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.

  • wwendy meltsner

    I look forward to Harry’s Law! It is smart, funny and so well acted! It harks back to the days of LA Law and Alli McBeal. David E. Kelly both entertains and teaches at the same time. Keep it on the air!!

  • joy

    Everytime I start watching and liking a show it seems to get cancelled so why bother getting wrapped up in a new show? Harry’s Law is perfect example. How long do we need shows like Law and Order?

  • Lisa Overman

    I too was stunned at the changes the first show of season 2 had, without a real explanation, but I have gotten used to them and will be very sad if Harry’s Law is cancelled. It is so clever, funny and a breath of fresh air. Please decision makers, Harry, Tommy et al are a nice change to what else is out there.

  • Martin Blakley

    I hate that they are taking Harry’s Law off the air. Putting it on Sunday’s had me knowing early on that that was likely. Sunday night is usually a death knell. I really liked the show and feel they should treat my cousin Kathy Bates a whole lot better than that.

  • daisym0m

    I finally find a show that is really good with outstanding actors, good story lines, and no offensive language, etc., and they cancel it. By the way, I’m way over 49. Their demographics are terrible. We over 49 people spend money on advertised products just like the 18-49 year olds do. I can’t believe it’s being cancelled. NBC, you’re making a mistake.

  • MYRA

    I can’t understand cancelling a good show. Harry’s law has tremendous writers and Kathy Bates is the tops. Every time I really love a show, it’s cancelled. STOP DOING THAT and look at the talent – PLEASE

  • Dee

    Apparently, those “brilliant” persons that think they know what
    “everyone” would enjoy do not have the brains god gave a goose or the class to know a great show when they see it – personally, it seems like the best shows are going to other than BIG networks and if I lose ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX I just won’t care much because their programmers stink!!!

  • Sherry

    I really like Harry’s Law and I’m not at all happy about this cancellation! I laugh, I cry, and I learn. Kathy Bates is great as are all of the rest! Big Mistake ABC!!!

  • Charlie

    Harry’s Law is our favorite show. My wife and I loved the original format, but also love the new format. For us, it’s the most enjoyable show on TV. It would be such a disappointment if it were to be cancelled. What is this 18-49 age bracket exactly mean? We are not in that age bracket, so does that mean our voices don’t count? In fact, all our friends also love this show. Still waiting for Brittany Snow to make a guest appearance. Her last show hinted as to that could happen. But anyway, no official announcement has been made about its demise, so for all Harry’s fans, keep smiling.



  • Becky Dyer

    I love Harry’s Law! This show is so funny at times, but has some really thought provoking episodes. Why survey only the 18-49 year olds? What about those of us who are 50+ & enjoy watching TV. Why not take some of the other crap off, like Real Housewives of wherever? Who cares about that bunch of married into money bimbos?!!!

  • Brad

    Harry’s Law is an amazing show. The dynamic between the characters is awesome, and the addition of sam, crookshank, and blonde hottie makes this show better every week. It’s great to have a show that has some continuity, but is 90 percent about the cases at hand. The cases are profound as well.

  • Brad

    ps I’m 31

  • Kirby

    Harry’s Law was one of the better and way more entertaining shows on this crappy network. Very sad to see it go. I really don’t think these guys care about quality…only quantity and sponsors. I am getting very close to turning off network TV forever.

  • Tye Dye

    Merry Meet,
    I really liked Harry’s Law & will miss it dearly.
    Bates is superb in her role , as well having a very nice supporting staff.
    It’s rare to see Cincinnati in a positive, often funny light since WKRP.

    Brightest Blessings,
    Tye Dye

  • mlriggalls

    I am also a fan of Harry’s Law…it is the only NBC show that I watch! Can’t believe that it would be cancelled while some “unwatchable” shows are renewed.

  • Jackie McDonough

    I enjoy Harry’s Law and the Firm. It is ashame that so many of the shows that I watch this year are being cancelled. I think the reality shows are pathetic. Bring back some shows that are worthwhile. Unforgettable was also good. Pretty soon there will be nothing on tv worth watching.

  • Armando

    As a mid-season replacement Harry’s Law has turned out to be one of the BEST shows on television. For me it’s picked up where the original Law & Order left off circa 1993. It has been consistantly good with solid storylines. It was moved from Monday’s to Wednesday’s and then to Sundays. How in the hell do they seriously expect to get good ratings or a solid fan base watching if they keep moving it around on the schedule. Or go for three weeks without airing it. (Christmas 2011) And then when it is aired, they put on repeats. I’ve been disgusted with telivision ever since ‘reality’ shows took over. Now it’s shows like The Mentalist, The Listener, Grimm and Once Upon A Time. This was NBC’s one shot at redemption and they blew it. If a show like Harry’s Law can be cancelled, and Smash continue, we are in big trouble.

  • scott


    Harry’s law will never get this demo no matter where it is on the schedule. Now with that said i will also guarantee this show is not cancelled for several reasons but he two most important reasons are.

    1. this shows over all viewers has increased since moving to Sunday with the average overall viewership at over 8 million.

    2. NBC is the lowest rated network before the CW if you count the CW as a real network. If you don’t then NBC is the lowest. NBC is not about to cancel a scripted show that draws 8 million viewers to its network every week regardless if its not getting the 18-49 demo

    If this was CBS, ABC or FOX I would say farewell to Harry but its not, its NBC and other than the voice they have nothing drawing 8 million viewers. This site only gives a very slanted view of ratings and it does not always see the bigger picture. It has Fringe cancelled 2 years ago and you know what it just got renewed so hold onto your faith until NBC tells you otherwise.

  • Marky

    I don’t know very many people with any free spendable income, in the age range you are talking about meaning so much to the “powers that be”, but one thing I know for sure is that the people I know who have money to spend, and plenty of it, LOVE Harrys Law! In my mind, it’s the only thing on NBC worth watching, so, if Harry’s Law is cancelled, I’m done with NBC, period. It’s ridiculous to think there is no spending going on in the demo older than 49. Older people are free to spend money on all kinds of stuff they want, their kids want and their grandkids want. The idea that all people over 49 should just be thrown under the bus is beyond stupid. Thank God for USA and TNT! At least they have shows that are watchable, but NBC has one show and they want to cancel it??! Aaagggghhhh!

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