NBC: 'Up All Night' Still A "Toss Up" To Be Canceled Or Renewed

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April 24th, 2012

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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 22, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Prime Suspect* canceled 0.47
Bent* :oops: 0.52
Best Friends Forever :oops: 0.61
The Firm* canceled 0.61
Harry's Law :oops: 0.63
Free Agents * canceled 0.66
The Playboy Club * canceled 0.67
Chuck (F)* final season complete 0.69
Awake :oops: 0.79
Are You There, Chelsea?* :cry: :cry: 0.90
Grimm (F) renewed 0.93
Whitney* :) :) :) :) 0.96
30 Rock :) :) :) :) 0.98
Parenthood* :) :) :) :) 1.00
Community :) :) :) :) 1.00
Up All Night* :| :| :| 1.01
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.10
Parks & Recreation :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.11
Smash renewed 1.52
The Office :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.60

It's been months since I had Up All Night in the headline of an NBC Renew / Cancel post, and it's already had its season finale, so I'm playing a little catch up. After doing fine early, the show's ratings stumbled late, but with Whitney the only NBC rookie sitcom that's a likely renewal, UAN ratings make it no worse than a "toss up". Only a few more weeks (or less) until we find out for sure.

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.

  • Tom

    I think Whitney gets a spot on the Fall schedule (who’d have thought?) while UAN gets a 13 episode spring spackle order, mostly due to the names involved.

  • marsinvestigations1

    ***Unlikely. It’s very hard to scaled broadcast costs down to cable, but not impossible. Harry’s Law does seem like something that would fit somewhat on TNT, which is part of the corporate Warner Brother’s family.***

    This is exactly what happened with Southland but something tells me it won’t happen in the case of Harry’s Law.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “This is exactly what happened with Southland but something tells me it won’t happen in the case of Harry’s Law.”

    The unique thing about Southland’s move was that six or seven episodes in the second season had *already* been produced and (presumably) paid for by NBC, making the shift to the Time Warner Empire a far less risky leap.

  • tvfreak

    @Lenka: First, you must swear on your grave not to cheat at the Elimination Game. Second, the votes are +3 and -3. Third, here’s your question: In which recent episode of 30 Rock did Kenneth try to put a stop to NBC airing an episode of SVU?

  • Brian J

    @Concerned Citizen:

    The fact that so few people are watching it is both a plus and a minus. On the negative end, it might be an indicator that people just don’t like it. Let’s remember that it premiered right after “America’s Got Talent” and did get some decent numbers. But then, it went right into a hard time slot, leading off the night, up against all other shows on stronger networks. On the positive end, the fact that it hasn’t caught on doesn’t necessarily mean anything given the dire straights NBC is in. It’s only a year old, after all, and as bad as NBC was last year, this year, it’s somehow worse. In other words, given how poorly NBC’s entire line up is performing, I don’t think it’s fair to judge the ratings for the show in a vacuum*.

    I haven’t seen that many episodes of “Up All Night,” mostly because my schedule has been so weird for the last few months. But what I have seen, I liked. I think there’s potential. It might not ever be “Friends” or “Seinfeld,” but it could be “Just Shoot Me,” which was certainly pleasant enough when it first premiered. Given how bad some of NBC’s other comedies have been, that’s a reason to give it another chance. As I have said, put it after either “Go On” or “Friday Night Dinner” on Thursdays, both of which hopefully premiere big and then stay decent, and see what happens. If after several weeks it’s retaining less than 50 percent of its lead-in, perhaps it should be moved. But if not, it might grow. This is more of a hunch than anything, but I suspect that one reason ratings are down is that nothing is ever given a chance. Viewers aren’t sure of what is on, because things change so frequently, and they just move on.

    On that note, it’s kind of bizarre that “Whitney” turned out the way that it did. I don’t blame her so much as the network for not doing more to make sure the show went right from the beginning. I imagine crafting a television show takes a certain skill, whether it’s on the writing end or the production end, and letting Cummings herself write the first two episodes was probably a mistake, given that she had never done it before. NBC might not be the place where everyone wants to be right now, but was there nobody at all who could have taken control from the beginning to ensure the show got off to a good start? To be fair, the last episode that I saw was the Christmas one, which was definitely better than what the show had to offer at the beginning, but it might have been too late.

