What we wanted to do in this article today is quite simple: Pinpoint some of the returning series that are the most likely to be vulnerable come this point in May when the renewals and cancellations happen. We’re looking at this on the basis of recent ratings, of studio / network ownership, and also whether or not there is a continued market for them.
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Without further ado, let’s get to the list in written form.
Criminal Minds – This is a show with a reduced episode order, it is in season 14, and the ratings have been down for a while. While personally it would be great to get a fifteenth and final season, CBS doesn’t have that much ownership of the series and may not be too inclined to fight to keep it around.
The Blacklist – Sure, it may not premiere until 2019, but how can you not worry about it once you consider the new Friday timeslot and also the lengthy hiatus? Once again, all you have to do is look at network ownership here for additional concerns.
Blindspot – It’s not an in-house production for NBC, it’s airing on Friday nights for the second straight year, and the ratings were not altogether great for season 3. While the season 4 renewal was expected to bring it to the syndication threshold, is there really a reason for optimism beyond just its upcoming run?
Lethal Weapon – Note that the video was recorded prior to the news about Damon Wayans’ impending exit, and this only amplifies our concerns further. Even when he was still a part of the cast, this was still a show without one of its two original leads airing to smaller audiences just about every year. Now we have lost them both.
Legends of Tomorrow – Of the five shows, the CW superhero ensemble series is the one that we’re the most hopeful for in terms of its long-term future. Yet, it also receives fewer promotional opportunities than the other Arrowverse shows, it’s not in the upcoming crossover, and with Batwoman potentially coming on board it is fair to wonder if one of the superhero series is going to fall to the wayside.
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