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TV Success Rate: 65% Of New Shows Will Be Canceled (& Why It Matters)

Canceled New Series Network Averages (Overall)3 Year Average – 65% Canceled

2009-2010 – 57% Canceled2010-2011 – 69% Canceled2011-2012 – 68% Canceled

% of New Series Receiving a Second Season (By Network)1) ABC - 39%2) Fox - 38%3)CBS - 36%4) The CW - 30%5) NBC - 27%

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Network Breakdowns

ABC

(Canceled New Series Average - 61%)

ABC Success Rate

2009-2010 SeasonDrama - 6Comedy - 4Reality – 1

Canceled – 6 (2 drama; 1 comedy)

54% New Series Canceled

2010-2011 SeasonDrama - 6Comedy - 3

Canceled – 7 (5 drama; 2 comedy)

77% New Series Canceled

2011-2012 SeasonDrama - 8Comedy – 5

Canceled – (5 drama; 2 comedy)

53% New Series Canceled

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CBS

(Canceled New Series Average - 64%)

CBS Success Rate

2009-2010 Season

Drama - 6Comedy - 1Reality – 1

Canceled 5 – (3 drama; 2 comedy; 1 alternative)

62% New Series Canceled

2010-2011 Season*

Drama - 4Comedy – 2

Canceled - 4 (2 drama; 2 comedy)

66% New Series Canceled

*including CBS picking up Medium from NBC

2011-2012 SeasonDrama - 4Comedy – 2

Canceled – 4 (3 drama; 2 comedy)

66% New Series Canceled

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The CW

(Canceled New Series Average - 70%)

CW Success Rate

2009-2010 SeasonDrama – 4

Canceled – 2

50% New Series Canceled

2010-2011 Season*Drama – 2Reality/Alternative - 2

Canceled – 3 (1 drama; 2 reality/alternative)

75% New Series Canceled

*including Plain Jane, which was picked up for a second season by MTV Networks, not by CW

2011-2012 SeasonDrama - 4Comedy – 0Reality/Alternative – 3

Canceled – 6 (3 drama; 3 reality/alternative)

85% New Series Canceled

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NBC

(Canceled New Series Average - 73%)

NBC Success Rate

2009-2012 SeasonDrama - 4Comedy - 2Reality/Alternative – 2

Canceled – 5 (3 drama; 2 comedy; 1 reality/alternative)

62% New Series Canceled

2010-2011 Season*Drama - 6Comedy - 6Reality/Alternative – 1

Canceled – 12 (6 drama; 5 comedy; 1 reality/alternative)

92% New Series Canceled

*late night wars of 2010

2011-2012  SeasonDrama - 6Comedy – 6Canceled – 8 (4 comedy; 4 drama)

66% New Series Canceled 

Fox

(Canceled New Series Average - 61%)

Fox Success Rate

2009-2012 SeasonDrama - 2Comedy - 4Reality/Alternative – 1

Canceled – 4 (1 drama; 2 comedies; 1 reality/alternative)

57% New Series Canceled

2010-2011  Season*Drama - 3Comedy – 4

Canceled – 4  (2 drama; 2 comedy)

57% Canceled New Series

*not including Terra Nova, which did not air until Fall 2011

2011-2012 SeasonDrama - 6Comedy – 4Reality - 1

Canceled – 8* (5 drama; 3 comedy)

72% New Series Canceled

*including Terra Nova

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