cougar town 0214 ratings 'Cougar Town,' 'GCB,' 'Missing': Keep 'em or kill 'em?The unofficial start of the 2012-13 TV season, the broadcast network upfronts, is only about six weeks away, which means the fates will soon be decided for on-the-bubble network programs. To kick off Bubble Watch 2012, Zap2it is asking you to cast your votes for the shows that might be in danger – Keep ‘Em or Kill ‘Em?

For ABC, a number of shows are locks – “Modern Family,” “Revenge,” “Once Upon a Time.” But there are a handful of shows that are still up in the air – “Body of Proof,” “Cougar Town,” “GCB,” “Missing” and “The River.” So vote below for which ones you’d like to see stick around.

“Body of Proof”

The case for it: Even though it routinely finishes second to CBS’ “Unforgettable” in its timeslot, the margin is not usually very wide, with “Body of Proof” sometimes tying for first in the 18-49 demo.

The case against it: Compared to other ABC shows, the “Body of Proof” renew/cancel index number is very low – in fact, it’s lower than a couple shows that have already been canceled.

“Cougar Town”

The case for it: Really the only thing keeping “Cougar Town” in the hunt is syndication. The typical number looked for for a syndication run is 88 episodes. If it goes into its fourth season,
it will at least have a shot at syndication.

The case against it: The ratings have been even lower for its third season, as the show has never cracked 5 million viewers. Plus, several cast members have signed on for other pilots, which do play second-fiddle to “Cougar Town’s” renewal, but also doesn’t look good.


The case for it: It has held steady at around 6 million viewers. But honestly, the network would have to just really like its efforts to give it a second season.

The case against it: It loses several million off its lead-in, the final “Desperate Housewives” season, and has steadily dropped in ratings since the debut.


The case for it: It’s a little too early to tell on this one, having only aired three episodes. The premiere did fairly well at 10 million viewers.

The case against it: The ratings have fallen each week it airs. Time will tell on this one.

“The River”

The case for it: The show has built up a nice little cult following online and could continue to build on its mythology if given more episodes to play out.

The case against it: The premiere was just OK, and each episode has steadily dropped since then in the ratings, with the finale earning under 4 million viewers. It doesn’t look good for this one.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."