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.

 
  • jackie

    BEST FRIENDS FOREVER – 3 (-3)
    AWAKE – 19
    ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? – 0 (-1)
    GRIMM – 22 (+2)
    30 ROCK – 23 (+3)
    UP ALL NIGHT – 10 (+1)
    PARENTHOOD – 19
    COMMUNITY – 34
    PARKS & RECREATION – 19
    LAW & ORDER SVU – 3
    THE OFFICE – 0 (-2)

  • Dan S

    Granted I wasn’t happy with the season 2 changes on Harry’s Law initially. It has gotten better & still think it deserves a 3rd season despite what the 18-49 demo says. I’m happy to see a lot of people agree with me that HL has gotten a raw deal & doesn’t deserve to be sent to the trash heap. If NBC does pass on it I hope it’s USA network will consider picking it up like they did with L&O Criminal intent several years ago.

  • Garrett

    BEST FRIENDS FOREVER – 3
    AWAKE – 19
    ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? – 0
    GRIMM – 25 (+3)
    30 ROCK – 20 (-3)
    UP ALL NIGHT – 10
    PARENTHOOD – 17 (-2)
    COMMUNITY – 36 (+2)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 18 (-1)
    LAW & ORDER SVU – 3
    THE OFFICE – 1 (+1)

  • Craig

    whatever happened to the resurrection of NBC everyone was talking about after Smash’s debut? The network is still a mess…

  • Amanda

    BEST FRIENDS FOREVER – 3
    AWAKE – 20 (+1)
    GRIMM – 25
    30 ROCK – 20
    UP ALL NIGHT – 10(+3)
    PARENTHOOD – 19 (+2)
    COMMUNITY – 34 (-2)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 17 (-1)
    LAW & ORDER SVU – 0 (-3)

    The office was already eliminated and so was chelsea and now svu is eliminated

  • Rebecca

    BEST FRIENDS FOREVER – 0 (-3) eliminated!
    AWAKE – 18 (-2)
    GRIMM – 25
    30 ROCK – 21 (+1)
    UP ALL NIGHT – 9 (-1)
    PARENTHOOD – 19
    COMMUNITY – 36 (+2)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 20 (+3)

    Next person to vote, take BFF off the game list.
    quote from The Office [2.19]:
    Toby: Didn’t you lose a lot of money on that other investment, the one from that e-mail?
    Michael: You know what, Toby? When the son of the deposed King of Nigeria e-mails you directly asking for help, you help. His father ran the freaking country, okay?

  • Michael O’Faolain

    NBC has to substantially revamp its schedule. But…

    The advertising community is going to have to rethink the whole demo focus for broadcast TV. In case it has escaped everyone’s attention, the total demo watching prime time broadcast TV is continuing to drop. It has reached the point where the non-demo is frequently twice as large.

    And last Sunday among the regularly scheduled 8:00 shows, “Harry’s Law” had the highest rating in the non-demo which was three times the number of viewers the top rated show pulled in the demo.

    The 50+ crowd has more money. Yet someone really continues to believe that when the 50+ viewers are three times the best number of demo viewers, that number is worth nothing to marketers.

    Foolish thinking.

  • Steve

    There are plenty of commercials for the 49+ demographic….Depends, Viagra, Osteoperosis, etc. and any of these companies should put their ads on during Harry’s Law. NBC hardly has any hits and Harry’s Law is one of NBC’s most watched shows.

    Don’t alienate the viewers by canceling this show! It makes me so mad that networks shuffle shows around and Harry’s Law certainly has a weekly audience and deserves another season and syndication!

  • Bran

    AWAKE – 19 (+1)
    GRIMM – 24 (-1)
    30 ROCK – 21
    UP ALL NIGHT – 12 (+3)
    PARENTHOOD – 21 (+2)
    COMMUNITY – 34 (-2)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 17 (-3)

  • PrettyLittleLiars

    NBC 2012 SCHEDULE :
    MONDAY /
    8-10PM : THE VOICE
    10PM : Notorious (NEW)
    TUESDAY/
    8-10PM : The Biggest Loser
    10PM : County (NEW)
    WEDNESDAY/
    8PM : Chicago Fire (NEW)
    9PM : Parenthood
    10PM : Law & Order: SVU
    THURSDAY/
    8:00PM : The New Normal (NEW)
    8:30PM : Community
    9:00PM : The Office
    9:30PM : Parks & Recreation
    10:00PM : SMASH
    FRIDAY/
    8:00PM : Hannibal (NEW)
    9:00PM : Midnight Sun (NEW)
    10:00PM : Grimm

    MID-SEASON : The Frontier , 30 ROCK , Bad Girls , 1600 Penn

  • Lamdog

    Sorry, Harry’s Law a dog. The sooner the better, stick a fork in it. It sadden me that Awake will be cancelled.

