Predictions Week 21: For Life Is Likely To Be Canceled

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For Life is likely to be canceled. It was a close call renewal after season 1 at 76% of ABC’s spring 2020 scripted ratings, but this spring it’s fallen to just 54% of ABC’s average, that’s in the cancellation range for a sophomore show.

In last week’s unsurprising news, the CW renewed all their non-rookie shows, and threw in a renewal of rookie Walker for good measure. The CW hasn’t canceled a non-rookie show without announcing a final season (aka, “renanceling”) since Hart Of Dixie in May, 2015.

TV Grim Reaper’s predictions are for scripted broadcast primetime show renewals for the 2021-22 season or cancellations by the end of the 2020-21 season.

See all the Reaper’s past predictions here.

NetShow (Producer)Status
ABCA Million Little Things (Disney)likely renewal
ABCAmerican Housewife (Disney)likely renewal
ABCBig Sky (Disney)likely renewal
ABCblack-ish (Disney)likely renewal
ABCCall Your Mother (Sony)likely cancellation
ABCFor Life (Disney/Sony)likely cancellation
ABCGrey's Anatomy (Disney)likely renewal
ABCMixed-ish (Disney)likely renewal
ABCStation 19 (Disney)likely renewal
ABCThe Conners (Carsey-Werner)likely renewal
ABCThe Goldbergs (Sony)likely renewal
ABCThe Good Doctor (Disney/Sony)likely renewal
ABCThe Rookie (Disney/eOne)likely renewal
CBSAll Rise (WB/CBS)likely renewal
CBSBlue Bloods (CBS)likely renewal
CBSBob Hearts Abishola (WB)likely renewal
CBSB Positive (WB)likely renewal
CBSBull (CBS)likely renewal
CBSFBI (CBS/NBCU)certain renewal
CBSFBI: Most Wanted (CBS)likely renewal
CBSMacGyver (CBS)likely renewal
CBSMagnum, P.I. (CBS/NBCU)certain renewal
CBSMom (WB)likely renewal
CBSNCIS (CBS)likely renewal
CBSNCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)likely renewal
CBSNCIS: New Orleans (CBS)likely renewal
CBSSEAL Team (CBS)likely renewal
CBSSWAT (CBS/Sony)likely renewal
CBSThe Neighborhood (CBS)certain renewal
CBSThe Unicorn (CBS)likely cancellation
CBSYoung Sheldon (WB)likely renewal
CWAll American (WB)renewed
CWBatwoman (WB)renewed
CWBlack Lightning (WB)renanceled*
CWCharmed (CBS)renewed
CWDC's Legends Of Tomorrow (WB)renewed
CWDynasty (CBS)renewed
CWIn The Dark (CBS)renewed
CWLegacies (WB)renewed
CWNancy Drew (CBS)renewed
CWRiverdale (WB)renewed
CWRoswell, NM (WB)renewed
CWSupergirl (WB)renanceled*
CWThe Flash (WB)renewed
CWWalker (CBS)renewed
Fox9-1-1 (Disney)likely renewal
Fox9-1-1: Lonestar (Disney)likely renewal
FoxBless The Harts (Fox/Disney)likely renewal
FoxBob's Burgers (Disney)renewed through '22-'23 season
FoxCall Me Kat (WB)likely renewal
FoxFamily Guy (Disney)renewed through '22-'23 season
FoxLast Man Standing (Disney)renanceled*
FoxProdigal Son (WB/Fox)likely cancellation
FoxThe Great North (Fox/Disney)renewed
FoxThe Resident (Disney)likely renewal
FoxThe Simpsons (Disney)likely renewal
NBCChicago Fire (NBCU)renewed through '22-'23 season
NBCChicago Med (NBCU)renewed through '22-'23 season
NBCChicago P.D. (NBCU)renewed through '22-'23 season
NBCConnecting (NBCU)canceled
NBCLaw & Order: SVU (NBCU)renewed through '22-'23 season
NBCManifest (WB)likely renewal
NBCMr. Mayor (NBCU)likely renewal
NBCNew Amsterdam (NBCU)renewed through '22-'23 season
NBCSuperstore (NBCU)canceled
NBCThe Blacklist (Sony)renewed
NBCThis Is Us (Disney)renewed
NBCZoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBCU)likely renewal

ABC shows predicted to be canceled

Call Your Mother – ratings have fallen to a level where renewal is unlikely.
For Life  – currently ABC’s lowest rated scripted show

ABC shows predicted to be renewed

The Conners, The Rookie, A Million Little Things – third season shows are rarely canceled, no matter the ratings.
Black-ish, Mixed-ish, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy,  American Housewife, Big Sky  – ratings in the renewal range.

CBS shows predicted to be canceled

The Unicorn – currently the lowest rated CBS scripted show

CBS shows predicted to be renewed

SWAT – CBS 4th season drama cancellations are rare, but it happened to Scorpion. It will be determined by its (non-public) syndication deal, since its ratings are among CBS’s lowest.
NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: LA, Blue Bloods, NCIS – there is some danger for these very old CBS dramas, since their (non-public) syndication deals determine their longevity.
FBI, Magnum, PI, The Neighborhood – third season shows that will have completed 66 episodes are guaranteed renewal.
SEAL Team, Bob Hearts Abishola, Young Sheldon, FBI: Most Wanted, B Positive, All Rise– ratings in the renewal range.

CW shows predicted to be canceled

CW shows predicted to be renewed

Fox shows predicted to be canceled

Prodigal Son – currently the lowest rated Fox scripted show

Fox shows predicted to be renewed

Call Me Kat – ratings OK, stay tuned.
Bless The Harts, The Simpsons, The Resident – ratings in the renewal range.

NBC shows predicted to be canceled

NBC shows predicted to be renewed

Mr. Mayor – ratings OK, stay tuned.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – borderline ratings, again, stay tuned.
Manifest – third season shows are rarely canceled, no matter the ratings.

Why no predictions for Fox’s LA’s Finest, Filthy Rich, & NEXT; CBS’s Star Trek Discovery, Manhunt:Deadly Games, & One Day At A Time; CW’s Pandora, The Outpost, Devils, Coroner, & Swamp Thing; and NBC’s Transplant?

All of those shows were either no hope “mid-season” shows from the 2019-20 season delayed into Fall 2020, or shows that had aired “elsewhere” (outside the US, on cable, or on SVOD) and were bought/corporate transferred for Fall 2020 fill in purposes only. None of them have any in-season futures on US broadcast networks, so predictions for them are moot.


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The reaper’s running prediction tally this season: 13-1

  • Right: Connecting, The Blacklist, Walker, Batwoman, Nancy Drew, Charmed, Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, In the Dark, Legacies, Riverdale, Roswell, NM, The Flash 
  • Wrong: Superstore

Already renewed:
Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago, PD, Law & Order: SVU, New Amsterdam, The Great North & This is Us were renewed for the 2021-22 season before their 2020-21 seasons began.

*Renanceled (renewed for a final season):
Supergirl, Black Lightning & Last Man Standing were renanceled before their seasons began and will end in the 2020-21 season.

How good have TV Grim Reaper’s predictions been in past seasons? See his past prediction record here.