Summer Renew/Cancel Week 8: Match Game Returns in Trouble

There have been a few premieres in the past week, leading to multiple new entries in this week's Summer Renew/Cancel! Stay tuned for initial predictions for Match Game, Secret Celebrity Renovation, Dead Pixels and The Outpost, plus an update on one show that recently had its schedule shifted!

Certain to be Canceled:

Likely to be Canceled:
Card Sharks (0.4*)
Emergency Call (0.4*)
Mental Samurai (0.3*)
Small Fortune (0.3)
When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren (0.4)

Leans Cancellation:
Dead Pixels (0.0)
The Republic of Sarah (0.1)
Secret Celebrity Renovation (0.3)

Leans Renewal:
Capital One College Bowl (0.4)
The Celebrity Dating Game (0.4)
Crime Scene Kitchen (0.4)
HouseBroken (0.3)
The Hustler (0.3)
Kids Say the Darndest Things (0.4)
LEGO Masters (0.5)
Making It (0.3)
Match Game (0.4)
The Outpost (0.0)
Wellington Paranormal (0.0)

Likely to be Renewed:
The $100,000 Pyramid (0.5)
Beat Shazam (0.5)
Love Island (0.3)
Press Your Luck (0.5)

Certain to be Renewed:
America's Got Talent (0.9)
American Ninja Warrior (0.5)
Big Brother (0.9)
Celebrity Family Feud (0.7)
The Chase (0.6)
Hell's Kitchen (0.6)
MasterChef (0.6)
To Tell the Truth (0.4)

Fate Determined:
The Bachelorette (Renewed)
Burden of Truth (Final Season)
Duncanville (Renewed)
Dynasty (Renewed)
Good Girls (Canceled)
Holey Moley (Renewed)
In the Dark (Renewed)
Legends of Tomorrow (Renewed)
Riverdale (Renewed)
Roswell, New Mexico (Renewed)
Stargirl (Renewed)
Supergirl (Final Season)

Yet to Premiere:
Bachelor in Paradise
Fantasy Island
Family Game Fight!
The Ultimate Surfer

Match Game: Last night, Match Game returned from a months-long hiatus in fine fashion, with a 0.4 at 10 PM behind a 0.5 from Pyramid. It's not a great rating, put it's certainly nothing terrible and it's one of the better ratings for a 10 PM series on ABC (or any network) this summer. Still, I think Match Game is in more danger now than it's ever been in before. Despite ratings that are obviously acceptable, the show does not appear to be a priority for the network. The two (two!) episodes that it is set to air this summer are both holdovers from last season, episodes that didn't make it to air during its run last summer/fall. Other summer game shows, including Press Your Luck, also had episodes held over from last season, but they ended up producing more episodes this season as well, allowing them to have full-season runs over the summer. That ABC didn't produce another season of Match Game alongside the other game shows is certainly a worrying sign. While the ratings don't point to a cancellation, other factors say it's a possibility, and that's why it only LEANS RENEWAL.

When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren: Speaking of ABC summer shows, this one is in real trouble. It's only aired three episodes and is moving from 8 PM to a less desirable 9 PM time slot after posting two straight 0.3s in ABC's best Thursday night slot. It's obvious that ABC is less than thrilled by its performance and is trying to salvage Thursday nights in some way. If they're already admitting defeat in regards to this show, I see little reason to suspect that they'd renew it. It's now a LIKELY CANCELLATION. 

Secret Celebrity Renovation: I'll be completely honest. When making last week's Renew/Cancel, I entirely forgot that this show existed. Its ratings were so mediocre that I didn't remember to predict anything for it initially. That's changing this week! With two weeks at 0.3, the show is far from a breakout, but I don't think CBS would expect any sort of breakout in such a dismal slot. This feels like a pretty classic one-and-done summer show where the ratings aren't offensively bad, but they're not good either. The show does about what a repeat would do in the slot, not worse and not better. I don't think that's going to be enough for a renewal, but it's not off the table, either. Maybe it could come back as filler; the ratings have yet to make me definitely say that that's not possible. However, the safe bet here seems to be that this show LEANS CANCELLATION.

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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