2022 TV status report

CBS’ Hawaiian crime-fighting saga “Magnum, P.I.” and ABC’s soapy drama “A Million Little Things” led USA TODAY’s 25th annual Save Our Shows poll.

Nearly 70,000 votes cast in the April survey revealed the two fourth-season dramas were the clear favorites among fans hoping for another run. This year, 24 endangered network TV series were featured in the poll. Almost half of voters (49%) want “Magnum” back – a remake of Tom Selleck’s 1980s series that stars Jay Hernandez – while just 14% voted to cancel it. And “Million,” a perennial “on the bubble” series, was favored by 33%, with 17% opting to say goodbye. (The remaining percentage of voters didn’t care either way.) 

Other top-performing series in this year’s poll were ABC’s “Big Sky” (with 30% support), two of Chuck Lorre’s CBS sitcoms – “United States of Al” (with 29% voting to keep it) and “B Positive” (27% said yes) – and Mayim Bialik’s Fox comedy “Call Me Kat” (27%). 

Conversely, “Kat” was also among the shows voters most wanted gone (22% said so), echoing last year’s polarized results. ABC’s “The Conners” earned the largest percentage of “drop” votes, as 31% want the sitcom – a sequel to “Roseanne,” now without its former star – gone. Others favored to join the reject pile included “Young Rock,” NBC’s Dwayne Johnson origin story; and CW’s “Charmed.”  

Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks in CBS' "Magnum, P.I." remake, which led USA TODAY's 25th annual Save Our Shows poll.

Those with the least support were lesser-known shows like Fox drama “Our Kind of People,” which wrapped its freshman season in January, and midseason mockumentary “Welcome to Flatch,” along with NBC’s “Grand Crew” and CW’s “Naomi.”  

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Six of the 24 series were also on the 2021 poll, including NBC’s “Kenan.”  And two DC Comics-inspired shows in the poll – CW’s “Batwoman” and “Legends of Tomorrow” – were canceled last week. (See the status of all your favorite broadcast series here.)

Grace Park (left), Allison Miller, Christina Moses, David Giuntoli and Romany Malco in ABC's "A Million Little Things," now ending its fourth season (and hoping for a fifth).

The broadcast networks are weighing the fates of these series this month as they prepare to announce fall schedules to advertisers ahead of the ad-sales season. Although potential replacement series won’t all be ready in time, the networks are contractually bound to renew shows by June 30, when contracts with actors and writers on returning shows typically expire.

Parker Young, Adhir Kalyan and Jayma Mays in the CBS comedy "United States of Al."

Recent winners have mixed track records: The 2021 and 2020 Save Our Shows champ, NBC’s musical dramedy “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” was canceled last spring, but later rescued by Roku Channel, which streamed a holiday movie to end the series. CBS gave 2019 winner “Madam Secretary” a final 10-episode run that fall, and NBC renewed “Timeless,” the winner in 2017 and 2018, first for a second season and later, a wrap-up movie.  

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