Bubble Watch 2019: Which TV Shows Are in Danger of Being Canceled?


It’s a stressful time out there for TV fans. With network upfronts around the corner, the fates of your favorite shows are being decided. Not every show will return for the 2019-2020 season.

While the renewals of some shows are just a formality at this point—think ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, NBC’s This Is Us—it’s a waiting game for others like Fox’s Empire and CBS’s The Code.

Below, we’ve rounded up all the shows yet to be renewed by CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC. The CW isn’t canceling anything. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin and iZombie are all ending this year. Arrow and Supernatural will end during the 2019-2020 TV season.

So, which shows should you start worrying about? Read on. The shows that have already been canceled and renewed can be found here.

NBC

By no means will This Is Us get canceled. Renewal is coming, and rumors indicate it’ll be for multiple seasons.

The Village

NBC

A disappointing debut didn’t really course correct in the key 18-49 demographic. It could go either way.

AP Bio, A.P. Bio

NBC

Ratings fell between the first and second season (the first was not well-rated), so don’t expect to return to school here.

I Feel Bad

NBC

This comedy never got additional episodes from NBC and is as good as canceled.

Abby's, Natalie Morales

NBC

Ratings are not on Abby’s side here.

Blindspot

NBC

This show has been on the bubble before. Will now be the time it slides over to cancellation?

The Enemy Within, NBC

NBC

NBC’s newest conspiracy drama is a strong performer on DVR, but has shed viewers as weeks went by.

Proven Innocent, Fox

Fox

Despite star power, it’s not looking good for this legal drama.

Lethal Weapon, Damon Wayans

Fox

A renewal is unlikely here. As ratings fell, Damon Wayans said he was leaving the show…Despite walking back some comments, the future doesn’t look good.

The Cool Kids, Fox

Fox

Expect these Kids to come back.

The Orville

Fox

Ratings took a nosedive in season two. Is Seth MacFarlane enough to keep the show afloat?

The Passage

Fox

Despite fan-favorite source material, Fox has yet to renew The Passage. Ratings fell after premiere, but remained pretty stable after. Could go either way.

Star Season 2

Fox

Fox likes to be in the Lee Daniels business, this will probably be back.

Empire, Jussie Smollett

Fox

Will Jussie Smollett’s scandal lead to the show’s cancellation? Probably not. Will he return? TBD.

The Code

CBS

This drama starring Dana Delany just premiered to decent ratings, but the jury is still out on renewal chances.

SEAL Team

CBS

Military dramas are CBS’s bread and butter, it’ll be back.

Murphy Brown

CBS

While there were rumors the show was already canceled, no decision has been made about the revival.

Happy Together

CBS

What started out as one of the hottest projects quickly fizzled. CBS didn’t order additional episodes here, so it’s not looking great.

Fam, Nina Dobrev

CBS

This could go either way, it depends on the strength of CBS’s comedy pilots.

Man With a Plan

CBS

Matt LeBlanc’s sitcom you probably forgot he had! It’ll likely return.

Life in Pieces

Cliff Lipson/CBS

This comedy just returned for its fourth season, so it’s a bit early to call.

Madam Secretary, Tea Leoni, Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright, Colin Powell

CBS

Possibly the network’s last “prestige” drama, Madam Secretary has some very famous fans. It’s been hailed for its accurate portrayal of politics. If it comes back, it could be as a final season victory lap.

SWAT, S.W.A.T., Shemar Moore

CBS

Shemar Moore’s police procedural will likely return.

MacGyver

CBS

It takes a lot for CBS to cancel a show, so this will likely be back.

Hawaii Five-0

CBS

This CBS drama is getting long in the tooth, but ratings are still strong for the Friday-night show.

Bull

CBS

Michael Weatherly’s drama was at the center of some controversy, and ratings have fallen. Enough to warrant cancellation?

Bless This Mess

ABC

Established stars may not be enough to save this comedy. However, it’s too soon to tell how it’ll do.

For the People

ABC

Another Shondaland show, this one has struggled more in the ratings and is definitely on the bubble.

The Rookie, Nathan Fillion

ABC

Nathan Fillion’s return to ABC was well-received, this will likely return.

Whiskey Cavalier

ABC

Big names don’t always equal big ratings. The price tag may be too much for a second season.

Splitting Up Together

ABC

Season two of the comedy tumbled in the ratings leaving its future uncertain.

The Fix

ABC

This new drama from Marcia Clark is definitely on the chopping block.

Speechless

ABC

Expect to have Micah Fowler and Minnie Driver back again.

Fresh Off The Boat

ABC

The ABC sitcom just hit 100 episodes, it’ll be back.

black-ish

ABC

A renewal is just a formality at this point.

American Housewife

ABC

Expect to see Katy Mixon back on your TV next year.

The Kids Are Alright

ABC

ABC’s family sitcom brand is strong. Strong enough to get this show another season? TBD.

Single Parents

ABC

One of the few breakout hits of the season, Single Parents will likely return to ABC.

Schooled

ABC

ABC’s new Goldbergs spinoff will likely return for a second season.

The Goldbergs

ABC

Ratings are still decent for this family comedy now in its sixth season. It’ll be back.

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder, HTGAWM

ABC

If and when ABC is ready to let Viola Davis go, they’ll likely play up the final season of HTGAWM.

Station 19, Jaina Lee Ortiz

ABC

With Shonda Rhimes at Netflix, ABC is likely going to keep as many of her shows around as possible.

Grey's Anatomy

ABC

ABC is not going to cancel Grey’s Anatomy, it just hasn’t formally renewed the series for season 16.

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