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.

  • Brian J


    “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.”

    What’s with the negativity directed at Greenblatt, et al?

  • The Other Tony

    My proposed 2012-13 NBC Fall schedule:

    8:00 – The Sing-Off (fall) / The Voice (midseason)
    10:00 – Smash (split season: fall/spring) / Notorious (midseason – 8 episodes)

    8:00 – The Biggest Loser
    10:00 – The Frontier (fall) / Chicago Fire (midseason)

    8:00 – 30 Rock
    8:30 – Happy Valley (fall) / Next Caller Please (midseason)
    9:00 – Law & Order: SVU
    10:00 – Bad Girls (fall) / Midnight Sun (midseason)

    8:00 – Community
    8:30 – 1600 Penn (fall) / Go On (midseason)
    9:00 – The Office
    9:30 – Parks & Recreation (fall/spring) / Friday Night Dinner (winter – 8 episodes)
    10:00 – Parenthood (split season: fall/spring) / Beautiful People (midseason – 8 episodes)

    8:00 – Fear Factor / Who Do You Think You Are? / Who’s Still Standing?
    9:00 – Grimm
    10:00 – Revolution (fall) / Mockingbird Lane or Harry’s Law (midseason)

    8:00 – ENCORES

    7:00 – Sunday Night Football (fall) / Dateline NBC
    8:00 – Sunday Night Football (fall) / Downwardly Mobile (midseason)
    8:30 – Sunday Night Football (fall) / Whitney (midseason)
    9:00 – Sunday Night Football (fall) / The Celebrity Apprentice (midseason)

  • gavin

    You Americans have it completely wrong. The fact that you could have millions of people watching a show but because there are over the age of 49 years old it gets cancelled is lunacy.

    The over 45’s have a much larger spending power available to them than under 45’s. You need to have a re-think or I see the day when a number 1 rated show is cancelled because not enough under 49 year olds are watching.

  • martine

    No matter what makes the networks money and what doesn’t, only an idiot can have a desirable product and fail to make money off of it. Thats the truth. No matter who the product is desirable to. especially as in the case of viewers over 50, they have money. They need to change the way they do things, its that simple.

  • martine

    And seriously, considering how much the pharmaceutical industry advertises, you are telling me they want to advertise viagra to people of 18 to 34 yrs old? Thats nothing but a lie.

  • pete5125

    Isn’t NBC the net that desided that pilots costed to much so they where done with them, went all reality in the 8PM hour 3 seasons ago then went Jay Leno in the 10PM hour the following year, cancled Vegas even though it had solid numbers, tried 80’s shows relaunch to years in a row at 8PM Wed to no luck(knight rider, bionic woman), keep low rated sitcoms on the air because Universal has a horrid record at launching sitcoms that stay on long enouth to make it into syndication

    NBC is lucky, Sat do as bad as anyone else, SUn Football is a hit, Mon the Voice is a hit, Tue Biggest Loser is cheap and gets descent ratings, Friday they have Grimm, and dateline (cheap good ratings)

    Wed is a mess,
    Thur is bad,
    they have to get sitcoms launched they are also going to be stuck with alot of low rated sitcoms.

    my guess
    Wed:Whitney/new Sitcom/30 Rock/Up all night/SVU
    Thur:Community/Parks/Office/new sitcom/Parenthood

    both nights will be low rated but it will give them Mon and Tue to try to launch something that sticks plus Football and Voice can advertise

    Keep Betty white for Sundays or to fill in for new bombs

  • Rebecca

    AWAKE – 7 (-2)
    30 ROCK – 16
    PARENTHOOD – 13 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 92 (+2)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 17 (+1)

    quote from The Office [3.24 & 25]:
    Dwight: Once I’m officially regional manager, my first order of business will be to demote Jim Halpert. So I will need a new number two. My ideal choice? Jack Bauer. But he is unavailable, fictional, and overqualified.

