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.

  • Casey

    You have got to be kidding. Cancel Harry’s Law. Unbelievable. You leave the garbage, dimwitted, stupid shows on and cancel a show that is exciting, has drama, real issues dealt with, and the actors simply cannot be beat. I don’t get it. Where in the world do you get your statistics. Must be from the garbage. You cancel Harry’s Law and I will refuse to watch NBC anymore. Enough is enough. And by the way what in the world was the purpose of adding
    Nancy Grace. Honestly what a waste of time. Leave the show alone and let David Kelley continue to write an awesome program.

  • Steve

    NBC: Just renew Harry’s Law and put it on Friday nights after Grimm.
    You’ll get you’re 7-8 million viewers on a night when people don’t often watch TV.

  • scott

    I REALLY enjoy Harry’s Law, I do not want to see it go away. The show would work alot better being scheduled on another day but same time slot(in my opinion). CHECK YOUR ratings during the week and put it against some of those cancelled series like Desperate Housewives, or during the week. I really will miss Kathie Bates on the air, I’m 53, and dont like the other crap in that time slot on the other networks. Thanks for the ability to vent my spleen about that.

  • Kay

    i’m so disappointed that Harry’s Law will be canceled, but I have to say that the main premise of the show was lost weeks ago. I blame David E. Kelly, whose work I’ve admired, but instead of letting the show continue in its original format, he felt strangely compelled to repeat past legal dramas, turning this one into a remake of all the others, even bring back previous cast members. What a disservice to Kathy Bates. I was so excited to hear that she was willing to take on a weekly series — she’s great and deserved better.

  • Susan

    If Harry’s Law and/or Parenthood are cancelled, I am shutting off cable! They are the 2 shows I watch and the only reason I have cable–

  • Linda

    Harry’s Law is soooooo funny and keeps your interest.There is alot of crap on the tv anymore….Kathy Bates is great. I do want the shoes in the intro with the red soles. LOL

  • Lorraine G.

    Two of NBC’s shows, The Firm and Harry’s Law, are the best. I can’t believe they are cancelled. Shame on you.

  • Michele Sears

    Harry’s Law is one of the best television shows that you’ve had on in a long time. Please do not take it off the air. Kathy Bates and the rest of the stars are awesome. It is very entertaining compared to all of the reality tv that is on these days. I beg of you to not take it off the air.

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