25 Bubble Shows: Which Ones Should Be Saved?

Is the case closed on Castle? Will Revenge be murdered? Will viewers follow The Following to its demise?

It's time for the broadcast networks to decide which shows to cut and which ones to bring back in the fall, and undoubtedly, some of your favorites are in jeopardy. But now's your chance to show some support!

Below, we've listed 25 shows that are in danger of getting the axe, as well as the pros and cons for keeping or killing each one of them. Once you've heard all our arguments, vote for which shows you think most deserve to be saved. Be sure to also tell us why in the comments!

About a Boy

Tuesdays at 9:30pm on NBC

THE GOOD NEWS: NBC has a soft spot for creator Jason Katims, whose shows Friday Night Lights and Parenthood defied the cancellation odds more than a few times. Also, NBC has basically no comedy brand right now and might want to hold on to a familiar show or two as it rebuilds.

THE BAD NEWS: About a Boy's second season is averaging just 3.5 million viewers and a 1.03 in the 18-to-49 demo, making it NBC's lowest-rated series that's yet to be canceled. (By comparison, it's down almost 50 percent in both measures from a year ago, when its post-The Voice timeslot made it NBC's highest-rated sitcom.) And given that NBC already trimmed two episodes from its order and star Minnie Driver isn't feeling particularly hopeful, the writing may be on the wall.

American Crime

Thursdays at 10pm on ABC

THE GOOD NEWS: ABC really wants American Crime to succeed, heavily promoting the show and slotting it in a coveted #TGIT berth. Since it's technically a limited series, ABC might just let it finish its run, but there is the possibility that the network could produce another season with a new story and call it an anthology. It has a stellar pedigree, thanks to stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton and, as the ads constantly remind us, 12 Years a Slave's Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley. After a 30 percent freefall in its second week, ratings have finally plateaued around 5.5 million and a 1.2.

THE BAD NEWS: Those numbers are well below what How to Get Away With Murder did in the same timeslot in the fall.


Thursdays at 9pm on Fox

THE GOOD NEWS: Creatively, the show is a nice companion for Fox stalwart Bones—which, like Backstrom, was created by Hart Hanson. And even though its modest audience (4.3 million, 1.12 in the 18-to-49 demo) is about half of what the show premiered to, its viewership has remained consistent.

THE BAD NEWS: It's Fox's lowest-rated drama series that's still on the air. The episodes of Backstrom that have aired since Bones returned and became its lead-in have been its lowest-rated yet.

Battle Creek

Sundays at 10pm on CBS

THE GOOD NEWS: This Vince Gilligan-David Shore collaboration has great behind-the-camera auspices, and series stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters make a compelling pair of non-buddy cops. Plus: It's a refreshingly different take on the police procedurals that dominate CBS's lineup.

THE BAD NEWS: It seems CBS's audience doesn't care for fresh takes. With a season average of 6.7 million viewers and a 0.8 in the 18-to-48 demo, Battle Creek is CBS's lowest-rated drama. Even with the star power attached, we don't expect the show to receive much mercy.


Mondays at 10pm on ABC

THE GOOD NEWS: The charming procedural is important to ABC, and we can't see the network giving it the axe without allowing the show to give its loyal fans a proper ending.

THE BAD NEWS: The show's seventh season seems to be losing creative steam... and its audience isn't far behind. The drama is down about 15 percent in both total viewers (8.5 million) and in the 18-to-49 demo (1.6) from its most-watched season a year ago. Perhaps most alarming, while star Nathan Fillion has signed on to return should the show be renewed for Season 8, Stana Katic and showrunner David Amann have not. Could Castle even exist without Kate Beckett?

NEXT: Constantine, Cristela, CSI, CSI: Cyber, and The Following

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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