  • Concerned Citizen

    @The Other Tony

    Why would you air new sitcoms after Community instead of The Office?

  • Ultima

    The over 45?s have a much larger spending power available to them than under 45?s.

    It’s not about spending power, it’s about scarcity. Try picking up an Econ 101 book; the chapter on supply and demand is near the beginning.

  • DaisiesDeathKnell

    Community is like the reverse cancellation bear…it continues to soar ahead of other shows (possibly beating SVU’s 1.5 from last night, tonight) and put them into murky waters.

  • Ken

    @Brian J how is my schedule bad, you renewed BENT!!!, wtf, and yours wasn’t that different??

  • Lizam

    8-10pm (Fall)The Biggest Loser/(Spring)The Voice
    10pm (Fall) Hannibal/(Spring)Smash

    8pm Chicago Fire
    9pm Do No Harm
    10pm Law and Order: SVU

    8pm Community
    8:30pm Parks and Rec
    9pm The Office
    9:30pm 30 Rock/The Farm
    10pm Parenthood

    8pm Whitney/Up All Night
    8:30pm Susan 313
    9pm Dowardly Mobile
    9:30pm Friday Night Dinners
    10pm Midnight Sun

    8pm Fear Factor
    9pm Grimm
    10pm Dateline

    Sunday Post Football
    8pm Celebrity Apprentice
    9pm Mockingbird Lane
    10pm Beautiful People

  • 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.

    NBC not only canned “Who’s Still Standing?,” they purged it from their website. “Fear Factor” wasn’t a new show last the world checked. It’s also been canned (for the second time) according to Joe Rogan. “Grimm”? 4 million viewers Live+SD. Not a hit. Thanks for playing, though, we have some lovely parting gifts for you.

  • Kaner

    Concerned Citizen I wish you would shut up you’re a f—- know it all and you don’t know s— about this industry. So Hush!

  • tvfreak

    AWAKE – 9 (+2_
    30 ROCK – 16
    PARENTHOOD – 12 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 93 (+1)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 15 (-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)

    From Community, episode 1.06 “Football, Feminism and You” –
    Troy: Hip, hop, body don’t stop. Riverside got the broom, don’t need a mop. Put your team in the box, put a ribbon on top, we’re not John Kerry ’cause we don’t flip-flop.
    Annie: Troy, why are you doing our politically conservative high school’s shamefully outdated fight rap?
    Troy: Bing, bong, sing along. Your team’s Al Gore ’cause your views are wrong.

  • Bran

    AWAKE – 7 (-2)
    30 ROCK – 18 (+2)
    PARENTHOOD – 13 (+1)
    COMMUNITY – 92 (-1)

  • James

    AWAKE – 5 (-2)
    30 ROCK – 18
    PARENTHOOD – 14 (+1)
    COMMUNITY – 91 (-1)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 17 (+2)

  • damien

    i think smash gets renewed for same reason gg does on the cw…it brings the woeful network the most “buzz” they get and its not like they are swimming in replacements

  • Jbug

    Not arguing what will be, but if I were NBC I’d end SUV before Awake… SUV has all the ratings of Awake and another 1/3 again, but it also has all the costs and a lot more than an extra 1/3 the costs. They need to be efficient with their resources…neither show will ever rise to a hit so save $$$ for promoting next year. (Awake will likely decline further and end after season 2, but to the best of my ability to guess at such, it will be cheaper filler).

    Weirdly, while people make fun of NBC so brutally for it, a lot of Fox’s schedule looks about as ragged as NBC’s (maybe its bc NBC was once so great and Fox is a baby by comparison)…it’s weird that the two networks that are riding the biggest singing shows both seem to have alienated so much of their scripted audience.

  • Chad B

    AWAKE – 3 (-2)
    30 ROCK – 19 (+1)
    PARENTHOOD – 13 (-1)
    COMMUNITY – 91 (+2)

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