  • BDL

    With NBC in the dumps, I could see Harry’s Law getting picked up for PR reasons. I mean, they’ve got SMASH and The Office, and nothing else with ratings that would even air on another network. Is there ever a point where garbage ratings start to blur until it doesn’t make a difference which garbage show it is that gets renewed?

  • rob60990

    AWAKE – 17 (-2)
    GRIMM – 25 (+1)
    30 ROCK – 21
    UP ALL NIGHT – 9 (-3)
    PARENTHOOD – 24 (+3)
    COMMUNITY – 33 (-1)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 19 (+2)

  • Some Guy

    AWAKE – 19 (+2)
    GRIMM – 23 (-2)
    30 ROCK – 21
    UP ALL NIGHT – 6 (-3)
    PARENTHOOD – 23 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 34 (+1)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 22 (+3)

  • barb

    AWAKE – 17 (-2)
    GRIMM – 20 (-3)
    30 ROCK – 23 (+2)
    UP ALL NIGHT – 9 (+3)
    PARENTHOOD – 22 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 35 (+1)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 22

  • Frank the Tank

    @Michael O’Faolain – That’s the entire reason why the networks just care about the 18-49 range for prime time. The 18-49 viewers are much more scarce and watch less TV, so any show that delivers such viewers is much more valuable to particularly valuable advertisers that target that group. Age 50+ viewers watch more TV overall, so advertisers can reach that audience much more cheaply and in many more places (e.g. daytime TV, cable, etc.) than network prime time.

    It also doesn’t matter that age 50+ viewers have higher incomes. There is a particular set of high spending advertisers that need to target younger viewers, which are what I call “monthly bill” advertisers. Sellers of car and home insurance, banks, credit card providers, cell phone providers… these are items that you tend to sign up for when you’re younger, rarely change when you’re older, provide literally years of revenue since you just pay the bill every month, and aren’t based on what’s on sale at Target that week. These are among the biggest advertisers out there and they are the very entities that need younger viewers the most.

  • K-Fed

    AWAKE – 17
    GRIMM – 17 (-3)
    30 ROCK – 21 (-2)
    UP ALL NIGHT – 11 (+2)
    PARENTHOOD – 23 (+1)
    COMMUNITY – 38 (+3)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 21 (-1)

    I really wish I didn’t have to give a -1 to Parks and Rec, but it’s my only other option because I don’t want to hurt Awake at all.

  • tvfreak

    AWAKE – 20 (+3)
    GRIMM – 17
    30 ROCK – 23 (+2)
    UP ALL NIGHT – 8 (-3)
    PARENTHOOD – 22 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 39 (+1)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 19 (-2)

    Man, the shows sure whittled down fast here. It’s getting hard. :(

    Eliminated:
    15. Whiney (4-11, 10:28pm)
    14. Harry’s Law (4-12, 9:44am)
    13. Bent (4-12, 5:16pm)
    12. Smash (4-12, 8:59pm)
    11. The Office (4-13, 4:21am)
    10. Are You There, Chelsea? (4-13, 4:21am)
    9. Law & Order: SVU (4-13, 8:18am)
    8. Best Friends Forever (4-13, 8:22am)

    “So you’re allowed to sleepover at your boyfriend’s, but you can’t have Captain Crunch?”
    -Rex Britten, from Awake episode 1.06 “That’s Not My Penguin”

  • Jay T

    AWAKE – 20
    GRIMM – 20 (+3)
    30 ROCK – 21 (-2)
    UP ALL NIGHT – 5 (-3)
    PARENTHOOD – 21 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 41 (+2)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 20 (+1)

  • Nick

    AWAKE – 20
    GRIMM – 18 (-2)
    30 ROCK – 23 (+2)
    UP ALL NIGHT – 2 (-3)
    PARENTHOOD – 20 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 44 (+3)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 21 (+1)

    You might say UAN is already eliminated, as its the only show under 15. He he he… :-D :-)

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