Predictions Week 16: Murphy Brown Is Likely To Be Canceled

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NetShow (Producer)Status
ABCAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)renewed
ABCA Million Little Things (ABC)likely renewed
ABCAmerican Housewife (ABC)*certain to be renewed
ABCblack-ish (ABC)likely renewed
ABCFresh Off The Boat (Fox)likely renewed
ABCGrey's Anatomy (ABC)likely renewed
ABCHow To Get Away With Murder (ABC)likely renewed
ABCModern Family (Fox)likely renewed
ABCSingle Parents (ABC/Fox)likely renewed
ABCSpeechless (ABC/Fox)likely renewed
ABCSplitting Up Together (WB)likely renewed
ABCStation 19 (ABC)likely renewed
ABCThe Conners (Carsey-Werner)likely renewed
ABCThe Goldbergs (Sony)likely renewed
ABCThe Good Doctor (ABC/Sony)likely renewed
ABCThe Kids Are Alright (ABC)likely renewed
ABCThe Rookie (ABC/eOne)likely renewed
CBSBlue Bloods (CBS)likely renewed
CBSBull (CBS)likely renewed
CBSCriminal Minds (CBS/ABC)likely canceled
CBSElementary (CBS)canceled
likely renewed
CBSGod Friended Me (CBS/Sony)likely renewed
CBSHappy Together (CBS)canceled
CBSHawaii Five-0 (CBS)likely renewed
CBSMacGyver (CBS)*certain to be renewed
CBSMadam Secretary (CBS)likely renewed
CBSMagnum, P.I. (CBS/NBCU)likely renewed
CBSMom (WB)likely renewed
CBSMurphy Brown (WB)likely canceled
CBSNCIS (CBS)likely renewed
CBSNCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)likely renewed
CBSNCIS: New Orleans (CBS)likely renewed
CBSSEAL Team (CBS)likely renewed
CBSSWAT (CBS/Sony)likely renewed
CBSThe Big Bang Theory (WB)canceled
CBSThe Neighborhood (CBS)likely renewed
CBSYoung Sheldon (WB)likely renewed
CWAll American (WB)likely renewed
CWArrow (WB)likely renewed
CWBlack Lightning (WB)likely renewed
CWCharmed (CBS)likely renewed
CWCrazy Ex-Girlfriend (CBS)canceled
CWDC's Legends Of Tomorrow (WB)likely renewed
CWDynasty (CBS)likely renewed
CWiZombie (WB)canceled
CWJane The Virgin (CBS)canceled
CWLegacies (WB)likely renewed
CWRiverdale (WB)likely renewed
CWSupergirl (WB)likely renewed
CWSupernatural (WB)likely renewed
CWThe Flash (WB)likely renewed
Fox9-1-1 (Fox)likely renewed
FoxBob's Burgers (Fox)likely renewed
FoxEmpire (Fox)likely renewed
FoxFamily Guy (Fox)likely renewed
FoxGotham (WB)canceled
FoxLast Man Standing (Fox)likely renewed
FoxLethal Weapon (WB)likely canceled
FoxRel (Fox)canceled
FoxStar (Fox)likely renewed
FoxThe Cool Kids (Fox)likely renewed
FoxThe Gifted (Fox)likely canceled
FoxThe Orville (Fox)likely renewed
FoxThe Resident (Fox)likely renewed
FoxThe Simpsons (Fox)likely renewed
NBCBlindspot (WB)likely canceled
NBCChicago Fire (NBCU)likely renewed
NBCChicago Med (NBCU)likely renewed
NBCChicago P.D. (NBCU)likely renewed
NBCI Feel Bad (NBCU)canceled
NBCLaw & Order: SVU (NBCU)likely renewed
NBCManifest (WB)likely renewed
NBCMidnight, Texas (NBCU)canceled
NBCNew Amsterdam (NBCU)likely renewed
NBCSuperstore (NBCU)likely renewed
NBCThe Blacklist (Sony)likely renewed
NBCThe Good Place (NBCU)renewed
NBCThis Is Us (Fox)likely renewed
NBCWill & Grace (NBCU)renewed

Murphy Brown Is Likely To Be Canceled

Murphy Brown is likely to be canceled. It had effectively the same ratings as the already canceled rookie Happy Together. The reaper held off the prediction change in case there was a holiday surprise renewal. He’s predicting there is no spring surprise renewal.

