News of the renewal or cancellation of current broadcast TV shows should be known by late Friday, May 11, with most news appearing between Wednesday-Friday, May 9-11.
In recent years, news for some shows has slipped into the following weekend. That may happen again. In the recent past, CBS has been the last network out with news. In virtually all cases news was out before each networks ad upfront meetings (schedule below).
The ad upfront meetings focus on the networks’ new shows and their schedules for next Fall, not their existing shows. Nothing is learned about existing shows at the ad upfront meetings except scheduling.
In very rare instances, news for existing shows may come after the upfront meetings. One Rules Of Engagement renewal wasn’t announced until after the CBS upfront, because the contract negotiations took so long. CBS canceled Unforgettable prior to their upfront meeting and then un-canceled it well after their upfront when Sony made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. In 2017, NBC canceled Timeless and then un-canceled it after Sony made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
Broadcast Network Ad Upfront Meetings
|Monday, May 14*||NBC*|
|Monday, May 14||FOX|
|Tuesday, May 15||ABC|
|Wednesday, May 16||CBS|
|Thursday, May 17||The CW|
*While the NBC upfront meeting will be held on May 14, if recent history repeats itself, NBC should release their Fall schedule on the morning of Sunday, May 13.
Of course, if you follow the reaper’s predictions you’ll be pretty sure to know most show’s fates well in advance of these dates.
Cable networks also have advertising upfront events spread throughout March, April and May, and while they often announce new shows at them they aren’t typically “the day before which all renewals and cancellations are revealed” like they are prior to the the broadcast upfronts.