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ABC Final Predictions: The Catch Renewed; Castle and Nashville have kept us in the dark all season

By on May 8, 2016

Other recent Renewals and Cancellations on ABC:



It’s that special time of the year. The TV season is coming to an end and soon the networks will have their upfront presentations where they announce their Fall 2016 schedules. This means it’s time to make our final predictions. Which shows will be cancelled, which will be renewed? ABC will have its upfront presentation on May 17th, in the afternoon.

These are our final renewal and cancellation predictions before the upfronts. Below the list, we explain how we came to these predictions.


ShowStatus / Prediction
Once Upon A TimeRenewed on March 3rd
QuanticoRenewed on March 3rd
The GoldbergsRenewed on March 3rd
Fresh Off The BoatRenewed on March 3rd
Grey’s AnatomyRenewed on March 3rd
ScandalRenewed on March 3rd
Modern FamilyRenewed on March 3rd
The MiddleRenewed on March 3rd
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.Renewed on March 3rd
How To Get Away With MurderRenewed on March 3rd
Black-ishRenewed on March 3rd
CastleCertain Renewal
Last Man StandingCertain Renewal
The CatchCertain Renewal
Dr. KenCertain Renewal
NashvilleLikely Renewal
The Real O’NealsCertain Cancellation
GalavantCertain Cancellation
Marvel’s Agent CarterCertain Cancellation
American CrimeCertain Cancellation
The MuppetsCertain Cancellation
The FamilyCertain Cancellation
Of Kings And ProphetsCancelled on March 18th
Wicked CityCancelled on November 14th
Blood And OilEffectively Cancelled on October 24th


For ABC dramas Marvel’s Agent Carter and American Crime it might not be officially over yet, but their cancellations are pretty much set in stone after the shows got bad ratings week after week.

The opposite holds for new series The Catch. Its ratings place it squarely in the middle of the bunch, although ABC might have expected more from its newest TGIT show. An extra factor in this decision may be Kerry Washington’s recently announced pregnancy, which pushes the return of Scandal back to midseason. ABC is unlikely to abandon its hugely successful TGIT programming block, and The Catch is the only eligible contender to fill the night together with Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder. The Catch is certain to be renewed.

Castle‘s renewal is little less clear-cut. The show’s ratings are certainly not what they once were, but with the show already being well in the syndication regions, its ratings are allowed to be lower. However, aging shows often struggle with rising budgets. Cutting its female lead Stana Katic is definitely helping it in that region. Remaining lead Nathan Fillion has recently signed on to a potential ninth season, which has now become very likely. However, it is very well possible that will be the show’s final season to wrap all storylines up properly.

Nashville is another difficult series. The show’s ratings are just plain bad, but it has just entered its syndication stage, making its renewal prospects a bit better. Although its renewal isn’t a clear-cut decision, it is likely it will get the benefit of the doubt and get that chance to try it again next year.

The Muppets and The Family are two comedies which are certain to be cancelled. Galavant is also certain to be cancelled, even though we all remember what kind of stunt ABC pulled last year. In addition, The Real O’Neals has not been performing well, even though it got a very good adults 18-49 rating for its series premiere. However, one good rating will not make up for an array of bad, near abysmal, ratings.

This week's TV Watch U.S. predictions for the other networks:

  • Abby S

    If they cancel Agent Carter I will hate them forever