To no one’s surprise, except possibly the timing, NBC’s Midnight, Texas was canceled during the holiday break. Also, while now a summer show, Elementary’s seventh season will be its last, it has been canceled.

ABC shows predicted to be canceled

None, yet.

ABC shows predicted to be renewed

Splitting Up Together – lowest rated of ABC non-Friday shows, its sophomore status has paused the likely canceled prediction, for now
The Rookie, A Million Little Things – borderline ratings, that are currently quite close, spring results may provide more clarity
Fresh Off The Boat – borderline ratings, but Disney/ABC will become the producer once the deal for Fox Studios closes.
Speechless – terrible ratings, but 3rd season shows are rarely canceled, and Disney/ABC is about to become the sole producer
Modern Family – conventional wisdom was that the show would end this season, but with Disney buying Fox Studios, they’re trying to strike a renewal deal, and when there’s a will, the reaper assumes (sometimes incorrectly!) there’s a way.
American Housewife, black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, The Good Doctor, Station 19, The Kids Are Alright, The Conners, Single Parents, The Goldbergs – ratings currently in the renewal range, no negative issues.

CBS shows predicted to be canceled

Criminal Minds only 15 episodes ordered this season, fewest in 14 years, only part owned by CBS, old/expensive, marginal ratings.
Murphy Brown – same ratings as already canceled Happy Together

CBS shows predicted to be renewed

Madam Secretary – terrible ratings, its syndication deal keeps it alive, CBS hasn’t canceled a 5th season drama they produce in recent memory.
God Friended Me – will finish football season in far better ratings shape than Wisdom of the Crowd last season
SWAT – borderline ratings, part owned by Sony
Bull – allegations against actor/EP Michael Weatherly threaten renewal of the show, but given history and the amount of money at stake for CBS, the show is still likely to be renewed.
NCIS, Mom, Young Sheldon, MacGyver, FBI, SEAL Team, The Neighborhood,Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS:LA, NCIS:NO – ratings in the renewal range, no negative issues.

CW shows predicted to be canceled

None, yet. The CW canceled 3 shows before the season began (Jane The Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, iZombie).

CW shows predicted to be renewed

Dynasty – terrible ratings, but a Netflix deal + the need to keep a minimum number of CBS produced shows on the CW likely get it renewed.
All American– lowest rated of the rookie shows, but not low enough for a negative prediction, yet.
Arrow, Legends Of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, The Flash, Charmed, Legacies, Black Lightning – ratings in the renewal range, no negative issues

Fox shows predicted to be canceled

The Gifted, Lethal Weapon – low ratings, short episode orders. Both of LW’s original stars are gone.

Looming over all Fox decisions on scripted shows is the fact that they’ve already dedicated Friday night to WWE next season.

Fox shows predicted to be renewed

The Orville – premiere Thursday ratings were terrible, but the reaper’s got time to go negative later on a sophomore show.
Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Empire, Star, The Cool Kids, Last Man Standing, 9-1-1, The Resident, Empire, Star, The Simpsons – ratings in the renewal range, no negative issues

NBC shows predicted to be canceled

Blindspot – low ratings, owned by WB

NBC shows predicted to be renewed

The Blacklist – borderline Friday premiere rating, but plenty of time in the coming weeks to reassess.
Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, SVU, Superstore, New Amsterdam, Manifest, This is Us – ratings in the renewal range, no negative issues.

TV Grim Reaper’s predictions are for scripted broadcast primetime show renewals for the 2019-20 season or cancellations by the end of the 2018-19 season.

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The reaper’s running prediction tally this season: 5-0

  • Right: I Feel Bad, Happy Together, Rel, The Good Place, Midnight Texas
  • Wrong:

Will & Grace was renewed before the season began. Jane The Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, iZombie, Gotham and The Big Bang Theory were canceled before the season began.

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