Final Renewal / Cancellation Predictions & Status For Every 2020-21 Broadcast Scripted TV Show

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The final TV show renewal and cancellation predictions for the 2020-21 season!

I’ll be updating this post as news arrives. Edits to the post after posting on May 10, 2020 will be in ALL CAPS to distinguish them from the original post.

In last week’s news: The CW renewed Kung Fu. ABC renewed Big Sky & The Good Doctor.

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.

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NetShow (Producer)Status
ABCA Million Little Things (Disney)RENEWED
ABCAmerican Housewife (Disney)CANCELED
ABCBig Sky (Disney)renewed
ABCblack-ish (Disney)RENANCELED*
ABCCall Your Mother (Sony)CANCELED
ABCFor Life (Disney/Sony)CANCELED
ABCGrey's Anatomy (Disney)RENEWED
ABCHome Economics (Disney/Lionsgate)RENEWED
ABCMixed-ish (Disney)CANCELED
ABCRebel (Sony/Disney)CANCELED
ABCStation 19 (Disney)RENEWED
ABCThe Conners (Carsey-Werner)RENEWED
ABCThe Goldbergs (Sony)RENEWED
ABCThe Good Doctor (Disney/Sony)renewed
ABCThe Rookie (Disney/eOne)RENEWED
CBSAll Rise (WB/CBS)CANCELED
CBSBlue Bloods (CBS)renewed
CBSBob Hearts Abishola (WB)renewed
CBSB Positive (WB)RENEWED
CBSBull (CBS)renewed
CBSClarice (CBS)CANCELED on CBS, s2 maybe on Paramount+
CBSEqualizer (CBS/NBCU)renewed
CBSFBI (CBS/NBCU)renewed
CBSFBI: Most Wanted (CBS)renewed
CBSMacGyver (CBS)canceled
CBSMagnum, P.I. (CBS/NBCU)renewed
CBSMom (WB)canceled
CBSNCIS (CBS)renewed
CBSNCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)renewed
CBSNCIS: New Orleans (CBS)canceled
CBSSEAL Team (CBS)RENEWED for 4 eps on CBS(?), rest of s5 on Paramount+
CBSSWAT (CBS/Sony)renewed
CBSThe Neighborhood (CBS)renewed
CBSThe Unicorn (CBS)CANCELED
CBSUnited States of Al (WB)RENEWED
CBSYoung Sheldon (WB)renewed through '23-'24 season
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
CWKung Fu (WB)renewed
CWLegacies (WB)renewed
CWNancy Drew (CBS)renewed
CWRiverdale (WB)renewed
CWRoswell, NM (WB)renewed
CWSupergirl (WB)renanceled*
CWSuperman And Lois (WB)renewed
CWThe Flash (WB)renewed
CWWalker (CBS)renewed
Fox9-1-1 (Disney)RENEWED
Fox9-1-1: Lonestar (Disney)RENEWED
FoxBless The Harts (Fox/Disney)canceled
FoxBob's Burgers (Disney)renewed through '22-'23 season
FoxCall Me Kat (WB)RENEWED
FoxDuncanville (Fox/Disney/NBCU)renewed for season 3, season 2 premieres May, 2021
FoxFamily Guy (Disney)renewed through '22-'23 season
FoxLast Man Standing (Disney)renanceled*
FoxProdigal Son (WB/Fox)CANCELED
FoxThe Great North (Fox/Disney)renewed through '22-'23 season
FoxThe Moodys (Fox/CBS)canceled
FoxThe Resident (Disney)RENEWED
FoxThe Simpsons (Disney)renewed through '22-'23 season
NBCBrooklyn Nine-Nine (NBCU)renanceled* (ending in '21-'22)
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
NBCDebris (NBCU)likely cancellation
NBCGood Girls (NBCU)likely cancellation
NBCKenan (NBCU)renewed
NBCLaw & Order: OC (NBCU)RENEWED
NBCLaw & Order: SVU (NBCU)renewed through '22-'23 season
NBCManifest (WB)likely renewal
NBCMr. Mayor (NBCU)renewed
NBCNew Amsterdam (NBCU)renewed through '22-'23 season
NBCSuperstore (NBCU)canceled
NBCThe Blacklist (Sony)renewed
NBCThis Is Us (Disney)RENANCELED*
NBCYoung Rock (NBCU)renewed
NBCZoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBCU)likely cancellation

ABC shows predicted to be canceled

Call Your Mother (CANCELED 5/14) – ABC’s lowest rated sitcom
For Life (CANCELED 5/14)  – ABC’s lowest rated scripted show
Mixed-ish (CANCELED 5/14) – third lowest rated ABC show, only 13 episodes produced, which for a veteran show is a big negative indicator.
American Housewife (CANCELED 5/14) – good ratings, but veteran shows with only 13 episodes produced are almost always dead. However, if the 13 episodes were a result of COVID restrictions, this prediction will be wrong!

