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Why would a low-rated show ever be renewed for another season? Well, the series could be a critical darling or might do well in demos other than the regularly reported adults 18-49 one. Such a program may be particularly cheap to produce or exist at a studio that shares an umbrella with its network.

Maybe there’s a global pandemic, and shows with a cast, writing staff, production crew and existing sets are suddenly a better bet than rolling the dice on new development. Or, perhaps the show is simply on Fox.

Scroll through the TheWrap’s gallery to see the 14 lowest-rated scripted TV shows of the 2019-20 season that were renewed by Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC. All ratings in this story come from Nielsen’s “most current” data, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available. Lowest-rated is first, highest-rated last. And, yes, there are ties. Readers can see the complete list of all the broadcast TV shows that have been renewed, canceled and ordered here

Fox/NBC/ABC/CBS

  • Series:  “Magnum P.I.”     Net:  CBS      18-49 rating: 1.0

           Not much to investigate here.

    CBS

  • Series:  “MacGyver”      Net:   CBS       18-49 rating: 1.0

        Another CBS reboot that puts up another OK rating.

    CBS

  • Series:  “The Unicorn”             Net:   CBS       18-49 rating: 1.0

        Decent enough numbers + Walton Goggins’ charm = a second season.

    CBS

  • Series:  “Bob Hearts Abishola”     Net:   CBS       18-49 rating: 1.0

       The freshman comedy gave its net as much to heart in the way of Nielsen returns as Goggins’ show did.

    CBS

  • Series:  “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”      Net:  NBC    18-49 rating: 0.9

           The Nine-Nine’s large fanbase doesn’t bring it a large Nielsen rating.

    NBC

  • Series:  “Good Girls”     Net:   NBC       18-49 rating: 0.9

        Not bad, but not good either.

    NBC

  • Series:   “American Housewife”     Net:  ABC       18-49 rating: 0.9

        Hey, you can’t win over every American.

    ABC

  • Series:  “All Rise”       Net:   CBS       18-49 rating: 0.9

        Well, not “all” rise, at least not all adults 18-49.

    CBS

  • Series:   “black-ish”    Net:   ABC      18-49 rating: 0.9

         OK-ish.

    ABC

  • Series:  “mixed-ish”      Net:   ABC       18-49 rating: 0.9

         Ties its parent series as OK-ish.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Bless the Harts”      Net:  Fox       18-49 rating: 0.9

         Nowhere near blessed, but better than the other first-year Fox animated sitcom on this list.

    Fox

  • Series:   “Bob’s Burgers”      Net:   Fox       18-49 rating: 0.9     

         Critical acclaim doesn’t always cook up nice Nielsen numbers.

    Fox

  • Series:  “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”           Net:   NBC       18-49 rating: 0.7

          Not extraordinary.

    NBC

  • Series:  “Duncanville”      Net:    Fox      18-49 rating: 0.5                 We’re not trying to dunk on the freshman animated series when we say this demo rating is pretty darn low for a show that earned a renewal.

    Fox

  • We’ve got good news and bad news, but not necessarily in that order…

    Why would a low-rated show ever be renewed for another season? Well, the series could be a critical darling or might do well in demos other than the regularly reported adults 18-49 one. Such a program may be particularly cheap to produce or exist at a studio that shares an umbrella with its network.

    Maybe there’s a global pandemic, and shows with a cast, writing staff, production crew and existing sets are suddenly a better bet than rolling the dice on new development. Or, perhaps the show is simply on Fox.

    Scroll through the TheWrap’s gallery to see the 14 lowest-rated scripted TV shows of the 2019-20 season that were renewed by Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC. All ratings in this story come from Nielsen’s “most current” data, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available. Lowest-rated is first, highest-rated last. And, yes, there are ties. Readers can see the complete list of all the broadcast TV shows that have been renewed, canceled and ordered here

    Tony Maglio

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