(11/16) Update: Rubicon and Running Wilde

Each fall, over 50 new and returning television series hit the air on network television alone. Unfortunately, the addition of new series, combined with old favorites, puts the television viewing audience in an interesting predicament.

Should viewers continue to tune into shows they’ve become accustomed to watching or replace it with a new series that might not last the season?

Because of that reoccurring rhetorical question, many shows beginning their freshman year, along with a few returning series, aren’t able to deliver respectable audience numbers. While each network has their own sliding scale regarding what exactly respectable numbers represent, the outcome is still the same. Series that are unable to garner a large enough audience for the networks (to justify their respective production budgets and time slots) are cut. While there are a few exceptions to that rule, this is typically the case.

With that, many viewers are left wondering whether their new or returning series will continue past the initial episode order. Even though the Internet has become a veritable treasure trove for television information, such news about a particular series that you may be interested in can easily slip through the cracks.

In an attempt to provide you with every new (and some returning) series that have already been renewed or canceled, we have compiled a comprehensive list detailing everything you might want to know about a particular series. From ratings to episode orders, as well as where you can continue to watch your favorite canceled series (once it has been moved from its original time slot), we have attempted to provide you with all the information that you need.

We’ve also provided a small paragraph explaining why a particular series was or was not canceled. Additionally, we’ll speculate on whether or not a series that was picked up for a full season order will return for a second season.

Below, we have separated this list in three separate categories (in alphabetical order): Canceled, Full Season Order, and Undecided.

Enjoy!

Caprica (SyFy)

Aired: Fridays @9pm
When the remaining episodes will air: 1st quarter 2011 (new episodes will continues to air in Canada)
Total episodes to air: 18
Average rating: .822 million viewers
Fate: Canceled on October 27
Explanation: After the ratings sensation that was Battlestar Galactica, SyFy attempted to continue that success with the spin-off/prequel series Caprica. Unfortunately, without the space battles and Cylon butt-kicking, viewers just weren’t interested. After returning this fall after a brief hiatus, the series was in a serious ratings decline and just wasn’t able to recover. Good thing there’s already another Battlestar Galactica spin-off set to air next year.


My Generation (ABC)


Aired: Thursdays @8pm
Total episodes aired: 2
Average rating:
4.58 million viewers
Fate: Canceled on October 1
Explanation: While easily the most ambitious new series of the new fall season, My Generation failed to deliver interesting drama that took advantage of the unique story-arc time-jumps. When the series premiere failed to deliver a respectable audience, ABC took notice. After the ratings of the second episode declined immensely, ABC cut it loose.


Outlaw (NBC)


Aired: Fridays @9pm
Total episodes to air: 8
When the remaining episodes will air: Saturdays @8pm
Average rating: 4.93 million viewers
Fate: Canceled on October 6
Explanation: Even though Jimmy Smits has proven in the past to be television gold, he just couldn’t make it work with his new series Outlaw. With the television landscape already full of legal dramas and NBC still recovering from last year’s late night debacle, there just wasn’t an audience to support this type of series.


Lone Star (Fox)


Aired: Tuesdays @10pm
Total episodes aired: 2
Average rating:
3.96 million viewers
Fate: Canceled September 28
Explanation: Lone Star was easily the best new show of the season. Unfortunately, the television audience didn’t agree. After a low-rated series premiere, Fox gave the freshman series one last chance to prove itself. Since Lone Star was up against Dancing with the Stars, Hawaii Five-0 and Monday Night Football, it just couldn’t deliver a large enough audience to allow Fox to justify continuing with the series.

Rubicon (AMC)

Aired: Sundays @8pm
Total episodes aired: 13
Average rating:
1.19 million viewers
Fate: Canceled November 11
Explanation: Rubicon started off strong. With 2 million viewers tuning into its premiere, AMC dubbed the conspiracy series as “the newest jewel in the AMC crown.” Unfortunately, that jewel’s shine began to fad as viewers stopped watching. Even though an unofficial second season was planned, AMC had no other choice but to cancel the series, as it crept below the 1 million viewers per episode mark.

Undercovers (NBC)


Airs: Wednesdays @8pm
Total episodes to air: 10
Average rating: 6.46 million viewers
Fate: Canceled on November 4
Explanation: When NBC announced that they were bringing a new show from J.J. Abrams to their network, everyone was excited to see what it would be. Unfortunately, once everyone saw what Undercovers was, they realized that this was less of a new series and more of a rehash of Alias. Except that it was missing the interesting storylines and convincing premise.

The Whole Truth (ABC)


Airs: Wednesdays @10pm
Total episodes to air: 13
Average rating: 4.53 million viewers
Fate: Canceled on October 26
Explanation: When I originally compared this ABC series to the failed Fox show Justice, I had no idea just how close that comparison would be. Like Justice, The Whole Truth couldn’t find an audience with their twist on the typical legal drama. While the series was canceled, ABC will still produce and air the full 13 episodes in its original time slot.

