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As usual, I've been following the Nielsen ratings for the major networks. Fringe was just officially renewed for next year--it did much better on Thursday than Past Life did in the same slot, which I think pushed it over the top. The first category below consists of series that have officially been picked up for next season. The next group is not yet official, but I can't imagine House, Desperate Housewives, and the like NOT returning. Then there's a doubtful group (with varying prospects), and last of all, the handful of shows I would be pretty surprised to see still on the air next fall, though they're not impossible. No reality shows listed, but the ones I care about (American Idol, Amazing Race, Survivor) are all safe.


Officially renewed: 90210, American Dad, The Big Bang Theory, Bones, Brothers & Sisters (renewal reported by Hollywood Reporter on March 6), The Cleveland Show, Community, Cougar Town, Family Guy, Fringe, Glee, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl, How I Met Your Mother, The Middle, Modern Family, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Office, Parks & Recreation, The Simpsons, Smallville, Supernatural, Two and a Half Men, Vampire Diaries

Shoo-ins: Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, House, Law & Order: SVU, The Mentalist, NCIS, Private Practice

Some doubt: 24, Accidentally on Purpose, Castle, Chuck, FlashForward, Gary Unmarried, Ghost Whisperer, Heroes, Human Target, Law & Order, Lie to Me, Life Unexpected, Medium, Mercy, New Adventures of Old Christine, One Tree Hill, V
(Several of these shows will be cancelled. I just don't know which ones exactly. There is no way they all survive. At this point, I think Castle, Chuck, Ghost Whisperer, L&O, Medium are probably all safe. FlashForward and V will really depend on the ratings when they return from hiatus. There's been talk of a 24 movie rather than another season on TV, so... that one could go either way. I almost put Mercy in the "probably dead" category.)

Probably dead: Better Off Ted, Brothers, Cold Case, The Forgotten, Melrose Place, Numbers, Scrubs, Til Death, Trauma

ETA: Already cancelled or ending this year -- The Beautiful Life, The Deep End, Dollhouse, Eastwick, Hank, Lost, Past Life, Three Rivers, and (one of my favorites) Ugly Betty

Date: 2010-03-07 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neutralalienist.livejournal.com
I hope you're right about Castle - it's a fun show, from what I've seen.

Heroes should really be put out of its misery.

Date: 2010-03-07 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghost2.livejournal.com
Castle has been doing better lately, so I think it's really improved its standing. I'd give it about a 70% chance of renewal right now. A couple of months ago, I was more 50/50 about it.

I can see Heroes going either way. Maybe NBC will bring it back for a limited number of episodes in the fall just to wrap up the whole thing and then let that be that.

Date: 2010-03-07 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madelf.livejournal.com
I thought Melrose Place had already been canceled. I'm still sad about Cold Case. I am really fond of that show for some reason.

Date: 2010-03-07 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghost2.livejournal.com
There have been rumors about Melrose Place and I wouldn't be surprised to hear the news at any point, but it isn't officially cancelled yet. It's been on hiatus for ages now, will be back with new episodes soon. One of the actors was quoted just yesterday as saying he thinks it will be renewed, which is pretty wishful thinking!

Last year, it was a matter of whether Cold Case or Without a Trace would get the ax. Cold Case barely survived, and now it's doing worse than it was last season.

Date: 2010-03-07 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madelf.livejournal.com
I'm not really too surprised about Cold Case. I mean, there are so many procedurals on at this point that it's kind of overwhelming.

I'm still crossing my fingers for a lot of stuff. Castle, Chuck and Lie to Me are some of my happy programs, so I really hope they're renewed. I'd be kind of surprised if Chuck is canceled though - I mean, NBC isn't really in a good spot to be losing any of its shows, is it.

Date: 2010-03-09 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghost2.livejournal.com
NBC is just a mess this year. They have some marginal shows (Mercy, Trauma, Heroes, etc.) than in most other years would be cancelled for sure. This season, though, who knows what they'll do. Chuck does look relatively strong next to most of their other series, just not quite enough that I would put it up there with a sure renewal like House.

Date: 2010-03-09 04:44 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bewarethespork.livejournal.com
I hope Castle and Chuck will be okay! I adore them both. Am also relieved about HIMYM and The Big Bang Theory.

But what's this I see about Scrubs probably dying? D:

Date: 2010-03-09 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghost2.livejournal.com
Scrubs is doing worse than two shows on the same network that have already been cancelled this year. So, not looking good. It still could get a miracle renewal, though. That occasionally happens.

Date: 2010-03-09 05:17 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bewarethespork.livejournal.com
I've been so excited for the return of Scrubs at the end of this month - against all my expectations, I've actually really loved the new season. I'm actually a bit surprised that it's not going so well. Why is that, do you know?

Date: 2010-03-09 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghost2.livejournal.com
Viewership last year was its lowest ever, then this year it dropped even more. I suspect a lot of people don't like the cast changes/have lost interest over time.

Date: 2010-03-09 05:34 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bewarethespork.livejournal.com
Huh. Even as a long-time fan, I loved the change of networks and am loving the new cast, too. Still, I guess I can understand why my views are not universally held.

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