The Originals' will be the final one. The CW drama is a spinoff of 'The Vampire Diaries' and follows vampire Klaus Mikaelson and his family as they become involved in the politics of New Orleans. The series stars Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, and Phoebe Tonkin amongst others. The fourth season of 'The Originals' aired on Fridays and averaged a 0.32 in the 18-49 ratings, it was down 15% from the previous season.

What do you think of this news? Are you sad that season 5 will be the last? Is the series ending at the right time? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

Written Marveling at Dynamic Changes by Bridger Cunningham

Ratings Data prior to 1984 is scarce, to TV Ratings Guide will post what is available and may update overall network ranks and sitcom scorecards when available.

CBS scored a blackjack year in 1st place, of course.  The real discussion is what happened to the other two networks who sat under their prominence.  In its 23rd season on the air, ABC clawed its way into 2nd place as NBC crumbled into ruins in the 70's.

CBS sitcoms preaching social issues were on their soap box in the top 30, as All in the Family, Maude, Phyllis, Rhoda, One Day at a Time and 70's tentpole Mary Tyler Moore reigned on.  Elsewhere, ABC took a lighter beat and amassed 13 of the top 30 places.  And NBC registered a scant 3 helpings in the top 30.

Source -- http://fbibler.chez.com/tvstats/by_5_yr_period/top_programs_1975-1980.html
It's the eighth edition of the Summer Renew/Cancel! Two brand new shows premiered this week with dismal numbers for both, let's find out my initial predictions for both of them.

Certain to be Canceled:

Likely to be Canceled:
The Night Shift (0.7)
Zoo (0.6)
Salvation (0.7)
Hooten & the Lady (0.2)

Leans Cancellation:

Leans Renewal:

Likely to be Renewed:

Certain to be Renewed:

Fate Determined:
Still Star-Crossed (0.4, DE FACTO CANCELED, correct)
Downward Dog (0.7, CANCELED, correct)
The Carmichael Show (0.8, CANCELED, correct)

Yet to Premiere:
Somewhere Between (July 2017)
Midnight, Texas (July 2017)
Marlon (August 2017)
SNL Weekend Update Thursday (August 2017)

Salvation: Salvation had a huge lead-in for its premiere, with a a 1.9 Big Brother supporting it. However, as it often goes with post-BB scripted shows, Salvation did quite poorly. It had a rough 0.7 debut, putting it way behind the Candy Crush launch and a bit ahead of the Zoo season 3 launch. That's really bad, especially considering that Salvation is likely more expensive than fellow newbie Candy Crush. CBS can just try again next season, and they have no reason to renew this flop. It's already a LIKELY CANCELLATION, though it will avoid the Certain Cancellation category this week.

Hooten & the Lady: This British import made its American debut with just a 0.2 in the demo, retaining just 50% of its Penn & Teller lead-in. That's rough, even for cheap Summer filler on the CW. Whose Line? premiered to the same with half the lead-in, so there's really no excuse for Hooten's 0.2. It's so anemic that a repeat of its premiere was able to tie the original airing. The fact that it's likely quite cheap is keeping it from Certain Cancellation territory, so for now it is a LIKELY CANCELLATION.

Stay tuned next week for Midnight, Texas and Somewhere Between, and every Tuesday after that for my other Summer predictions.

What do you think of my predictions? Let me know in the comments below.

Written Foregoing Support by Bridger Cunningham

Ratings Data prior to 1984 is scarce, to TV Ratings Guide will post what is available and may update overall network ranks and sitcom scorecards when available.

Sex, violence and the weather sells.  Just ask newscasters, or ABC executives in 1976.  Controversy ran rampant as ABC's new drama, Charlie's Angels, sported three leading heroines whose decision to forego wearing bras led to the network's ratings jiggling into 1st.  As if our seductive angels had not stirred enough controversy, another sultry trio consisting of John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt dabbled in enough controversy of their own as their spring pilot for Three's Company developed a devilish following.  "It [wouldn't] reach into the top 10 this season, yet doused the network in its sweet perfume enough to smell vice.  That controversy aside, ABC took nearly half of the top 30, and ode thanks to two wholesome 50's throwbacks, Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley.

Preaching social relevance became the passing fad of the 70's, as The Mary Tyler Moore Show was absent from this chart during its final season.  One Day at a Time continued strong, while Norman Lear preacher All in the Family took a slide this season, thanks to a reviling episode exploring a near-rape of a beloved principle.  NBC's icy fortunes continued as it registered another season in 3rd Place, yet it managed to squeak 3 top-20 places in a schedule still plastered with social issues and vice sexual fantasies.

