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We weigh the pros and cons on your favorite shows' renewal chances

Shaun Harrison
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1 of 9 Ray Mickshaw/Fox; Jeff Lipsky/NBC; K.C. Bailey/ABC

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We're just weeks into the new TV season, and already the freshman class has provided some bona fide hits (welcome, How to Get Away with Murder and Scorpion!) and misses (RIP, Manhattan Love Story, A to Z and Bad Judge) Which shows will be cut next? These eight are in the most danger, due to low ratings, poor performances among younger viewers and other typical bad signs. Is your favorite show on the list?
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Constantine (NBC)

The good news: The comic book-based Constantine seemed to be a perfect fit on Friday nights with the similarly themed Grimm. And because of its late October premiere, it's still a little too soon to make any grand pronouncements about the show's ratings performance. The bad news: But if you were to make a pronouncement, it wouldn't be pretty. In its second week, the series fell 35 percent in the demo (to 0.9) and 27 percent respectively in total viewers (to 3.1 million viewers). That's significantly lower than Dracula did in the timeslot a year ago before it was ultimately canceled.
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Cristela (ABC)

The good news: Comedian Cristela Alonzo's star turn is proving to be a nice pairing with Tim Allen, as her show has retained nearly all of Last Man Standing's lead-in. It premiered to 6.5 million and a 1.3, topping its timeslot, and is improving on The Neighbors' performance by about 20 percent year-over-year. If that was able to last two seasons, so can Cristela... if it keeps it up. The bad news: Cristela doesn't seem to be a priority for ABC, which successfully launched Black-ish and promoted Selfie and the late-but-not-so-great Manhattan Love Story ad nauseam. It also hasn't even received any additional script orders yet, which
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Forever (ABC)

The good news: The procedural drew a decent sampling of 8 million viewers during ABC's special preview and even grew in the demo (1.8) for its second episode. The show also grows more than 50 percent in viewers with DVR viewing, is performing better than the rest of the Tuesday night lineup in same-day viewing and is greatly improving ABC's recent Tuesdays-at-10 troubles. The bad news: The drama regularly finishes third behind NBC's Chicago Fire and CBS' Person of Interest. And the show's most recent episode continued its downward trend, drawing just 4.9 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo.
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Gracepoint (Fox)

The good news: Um, Fox billed it as an "event series," so a second season was always in question? And even with an average of less than 4 million viewers a week, Fox's remake of the British miniseries Broadchurch has certainly attracted more American viewers than the original did on BBC America. The bad news: The serialized drama is shedding viewers and demo points every week rather than stabilizing with core group of die-hard viewers who want to see the mystery solved. And despite the (perhaps incompatible) lead-in of Fox stalwart Bones, the show is averaging a 0.88 in the demo, making it Fox's lowest-rated scripted drama.
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Marry Me (NBC)

The good news: NBC has other comedies, but it's clearly the most infatuated with David Caspe and Casey Wilson's semi-autobiographical tale. The Peacock heavily promoted the sitcom, waiting until mid-October to unveil it, and gave the show the plum post-Voice slot, where it debuted to 7.5 million and a 2.3 in the demo. Marry Me has since dropped to around 5.6 million and a 1.8, but it's NBC's top comedy and the No. 2 new comedy behind Black-ish. The bad news: We'll know how Marry Me is truly doing once those Voice-colored glasses come off in December. Two years ago, the eventually canceled Go On enjoyed nice ratings (and a full-season order) before plummeting after The Voice went on winter hiatus.
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Mulaney (Fox)

The good news: Well, we love John Mulaney's stand-up! As for this utterly disappointing adaptation of said stand-up, its tiny audience (2.3 million viewers) hasn't drastically fallen off since the premiere. The bad news: That tiny audience hasn't grown either. (The show also gets very little boost from DVR users.) And although it would seem to be a prime candidate for cancellation, Fox has bigger problems at the moment (see also: the recently axed reality experiment Utopia). That said, the network has cut its episode order from 16 to 13.
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Red Band Society (Fox)

The good news: Fox's utterly charming teen drama shows signs of life when DVR numbers are counted. One mid-October episode (the show has been on hiatus for postseason baseball), for example, nearly doubled in the demo after time-shifted viewing. Plus: Fox has ordered additional scripts of the show, which perhaps suggests that the struggling network is willing to be patient with the show. The bad news: The non-DVR numbers are anemic: The show is averaging just 3.4 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo. If Red Band hopes to have any sort of extended life on broadcast TV, it will have to improve its same-day performance in order to remain financially viable.
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Selfie (ABC)

The good news: After premiering to a so-so 5.3 million and a 1.6, Selfie lost a whole bunch of followers, but has stabilized around 3.5 million and a 1.0. ABC ordered three more scripts and seems to be willing to try to make it work, slotting an extra episode in the vacated Manhattan Love Story slot. The bad news: Or maybe ABC's just burning off episodes. Selfie is, obviously, not a self-starter and is getting routinely hammered not just by juggernauts NCIS on CBS and The Voice on NBC, but The CW's The Flash as well. Worse, it's barely making gains in DVR playback, so it's likely a matter of time before it joins MLS in ABC's Tuesday Night Graveyard.