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

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April 10th, 2012

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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

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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.

Notes:

  • :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.

 
  • Nadine

    What happened to all those comments?

  • Rebecca

    Bent – 10
    Harry’s Law – 8 (-1)
    Best Friends Forever – 10
    Awake – 14
    Are You There, Chelsea? – 5 (-3)
    Grimm – 10
    30 Rock – 13 (+1)
    Whitney – 2 (-2)
    Up All Night – 9
    Parenthood – 12
    Community – 16 (+3)
    Parks and Recreation – 12 (+2)
    Law and Order SVU – 11
    Smash – 8
    The Office – 10

    Hope I did that right. Quote from The Office [2.14]:
    Michael: I swore to myself that if I ever got to walk around the room as manager, people would laugh when they saw me coming and would applaud as I walked away.

  • Rebecca

    @Nadine
    They had to be deleted apparently while the website got fixed. Now it seems to be running great, though. (Good job, Robert and whomever else worked on it!)

  • miles silverberg

    Schadenfreude much?

    Harry’s Law isn’t a great show, in fact it’s only a fairly okay show by Kelley/D’Elia standards. Its ratings aren’t good by normal standards. But it’s on NBC, which routinely gets beat by Univision, and I doubt NBC has a treasure trove of new ideas they want to spend bags of money on all at once in one fall season. If it is cancelled by May, it won’t be because you’re smart or psychic. It’ll be because other options still on the table didn’t pan out.

  • Phil

    How come Betty White’s Off Their Rockers isn’t listed?
    I think that’s a definite renewal.

  • Here Comes the Pain!

    Whitney’s gonna get renewed BABY!

  • bran

    Bent – 7 (-3)
    Harry’s Law – 6 (-2)
    Best Friends Forever – 11 (+1)
    Awake – 14
    Are You There, Chelsea? – 8 (+3)
    Grimm – 8 (-2)
    30 Rock – 13 (+1)
    Whitney – 4 (+2)
    Up All Night – 9
    Parenthood – 11 (-1)
    Community – 16
    Parks and Recreation – 12
    Law and Order SVU – 11
    Smash – 8
    The Office – 10

  • Rebecca

    Can someone who votes next fix the total for 30 Rock? The previous voter forgot to take the +1 off the end. 13 is correct point total. I’m on Droid now and can’t. Thanks.

  • Ryan

    Bent – 6 (-1)
    Harry’s Law – 6
    Best Friends Forever – 11
    Awake – 14
    Are You There, Chelsea? – 8
    Grimm – 11 (+3)
    30 Rock – 13
    Whitney – 2 (-2)
    Up All Night – 9
    Parenthood – 13 (+2)
    Community – 16
    Parks and Recreation – 13 (+1)
    Law and Order SVU – 11
    Smash – 5 (-3)
    The Office – 10

  • matt

    Bent-6
    Harry’s Law-6
    Best Friends Forever-11
    Awake-15 (+1)
    Are You There, Chelsea-6 (-2)
    Grimm-11
    30 Rock-13
    Whitney- -1 (-3)
    Up All Night-9
    Parenthood-13
    Community-18 (+2)
    Parks and Recreation-16 (+3)
    Law and Order SVU-11
    Smash-5
    The Office-9 (-1)

  • EatMorePez

    Bent-6
    Harry’s Law-3 (-3)
    Best Friends Forever-10 (-1)
    Awake-15
    Are You There, Chelsea-4 (-2)
    Grimm-12 (+1)
    30 Rock-13
    Whitney- -1
    Up All Night-9
    Parenthood-13
    Community-21 (+3)
    Parks and Recreation-16
    Law and Order SVU-11
    Smash-7 (+2)
    The Office-9

  • The End

    @Miles

    Looking to deep into it. Harry’s Law will be cancelled for the same reason as any other show failing on tv. The terrible ratings.

    Personally I couldn’t care less if it stays or not. I’m just waiting with baited breath(more like amused) to hear of the shows denuded after all the garbage they were saying about coming back for a 3rd season, and rubishing claims itl be cancelled, more waiting for karma to take effect.

  • The End

    *Shows demise

    Anyway can’t say I really care about any show on NBC at the moment, do think perhaps Awake should of been put on the Syfy channel instead, numbers wouldn’t of been hugely better but it’d get a few seasons at most. Shame there, wasted opportunity.

  • Ali

    Seeing the premiere of Harry’s Law this year was possible the biggest disappointment I have ever had. It was like premiering a completely different show – They killed off the original fanbase and introduced a couple of hotties to the mix in the hope to increase ratings but they failed miserably. The show will certainly be cancelled.

  • jan

    I let Harry’s Law sit on my PVR for months and months. Then I watched a couple and loved the show. Really good writing and Bates is a fabulous actor.

  • Steve

    I hope you are completely wrong. Harry’s Law is one of NBC’s highest rated shows in viewers!

  • michael

    Bent-4 (-2)
    Harry’s Law-3
    Best Friends Forever-7 (-3)
    Awake-15
    Are You There, Chelsea-6 (+2)
    Grimm-12
    30 Rock-16 (+3)
    Whitney- -1
    Up All Night-9
    Parenthood-13
    Community-22 (+1)
    Parks and Recreation-15 (-1)
    Law and Order SVU-11
    Smash-7
    The Office-9

  • Barbara

    Harry’s Law & Awake are 2 great shows why cancel give them a chance . What is left all these reality shows. Not good for the 50 and up age group.

  • Tommy Mickens

    I can only imagine, what with my great long comments that I bothered with regarding why it’s foolhardy to have Harry’s Law as “certain” cancellation, that Bill Gorman must have seen them and how silly they made him look, so he engineered the comments wipe-out just to get rid of them. ;)

  • Riff Rafferty

    Seeing the premiere of Harry’s Law this year was possible the biggest disappointment I have ever had. It was like premiering a completely different show – They killed off the original fanbase and introduced a couple of hotties to the mix in the hope to increase ratings but they failed miserably.

    Glad to hear it. Now I’m gonna tell you what I think. I think the show is MAJORLY improved this season in just about every aspect imaginable. Since it’s done a consistent number from its season premiere to now (even while being bounced around the schedule), all the while NBC is falling apart on Wednesdays and Thursdays, I guess more people agree with me than you.

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