 The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not reflect those of the TVRatingsGuide.

Above is the cast of ABC's 'Last Man Standing'.

Last month, NBC opted to cancel 'The Carmichael Show' after three short seasons. The series was never a ratings hit, so it didn't come as much of a surprise. But, this is just another nail in the coffin for multi-camera sitcoms. Earlier this year, ABC canceled its Friday night multi-cam sitcom lineup of 'Last Man Standing' and 'Dr. Ken' after six and two seasons respectively. While 'Dr. Ken' was barely a passable performer, 'Last Man Standing' was a relatively strong one, so it came as a shock that this long-running sitcom was coming to an abrupt end. While none of these cancellations happened because these comedies were multi-cam, they do show how the multi-camera sitcom is fading from the airwaves. Revivals aside, ABC did not choose to order an original multi-camera sitcom and NBC only has the upcoming 'Marlon' left. Instead, both networks have decided to invest in single-camera sitcoms with shows like 'American Housewife', 'Speechless', and 'The Good Place' doing reasonably well for their respective networks. Fox has left the multi-camera business entirely and while their comedies aren't exactly ratings performers, shows like 'The Mick', 'The Last Man on Earth', and 'New Girl' still keep the lights on for the network. And while CBS still mainly produces multi-camera sitcoms, even they have gone the single-camera way with 'Life In Pieces' and the upcoming 'Young Sheldon'. Outside of broadcast, it's almost impossible to find a multi-cam on high-profile cable networks like FX and HBO. So, is the multi-camera sitcom a thing of the past? Will it continue to fade into obscurity? Before we can get to that, let's look at the history of both type of sitcoms.

Multi-camera sitcom
A multi-camera sitcom is essentially what the title says. It's a sitcom that uses multiple cameras while filming. They are either filmed in front of a live studio audience or use a laugh track and generally play out like a play or stage show. There seemed to be nothing but multi-camera sitcoms from the 1950s to the end of the 20th century. Shows like 'I Love Lucy', 'Seinfeld', 'Cheers', and 'Three's Company' were insanely popular in the decades they aired and are considered classics.

Single-camera sitcom
Unlike the multi-cam, a single-camera sitcom doesn't explain itself through its title. A single-cam comedy is one that isn't filmed in front of a live audience and normally doesn't have a laugh track. It is filmed like a feature film. Also, the same camera is used for different camera angles and shots hence the title. 'The Brady Bunch', 'The Addams Family', 'Bewitched', and 'Gilligan's Island' are all examples of comedies from the 1960s that used the single-cam setup. While these shows were fairly popular when they were produced, they weren't on the same level as their multi-camera counterparts of that era. Outside of the '60s, single-camera comedy was essentially non-existent in the 20th century.

The Single-cam Comeback
After years of absence, the single-camera comedy made a comeback in the 2000s. HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' was one of the many single-cams that premiered in the 2000s. It came from 'Seinfeld' creator Larry David and ran for 8 seasons with a ninth season in the works. On broadcast television, Fox's 'Malcolm in the Middle', 'Arrested Development', and 'The Bernie Mac Show' were relatively popular single-cam situation comedies in the early 2000s with all receiving generally favorable reviews by critics. 'Arrested Development' even won the Primetime Emmy for best comedy. But, those shows struggled in the ratings and only lasted 3-6 season. While 'Malcolm in the Middle' had initial success, it quickly fell in subsequent seasons and fell below the top 100 in its final season. Also, their popularity still paled in comparison to multi-cams like 'Friends' and 'Everybody Loves Raymond'. It wasn't until 2005's 'The Office' that things began to change. While the series had humble beginnings, it soon grew in popularity and became a massive success both critically and commercially. NBC had already had success with 'Scrubs', another single-cam, but 'The Office' was on a different level entirely. NBC continued to air single-camera sitcoms like '30 Rock', 'Community', and 'Parks and Recreation'. While none were exactly rating hits, they were critically acclaimed and had relatively long runs. In 2009, after years of low-rated comedies, ABC premiered single-cam 'Modern Family'. It was an instant success in the ratings and received universal critical acclaim. The series also went on to win the Primetime Emmy for Best Comedy five times in a row. ABC eventually pushed multi-camera comedies to Fridays and got rid of that lineup altogether in May 2017. And while NBC flirted with multi-cams in the 2010s, they've turned to single-cams and now have modest hits like 'Superstore' and 'The Good Place'.

