These TV Shows Are in Danger of Being Canceled

The cancellation ax came down hard last week, with Impastor, Salem, and Marco Polo meeting their demise. However, broadcast television's freshman series all made it to mid-December without officially being canceled. But that doesn't mean they're in the clear. Here's a look at which shows are in danger and which are on the dreaded bubble.

CBS decided not to order additional episodes of its medical drama Pure Genius, so it will conclude — for now — with Episode 13. Theoretically, the show still is in contention for a renewal, but its chances are slim at best.

Notorious' season finale hit a ratings low, yet another nail in the coffin for the show, whose order ABC reduced from 13 to 10 episodes. Conviction also is struggling. ABC declined to order more than the original 13 episodes and ratings have dipped below even Notorious in the 18-49 demographic. A renewal for either would be a surprise.

FOX's critically lauded series Pitch already wrapped up its 10-episode rookie season. Viewership remained low, but rose slightly for the finale. The Exorcist has even lower ratings, but some critics have come around as the season has progressed. Still, the baseball drama is the better bet for a renewal.

After last year's shocking full-schedule renewal, no one's quite sure whether ratings even matter at The CW. If they do, both of the new series, No Tomorrow and Frequency, are on the bubble.

There are also several returning shows whose outlooks are grim. After a creatively disappointing second season, Scream Queens seems destined for the great television morgue. FOX's longstanding relationship with Ryan Murphy likely helped the show secure a second season, but with a finale rating that was well below Season 1's, the odds of a third go-'round are virtually nil.

For the third consecutive season, CBS decided not to order more than the initially requested 13 episodes of The Odd Couple, so there's a little hope for a return, but not much. In even worse shape at CBS is Elementary, which has been the network's worst performer in the 18-49 demo.

Now airing on Friday, the low-rated but critically beloved Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is reaching an even tinier audience. A smaller episode order this year suggests the show might be dancing toward its conclusion. But a second consecutive Golden Globe nomination for star and co-creator Rachel Bloom gives it a legitimate shot at another season.

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Dec 22, 2016 1:48PM EST

Scream Queens season 2 was really bad, the last episode had pointless deaths and expected so much mistery, but the only thing that it was really good is that the red devil shows up again

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Dec 22, 2016 6:30PM EST

Pure Genius is one the best little shows not watched, Notorious was better than another reality show or another sci-fi like Once upon a time, Pitch is good for us baseball fans in limbo of the off season

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Dec 22, 2016 6:55PM EST

scream queens season 2 was so disappointing as a whole, but it was still funny and OTT with stupid acting. They have eneded it pretty good so it COULD end where it is, other than the red devil.. that is probably going to turn out to be the girl from the 1st season who's father was one of the killers in season 2.

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An0nym0use
Dec 22, 2016 8:13PM EST

The Exorcist really deserves a second season. It honored the original and updated it to make it more current. The writing and acting were excellent. Ben Daniels was a standout.

I enjoy both Conviction and Elementary. I'd miss them both, but they really are formula television. The only thing that separated Elementary from most crime/procedural dramas is the characterization of Sherlock and his quirky presentation by Jonny Lee Miller. I would miss Sherlock and Joan. Conviction hasn't been on long enough for me to truly miss any of the characters, though there was potential there. Shows like these may not be fine dining, but they are comfort food.

Was very disappointed to hear Impastor was cancelled. It was a surprise last season and I didn't sense any loss of quality from season 1. Goodbye Buddy, my favorite fake gay, fake pastor. ;)

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Dec 22, 2016 10:05PM EST

I've gotten to the point where I just expect anything new that I like will get the axe. I find a little known show on youtube (50 ducks in a hot tub) to be better than most tv dreck (not that you'd know that from my tracker list)

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Dec 24, 2016 2:56AM EST

Scream Queens is the only one of these I care about - not because it is good, but because it is so bad it's actually funny. I've come to think of it as a kind of satire.

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Dec 24, 2016 3:36AM EST

I watched Notorious and Conviction, but probably won't if they make it to another season. I stopped watching Elementary a couple of seasons ago. I didn't watch an episode of any of the others mentioned. There are so many good shows on now. The competition for my TV time is tight.

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Dec 24, 2016 6:07AM EST

How did The Odd Couple did not get placed in the circular file last season? That garbage was beyond putrid.

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Emma Muir
Dec 24, 2016 10:30PM EST

I would miss seeing John Lee Miller and Lucy Liu

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Dec 25, 2016 5:52PM EST

Noooooooo not Elementary, l love Sherlock!!!!!

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DDDALA
Dec 26, 2016 1:28AM EST

Why do networks continue to worry about 18-49 year olds when those over 60 have more disposable income and discrimination?

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zazerhContributor
Dec 26, 2016 11:34AM EST

Booooo, I love Elementary.

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Dec 26, 2016 4:01PM EST

I know everyone enjoys these shows, but I honestly don't find any of these to be a surprise. They all fall into one of three categories. 1. The premise is too similar to other failed shows. 2. They suffer from a corny/tired promise with advertising matching that tone. 3. They have a niche audience not large enough to sustain themselves. To last in this climate of cancellation, the show has to be unfamiliar, well done, and widely appealing. Every show on this list fails to have those three things.

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DDDALA
Dec 26, 2016 9:46PM EST

I understand why Frequency could be canceled. It had an interesting premise but the execution left something to be desired.

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