ABC launched 11 new scripted TV series (not counting the Roseanne revival) during the regular portion of the 2017-18 season. They cancelled seven and renewed only four. That’s not a very good average. How will the alphabet network TV shows perform during the 2018-19 season? Stay tuned!
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, American Housewife, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Black-ish, Child Support, The Conners, Dancing with the Stars, Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, The Kids Are Alright, A Million Little Things, Modern Family, The Rookie, Shark Tank, Single Parents, Speechless, Splitting Up Together, and Station 19.
There’s lots of data that network execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. These charts will be updated daily, as new ratings data becomes available.
A couple of notes about these charts:
These figures are updated automatically as new ratings are released. The averages are based on the final national numbers (live plus same day viewing), unless marked with an asterisk (*). For technical reasons, I have to resort them manually so feel free to let me know if I missed something.
Keep in mind that the demo numbers are typically what’s most important to advertisers. Therefore, that’s how the networks measure success. Advertisers pay more for ad time on a show that has a higher demo rating. Because older viewers don’t count? No, it’s because younger viewers watch less traditional TV and are harder to reach.
Demo numbers are typically reported using the 10ths decimal place (2.4, for example). In the averages, I’m using an extra decimal for easier ranking. The networks take into account when shows air on Fridays and Saturdays, nights when TV viewership is lower.
What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better? Which one do you think will be cancelled next?