Summer Renew/Cancel Week 12: It Shouldn’t be a Challenge for The Challenge: USA to Get Renewed

The summer season is winding down, but there's still plenty of summer TV to discuss! Keep reading for further thoughts on The Challenge: USA and a recently-concluded Summer staple.

Certain to be Canceled:
HouseBroken (0.12, 0.06-0.18)
Superfan (0.17, 0.14-0.22)
The Wonder Years (0.21, 0.17-0.25)

Likely to be Canceled:
Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge (0.26, 0.21-0.33)
The Prank Panel (0.30, 0.24-0.31)
Stars on Mars (0.18, 0.14-0.24)
Tough As Nails (0.19, 0.14-0.23)

Leans Cancellation:
Beat Shazam (0.21, 0.17-0.26)
Claim To Fame (0.30, 0.23-0.41)

Leans Renewal:
The Challenge: USA (0.30, 0.28-0.32)
Crime Scene Kitchen (0.20, 0.18-0.24)
Don't Forget The Lyrics! (0.22, 0.15-0.25)
Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars (0.26, 0.19-0.29)
LA Fire & Rescue (0.25, 0.21-0.29)
Secret Celebrity Renovation (0.19, 0.16-0.22)

Likely to be Renewed:
The $100,000 Pyramid (0.30, 0.27-0.31)
The Chase (0.34, 0.30-0.37)
Weakest Link (0.26, 0.20-0.32)

Certain to be Renewed:
American Ninja Warrior (0.36, 0.29-0.43)
America's Got Talent (0.60, 0.55-0.68)
The Bachelorette (0.42, 0.27-0.56)
Big Brother (0.61, 0.54-0.72)
Celebrity Family Feud (0.37, 0.30-0.43)
Generation Gap (0.37, 0.28-0.44)

Fate Determined:
Gotham Knights (Canceled)
MasterChef (Renewed)
Superman & Lois (Renewed) 

The Challenge: USA: Since my first write-up of the show a few weeks ago, The Challenge: USA has remained extremely stable, with a range of just 0.04 between its season high and season low. That is despite some less-than-ideal scheduling moves - not only is the show airing at 10 PM on Thursdays, it's also been hit by large delays when airing in its earlier slot on Sundays. Its 0.30 average isn't all that impressive, but for the dead of summer, CBS can definitely live with it. It does have summer's highest-rated show as its lead-in, which is certainly seen as a big asset for it, but Big Brother hasn't been all that beneficial as a lead-in in the past, so holding on to about half of it isn't too bad - especially compared to the tragic performance that Superfan is putting up on Wednesdays. It LEANS RENEWAL, but an argument could be made for Likely Renewal. It's earned a place on CBS's summer 2024 schedule.

The Bachelorette: ABC's highest-rated summer show wrapped its run last week. After a disastrous start, the show rebounded later in the season, especially once it moved back to 8 PM. While this was at the expense of Claim to Fame, it was certainly the smart move if their goal was to protect The Bachelorette. ABC remains devoted to this show, and this franchise, which is the centerpiece of their reality-packed fall schedule. The show rallied to a 0.6 on finale night - the highest rating for any show on ABC this summer. While its ratings declined markedly this season, it's obviously not going anywhere. It remains a CERTAIN RENEWAL.

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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