NBC: 'Harry's Law' Will Be Canceled; Star, Producer & A Squinty Jillion Viewers To The Contrary

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April 10th, 2012

Click this link for the latest NBC renewal / cancellation information:

Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2011-12 season in May, 2012. (includes results from January 2- April 8, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Prime Suspect* canceled 0.47
Bent :oops: 0.51
The Firm* canceled 0.61
Harry's Law :oops: 0.64
Free Agents * canceled 0.66
The Playboy Club * canceled 0.67
Chuck (F)* final season complete 0.69
Best Friends Forever :oops: 0.74
Awake :oops: 0.85
Are You There, Chelsea? :cry: :cry: 0.92
Grimm (F) renewed 0.91
30 Rock :) :) :) :) 0.97
Whitney :) :) :) :) 0.98
Up All Night :| :| :| 1.01
Parenthood* :) :) :) :) 1.00
Community :) :) :) :) 1.06
Parks & Recreation :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.09
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.10
Smash renewed 1.52
The Office :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.63

Kathy Bates, Academy Award winning star of Harry's Law, hates the fact that the people paying for broadcast primetime (the advertisers) only pay for adults 18-49 viewers. She doesn't much care for the cancellation bear, either. Her executive producer, Bill D'Elia, either doesn't understand how broadcast primetime works, or is in willful denial about it. Those squinty jillion average viewers don't pay the bills, no matter how much fans would like them to.

I'm sure that there will be plenty of entertainment media sites that will fill fans with false hope over the show's future in the coming weeks, but the knowledgeable will disregard that nonsense. Harry's Law ratings have made it certain to be canceled by the end of this season for quite some time.

The Renew / Cancel Index above includes results beginning January 2, 2012. How did NBC's shows stack up based on their Fall results? Click here.

*shows no longer on the air have their Renew/Cancel Index "frozen" at the point they left the schedule.


  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2012
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2012
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2012
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2012
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2012

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? Check out how the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from the 2010-11 broadcast television season.

  • tom

    I don’t agree, if they actually put harry’s law in a better time slot it can get the demos. It is matching the same demos that smash is getting last year in that monday slot and got viewers as well and IT HAD NO LEAD IN. NBC is not in the position to give on a show that actually brings in viewers, screw the demo. But we will soon see, won’t we

  • Jennifer

    I didn’t like the change to Harry’s Law this year. I’m 18-49 and liked it last year but was disappointed in the new look. On another note…wondering if anyone has ever commented on the Renew/Cancel boards having an impact on viewership of new shows. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve quit watching a show because these boards say they are going to get canceled anyway. I don’t want to get wrapped up in something that is predicted to be gone after two episodes.

  • judy

    It is a shame that Harry’s Law is to be canceled. Gie it a better time slot. There is so much garbage on these days but not Harry’s Law. You should really reconsider. Kathie Bates is great..

  • Bluetahoe

    Harry’s Law is a solid show. NBC has very few good shows, and they treated this show like the did not care if it succeeded or failed. It had very good numbers for the demos over 49, but, I guess that just not count to the NBC suits who only care about what the advertisers want which is the 18-49 demo group. I know many people who will be disappointed with NBC – again.

  • Caringtype1(Save Harry!)

    Up all night and whitney will be renewed.

  • Caringtype1(Save Harry!)

    awake will be canceled. Too bad, it was good.

  • Caringtype1(Save Harry!)

    NBC has the best shows.

  • Caringtype1(Save Harry!)

    The Office is the best comedy on TV.

  • keyser

    The Office sucks… this year is garbage.

    I agree with Jennifer that Harry’s Law was better the first season. They shouldn’t have retooled it with cast changes to be even more like Boston Legal 2.0.

    I’m disppointed Bent didn’t find an audience as it had the best chemistry on a show I’ve seen thus far. But then again… the network dropped the ball.

  • Caringtype1(Save Harry!)

    Whitney is such a good show.

  • The End


    What’s with the spam? Didn’t see the need for you to quadruple post something you could do in one post alone.

    Back on topic, the Harry’s law cancellation can’t come soon enough, after some of the comments made by the producer and star that verged on arrogance, nothing will make me happier than to see them eating some humble pie, perhaps they might appologise to this site for the attitude when all that’s happened is the shows predicted cancellation.

