NBC: Not A Bad Start For 'The Cape'

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January 11th, 2011

For the latest NBC show Renew / Cancel Index news click here.

Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2010-11 season in May, 2011. (includes results from January 3-9, 2011):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Outlaw (F) cancelled
Undercovers cancelled
Parenthood pending 0.88
The Cape pending 1.00
Law & Order: SVU pending 1.12
Chase pending
Chuck pending
Community pending
Law & Order: LA pending
The Event pending
30 Rock renewed
Outsourced pending
The Office pending

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In a double episode premiere on Sunday, The Cape had a decent start, but the race against the cancellation bear isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. We'll have to see how it does in the weeks ahead in its regular Monday timeslot to get a better idea for its prospects.

Resetting the NBC Renew/Cancel Index to use only shows airing on or after 1/3/11* provides us very incomplete information so far, since only The Cape, Parenthood and Law & Order:SVU had new episodes last week. Stay tuned for more information and updated predictions in the weeks ahead.

*Why do that?

In previous seasons, comparing the season ratings averages for shows that began in the spring to those that began in the fall proved a bit apples to oranges because the overall lowered spring ratings (partially caused by Daylight Savings Time as well as a variety of reasons) tended to understate the position of shows that began in the fall. When tested on last season's ratings, beginning a new Index after New Year's seemed to correct that apples to oranges comparison problem.

What was the status of the NBC Renew / Cancel Index for just the Fall? Click here.

Notes:

  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2011
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2011
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2011
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2011
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2011

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show's new episode adults 18-49 ratings relative to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its own network. It's calculated by dividing a show's new episode Live+Same Day adults 18-49 average rating by the Live+Same Day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show's own network. The network's average ratings in the calculation are not time weighted (ex. hour long shows are not weighted twice what 30 minute shows are).

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

How would the Renew / Cancel Index Have Done Predicting Last Season's Scripted Show Fates? While the methods used have changed slightly from past seasons check out how the Renew / Cancel Index would have predicted renewals and cancellations from the 2009-10 broadcast television season.

 
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