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.

  • tvfreak

    Voting here is now closed, thanks for playing!

  • Rebecca

    Voting continues on page 2 of the new r/c index thread posted today.

  • a keesecker

    I feel NBC has lost there minds harry;s law is a great show and as stated before if they would move it to a earlier time slot ratings would go thru the roof — how many reality show can they keep coming up with !!!!
    there is almost nothing on tv to watch but game shows and reality show put them on at the late night slots move harrys law and other to reasonable time that working people can sit down and watch after the news instead of the current mess!!

  • Judy

    Please don’t cancel Harry’s Law. At first I was disappointed at the changes, but I really think the show is fun to watch. I Can NOT stand reality TV. What a waste! Kathy Bates is great.

  • Steve


    Same dreadful ratings? For NBC, 8.1 million viewers is one of their highest watched shows Bill. It is now that network’s # 1 non-scripted show since “Smash” seems to be tanking week after week–and that gets renewed? And only “The Voice” gets more viewers for NBC.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that NBC does not cancel this show–they can’t afford to alienate any more viewers than they already have. Time will tell.

    “And, remember, NBC moved Harry’s Law to Sundays and it is still getting the ratings it did when it was on another night—that proves that the show has very loyal viewers!

    Bill Gorman, I hope you are completely wrong so I can say “I TOLD YOU SO””

    Non crazy-fan reading of Sunday HL ratings: “New night, same dreadful ratings!”

    HL will be canceled. I will be here, but I’m sure you’ll be long gone, so let me say “I TOLD YOU SO” in advance.

  • Brian

    I hear what you’re saying, but at the same time…I don’t think 18-49 demos are the end-all and be-all of what stays and what goes. Otherwise, the CW would be doing much better than it is. NBC is in a terrible situation right now with only two programs it can count on (SNF, The Voice). The situation is that NBC needs bodies, they need shows with a pulse. I still think that Harry’s Law has a shot…being moved to Sundays is a sign of confidence, not weakness. Plus, it has more viewers than Grimm and Smash which are renewed already. HL is currently rated third behind The Voice and Off Their Rockers.

  • Riff Rafferty

    Harriet Korn: I’m tired of the way people think about us. We win our cases. We’ve been a success story at a time when not many young law firms make it. Sanders and O’Malley, remember that? On the cover of ‘American Lawyer’. Where are they now? Gone. All these firms, they try to jump out with mostly youth. Hot, young litigators. Pretty faces trying to grab a young demo. And they come and they go. Unlike the law offices of Harriet Korn. We just keep plodding along. You ever see us on the cover of a magazine? We’re not hot copy. We’re fuddy-duddy. Well, we’re not fuddy-duddy. I want to get the news out there. The law offices of Harriet Korn. We’re sexy, we’re hip and we’re hot!

    I LOVE IT! Next season I hope Catherine Piper pays Harry a special visit and sues the ratings website, “TV by the Martian Probes,” and its mascot, the Plug-Pulling Panda.

  • Trisha

    I don’t understand that when you get a really good show you decide to take it off. Harry’s Law is one of the best shows on TV….it’s entertaining …it’s funny and it always has a good story that people can learn from relate to and what are you doing ….taking it off ….doesn’t make sense to me . Then people wonder why this world is soooo screwed up !!!!!

  • Alice

    Harry’s Law is one of the best shows on TV! My husband and I are so very disappointed that NBC is cancelling it. Please reconsider. Not only is the acting way above average but it entertains while making the public aware of important issues that for some reason have never come to the general public’s attention. It is a great show and we love it!

  • Debbie

    Harry’s Law is so much better than the Office or Parks and Recreation. I don’t miss Harry’s Law and to cancel it shows the people making the decisions are so out of touch. Not to mention those paying the bills are the boomers some of whom are well over 45. Such a farce.

  • Mark

    I like Harry’s Law. It has a good cast and the cases are all unique. Possibly the reason for not getting good ratings is that NBC has bounced it around and by the time a viewer can find it the rating suffers. Apparently NBC deserves to be a second rate network… develop a following and then cancel it once you get viewers. Great corporate plan!

    USA knows how to develop loyal viewers… maybe they would pick up Harry’s Law and make it work?

  • Sunshine

    HARRY ‘ S Law
    If NBC is so bent on canceling this show, I hope someone like HBO picks up. This show will THRIVE, if it was marketed well no matter what time slot it was given. NBC (No Better Channel) to watch will opt out to lead television in a conscienciousness of integrity, and decency, to play the familar game of “Follow ratings to the Destruction of civilization ” but hey we made a lot of $$$$$ didn’t we! Good luck NBC … You gonna need it

  • akeva littlejohn

    Wow!! Harry’s Law needs to stay. NBC did just move it all around. Kathy Bates and Chris Mcdonald are awesome. They need to bring back Malcolm & Wnslow LLC. The show was to help those less fortunate now all the clients are rich snobs I do agree that last year was better. I like the characters from last year.

    Best Friends Forever needs some time.
    Smash is a show i never wanted to see still havent.

  • akeva littlejohn

    It seems like awake got off track. I thought the show was about a man trying to figure out which reality is real but it seems as though they lost the direction of that.

  • CJ

    Harry’s Law is the ONLY show we watch on NBC. Too bad it’s cancelled – good cast, entertaining.

  • James Kelley

    NBC comes up with one of the best shows on television, Harry’s Law, moves it to a tough time slot, ratings drop, and now they want to cancel. Stupid. I don’t like television, but there are a handful of shows I enjoy. Harry’s Law is one of them. The cast is top notch and Kathy Bates is seriously one of the best actresses period, much less one that headlines a television show. I wish NBC would come to its senses, move the show to a more advantageous time slot, and let it live. Please. There’s so little on tv worth watching. They will probably replace it with another mind-numbing reality show reminding us how Americans will do anything for money.

  • Liz Miller

    Harry’s Law is probably the best show NBC has and they are just blind!!! Kathy Bates is wonderful .

  • Victor Squires

    One reason CBS is the most watched network is that NBC does not know how to program. Take a great actress like Kathy Bates, a fine supporting cast, issues relevant to our lives, and fail to make a success of it – that’s NBC!

    Quite frankly, I do not understand the demographic 18-49. From my experience, 18-26 year olds do not watch TV (except Tosh.0) – they have sex (or should be having sex).

    The largest segment of the population belongs to the Boomers – they also have the money to spend.

    Oh well, I guess rational decision-making is too much to expect from NBC.

  • Heather

    Harry’s Law has become a great show. Love anything Kathy Bates is in. The Sunday time slot it is in now is super. Remember “Murder She Wrote” was in this spot for years. Why not leave it there?

    2 fans over 60

  • Heather

    Maybe CBS or ABC can pick up Harry’s Law if NBC wants to be the lowest ranking network. We mostly watch CBS anyway.

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