ABC shows predicted to be renewed

Rebel (CANCELED 5/14), Home Economics (RENEWED 5/14) – both have borderline ratings for rookie shows. Both close calls.
black-ish (RENANCELED* 5/14) – ratings are fine, but seven seasons is often a break point for shows when cast contracts need to be re-negotiated, for that reason, a cancellation would not be shocking.
The Conners (RENEWED 5/14) – while third season shows are rarely canceled, and the only risk to The Conners is the cast failing to strike another salary deal, or the producer being unable to strike another license feel deal.
The Rookie (RENEWED 5/14), A Million Little Things (RENEWED 5/14)– third season shows are rarely canceled, no matter the ratings.
The Goldbergs (RENEWED 5/14) – ABC’s third highest rated show, but also its second oldest. There’s always a small chance that old shows end without warning.
Station 19  (RENEWED 5/10) – Would be shocked if this show was canceled this season. Renanceling* is far more likely.
Grey’s Anatomy  (RENEWED 5/10) – ABC’s highest rated show. Would be shocked if this show was canceled this season. Renanceling* is far more likely.

CBS shows predicted to be canceled

Clarice (CANCELED by CBS, s2 maybe on Paramount+) – CBS’s lowest rated show, by far
The Unicorn (CANCELED 5/15) – ratings finished borderline, lead signed on to a new AppleTV+ show, only had 13 episodes ordered. Still, second season cancellations don’t happen often, so a renewal would not be shocking.
All Rise (CANCELED 5/15) – ratings have drifted down to the borderline, and it’s a WB production, another second season cancellation prediction that’s a close call.

CBS shows predicted to be renewed

B Positive, United States Of Al (BOTH RENEWED 5/15) – not much to distinguish the “good enough” ratings of these two Chuck Lorre shows. CBS never renews all their freshmen sitcoms, but they also never cancel a Chuck Lorre show in season 1. I’m guessing the latter trend holds, but won’t be surprised if the former trend holds instead!
SEALTeam (RENEWED 4 eps on CBS(?), then more on Paramount+)– somewhat surprisingly not included in the recent renewals, would be shocked if it was canceled, but there’s a chance now.

CW shows predicted to be canceled

CW shows predicted to be renewed

Fox shows predicted to be canceled

Prodigal Son (CANCELED) 5/10 – lowest rated of the four Fox dramas, would be surprised if it was renewed

Fox shows predicted to be renewed

The Resident (RENEWED 5/17) – would be surprised if it was canceled.
Call Me Kat (RENEWED 5/10)– if Fox continues airing live action comedies next season it would be shocking if it was canceled.
911, 911:Lone Star (BOTH RENEWED 5/17) – would be shocked if either were canceled.

NBC shows predicted to be canceled

Debris – rookie show, very low ratings
Good Girls – lowest rated NBC scripted show, however, the combination of Netflix co-production and CA taxpayer subsidy which has kept it alive might do so again.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – terrible ratings, again, but similar to the the level that still allowed it to be renewed last year, and wouldn’t be shocked if it happened again

NBC shows predicted to be renewed

Manifest – third season shows are rarely canceled, no matter the ratings
Law & Order: OC (RENEWED 5/14) – no chance this gets canceled

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: 56-6

  • Right: Connecting, The Blacklist, Walker, Batwoman, Nancy Drew, Charmed, Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, In the Dark, Legacies, Riverdale, Roswell, NM, The Flash, The Neighborhood, Bob Hears Abishola, Superman & Lois, The Simpsons, Equalizer, Mr. Mayor, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, Young Sheldon, NCIS, Bull, SWAT, Magnum PI, Blue Bloods, The Moodys, NCIS:LA, Young Rock, Kenan, Kung Fu, The Good Doctor, Big Sky, Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, Call Me Kat, Prodigal Son, blackish, The Goldbergs, The Conners, A Million Little Things, Home Economics, The Rookie, Law & Order: OC, American Housewife, Mixedish, For Life, Clarice, The Unicorn, All Rise, B Positive, The United States of Al, 911, 911: Lone Star, The Resident
  • Wrong: Superstore, Mom, NCIS: New Orleans, Bless The Harts, MacGyver, Rebel
  • Pending: SEALTeam if it airs any episodes on CBS in the 2021-22 season, will move this to Right. If not, will move to Wrong.

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

The Great North was renewed for the 2021-22 season before its 2020-21 season began. It was renewed for the 2022-23 season on 5/17/21.

*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. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, blackish & This Is Us were renanceled and will end in the 2021-22 season.

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