ABC: Back In The Game cancelled, but what about Super Fun Night?
By Daniel Redford on November 3, 2013
Other recent Renewals and Cancellations on ABC:
- ABC Recap: Of all networks ABC is probably the one with the best season, even with the loss of Selfie and Manhattan Love Story (December 21st)
- ABC Predictions: The Goldbergs and The Middle renewed (December 14th)
A decision needs to be made fairly soon about the fate of freshman shows: will they be axed or will they get a full season? ABC has decided on the fate of its freshman comedies this Friday. For the freshman dramas, the network has only made the obvious decisions of picking up Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a full season and putting Lucky 7 out of its misery.
Interestingly, ABC decided to cancel Back In The Game, while that was the show that has been the most steady of the four new shows. The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife, the two lowest rating freshman comedies, did however get a full season. On the other hand, the highest rating of the four, Super Fun Night, only got four extra episodes. That is basically ABC telling us that they have no idea what to do with the show, and are therefore postponing the deadline.
While ABC awarded Super Fun Night the coveted post-Modern Family timeslot, it has been torn down critically and has been dropping in the ratings ever since the premiere. Nevertheless it averages a lot higher than the other freshman comedies, so it seems only fair that the network wants to wait and see how things play out for Super Fun Night. Add the fact that ABC has only one new Midseason comedy waiting to take over (Mixology), and with Back In The Game cancelled, I could see Super Fun Night getting a full season to fill up the schedule after all.
Remaining freshman dramas Betrayal and Once Upon A Time In Wonderland have ratings around a 1.0, and a cancellation is inevitable. Since ABC still has four new dramas waiting to premiere in Midseason, there is no reason for the network to keep either of these shows around for a full season. Therefore, they are Certain Cancellations.
|Show||Status / Prediction|
|Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD||Full-Season Pick-Up|
|The Goldbergs||Full-Season Pick-Up|
|Trophy Wife||Full-Season Pick-Up|
|Modern Family||Certain Renewal|
|Grey’s Anatomy||Likely Renewal|
|Last Man Standing||Likely Renewal|
|Once Upon a Time||Likely Renewal|
|The Middle||Likely Renewal|
|Super Fun Night||Toss Up|
|The Neighbors||Likely Cancellation|
|Once Upon a Time in Wonderland||Certain Cancellation|
|Back in the Game||Cancelled|