May 20 2018

2018 TV series cancellations by the numbers

While not as harsh as previous years, this was still not a good year for cancellations on the TV networks.

With the cancellations over, and the upfronts completed showing off the new series, it’s time to look over what happened at the networks this season.


A total of 35 shows met their end this season, down slightly from last seasons 38.

Cancellation Breakdowns

First Season Shows

Of the 35 shows canceled, 18 of them were brand new. This was exactly the same number of first season cancelations as of last year.

Genre Breakdowns

For clarification, these are shows of all ages, and not just first seasons. The networks seem completely incapable of discovering humor that will click with an audience and what won’t. Dramas had a lot of natural endings – as did a couple comedies – but clearly the dramas are going to need some work this season.

The Outlook for the 2017/2018 Season

Things are not going to be any easier this season. The crops of shows that are upcoming is a whole new slew of shows that just left me cold. There is nothing that is really standing out to me as a surefire hit, and that’s not a good thing.

The networks have got to look a bit deeper at how things are going and begin to realize it’s time for things to change and rushing back to old properties certainly is not the solution. One thing to remember is that every time a show is canceled, hundreds of people are put out of work. This isn’t some game, these are people’s livelihoods at stake.

These companies have also got to realize at some som epoint how we consume television has changed. Watching linear television programming just isn’t the way things are done any more. A few of the networks this year are playing with how many ads will air during an hour, but we’ll see if that makes any sort of difference.

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