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.

  • Nick

    Crossed votes!!!
    Fixing it… (plus I wrote +1instead of +2)

    30 ROCK – 21
    COMMUNITY – 93

  • Nick

    I seriously need to reload before I comment ;-)

  • rob60990

    30 ROCK – 20 (-1)
    PARENTHOOD – 11 (-2)
    COMMUNITY – 94 (+1) (don’t get the wrong idea, i had to) ;)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 18 (+2)

  • Rebecca


    I saved that quote, too! You beat me to it. I loved that the guy’s last name was Der. (Hubby didn’t laugh at that line last night, being an engineer himself…but I kind of did, not out loud, lol.)

  • Garrett

    30 ROCK – 19 (-1)
    PARENTHOOD – 9 (-2)
    COMMUNITY – 96 (+2)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 20 (+2)

  • Justun121

    It’s really difficult to navigate throught those game posts.

    Has anybody responded to my comments?

    @Rebecca, I just saw your question re: my screen name on another thread. I used to be Justin but I changed it since there were several other Justin’s. This was a while ago, though, like 2 or 3 months ago.

  • Rebecca

    Sorry, I looked back there and I so far don’t see if anyone responded to you. If you mean in regards to fantasy schedule posts, I don’t comment on those. Somewhere I responded to you (might have been on another thread) about how to play this re-booted elimination game, but if it’s not findable you can always check page 2 of any r/c index thread (except CW’s) to see what @tvfreak posted about how to play. I recognize you by your avatar mostly, anyway.

  • Rebecca

    30 ROCK – 18 (-1)
    PARENTHOOD – 7 (-2)
    COMMUNITY – 98 (+2)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 21 (+1)

    I like this quote about skiing. Just because I live in CO people ask me if I ski. I’ll answer like Liz Lemon here. Quote from 30R [6.18]:
    Kevin: So what’s your deal? You ski?
    Liz: I don’t. You know, if I’m gonna fall down a hill and die, I want to do it for free.

  • MJDB

    Possible 2012-13 Primetime Schedule:


    8:00-New Drama
    9:00-The Celebrity Apprentice (2 Seasons)


    8:00-The Voice (2 Seasons)


    8:00-The Biggest Loser (2 Seasons)
    10:00-New Drama/Fashion Star


    8:00-Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
    8:30-New Comedy
    9:30-New Comedy
    10:00-Law and Order: SVU


    8:30-30 Rock (Final Season)
    9:00-The Office (Final Season)
    9:30-Parks and Recreation
    10:00-New Drama


    8:00-New Drama


    8:00-Drama Rerun
    9:00-Drama Rerun
    10:00-Drama Rerun

  • MJDB



    10:00-Parenthood/Fashion Star

  • Foul

    MJDB, NBC isn’t keeping all of those shows around. I do like your Wednesday schedule though.

  • tvfreak

    30 ROCK – 19 (+1)
    PARENTHOOD – 6 (-1)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 19 (-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)
    5. Awake (4-19, 9:29pm)

    Victor’s Village:
    1. Community (4-21, 4:09pm)

    Next person to vote, take Community out of the list. Also, only +1 and -1 votes now, since there are only three shows left. Whichever of these three is the last one standing will be reset to 10 along with Community to determine the ultimate winner.

    from Chuck episode 1.10 “Chuck Versus the Nemesis”
    Chuck: I’m thankful that Bryce Larkin is dead and is not currently in my room making out with my new girlfriend.
    Casey: Excuse me.
    Morgan: Wow, buddy, that was, um, really dark.
    Awesome Devon: And specific.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Hooray for Community!

    30 Rock – 18 (-1)
    Parenthood – 7 (+1)
    Parks and Recreation – 19

  • Rebecca

    Yay for Community! Upon second viewing of this week’s episode (I said this on the Thursday Finals thread too) I like it more. Just wasn’t “ready” for its weirdness the night it aired, I guess. If P&R or 30R join it in the Winners Circle in this game, though, I’m going to have a hard time voting since I love all three shows.

  • Bran

    30 Rock – 19 (+1)
    Parenthood – 6 (-1)
    Parks and Recreation – 19

  • James

    30 Rock – 19
    Parenthood – 5 (-1)
    Parks and Recreation – 20 (+1)

  • Bran

    @tvfreak Also the next time you run the elimination game when it gets down to 3 i think it should be (+2) and (-2)

  • Nick

    30 Rock – 20 (+1)
    Parenthood – 5
    Parks and Recreation – 19 (-1)

    None of these shows have big fan bases… (at least not like Community!). I wonder how this will turn out, especially 30 Rock vs. P&R. Possible Clue: P&r was beating 30R 89 to 35 in the old game…

  • Nick

    Shouldn’t Up All Night have a * next to it?

  • Justun121


    I actaully saw your response over at the ABC R/C thread (I remember because of Desperate Housewives :D).

    Thanks for the instructions.

    The Good Wife [3.20]:

    Peter Florrick (to Jackie, his mom): Alicia and I are trying very hard to act like adults. I need you to BUTT OUT. :D

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