  • ToeHead81

    Wow, NBC will have a lot of holes to fill. Does anybody know when fall schedules come out, or know the list of Pilots going into fall? I can’t remeber last year when all of that stuff started coming out.

  • tvfreak

    The comments are all gone! And the Elimination Game has been hopelessly screwed up!

    But fear not, fellow players…I am rebooting the game, with a new format and new rules.

    All the shows in the Index, excluding those already canceled, will be listed with 10 points to start. But there is a twist…Instead of voting one show up and one show down, one point each, people may now vote for their three favorite and three least favorite shows, giving +3, +2, +1, -1, -2 and -3 points. (I will demonstrate this below.) For obvious reasons, this will only work if there are more than six shows to choose from, so when only five shows remain I will switch to a two-favorite, two-least favorite system, then to the classic one-favorite, one-least favorite format when only three shows remain. Also, when shows hit 100 points they will be “locked” as victors. If there are multiple victors then the game will reset so only the victors compete against each other. And I will keep meticulous records of when exactly shows either drop out of the game or become victors.

    Other than that, the basic rules remain the same. Wait 24 hours between votes, etc. etc.

    Ready? Let’s go!

    BENT – 10
    HARRY’S LAW – 10
    AWAKE – 13 (+3)
    GRIMM – 10
    30 ROCK – 12 (+2)
    WHINEY – 7 (-3)
    UP ALL NIGHT – 9 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 10
    LAW & ORDER: SVU – 11 (+1)
    SMASH – 8 (-2)
    THE OFFICE – 10

  • Mikey Scott

    why is the office a certain renewal am i the only office fan concerned about contract disputes and rumors of dwight spin off? John Krasinskis contract is up also and hes been doing movies lately. I still love the office, but they cant survive without Michael and Jim/Dwight

  • Concerned Citizen

    Bent – 10
    Harry’s Law – 9 (-1)
    Best Friends Forever – 10
    Awake – 14 (+1)
    Are You There, Chelsea? – 8 (-2)
    Grimm – 10
    30 Rock – 12
    Whitney – 4 (-3)
    Up All Night – 9
    Parenthood – 12 (+2)
    Community – 13 (+3)
    Parks and Recreation – 10
    Law and Order SVU – 11
    Smash – 8
    The Office – 10

  • Doug

    Smash is doing significantly better than HL did in that same timeslot last year. HL skews old – probably the oldest skewing show on TV.

    LMFAO that Bent, even with its sub 1.0 numbers, is still at more than 50% of NBC’s scripted average.

    Lordy does NBC have holes to fill, and almost nothing to do it with. If The Office continues declining, it will likely be below a 2.0 next season, which means that NBC will have ZERO scripted shows over that already low mark. Unless Smash maintains its numbers, but I’m betting that NBC will straight-run it in the winter.

    I’ll say it again: I don’t think NBC can dig itself out.

  • Rebecca

    @Mikey Scott
    Last I’d heard (but I haven’t read up on it much lately so things could be different now), the actors who play Andy and Pam were also still negotiating. So The Office isn’t fully staffed yet. You’re right though – without Dwight and Jim there’s no show. Dwight’s spinoff The Farm might air in 2013, I think people have said before. Maybe mid season.

  • Greg

    Dwight will come back for next season, he’s just gonna leave before it ends, just like Michael did on the seventh season. The spin-off will probably have six episodes, like the first season of The Office had.

  • Oliver

    The Office should have been able to survive with the departure of major cast members but the production staff badly mishandled the show.

    The Office should have had a revolving door of cast-members with characters leaving and new ones arriving, similar to shows like ER, CSI or even soap operas. Handled correctly then the show could have kept going for years longer, especially since it would have kept salaries down.

    Sadly, the current production staff are awful. We’re left with awful outlandish plots, terrible new characters, and the show completely running out of ideas, especially for Jim and Pam who have turned into unlikeable empty shells their former selves, slowly stripped of any redeemable qualities.

  • Chris Parker

    I really enjoy harry’s law.. I am a 34 year old man… big fan of Bates… and a big fan of David E. Kelley

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