Full List Of All Canceled And Renewed Broadcast Scripted Shows For The 2020-21 Season
As this was written, the fates of Good Girls, Manifest, Zoey’s Amazing Playlist (canceled 6/9) & Debris (canceled 5/27) were unknown. The post will be updated with the news when it appears.
Now, let’s breakdown this year’s misses!
Decently rated veteran shows
Superstore, Mom, NCIS: New Orleans & MacGyver were all decently rated veteran shows when they were canceled. This happens when the costs of producing more episodes exceeds the financial payback from ad sales + syndication sales, all of which is non-public information. I’m almost never going to get these kinds of predictions correct.
Strategy timing fail
Bless the Harts was terribly rated, and likely headed for cancellation, but it was predicted likely renewed when it was canceled.
How could I be so stupid?
In a typical season, there are cancellations of failed rookie shows in the Nov-Dec period (this season’s strange timing meant that didn’t happen), and then usually little to no news of cancellations until late April. For that reason, I default to “likely renewed” if I think there’s any chance of renewal until mid-April.
In Bless the Harts case, animated shows are often produced well in advance and you never know when there’s already another season “in the can” (witness what happened with The Great North) and the shows are sometimes surprisingly renewed.
Late premiering rookie
Rebel was decently rated (89% of ABC’s scripted avg rating), but when a network premiers a show late in the season that already indicates it’s a low priority. I thought its decent ratings would overcome that low priority, but they didn’t!
This season’s 59-6 (91%) record was typical of recent seasons. Given the relatively few shows (90-100 shows has been typical in recent seasons), and the compressed timing of the “real’ season, I’m happy with that!
Sort the list by clicking on the column headings.
|ABC||A Million Little Things (Disney)||renewed|
|ABC||American Housewife (Disney)||canceled|
|ABC||Big Sky (Disney)||renewed|
|ABC||Call Your Mother (Sony)||canceled|
|ABC||For Life (Disney/Sony)||canceled|
|ABC||Grey's Anatomy (Disney)||renewed|
|ABC||Home Economics (Disney/Lionsgate)||renewed|
|ABC||Station 19 (Disney)||renewed|
|ABC||The Conners (Carsey-Werner)||renewed|
|ABC||The Goldbergs (Sony)||renewed|
|ABC||The Good Doctor (Disney/Sony)||renewed|
|ABC||The Rookie (Disney/eOne)||renewed|
|CBS||All Rise (WB/CBS)||canceled|
|CBS||Blue Bloods (CBS)||renewed|
|CBS||Bob Hearts Abishola (WB)||renewed|
|CBS||B Positive (WB)||renewed|
|CBS||FBI: Most Wanted (CBS)||renewed|
|CBS||Magnum, P.I. (CBS/NBCU)||renewed|
|CBS||NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)||renewed|
|CBS||NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)||canceled|
|CBS||SEAL Team (CBS)||renewed for 4 eps on CBS, rest of s5 on Paramount+|
|CBS||The Neighborhood (CBS)||renewed|
|CBS||The Unicorn (CBS)||canceled|
|CBS||United States of Al (WB)||renewed|
|CBS||Young Sheldon (WB)||renewed through '23-'24 season|
|CW||All American (WB)||renewed|
|CW||Black Lightning (WB)||renanceled*|
|CW||DC's Legends Of Tomorrow (WB)||renewed|
|CW||In The Dark (CBS)||renewed|
|CW||Kung Fu (WB)||renewed|
|CW||Nancy Drew (CBS)||renewed|
|CW||Roswell, NM (WB)||renewed|
|CW||Superman And Lois (WB)||renewed|
|CW||The Flash (WB)||renewed|
|Fox||9-1-1: Lonestar (Disney)||renewed|
|Fox||Bless The Harts (Fox/Disney)||canceled|
|Fox||Bob's Burgers (Disney)||renewed through '22-'23 season|
|Fox||Call Me Kat (WB)||renewed|
|Fox||Duncanville (Fox/Disney/NBCU)||renewed for season 3, season 2 premieres May, 2021|
|Fox||Family Guy (Disney)||renewed through '22-'23 season|
|Fox||Last Man Standing (Disney)||renanceled*|
|Fox||Prodigal Son (WB/Fox)||canceled|
|Fox||The Great North (Fox/Disney)||renewed through '22-'23 season|
|Fox||The Moodys (Fox/CBS)||canceled|
|Fox||The Resident (Disney)||renewed|
|Fox||The Simpsons (Disney)||renewed through '22-'23 season|
|NBC||Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBCU)||renanceled* (ending in '21-'22)|
|NBC||Chicago Fire (NBCU)||renewed through '22-'23 season|
|NBC||Chicago Med (NBCU)||renewed through '22-'23 season|
|NBC||Chicago P.D. (NBCU)||renewed through '22-'23 season|
|NBC||Good Girls (NBCU)||likely cancellation|
|NBC||Law & Order: OC (NBCU)||renewed|
|NBC||Law & Order: SVU (NBCU)||renewed through '22-'23 season|
|NBC||Manifest (WB)||likely renewal|
|NBC||Mr. Mayor (NBCU)||renewed|
|NBC||New Amsterdam (NBCU)||renewed through '22-'23 season|
|NBC||The Blacklist (Sony)||renewed|
|NBC||This Is Us (Disney)||renanceled*|
|NBC||Young Rock (NBCU)||renewed|
|NBC||Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBCU)||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.
- 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, SEAL Team, Debris, Zoey’s Amazing Playlist
- Wrong: Superstore, Mom, NCIS: New Orleans, Bless The Harts, MacGyver, Rebel
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.