ABC Renew/Cancel Week 6: The Conners Will Easily Continue

A pair of Wednesday comedies come into the spotlight on this week's horrifying Halloween-themed edition of the ABC Renew/Cancel, but things aren't so scary for either show, with one due for a major treat! Keep reading to see which shows I'm alluding to!

Certain to be Tricked:

Likely to be Tricked:

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

Leans towards being Treated:
Big Sky (0.25, 0.19-0.31)
The Good Doctor (0.33, 0.25-0.39)
Home Economics (0.35, 0.30-0.39)
The Rookie: Feds (0.28, 0.23-0.34)

Likely to be Treated:
The Rookie (0.31, 0.27-0.35)

Certain to be Treated:
Abbott Elementary (0.50, 0.46-0.57)
The Conners (0.51, 0.46-0.56)
Grey's Anatomy (0.51, 0.46-0.55)
Station 19 (050, 0.44-0.53)

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

The Conners: Though far from the heights it reached early in its run, The Conners has returned to being a top comedy player this season, posting a single-digit decline from last season and rating as the #4 comedy on TV, and ABC's #1 comedy. While much of that can be owed to the show's return to an 8 o'clock time slot (after two years at 9 PM), the fact remains that the show is taking advantage of its new situation, just as ABC had apparently intended. That they moved it to 8 is a pretty clear sign that ABC wants this show as strong as it can be, as they view it as an asset. It's now tied for #1 among ABC's entire scripted lineup, and while the show is more expensive than most comedies due to its high-profile cast, there's just about no chance ABC will cancel it. In addition to the new slot, it did its first-ever full twenty-two episode season and ABC will want it to go on for at least another season or two. I have no doubts about it this season, The Conners is a CERTAIN RENEWAL.

Home Economics: These are words I truly never believed I would write: Home Economics is doing pretty well this season. Its retention from Abbott Elementary isn't exactly stellar, but the show has seemingly found its footing this season, with the first six episodes of season three being fully steady with the first six episodes of its second season. That's extremely rare for any show to achieve, and it may be thanks to it being more compatible with Abbott Elementary than with the Conners. While Abbott is a very strong performer, it's actually a bit lower than the early episodes of the fourth season of The Conners was in this slot last year, making Home Economics' stability even more impressive. Its DVR and multiplatform performance has also outpaced The Goldbergs' own performance. While I'm betting that that show will end this season, it has age and cost-related issues that Home Economics does not have, so out-rating it is a pretty good sign for Home Ec's future. If ABC could renew it when it looked a lot weaker (both of the last two seasons), things look good for a fourth season. I won't upgrade it until I see ABC's midseason plans for it, but it's one of the safer shows in the LEANS RENEWAL category.

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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