The State of Multi-Cams Now
CBS is one of the few networks to keep producing multi-camera sitcoms. But, only 'The Big Bang Theory' has become a strong performer both critically and commercially. 'Mom' is also a strong performer with the critics, but not of the same commercial caliber. Outside of those two, they don't really have any strong performers in the ratings or with the critics. 'Kevin Can Wait' and 'Man with a Plan' are decent performers, but have received unfavorable reviews by critics to no one's surprise. Outside of CBS, Disney Channel produces many multi-camera sitcoms, but they're aimed more at kids and teens. Ultimately, it seems that the only popular multi-cams are the revivals. Netflix has the revivals of 'One Day at a Time' and 'Fuller House' while ABC and NBC will air new seasons of 'Roseanne' and 'Will & Grace' respectively. Nevertheless, that's not a great place for a medium to be in. Single-camera sitcoms continue to receive more critical acclaim and rating success while non-'Big Bang Theory' multi-cams have had little luck.

Multi-Cam or Single-Cam?
In my opinion, single-camera comedies are usually better. Since they don't use laugh tracks, single-cam comedies can have dramatic moments that won't be interrupted by the constant laughing of a machine or audience. Also, a single-cam sitcom can keep firing jokes left and right while actors in a multi-cam have to wait for the laughter to cease in order to proceed to the next bit of comedy. In terms of investment, multi-cams are generally cheaper, but in recent memory, only CBS has mastered the multi-cam business. The only other broadcast network to have a successful multi-cam in recent memory is ABC with 'Last Man Standing'. 

Can the Multi-Cam make a comeback?
It's incredible how quickly the single-cam overtook the multi-cam despite the latter being absent for many years. So, could the multi-cam return to prominence? At the moment, I don't see it happening. There hasn't exactly been a very popular or highly acclaimed one in recent years. Despite that, the television landscape continues to change so I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if multi-cams were to take the reins away from the single-cam.

What did you think about this article? Do you prefer multi-camera or single-camera comedies? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

It was a very slow night for broadcast, with all but NBC keeping away from broadcasting originals. However, despite less competition, both of NBC's originals declined a tenth. Both shows hit (still very impressive) season lows last night. CBS and ABC's regulars Tuesday anchors both repeated at 0.6, though 0.4s from Blackish will hand CBS the second place crown. Fox had some anemic repeats, with their long-running animated hits each repeating at 0.4 and newbie The Mick repeating at 0.3 for both half-hours. Over on the (potentially preempted) CW, The Flash and Hooten & the Lady both repeated at solid 0.3s.

Updated: America's Got Talent (+0.1) adjusted up, as always. The CW was indeed preempted, as both  repeats, The Flash and Hooten & the Lady, adjusted down (-0.1 each). Hooten & the Lady still tied its premiere rating, however.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMAmerica's Got Talent2.5/912.39NBC

NCIS (R)0.6/36.40CBS

The Middle (R)0.6/32.88ABC

The Simpsons (R)0.4/21.28Fox

The Flash (R)0.2/11.14The CW
8:30 PMFresh Off the Boat (R)0.5/21.97ABC

The Mick (R)0.3/20.96Fox
9 PMBull (R)0.5/35.28CBS

Blackish (R)0.4/21.76ABC

Family Guy (R)0.4/20.97Fox

Hooten & the Lady (R)0.2/11.06The CW
9:30 PMBlackish (R)0.4/21.69ABC

The Mick (R)0.3/10.89Fox
10 PMWorld of Dance1.6/77.12NBC

NCIS: New Orleans (R)0.5/25.32CBS

American Housewife (R)0.5/21.80ABC
10:30 PMThe Middle (R)0.5/21.76ABC

Written Looking for the Missing Fawcett by Bridger Cunningham

Ratings Data prior to 1984 is scarce, to TV Ratings Guide will post what is available and may update overall network ranks and sitcom scorecards when available.

Charlie's Angels became a source of controversy due to attire.  Enter Soap, a sitcom ripping on suds which held a pilot so controversial, several affiliates refused to air it.  The results?  ABC jiggled in suds for a record-setting 2nd year.  On the G-rated side, viewers enjoyed a healthy dose of nostalgia with Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days, family-friendly fodder with How the West Was Won, Eight is Enough, the Love Boat, Family and Fantasy Island.  And a vexing dose of sin with Three's Company and Soap.  CBS relied on sitcoms in its weakened state, as the relevance era lost out to fantasy and pleasure.  NBC registered a 3rd year in 3rd Place, and prospects continued to crumble for the peacock as its top-30 feathers were plucked one by one.

Source -- http://fbibler.chez.com/tvstats/by_5_yr_period/top_programs_1975-1980.html

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