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May 17, 2017 at 11:40 AM EDT

Updated May 17: With 53 broadcast shows not yet renewed, a LOT of programs could get the ax over the next month. Which shows will come back? Which will the networks bury? We spoke to industry insiders to get the scoop and have ranked all the limbo shows from safest to dead-est, starting with… 


49. Chicago Fire, Justice, Med, P.D., and Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Every NBC show Dick Wolf makes. The producer’s four Chicago titles and Law & Order: SVU are certain to come back (even Chicago Justice — the straggler of the bunch). Also a total lock is…Update: Fire, Med, P.D., SVU renewed, Justice in limbo still…

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48. Speechless (ABC)

Solid ratings, critical praise and an inexpensive first-year show? That’s everything a network loves. Technically ABC also hasn’t renewed other Wednesday comedies like Modern Family (the cast is in contract renewals), Black-ish, or The Goldbergs, but those will come back too. Update: Renewed!

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47. Designated Survivor (ABC)

Should live up to its name. Ratings have dropped and the showrunner was changed as part of a creative tweaking, but with 12 million viewers and a 2.9 rating for the season, Kiefer Sutherland’s latest is the highest-rated show on this list. Update: Renewed!

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46. American Housewife (ABC)

Sure, why not? A decent freshman performer that should skate to a renewal (just like ABC’s The Middle, which has the same ratings). Update: Renewed!

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45. Once Upon a Time (ABC)

Don’t worry Onesies (or whatever Once Upon fans call themselves): Despite lower ratings than many on this list, we hear the veteran fantasy is a near-lock to return. There could be a BIG shake-up in Storybrooke, however, to keep costs down… Update: Renewed!

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44. The Blacklist (NBC)

Raymond Reddington isn’t getting crossed off quite yet. Update: Renewed!


43. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 

On its sixth season and in danger for the first time. CBS and studio Warner Bros are in negotiations. CBS is downright savage when it comes to axing its weakest shows in May, but we expect they’ll work this one out. Update: But they didn’t. Canceled. We did mention the savage part, right?

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42. Gotham (Fox)

Eventually, we’re going to hit several lower-rated Fox dramas near the bottom of this list. When Gotham is renewed for a fourth season it should send them all a gift basket. Update 5/10: Will rise again! Renewed.


41. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

With Inhumans coming to television this fall and S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s rating falling hard, it’s easy to suspect Agent Coulson’s division will be shuttered. We’re hearing the team will probably get one more assignment (despite that whole Ghost Rider thing). Update: Renewed!

NEXT: iZombie through Taken.

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