    *Also, a week or so ago, someone here mentioned that “Up All Night” was actually holding its own on Wednesdays before it was moved. Perhaps it was a mistake to shift it to Thursdays.

  • Brian J


    Here’s my dream scenario for “Parenthood”: Put “America’s Got Talent” at 8:00 on Tuesdays, and run two straight hours of “Parenthood” at 9:00 and 10:00. It’s not clear me how the summer Olympics and all of the other scheduling issues NBC has to get around will affect the show, and I believe there are too many episodes right now to fit in on just Tuesday, so perhaps they could run some of each season on Tuesday and the rest on Wednesday. However the end up doing it, they should try to get a good chunk of the series, if not the whole damn thing so far, on the air during the summer. If “AGT” gets at least ten million viewers, which it almost certainly will, and only half of them stick around for “Parenthood,” that’s five million viewers, which is not too far off from what it was doing during the regular season. And I would be astonished if the vast majority of them weren’t new viewers. But no matter what the ratings, NBC should stick with this for the entire summer. Give the show as much room as possible to gain new viewers before the fall season. It might never be “NCIS,” but I believe it could grow. If it were to regularly get at least eight million viewers overall and at least a 2.5 on Tuesdays at 10:00, it’d be a big, big win for NBC.

    In addition to all of that, it should give away sets of previous seasons to anyone that wants them. I don’t know the logistics of giving them away at movie theaters, but perhaps it could run an ad that said something like, “Hey, like what you see? Go to nbc.com, enter in promo code PHOOD, and get a copy of season one on us.” And if it can, it should run ads before any Universal pictures.

    I know the network’s budget isn’t unlimited, but the show is very good and it could easily run for many more seasons. It owns the show and should do what it can to make it last.

  • Brian J


    I always wondered why NBC doesn’t just cancel “Whitney” and sign Cummings to a new deal to produce an entirely new show, if it is in fact interested in keeping her at the network. Kind of the best of both worlds, no?

  • Justin121

    Premeire multi-cams out of AGT and move them along with Whitney and the final season of The Office to Thursday.

    Move Community and 30 Rock and Up All Night to Wednesday where Up showed some signs of life. After 30 Rock and Community end their runs do multi-cams on Wednesdays, too.

    Comedy is your greatest asset.

    Otherwise, R.I.P, NBC.

  • Concerned Citizen

    @Brian J

    Even relative to NBC’s standards, it still did poorly. If there was a Community-like fanbase for it and it had extremely positive critical reception, then maybe I’d see your point. But most seem to view it as a pleasant but not spectacular sitcom. I can’t imagine a show like that getting any significant increase in viewers.

  • Rebecca

    Are the last six posters all the same person? lol

  • joethehobo

    I was so excited to hear about Up All Night when we first heard it was in development. The premise seemed great and the cast was awe inspiring. I believe it had every chance in the world to be a hit except for one thing: It just wasn’t funny. At all. The cast did their best, but the material just sucked. I watched until the winter hiatus and stopped. Too bad. I was really looking forward to it.

    On the other hand, I am so impressed with Whitney. After what seemed like a lame pilot, the show just got better and better with each episode, and ended up being a surprisingly witty and charming comedy. I’m really happy to see it in the ‘likely renewed’ category, and after seeing people attempt to compare it with the creatively disastrous Chelsea, I’m happy it’s managed to find a footing for itself and that it’s managed to separate itself from Chelsea.

  • The Big Toe

    I see that the only bubble show here is Up All Night. This is my decision…

    Yeah, it will canceled. Goodbye!

  • Andrew

    The weird thing about UAN is that it did very well in the fall when it seemed to be in a worse timeslot. Then, they moved it behind The Office – their so-called best slot – and it flopped. That also indicates that The Office isn’t even a particularly good lead-in anymore, and that they might be better off just launching new shows on a different night.

    I’m somewhat indifferent to UAN’s fate. I like the cast and the show can be decently funny. But it’s also kind of a stylistic mish-mash, and I wouldn’t be terribly distraught if it gets cancelled. It might be a good building block though for a family comedy night, especially if they want to pair it with shows like Friday Night Dinner, 1600 Penn, Isabel, or The New Normal.

