The 2016-2017 TV season is finally coming to a close, so ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW have all started renewing and cancelling shows. Many of them deserve getting the ax before the networks make their upfront presentations to advertisers in New York, but others never got the chance to find an audience. Even some long-running shows like Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing have been cut.
Below is a complete list of every cancelled show from each network. The list will continue to be updated, so keep checking back. Also, this list doesn’t include shows that aired their final seasons, like Fox’s Bones, NBC’s Grimm and The CW’s The Vampire Diaries and Beauty and the Beast.
UPDATE #1: This list now includes 2 Broke Girls.
UPDATE #2: NBC’s Timeless has been taken off the list! Yes, NBC renewed the show just three days after cancelling it!
UPDATE #3: CBS’ The Great Indoors added.
UPDATE #4: CBS canned their remake of The Odd Couple.
UPDATE #5: Pure Genius (CBS) and Shots Fired (Fox) added.
- American Crime – ABC’s attempt to create a successful and serious anthology series, this was created by 12 Yeas A Slave writer John Ridley. The show was never a ratings winner, with season three averaging just 1.9 million viewers and a 0.39 18-49 rating. It’s amazing that the show lasted three years.
- The Catch – This show proved that not everything from Shonda Rhimes’ production company is a winner. Season two averaged 3.28 million viewers and a 0.68 18-49 rating.
- Dr. Ken – With its Friday night sibling Last Man Standing getting canned, it’s no surprise that Ken Jeong’s Dr. Ken was cancelled too, despite some pretty good ratings. Season two averaged 4.4 million viewers and a 0.88 rating.
- Imaginary Mary – Poor Jenna Elfman’s losing streak continues. This weird series about a single woman with an animated imaginary friend has averaged 3.3 million viewers and a 0.92 rating through seven episodes.
- Last Man Standing – Although Tim Allen’s show was down from season five in the ratings, the numbers were quite strong for a Friday show. It averaged 6.5 million viewers, but its 1.15 18-49 rating might have done it in. Advertisers love the young’uns.
- The Real O’Neals – This show’s second season lasted just 16 episodes and it’s not clear how it even lasted that long. No episode had over 3.8 million viewers and only four episodes managed to get a 1.0 18-49 rating or better. Season two averaged 3.06 million viewers and a 0.93 rating.
- Secrets and Lies – Without Ryan Phillippe in season two, this show floundered. Season two averaged 3.26 million viewers and a 0.76 18-49 rating.
- Time After Time – Time traveling shows lost big in 2016-2017. Only the first five episodes of the show aired, averaging 2.2 million viewers and a 0.55 18-49 rating.
- American Gothic – A show’s ratings have to be really terrible for a show to get cancelled at CBS. This summer series averaged just 2.7 million viewers and a 0.53 18-49 rating.
- BrainDead – This political satire also aired during the summer. It averaged 2.6 million viewers and a 0.39 18-49 rating.
- Doubt – If Jenna Elfman and Katherine Heigl starred in a show together, it would probably be cancelled after the first half-hour. This show, starring Heigl, lasted two episodes before CBS gave up. But if the show was on any other network, it might have lived on. After all, episode two had 4 million viewers and a 0.55 18-49 rating. When you’re on “America’s Most Watched Network” though, that means you get thrown in the trash.
- 2 Broke Girls – This show, which is already living in syndication, will not get a seventh season. The sixth season averaged just 5.6 million viewers and a 1.31 18-49 rating. That’s certainly not bad, but it’s not enough to keep the show alive on CBS.
- The Great Indoors – Not every CBS comedy starring a white male who can’t stand millennials survives. The Joel McHale sitcom averaged 6.9 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating, but the season finale only had 3.9 million viewers and a 0.70 18-49 rating. Strangely, the last two episodes aired on Mondays, even though the ratings were good when the show aired on Thursdays.
The Odd Couple – A month after star Matthew Perry tweeted, “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,” the show was cancelled. The show averaged a 1.3 18-49 rating, including delayed viewing.
- Pure Genius – The series, created by Friday Night Lights‘ Jason Katims, averaged just a 0.86 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.34 million viewers.
- APB – While the 3.43 million viewers average isn’t too bad for a Fox show, this police drama only mustered a 0.78 18-49 rating. That’s not good enough to survive.
- Making History – Another time-travelling show and another cancellation. This comedy was canned just before its series finale airs on May 14. The show averaged 1.5 million viewers and a 0.68 18-49 rating.
- Pitch – You can be forgiven if you forgot that Pitch even aired. The show had the misfortune of airing sporadically during the fall thanks to Fox’s MLB playoff coverage. That’s a bit ironic – baseball hurt the show about baseball. It averaged 3 million viewers and a 0.83 18-49 rating.
- Rosewood – The Morris Chestnut-starring drama was moved from Thursdays to Fridays when the calendar turned to 2017 and the ratings slide continued. Season two averaged 3 million viewers and a 0.66 18-49 rating.
- Sleepy Hollow – This show lasted to season four against all odds, but Fox has had enough. Season four averaged just 1.9 million viewers and a 0.50 rating.
- Son of Zorn – It was a bad season for time-travelling shows and it was also a bad year for live-action/animation hybrids. It still doesn’t make sense why networks think these will work. This show aired on Sundays and averaged 3 million viewers and a 1.29 18-49 rating.
- You The Jury – You, the audience, decided that you didn’t care about You, The Jury, either that or no one had any idea it was on. The show was ripped from the schedule after two episodes, neither of which had over 1.6 million viewers or a 0.4 rating.
- Shots Fired – This show, which was considered a limited series anyway, will not get a second season. Season one averaged just 3.56 million viewers and a 0.89 18-49 rating.
- Aquarius – One of the great television mysteries of all time will always be “How the heck did Aquarius get a second season? NBC tried something fancy with the first year, putting every episode up online at once and still airing every episode. Season two, which aired form June to September 2016, averaged just 1.75 million viewers and a 0.34 18-49 rating.
- The Blacklist: Redemption – Did you know there was a Blacklist spin-off? Unlike the original show, the first season of Redemption barely registered with audiences, averaging just 4 million viewers and a 0.75 18-49 rating after eight episodes.
- Emerald City – Let’s mix Game of Thrones with The Wizard of Oz and make Dorothy a grown woman! People will definitely watch that! Well, they didn’t. The ten-episode first season averaged just 3 million viewers and a 0.72 18-49 rating.
- Powerless – Let’s make a superhero show without any superheroes! People will totally watch that! This one didn’t work out either. Despite the charming Vanessa Hudgens, only the first nine episodes aired and audiences didn’t watch them. It averaged 2.3 million viewers and a 0.71 18-49 rating.
- Timeless – This is one of the highest-rated shows to get cancelled. For some strange reason, a show that actually had some educational value aired long after children should be in bed and that probably didn’t help the live ratings. Although it’s viewer average was a low 4.6 million, it averaged a 1.10 18-49 rating. UPDATE: NBC has renewed Timeless!
- Frequency – Life at The CW is really tough for shows that don’t involve vampires, superheroes or zombies. This show, based on the movie of the same name, averaged just 936,000 viewers and a 0.27 18-49 rating. Even that’s too low for The CW.
No Tomorrow – This forgotten show did even worse than Frequency.
It averaged 794,000 viewers and a 0.26 rating.
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