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.

  • bluejays

    What no one on here has considered is, what if Kathy Bates buys NBC (it’s gotta be cheap right with all that low rated stuff they pump out) just to renew Harry’s Law and get back at Bill and Robert?

    No one thought of that one I see!

  • Rebecca

    hehe, that would be cool.

    new vote:

    AWAKE – 12 (-2)
    30 ROCK – 15
    PARENTHOOD – 13 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 88 (+2)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 17 (+1)

    Final quote I’ve saved from Michael Scott on The Office (his last quote, too),
    “Goodbye, Michael” [7.22]:
    Michael: [voice-over as he leaves the office in a cab, arrives at the airport, and goes through security] Well, got almost everybody, so…Holly’s my family now. She’s my family, and the babies that I make with her will be my children. The people that you work with are just, when you get down to it, your very best friends. They say on your deathbed, you never wish you spent more time at the office, but I will. Got to be a lot better than a deathbed. I actually don’t understand deathbeds. I mean, who would buy that? [Cut to Michael at last checkpoint putting his shoes back on] Well, I guess this is it. Hey, will you guys let me know if this ever airs? Thank you. All right…oh. [Removes the wireless mic from his jacket] This is gonna feel so good getting this thing off my chest. [Hands device over. No audio, so we lipread:] That’s what she said. Bye.

  • rob60990

    AWAKE – 10 (-2)
    30 ROCK – 14 (-1)
    PARENTHOOD – 15 (+2)
    COMMUNITY – 88
    PARKS & RECREATION – 18 (+1)

  • Evan

    I posted my schedule several weeks, but without The Voice. I still think it would be best to have the Voice midseason, but that will not happen. Here is my revised schedule. Despite what everyone says, I am still not convinced Harry’s Law will end, which is way I put it as a possible midseason replacement on Fridays. I still think NBC should focus their schedule more on comedies. That is what saved them in 1984, it will save them again. Besides, sitcoms are coming back!

    Sunday: 7-11: NBC Sunday Night Football
    Monday: 8-10: The Voice
    10-11: Smash
    Tuesday: 8-8:30: Whitney/ The Voice Results
    8:30-9: Susan 313/ The Voice Results
    9-10: The Biggest Loser
    10-11: Law and Order: SVu
    Wednesday: 8-8:30: Community
    8:30-9: Friday Night Dinner
    9-10: Hannibal
    10-11: Parenthood
    Thursday: 8-8:30: Downwardly Mobile
    8:30-9: 1600 Penn
    9-9:30: The Office
    9:30-10: Go On
    10-11: Chicago Fire
    Friday: 8-8:30: 30 Rock
    8:30-9: Parks and Recreation
    9-10: Grimm
    10-11: Midnight Sun/Harry’s Law
    Saturday: 8-9: Comedy Encore
    9-10: Dateline
    10-11: Drama Encore
    Sunday: 7-8: Dateline
    8-9: Bad Girls
    9-10: The Apprentice
    10-11: Notorious
    Thursday: 9-9:30: The Farm

  • Riff Rafferty

    I got to give NBC props. 15 new shows this season — and the only hit they launched was a birthday party for a 90-year-old woman.

    I didn’t think it was possible TO fail this much. Even Fred Silverman, Jeff Zucker and Garth Ancier put on hits.

  • Riff Rafferty

    On that note, when does a network stop ordering shows to be made into pilots from scripts?

    Broadcast networks? February, usually. Most are handed out by January. But that doesn’t count the off-cycle ones.

    The fact that Rock Center is STILL on the schedule, even when it’s pulling 0.6?s on a weeknight, is just stunning.

    Capus thinks NBC will honor their commitment on it too and it will be back next year. Well, I don’t work at the peacock so I don’t know what’s he’s been told, but when it comes to NBC newsmags with no audience, nothing would surprise me. After all, this is the network that renewed “Monitor” and changed its title to “First Camera” (giving the show the impressive feat of being the lowest-rated prime-time program in the Nielsens for 2 seasons in a row — under 2 separate titles) and then renewed “The Almanac” (or whatever it was called) and retitled it “1986” (but cancelled it before they needed to change its title a second time — to “1987”) and finally brought back “Real Life” and “Expose.” If it does return as a regular series, I find it hard to believe the show would ever air on an important night again. It is destructive to the entire lineup. Who even cares what the demo number is — the HH ratings are embarrassing enough in their own right.

