NBC: 'Best Friends Forever' Is Certain To Be Canceled, Even If NBC *Loves* It!

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April 17th, 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 15, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Prime Suspect* canceled 0.47
Bent :oops: 0.52
The Firm* canceled 0.61
Harry's Law :oops: 0.63
Best Friends Forever :oops: 0.65
Free Agents * canceled 0.66
The Playboy Club * canceled 0.67
Chuck (F)* final season complete 0.69
Awake :oops: 0.82
Are You There, Chelsea? :cry: :cry: 0.92
Grimm (F) renewed 0.93
30 Rock :) :) :) :) 0.97
Whitney :) :) :) :) 0.99
Parenthood* :) :) :) :) 1.00
Up All Night :| :| :| 1.01
Community :) :) :) :) 1.03
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.10
Parks & Recreation :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.10
Smash renewed 1.54
The Office :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.61

After dropping to just a 0.9 adults rating in its second episode Best Friends Forever is certain to be canceled, even if, like another certain to be canceled show, NBC just loves, loves, loves it!

In other news, anyone suggesting that Law & Order: SVU is "on the bubble", is either crazy or playing crazy on the Internet to troll for traffic. You be the judge.

Bear pic hat tip to alert reader Cindy.

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.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Here’s my new schedule for next year:

    8:00 – The Sing-Off/The Voice
    10:00 – Hannibal (13 episodes)/Smash (15 episodes)

    8:00 – The Biggest Loser
    10:00 – Parenthood (18 episodes)/County (12 episodes)

    8:00 – The New Normal
    8:30 – Happy Valley
    9:00 – Law and Order SVU
    10:00 – Chicago Fire

    Order 12 episodes of Go On for if/when either of those two new sitcoms fails miserably.

    8:00 – Community
    8:30 – Parks and Recreation
    9:00 – The Office
    9:30 – Friday Night Dinner (22 episodes)/The Farm (6 episodes)
    10:00 – Revolution

    8:00 – Grimm
    9:00 – Beautiful People (12 episodes)/Mockingbird Lane (12 episodes)
    10:00 – Dateline

    Sunday (post-football)
    8:00 – 30 Rock (13 episodes)
    8:30 – Animal Kingdom (13 episodes)
    9:00 – Celebrity Apprentice

  • Tom

    Re: SVU – You’re correct, NBC is in no shape to get rid of SVU this year, despite the price tag. (The same for Parenthood.)

    Eventually though, that price tag will outweigh whatever advertising dollars NBC gets at a 1.2 or 1.0 rating, even if it is then the #1 drama on the network.

  • VBarkley

    I miss Chuck. There, I said it.

    I don’t give a crap about Harry’s Law, SVU, 30 Rock, Grimm. How stupid are they if they renew Whitney? Parks & Recreation is the only must-see NBC show, especially since Chuck is gone and The Office has been in the crapper creatively.

    When The Office hired James Spader. they should have just hired William Shatner at the same time and called it “S#@! My Boss Says.” It would have been a lot funnier than it is now. Next year The Office will be on the air if the only character left is Kevin and the only writer is BJ Novak.

  • Jack

    Harry’s Law :P:P:P:P:P!!!!

  • tvfreak

    Sooooo many sad pink faces – more than on any of the other networks, methinks.

    Bringing the game over here, not a new vote:

    AWAKE – 14 (-1)
    30 ROCK – 16 (+1)
    PARENTHOOD – 18 (-2)
    COMMUNITY – 80 (+2)

    Wow, we are very close to having a 100-point show! Community will soon move into the Victor’s Village.

  • VBarkley

    Sadly, Awake is a decent show that won’t make it. Another canceled show leaving viewers up in the air – so which reality really IS real?

  • Ashley

    Thank you for addressing the “crazy internet traffic trolling” going on at my other favorite television website. I have seen them do this with more than one show that is NOT on the bubble and it really made me lose respect for the site.

  • Laura

    I think SVU needs to be paired with a show like Parenthood or even Chicago Fire (if it’s picked up) and moved to Tuesdays. Or even Fridays/Sundays. What does it have to lose now? It’s not working on a Wednesday.

    The Thursday comedy line-up possibly needs to move as well. CBS owns Thursdays now and it will only get worse for NBC. They have some tough decisions to make this year. We all laugh at the state they’re in but I’m glad I don’t have to make some of the decisions they do.

  • Colonel

    No bear picture! Has the interwebs run out of humorous bear pictures Gorman?

  • Rebecca

    Once a show is in the “Victor’s Village” does it mean it officially won the game, or will there be more winners to join it eventually? Might make sense to have a first, second and third place since all the genres are mixed up together anyway?

    I miss Chuck too.

  • Rebecca

    I’d rather have Bent back than BFF. BFF so far has a yelling scene in each episode that has aired. Not a fan of the yelling. And I know Bent is gone.

  • tvfreak

    @Rebecca: Only 100-point shows enter the Victor’s Village. They are set aside to await the possibility of more shows joining them, but then they’ll come back to face off against the top non-victor to determine the ultimate winner.

  • tvfreak

    @Colonel: You’re right! I didn’t even notice there was no more bear pictures. Perhaps he couldn’t find any more non-creepy ones. ;)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “No bear picture! Has the interwebs run out of humorous bear pictures Gorman?”

    Oh, My, God. My mind is slipping faster than I thought. I hope my affairs are in order as I slip into dementia.

    Horrible oversight now corrected.

  • joel

    The bear as a contestant on Amazing Race.

  • Bert

    Why did Parenthood only get 18 episodes when Harry’s Law got the full 22. Parenthood has much better numbers.

  • tvfreak

    @Bill: Horrible oversight now corrected.

    And how! We have a new winner for “Best Bear Picture.” :D

  • Chuck_T

    HL belongs in the Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis: Murder & Matlock league. They all skewed older, but those shows were able to survive for several years because of less competition from cable. I’m still hoping that HL will make it another season given it’s overall numbers.

  • Rebecca

    That is a great bear pic. But he’s cheating, taking a taxi. lol

  • Rebecca

    But weren’t they all on CBS? Not sure about Matlock. HL is NBC’s possibly first CBS-like show, hehe.

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