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Death Watch: Final TV survival predictions of the season

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In less than three weeks, the broadcast nets will reveal their 2013-14 fall lineups to advertisers in New York City. Here’s our final take on which shows we think will go forward into next season — and which titles the networks will leave behind. (Each show is accompanied by its average rating for the season among adults 18-49 including seven days of DVR.)


Revolution (4.5): One of the few freshman success stories this season despite its reliance on The Voice for a lead-in. It will return.

Animal Practice: Cancelled after four episodes

Chicago Fire (2.4): There’s already talk of a spin-off!

Community (1.6): If anything, it will earn a 13-episode pickup.

Deception (1.8): So long, sister.

Do No Harm: Cancelled

Grimm (2.5): An easy call to renew.

Law & Order: SVU (2.1): Seems safe.

Hannibal (1.6): Still too early, though last week’s ratings dip wasn’t a great sign.

Off Their Rockers (1.7): We don’t expect Betty White to stop rocking anytime soon.

30 Rock (1.9): Final season

Go On (2.3): We think Matthew Perry will return one more season.

The New Normal (2.1): It’s very weak, but NBC can’t cancel its whole schedule. This one depends on development.

Guys with Kids (1.6): That said, this will go for sure.

Parenthood (2.8): A renewal is certain.

Parks & Recreation (2.0): Thumbs up.

Ready for Love: (1.5) Cancelled

Smash (1.4): The curtain is closing. That new Saturday slot wasn’t a reward.

Celebrity Apprentice (1.7). We expect a return next year.

The Biggest Loser (2.8): Like HDLs, it’s still the good kind of fat to have around.

The Office (2.6): Final season

Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.0): Probably in some form, yes.

The Voice (5.2, 4.7): RENEWED

Up All Night (1.7): Christina Applegate quit and nobody has been cast in her place. All but dead and buried.

Whitney (1.5): Gone girl.

1600 Penn (1.5). Permanently sequestered.