  • Riff Rafferty

    Oops, forgive my crap math. 16 new shows.

    Are You There, Chelsea
    Best Friends Forever
    Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
    Fashion Star
    The Firm
    Free Agents
    The Playboy Club
    Prime Suspect
    Rock Center
    Up All Night
    Who’s Still Standing?

    NBC: We may not be Number 1 in the ratings but we’re Number 1 in the failure department.

  • Justin121

    Monday: The Voice and Smash
    Tuesday: The Biggest Loser and Parenthood
    Wednesday: America’s Got Talent and SVU
    Thursday: Result shows and something
    Friday: Dateline and Grimm
    Sunday: Celebrity Apprentice and Harry’s Law

    Best. Fantasy schedule. Ever.

  • Ice Mountain

    @ Brendan

    Chelsea still has a chance of coming back.

  • Concerned Citizen

    @Ice Mountain

    No it doesn’t. There’s literally no possible justification to be made for it’s return.

  • Anthony

    @Riff Rafferty

    While a case can be said that most of those aren’t hits (in fact most of them WERE abject failures) I would consider Grimm a hit. It often wins it’s time slot. What more can you expect out of a show (on a last place network). Also while not a hit Who’s Still Standing did well given that it was a Winter hiatus fill in. And lastly you forgot to mention Fear Factor which did well in the ratings.

  • Jan


  • tvfreak

    AWAKE – 12 (+2)
    30 ROCK – 15 (+1)
    PARENTHOOD – 14 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 88
    PARKS & RECREATION – 16 (-2)

    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)
    7. Up All Night (4-13, 8:13pm)
    6. Grimm (4-16, 4:38pm)

    “Check it out man, that’s uh 14 mounted toms, 8 floor toms, 4 splashes, 2 gongs, 10 cowbells , 4 rides, 5 snares, a rototom rack, and it’s all mounted on my infamous quadruple kick drum system. Six more pieces and I got a bigger set than Neil Peart from Rush, yeah.”
    -Nick Andopolis, from Freaks and Geeks episode 1.01 “Pilot”

  • Bran

    AWAKE – 11 (-1)
    30 ROCK – 17 (+2)
    PARENTHOOD – 15 (+1)
    COMMUNITY – 86 (-2)

  • Joel

    @ Concerned Citizen You might be wrong my brother as I’ve heard the same thing that Chelsea still has a shot at returning. Not saying it will but it still has a shot I think Bent and BFFs honestly helped it out.

  • Nevid

    AWAKE – 9 (-2)
    30 ROCK – 16 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 87 (+1)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 18 (+2)

  • Concerned Citizen


    And who, exactly, have you heard it from? Unless you’re tight with Bob Greenblatt and company (and they happen to be complete retards who would actually renew a terrible show which got awful ratings), I doubt you heard that from any legitimate sources.

    Much as I hate to admit it, there is at least some chance that Whitney does get renewed (though I don’t think I’d call it a likely renewal). But again, there is absolutely no way to justify a renewal for Chelsea, regardless of what you’ve “heard.”

    AWAKE – 9
    30 ROCK – 14 (-2)
    PARENTHOOD – 16 (+1)
    COMMUNITY – 89 (+2)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 17 (-1)

  • Nick

    @Evan, in your schedule, Dateline at Sun at 7 is a horrible idea. It does worse there than its Friday edition, which is pretty low. A family-friendly reality such as Who’s Still Standing?, Minute to Win It, or maybe even Who Do You Think You Are? would be a better idea.

  • Nick

    AWAKE – 9
    30 ROCK – 16 (+2)
    PARENTHOOD – 14 (-2)
    COMMUNITY – 90 (+1)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 16 (-1)

  • groove365

    Shows debuting this time of year don’t often get much attention from viewers.
    People are ready for season finales not new shows to cram into their schedules.

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