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We’re in the heat of the season of TV renewals and cancellations. And while the people behind the shows are awaiting the networks’ decisions, viewers are also feeling the tension.
While Business Insider has already weighed in on the shows that we predict are going to be canceled, it’s interesting to see what viewers are thinking (and worrying about).
Business Insider partnered withAmobee Brand Intelligence– a company that provides marketing insight and measures real-time content consumption across the internet – to find out which TV shows are most mentioned on social media as “on the bubble,” which means the shows that are in danger of being canceled.
Here are the shows that people think are most in danger of being canceled:
10. “Elementary” (CBS)
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The clues for the cancellation of “Elementary” are all there and the viewers are clearly picking up on them. While CBS has been the most-watched broadcast network for years, its audience traditionally steers older than the under-50 crowd advertisers are aiming for, so it doesn’t have much patience for low-rated shows, and “Elementary” is the network’s lowest-rated returning show.
The network may let it finish its current fifth season because that makes it ripe for syndication sales. But it may not be worth keeping for a sixth.
9. “2 Broke Girls” (CBS)
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People are probably seeing red flags for “2 Broke Girls” because it wasn’t included in the 18 show renewals CBS announced in March. The fact is that “2 Broke Girls” has lost nearly 18% of its audience from last year and that’s bad news. The good news is that CBS has plenty of other shows it needs to ax before “2 Broke Girls.”
8. “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox)
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It isn’t hard to see that “Sleepy Hollow” should have been put to bed after its low-rated third season. Fox renewed the show anyway, with a pretty major reboot, but it didn’t work. It’sFox’s lowest-rated show, and it has lost nearly 40% of last season’s audience.
7. “Scream Queens” (Fox)
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While its first season was campy and fun, the latest season of “Scream Queens” feels like a big disaster. Even bringing on heartthrobs John Stamos and Taylor Lautner hasn’t kept this show from bleeding out. Its ratings have fallen by nearly 45% over last year’s numbers. With its star-studded cast and elaborate sets, the cost of the show at these ratings appears unjustifiable.
But fans may have a lifeline. The fact that Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”) is an executive producer could keep it from cancellation, as Fox may want to preserve that relationship.
6. “Chicago Med” (NBC)
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Is there a such thing as too many “Chicago” spin-offs? For NBC, that’s a hard no.
But viewers are probably sensing that “Chicago Med” is lucky to be part of that family. Its ratings have fallen nearly 27% over last season. But the franchise’s newest spin-off, “Chicago Justice,” is actually lower-rated. In the end, we predict all four shows in the franchise will be picked up for another season.
5. “The Odd Couple” (CBS)
In December, CBS decided for the third season in a row not to order more than 13 episodes of the comedy starring Matthew Perry. The show is CBS’s lowest-rated comedy, so it’s looking like a breakup is ahead for “The Odd Couple.”
And if all that wasn’t enough of a message from CBS to the show and its viewers, there’s this tweet from Perry:
My face on the Odd Couple stage door has been painted over with green paint.I think it’s safe to assume that we have been cancelled.#subtle
— matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) April 10, 2017
4. “Pitch” (Fox)
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The ratings for “Pitch” were far from a home run, but critics were fond of it. And Fox likes that it gives them some diversity cred with its storyline surrounding a woman of color breaking the sports glass ceiling. The truth is there are plenty of dramas that are doing worse than “Pitch” and Fox could probably afford another season of the show.
3. “Blindspot” (NBC)
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Oh, you TV viewers are such a finicky bunch. “Blindspot” was a source of pride for NBC in its first season, as it was one of the top-rated new shows on TV. But it’s falling hard. Now it floats around the middle of NBC’s slate of shows. That doesn’t sound so bad, butit has lost about 42%of the audience that advertisers want most, adults under 50, since last season. And that might be enough to spike this mission.
2. “Timeless” (NBC)
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“Timeless” was one of the better reviewed shows from this year’s time-travel trend. But relatively, it tanked, considering that NBC gave it the coveted spot after “The Voice.” That said, there are at least three more new dramas that have lower ratings. Also, the Friday night spot is opening with “Grimm” wrapping up its run this season. “Timeless” may do better there as there’s less ratings pressure for shows on Friday nights.
1. “Quantico” (ABC)
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The show with the most chatter surrounding its “one the bubble” status is “Quantico.” We’re certainly on the same page with you. There’s reason to worry here.
In its first season, “Quantico” and its star Priyanka Chopra, the first Indian female lead on American broadcast TV, were the toast of the town and scoring a ratings win. Now in its second season, the show has seen its audience fall by about 35%, and it’s one ofthe lowest-rated shows on ABC.