Selfie, Manhattan Love Story, Forever Will Likely be Canceled by ABC
Selfie, Manhattan Love Story, and Forever are suffering from low ratings and will likely be canceled, according to a new analysis.
The three shows represent two of ABC’s three hours of prime-time programming on Monday nights.
All are first-year shows.
TV by the Numbers, which analyzes ratings and other figures, predicts that Selfie and Manhattan Love Story is “certain to be canceled.”
ABC was airing Dancing With the Stars on Tuesdays until September 30, when the two comedies joined Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Forever.
Selfie garnered 5.3 million overall viewers (1.6 million in the key 18-49 demographic) while Manhattan Love Story came in at 4.7 million (1.5) million. Forever, in the 10 p.m. timeslot, got 5.7 million (1.4 million).
The ratings have dipped for all three shows. On October 14, Selfie had just 3.4 million (1 million) while Love Story had 2.9 million (0.9 million). The competition clearly destroyed the shows, with The voice getting 12 million (2.4 million), NCIS getting 17 million (2.5 million) and even The CW winning with The Flash with 4.3 million (1.7 million).
On the other hand, there is some hope for the shows despite the gloomy predictions.
ABC ordered three scripts for each of the freshman series.
“Additional script orders (usually three) are used by the broadcast networks for freshman series they feel have shown some promise but have not yet proven their case for a full-fledged episodic order,” reported Deadline.
“Commissioning extra scripts keeps writers on the shows working, buying the network brass extra couple of weeks to evaluate the series’ performance before having to make a decision on a back episodic order.”
Forever, which the analysis labels “more likely to be canceled than renewed,” dipped to 4.8 million (1.1 million), much lower than competing shows Chicago Fire and Person of Interest.
“For a 10pm show, Forever ratings didn’t start that badly. A 1.7 rating for its Tuesday timeslot premiere (after Nielsen restatement), could have kept it alive. But last week’s episode drew just a 1.1 rating, less than 60% of ABC’s scripted average for the week. At that level, Forever is likely to be canceled,” the website said.
ABC’s other show on Tuesday, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at 9 p.m., also isn’t doing too great, averaging about 5 million viewers (1.8 million). But the analysis says that it’s “more likely to be renewed than canceled.”