Continue reading to find out what TV series received a full season order…

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Better With You (ABC)

Airs: Wednesdays @8:30pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 7.3 million viewers
Fate: Full season ordered on October 25
Explanation: In today’s landscape of single-camera series, the three-camera sitcom has fallen to the wayside. While CBS has been one of the few networks to continuously succeed with this type of format, ABC has carved out a respectable audience for Better With You. After delivering solid ratings on Wednesday night, a full season order was definitely going to happen.

Bleep My Dad Says (CBS)

Airs: Thursdays @8:30pm
Total episodes this season: 18-22
Average rating: 10.79 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 21
Explanation: Once again, CBS has proven that they can make any series successful, even if it is terrible. This Twitter experiment series premiered to an extremely large audience and while the ratings have dipped since then, it’s still enough to secure a full season order and an expectant second season. Because of that, get ready for many Twitter/Facebook/MySpace originated series coming your way. There are three on the books already, for next year.

Blue Bloods (CBS)

Airs: Friday’s @10pm
Total episodes this season: 18-22
Average rating: 11.25 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered October 21
Explanation: Tom Selleck’s return to primetime proved to be extremely successful. With the television landscape already full of police procedurals, Blue Bloods was able to separate itself from all of the rest and deliver a winning series for CBS. While a full season order was all that was announced, it’s only a matter a time before this freshman series is locked in for a second season.

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)


Airs: Sundays @10pm
Total episodes this season:
12
Average rating: 3.20 million viewers
Fate: Renewed for a second season on September 21
Explanation: After delivering the best premiere ratings since Deadwood, HBO instantly locked Boardwalk Empire in for a second season. Hopefully Boardwalk Empire will have a different outcome than Deadwood, which was canceled after three seasons.

Chase (NBC)

Airs: Mondays @10pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 5.73 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 19
Explanation: After NBC completely wiped out their primetime line-up, they needed a hit to reclaim some of their lost viewers. While Chase didn’t prove to be the series to do that, NBC has no other choice than to keep it on the air. A full season order was the best move for this fledgling network, but don’t expect this series to have legs, as it will quickly be replaced by a new series next fall.

Chuck (NBC)


Airs: Mondays @8pm
Total episodes this season: 24
Average rating: 5.49 million viewers
Fate: Full season ordered on October 19
Explanation: The proverbial little show that could once again comes out on top. With NBC trying to put things back together after last year’s prime-time catastrophe, Chuck was the only series that viewers are able to associate with the network. A solid fan base and consistent ratings is something that NBC needs right now, which is why Chuck was picked up for a full season. When it comes to talk about a fifth season, everything is still up in the air, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

The Defenders (CBS)

Airs: Wednesdays @10pm
Total episodes this season: 18-22
Average rating: 10.2 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 21
Explanation: A CBS legal drama with a twist, The Defenders started out as a ratings juggernaut with 12 million viewers. Unfortunately, the series dropped off a little with each proceeding episode. Fortunately, the wonderful chemistry between Belushi and O’Connell kept a good majority of the audience. While a full season ordered was almost certain, so is a second season.

Detroit 187 (ABC)

Airs: Tuedays @10pm
Total episodes this season: 18
Average rating: 8 million viewers
Fate: Five additional episodes ordered on October 25
Explanation: While Detroit 187 premiered to respectable numbers, the proceeding weeks saw a slight dip in overall viewers. Even though the freshman series has been able to bring back some of the lost audience, it’s not enough for ABC to commit to a full season. Instead, ABC decided to order an additional five episodes, which will allow the series to prove itself to the network.

The Event (NBC)

Airs: Mondays @9pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 5.73 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 18
Explanation: NBC put a lot of support behind this Lost-esque series. While the premiere showed signs of being a hit, the subsequent episodes quickly lost many of the viewers. Now garnering almost half of the audience that tuned into the premiere, NBC is in a tough spot. While there’s no doubt that the series would receive a full season order (for the same reason as Chase), it does put into question the notion of a second season. Fortunately, for those that watch the series, NBC will most likely give The Event a second season – if for no other reason than to give producers the chance to reveal what “the event” is.

Continue reading for the rest of TV’s renewed series…

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Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

Airs: Mondays @10pm, on CBS
Total episodes this season: 18-22
Average rating: 11.6 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 21.
Explanation: As one of the most talked about series, Hawaii Five-O had a lot to prove – especially with Kurtzman and Orci attached to this television remake of the popular 70s police drama. Even though the series premiered to 14.2 million viewers and had a significant loss as the season progressed, it still held on to enough of an audience to garner a full season order. There’s no doubt that a second season will happen.

Hellcats (The CW)

Airs: Wednesdays @9pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 2.22 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 22
Explanation: While an average 2.2 million viewers isn’t anything compared to ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. For The CW, this represents a solid performing series. Many people wondered why Smallville alum, Tom Welling, would kick off producing an outside series with a show that has a cheer-leading theme. After watching a few episodes of the series, even the most hardened television watcher has to admit that it’s entertaining. Even though Hellcats has received a full season order, a second season may still be in questions or, unfortunately, its last.

Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC)

Airs: Wednesdays @10pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 8.42 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 18
Explanation: When NBC canceled the long-time original Law & Order, everyone wondered what they would replace it with. Surprisingly, although not surprisingly, NBC decided to replace it with a new version of the series, Law & Order: Los Angeles. Sticking with the same format that made this franchise popular for two decades, they moved from New York to Los Angeles. While it’s not pulling in the ratings of its predecessor, NBC’s relationship with the franchise and Dick Wolf means that this series will not only receive a full season order, but probably a second season as well.

Mike & Molly (CBS)

Airs: Mondays @9:30pm
Total episodes this season: 18-22
Average rating: 11.21 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 21
Explanation: The second three-camera sitcom at CBS this season also proved to be the better of the two. Fortunately, audiences also agreed – albeit by a small margin. With a solid cast, endearing storylines and the ratings to back it up, this overweight romantic comedy certainly deserves a full season order. Expect this series to receive a second season soon and a third season next year.

Nikita (The CW)

Airs: Thursdays @9pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 2.86 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 22
Explanation: The CW’s remake/sequel of the famous “La Femme Nikita” story started off with a rocky premiere. While the ratings were high, Nikita failed to deliver a competent story and ultimately lost some viewers because of it. Fortunately, for those that continued to watch, they were presented with a compelling story, interesting characters, and great action. Not only is a full season order on the books, but expect this series to return for a second season – and then some (maybe).

No Ordinary Family (ABC)

Airs: Tuesdays @8pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 8.4 million viewers
Fate: Full season ordered on October 25
Explanation: No Ordinary Family was ABC’s response to Heroes. After all the hype and promotion, the series started off with a bang. Unfortunately, each subsequent episode has shown a continuous drop in the ratings – the largest loss being almost 2 million viewers after the series premiere. Even though the average television fan can tell what the eventual future of this series will be (cancellation), ABC has invested too much to just let it go. Don’t be surprised if it gets a second season.

Outsourced (NBC)

Airs: Thursdays @9:30pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 5.79 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 18
Explanation: Out of all the new television series this year, Outsourced was the most perplexing. While the series had its moments, no one could tell if American audiences would warm up to a series that hits so close to home. Fortunately, enough viewers tuned in to garner a full season order. Outsourced is still pulling in a larger audience than that of Parks & Recreations – justifying NBC’s decision to move Parks to the mid-season.

Raising Hope (Fox)

Airs: Tuesdays @9pm
Total episodes this season: 22
Average rating: 6.37 million viewers
Fate: Additional episodes ordered on October 6
Explanation: The best new comedy of the season, Raising Hope, started things out with solid ratings. While nothing compared to CBS, it was still a solid performance for a new series on Fox. Even though the subsequent episodes dropped off in the ratings, it still held enough of an audience to garner a full season order. A second season will definitely be on the books for this wonderful comedy. Even if the audience doesn’t support it, Fox will – for the time being.

The Walking Dead (AMC)


Airs: Sundays @10pm
Total episodes this season: 6
Average Episode Rating: 6.37 million viewers
Fate: Second season of 13 episodes ordered on November 8
Explanation: The Walking Dead was easily one of the most hyped series of the year. From San Diego Comic-Con to New York Comic Con, AMC made sure that their zombie show made an appearance. After delivering the highest ratings that AMC has ever seen, they officially renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes.

Continue reading to find out what series fate are still undecided…

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Life Unexpected (The CW)


Airs: Tuesdays @9pm
Total episodes this season: 13
Average rating: 1.52 million viewers
Fate: TBD May 2011 (cancellation expected)
Explanation: Last year, Life Unexpected was one of television’s dark horses. Even though the series was critically acclaimed, it struggled to find an audience. Fortunately, The CW put faith in the freshman series and gave it a second season. Although, with rating numbers slipping, it appears that this series will end in its sophomore year.

Running Wilde (Fox)

Airs: Tuesdays @9:30pm (removed for November sweeps)
Total episodes this season: 13
Average rating: 4.08 million viewers
Fate: TBD (cancellation expected)
Explanation: After Arrested Development became a cult hit, everyone has been waiting to see what would happen when creator Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett got together to create the new series Running Wilde. Unfortunately, everyone saw what happened… and it wasn’t good. Despite recasting the series before the premiere, Running Wilde failed to deliver the comedy that people came to love from Arrested Development. While the fate of this series has yet to be announced, don’t expect it to stick around.

[Update] – While Fox decide to remove Running Wilde from its line-up during November sweeps (a time when networks fight for the highest ratings), the series has yet to be canceled. “Yet” being the key word.

If we have forgotten a series or you have any questions, don’t hesitate leaving a comment below. Although, knowing our readers, I don’t think that will be a problem.

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