ABC Renew/Cancel Week 5: The Goldbergs No Longer Looking Golden

This week on the ABC Renew/Cancel, diminishing returns for a long-treasured veteran leads to questions about its future. Keep reading for an update on the Goldbergs!

Certain Cancellation:

Likely Cancellation:

Leans Cancellation:
Alaska Daily (0.26, 0.21-0.32)
The Goldbergs (0.38, 0.34-0.44)

Leans Renewal:
Big Sky (0.23, 0.19-0.26)
The Good Doctor (0.33, 0.25-0.39)
Home Economics (0.34, 0.30-0.38)
The Rookie: Feds (0.29, 0.23-0.34)

Likely Renewal:
The Conners (0.50, 0.46-0.53)
The Rookie (0.30, 0.27-0.33)

Certain Renewal:
Abbott Elementary (0.50, 0.46-0.57)
Grey's Anatomy (0.52, 0.49-0.55)
Station 19 (0.49, 0.44-0.53)

Coming Soon:
The Company You Keep
A Million Little Things
Not Dead Yet
Will Trent
The Wonder Years

The Goldbergs: This season has been a challenging one for The Goldberg's, and that was always going to be the case. After nine seasons as patriarch of the show's titular family, Jeff Garlin was let go from the show due to complaints about his on-set behavior. While his exit impacted many episodes of season nine, the show danced around that by using archival footage, CGI, and other means to explain his absence. His character was killed off in the premiere of season ten, and there was always the chance that this would cause part of the audience to flee. Another thing that made it apparent the show would struggle this year? Its new time slot. After having thrived at 8:30 nearly a decade ago, it returned to the slot already weakened, having lived off the local lead-in. With a lower Conners lead-in, the show has weakened even further, which is far from a surprise. Its 0.44 premiere, though weak by its own standards, was perfectly renewable for a bottom-of-the-hour comedy. However, it immediately stumbled below the 0.40 mark, and eventually hit a rounded 0.3. It rebounded a bit last week, and I do think 0.39 is a place where it could be renewed at if it were to stay stable there. However, I think a reversion to 0.3s is the more likely scenario, especially once spring rolls around, and it's time for ABC to let this show go, while it still has some dignity. It's old, expensive, and ABC doesn't own the show, so I see very little reason to expect them to go easy on it. Sony will likely fight to get another season for the show, but I think it's more likely than not that ABC will finally leave 1980something in the past this season. It now LEANS CANCELLATION.

The Rookie: Feds: Last week was a good week for The Rookie: Feds. First, the show rose to a healthier 0.29 in the demo, a rise of six hundredths, which truly needed to happen after the show's tumble to a rounded 0.2 the week prior. It also became the first new show of the season to receive a confirmed 22-episode season order, an episode count that isn't necessarily the expectation anymore in this age of television. It's another reason why Feds is clearly ABC's new show priority, as Alaska Daily (which did premiere a few weeks later, to be fair) has yet to receive a backorder, and may not get one at all. Building up episodes for streaming, or even for syndication, is important for a show like Feds, which will live or die based primarily on how it does on streaming. ABC indicating that they want to invest further in the show is a good sign, and while it's not out of the woods yet, fans can breathe a sign of relief for now. It LEANS RENEWAL.

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

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