ABC Renew/Cancel Week 7: Even With Weaker Ratings, ABC Needs The Conners

This week on the ABC Renew/Cancel, I focus on the middle hour of ABC's Wednesday lineup. Keep reading for my thoughts on The Conners and Home Economics!

Certain Cancellation:

Likely Cancellation:
Home Economics (0.34, 0.29-0.41)
Queens (0.32, 0.28-0.36) 

Leans Cancellation:
A Million Little Things (0.27, 0.23-0.31)

Leans Renewal:
Big Sky (0.34, 0.32-0.37)
The Goldbergs (0.59, 0.54-0.70)
The Rookie (0.33, 0.30-0.36)
The Wonder Years (0.49, 0.39-0.67)

Likely Renewal:
The Conners (0.55, 0.50-0.65)
The Good Doctor (0.41, 0.38-0.43)
Grey's Anatomy (0.66, 0.61-0.77)

Certain Renewal:
Station 19 (0.63, 0.56-0.76)

Already Renewed:

Already Canceled/Final Season:

Coming Soon:
Abbott Elementary
Promised Land
Women of the Movement

The Conners: Since the last time I talked about it, ratings for The Conners have gotten a bit worse, but for the most part, it remains pretty steady. Its 0.50 this week is nearly a series low, which is not encouraging, but the show is lucky in one regard: it's still easily one of the best-performing comedies on the network. It trails only The Goldbergs, a show that, with nine seasons to its name, is almost-certainly getting ready to depart the ABC schedule in the very near future. Newer entries like The Wonder Years and Home Economics haven't caught on, Blackish is ending, and their new midseason comedies either aren't airing in very good slots or they don't have time slots at all and could very-well both bomb. Even though they don't own it, ABC is not presently in a position to let go of The Conners if they see any future at all in airing sitcoms. It's a LIKELY RENEWAL, just by managing to get okay ratings as the world crumbles around it.

Home Economics: Speaking of crumbling, Home Economics! It was a shaky renewal to start with, and it's looked shakier than ever this season. Interest isn't there, not in live ratings, delayed viewing, or multi-platform viewing. While ABC decided to hand it a backorder, I still don't see any future for the show. The backorder was presumably given because ABC doesn't think new comedy Maggie will do any better, and not because Home Economics actually earned a renewal. With a new development season giving ABC plenty of opportunities to find a suitable replacement for Home Ec, I son't see any reason to expect that it'll be back. ABC's love for it can only go so far, as, at the end of the day, they're still a business that loves making money far more than they love any show. It's a LIKELY 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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