October 26th, 2017 Update: ABC has temporarily shelved new drama Ten Days in the Valley. The series has been pulled from its Sunday time slot and won’t return until mid-December, when it the network will burn of the remaining episodes on Saturdays. It’s not quite an official cancellation, but it’s close.
The 2017-2018 television season starts tomorrow. It will run through next May. As I have every year since 2009, I’m asking readers to look over the network schedules and make their prediction for which new fall show will be cancelled first. Last season, the networks went out of their way to avoid cancellation talk. Not a single new fall series was yanked off the air due to low ratings.
A number of new shows–like Pitch (FOX), Pure Genius (CBS), and Conviction (ABC)–weren’t picked up for the remainder of the season. They clearly weren’t going to return this season, either. But they remained where they were until all produced episodes had aired. Official cancellation announcements were made in May.
Incredibly, last season’s first cancellation didn’t come until February 24, 2017. That’s when CBS pulled its mid-season replacement Doubt off the air after just two episodes. The network later burned off the remaining 11 episodes during the summer.
Cast Your Vote
More than 250 visitors voted in last year’s “First Cancellation” poll. Let’s see if we can beat that total this year. Cast your vote for the first cancellation of the 2017-2018 season now:
NOTE: I’m not including NBC’s Will & Grace revival because A) it’s a revival, not a new series; and B) NBC already renewed it for next season.
First Cancellations, 2009-2017
Here’s a look at the first cancellation from the past eight seasons, with the cancellation date in brackets:
2009-2010 – The Beautiful Life: TBL (The CW, 2 episodes) [9/25/2009]
2010-2011 – Lonestar (FOX, 2 episodes) [9/28/2010]
2011-2012 – The Playboy Club (NBC, 3 episodes) [10/4/2014]
2012-2013 – Made in Jersey (CBS, 2 episodes) [10/10/2014]
2013-2014 – Lucky 7 (ABC, 2 episodes) [10/4/2014]
2014-2015 – Manhattan Love Story (ABC, 4 episodes) [10/24/2014]
2015-2016 – Wicked City (ABC, 3 episodes) [11/13/2015]
2016-2017 – Doubt* (CBS, 2 episodes) [2/24/2017]
*If you want to get technical, Pitch (FOX) became the first fall series cancellation from the 2016-2017 season on May 1, 2017.
Another Quiet Fall?
As was the case last year, I’m not paying close attention to network television this fall. I’m excited about The Gifted on FOX and that’s about it. I can’t even make a good prediction about which new show may be the first cancellation. I’ve seen a handful of promotional spots for Dynasty (The CW) and it looks truly awful. Of course, I’m not the target demographic. The CW plays by its own rules. Traditional ratings aren’t everything. Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS) hasn’t impressed critics, from what little I’ve read. But it airs on Sundays, when CBS has in the past tolerated low ratings for its dramas.
I won’t be surprised at all if the networks once again refuse to make any early cancellations this fall. Instead, new shows with weak ratings may have their orders trimmed, producing ten episodes instead of the traditional 13. But all of those episodes will probably air.
Or maybe one of the new shows this fall will perform so badly in the ratings, there will be no choice but to cancel it. We’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think will be the first cancellation of the 2017-2018 season? Hit the comments with your thoughts and predictions.