ABC Renew/Cancel Week 20: Schooled Won’t be Expelled Just Yet

It's time for another new ABC Renew/Cancel and just like most weeks, one of their comedies is once again reshuffled. Keep reading to see which comedy is on the move, plus an update on two freshman dramas.

Certain Cancellation:
Emergence (0.5)

Likely Cancellation:
The Baker & the Beauty (0.5)
Stumptown (0.5)

Leans Cancellation:
Bless This Mess (0.7)

Leans Renewal:
Mixed-ish (0.6)
Schooled (0.7)
Single Parents (0.6)

Likely Renewal:
American Housewife (0.6)
For Life (0.6)

Certain Renewal:
Black-ish (0.6)
The Conners (1.1)
The Goldbergs (0.9)
A Million Little Things (0.7)
The Rookie (0.6)

Already Renewed:
The Good Doctor
Grey's Anatomy
Station 19

Already Canceled/Final Season:
Fresh Off the Boat
How To Get Away With Murder
Modern Family

Coming Soon:
United We Fall

Schooled: I've gone back and forth with both this show and many other ABC comedies this season. I've thought it was both as good as dead and a safe bet for renewal. For months, it's been in a cancellation category, but lately it's been looking less weak. Its retention from The Goldbergs isn't terribly impressive, but its 0.6s and 0.7s of late don't look too bad when only The Conners and The Goldbergs are doing better than that now and multiple shows are in the 0.5 range. It's pretty easy to see Sony bundling this show with Goldbergs to get a renewal, and since it's not a huge bomb, I don't think ABC would reject that deal. It now LEANS RENEWAL, and I'd say it's the safest show in this category at the moment.

The Baker & the Beauty: I started out ABC's newest drama as a LIKELY CANCELLATION last week, and it ended up with a strong hold in the ratings for the next episode, actually rising above its premiere rating. I still think the outside ownership will be enough to kill it even if it doesn't go below 0.5, but I think it's more likely that we see some declines for the show in the very near future. I'm sticking with my first impression on this one, for the time being and likely for good.

For Life: Right after I upped this show to a LIKELY RENEWAL, it dropped to a new low of 0.5. The week after that, it dropped even further to a 0.4. The show got unlucky both weeks, being just 0.01 away from rounding up to a 0.6 and a 0.5, respectively. 0.44 still isn't a great result, and in most cases, it would be enough to make me consider a downgrade. It will keep its status, however, as the show is still one of the stronger new shows from ABC this season and has still managed to navigate some terrible lead-ins pretty well.

What do you think of my predictions? What are your predictions? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll of the week!

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