  • Brian J


    I don’t think NBC’s problem is necessarily a lack of multi-cam comedies. I just think it has yet to find any show that works as an anchor, multi-cam or otherwise.

    @Concerned Citizen:

    It had about five million viewers against some heavy competition. That’s not great, but all thing considered, it wasn’t bad, either.

    It’s certainly possible the show could fail to gain traction even if it were put behind a big hit. I won’t deny that. But it’s a decent enough show, and while NBC’s comedy development next season could great, it could just as easily suck. Why not give this pleasant show a chance to become great? Pair it with Matthew Perry’s new show and see what happens. What’s the worst case scenario? It doesn’t work and NBC has to change its line up yet again?

    I also want to point out an audience doesn’t appear overnight. It takes time. There could be very good reasons for not giving a show time, but it’s unrealistic to expect a show to gain a lot from one minor burst in viewers. Let’s remember that “House” struggled before it went after “American Idol,” and Fox left it there for some time before bouncing it around. But by then, it had a solid audience and could anchor a night. Something to think about…

  • Nick

    OK, I think I can play in this game, and I have a gravatar picture up, so if I cheat everyone will know ;-)

    30 ROCK – 25 (+3)
    PARENTHOOD – 0 (-3) Eliminated! Sorry. Next person take this off the list.

  • tvfreak

    @Nick: Relax, didn’t I tell you you’re OK to play already?

    Oh well. Now that Parenthood is out, let the sitcom wars begin in earnest!

    30 ROCK – 28 (+3)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 17 (-3)

    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)
    4. Parenthood (4-24, 4:13pm)

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

    “Good God, Lemon, your breath! When did you find time to eat a diaper you found on the beach?”
    -Jack Donaghy, from 30 Rock episode 4.03 “Stone Mountain”

  • Greg

    30 ROCK – 31 (+3)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 14 (-3)

  • s0303

    uan really should be cancelled…its lead in is the highest rated comedy on nbc and whitney still beats it in the ratings…

  • Greg

    I think NBC should dump Up All Night. The ratings are lower than most of its comedies and it’s not like it has a lot of fans. The consensus is that the show is amusing but utterly forgettable, which is very disappointing considering all the people involved in front of and behing the cameras.

    As for Whitney, the show has been surprisingly consistent. At the same time, it might just be that 8pm on wednesdays are far less competitive than 9:30pm on thursdays. Either way, I think NBC should keep it.

    Also, I totally agree about NBC needing multi-camera sitcoms. They are definitely more popular than single-camera ones. They should keep trying to build an hour for them on wednesdays like they tried with Whitney/Chelsea.

  • Brian J


    The last episode of “Whitney” I saw was the Christmas episode, and it was clear the show was definitely getting better. Part me of wants it to get another full season to see if it really clicks.

    I’m curious as to why “Up All Night” didn’t work for you. It seems to be reasonably liked. All things considered, that should be enough for the show to get another season.


    I think we are on the same page. I like the show, but I haven’t caught that much of it, so I don’t have all that much invested in it. I just think, given NBC’s problems, it deserves another season. The cast is great, and it seems to have the potential to turn into a must see show.

    I hadn’t considered it as part of a family night. I guess that could work, but the tone of the show seems to be more “Friends” with kids than “Family Matters” or “Home Improvement.” I also wonder if it could work paired with a multi-cam comedy. If it would be better, tonally, to pair it with another single-camera comedy, as I suspect it would be, what would that be?

    Come to think of it, this is another reason to renew it: It could be paired with any number of NBC’s possible line ups.

    As for a family night, I like the idea of pairing “Isabel” and “1600 Penn” on Fridays. I had thought one was a multi-camera comedy, but they are both single-camera. Unless “1600 Penn” is a lot more adult-themed than I imagine it will be, both seem like the sort of shows that a family could watch together. No other major network appears to be ready to air comedies on Friday, so NBC would have an edge there.

    Depending on how heavy NBC wants to go on the comedy, it could have two full hours on Thursdays and Fridays and perhaps even an hour somewhere else. Or it could go for two full hours on Thursday as well as an hour on Fridays, Tuesdays, and Mondays.

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