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

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April 24th, 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 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.

  • Bunny

    I think viewers can’t relate to any NBC comedies except for the Office..

  • Kim

    I am SO happy to see that Whitney will likely be renewed. Even though it seems like the majority of the world HATES it, I LOVE it! :)

  • tvfreak

    @Greg: Unfortunately, you’re not regular enough on this site to catch my notice, so I’m going to have to ask you to swear on your grave not to cheat at the Elimination Game, and also to answer a trivia question, before we can accept your vote. Until then, your vote is, sadly, to be disregarded. Next voter, go off the previous vote (mine).

    Question: In which recent episode of 30 Rock did Kenneth try to put a stop to NBC airing an episode of SVU? And why did he do so?

  • Concerned Citizen

    @Brian J

    Up All Night hadn’t pulled in 5 million viewers since it’s sixth episode. By the end of it’s run it was struggling to pull in 3 million. I’m sorry, but I just don’t any evidence to suggest that it’s viewership would grow with age.

  • Greg


    I don’t remember the exact episode. If I were to guess, I would say it’s either “Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whisky” or “Standards and Practices”. The reason was the name of the creator, Dick Wolf.

  • PeterFr

    Is NBC really planning to renew “The Office” despite all the possible cast defections? I think it’s time to end the show and reboot it with a new cast centered around another Dunder Mifflin office somewhere.

  • Greg


    Oh, and I swear on my grave not to cheat at the Elimination Game.

  • Greg


    Of course it is. It’s their highest rated scripted show (even higher than Smash).

  • Rebecca

    from writer Rick Porter on Zap2it (saw the headline and had to click on it to see the brief article):
    “We still haven’t heard much from NBC on whether “The Office” will return for a ninth season, and if it does, which members of the cast will return with it. One of the show’s stars, however, says the actors are all willing to do another year.
    ‘It’s not up to me, because I’m just the actor, but the actors are all prepared and wanting to come back,’ Jenna Fischer tells The Hollywood Reporter. ‘The whole cast, I’m talking about everybody — Ed [Helms], John [Krasinski], me, everyone is wanting to come back. So it’s really just a matter of NBC pulling the trigger.’
    And, of course, getting everyone signed. Fischer, Helms, Krasinski and B.J. Novak don’t have contracts in place for next season. The “Office” team is working on a spinoff for Rainn Wilson, and Mindy Kaling has her own pilot at FOX.
    Still, Fischer tells the HR, ‘We’re really excited to come back, everybody wants to come back. I know Rainn does have his show, but he’s going to come back to ‘The Office’ as well. So yeah, we’re just waiting.'”
    Until the upfronts, I guess.

  • Brian J

    @Concerned Citizen:

    I said “about” five million viewers, which is accurate, and when it was struggling to pull in around three million viewers, it was on in a more difficult time slot when ratings were down for all shows, especially its lead-in. You’re right that there’s no direct evidence that the show can grow, but there’s also no evidence it can’t grow. (I’m thinking of Dr. Sheldon Cooper explaining Schrodinger’s cat to Penny, lol.) Were it behind a strong(er) lead-in, we’d be able to see what happens. Until then, we can only speculate.


    That might be true if you factor in ratings from the whole season, but in recent weeks, “Smash” has easily outpaced “The Office.”


    There was talk of trying to reboot the series because the main cast has yet to sign on for next season and the show as it now exists is obviously nearing its end. I can see the logic in trying to do that, but I can see even more logic in ending the show gracefully. But if they are going to do the reboot, that’s all the more reason to postpone the show to midseason to (a) get the transition right and (b) allow NBC to have more time to devote to new shows.

  • Hugh

    Ha ha! That polar bear.
    I can tell he wants to eat The Voice!

    I think UAN will be renewed, unless NBC do a CW style gutting.

  • Concerned Citizen

    @Brian J

    If only six episodes had over five million and most of the rest had well below it, it did not average five million. And I’m not sure how much better a timeslot they could expect to get on NBC over the post-Office slot.

  • Greg


    If I recall correctly, last week Smash got a 1.9 and The Office a 2.2. So Smash isn’t even performing higher than The Office on a weekly basis anymore.

  • Pete

    I wonder if NBC would still have 2-hour sitcoms on Thursday next season. 30 Rock is ending, The Office having a reboot (may fail), UAN a flop, Community and P&R not strong enough to compete with CBS. Maybe NBC really needs to give up Thursday’s lineup and develop comedies on other nights (like Sunday and Tuesday).

    As for Wednesday, multi-cam sitcom is fine in countering ABC’s single-cam sitcom, so pair Whitney with another multi-cam sitcom next season.

  • Sam

    UAN is so so in ratings. But one of its main audience are young parents. It is very sellable advertising wise to a lot of consumer companies.

  • Brian J

    @Concerned Citizen:

    I never said it “averaged” five million viewers. I said it had “about” five million viewers, which means it had around it. There is a difference.

    The time slot behind “The Office” used to be a lot better than it was. Let’s remember that as it fell, as all shows were falling, that’s when “Up All Night” aired behind it–not earlier in the season, or even before that.


    I didn’t realize you were talking about demos. My bad.

  • Brian J


    It depends on what NBC’s expectations are. Do they expect to beat CBS or Fox? I’m not sure. At this point, the least you could ask for is a stronger performance from at least one show so that they can begin rebuilding the night. In other words, if they put Matthew Perry’s new sitcom up against “The Big Bang Theory” and it pulls at least a 2.5 in the demo with eight million viewers overall, they would probably be very happy. If it beat CBS or Fox, they’d be ecstatic.

    If they don’t go for comedies, what are their options? I don’t think a night of dramas is in the cards, unless they see an absurdly good performance from some of them next season. But then, why mess with other successful parts of the schedule? My guess is that they’d only go so far as to put comedies to lead off the night, followed by two dramas–as in, what CBS has now–but that might be a stretch.

    See, the thing is, CBS is doing well on the night, but it’s hardly dominating like it used to. It’s not at all clear how “Person of Interest” will do in season two, in a new time slot, nor how a new comedy might fare at 9:00–if that is in fact what happens. CBS’ moves are as much an opportunity to NBC as a threat. If it can find more accessible shows to build the night around, it can begin climbing out of the ditch it is in. And while CBS could always move a show like “How I Met Your Mother” to Thursdays, that could give an opening to NBC (and any other network) on another night.

    I think it’s safe to say what happens at 8:00 on Thursdays will be very, very interesting, with what happens at 9:00 not all that far behind.

    Of course, now that I think about it, perhaps the best bet is a schedule with family-oriented shows. Are “Isabel,” “1600 Penn,” and “Friday Night Dinner” more “The Cosby Show” or more “Friends”? If it’s the former, then they could be a very interesting alternative to one of my hypothetical schedules, with “Go On” leading off the night. Put all of those shows on, followed by “Up All Night,” followed by a new drama, and see what happens.

  • Chris

    None of it makes any sense. A show Like Harry’s Law can get 8 million viewers each week and be a certain to be cancelled and Smash only gets 6 mil but is a hit and renewed. Stop all the hating on HL!

  • Pete

    @Brian J

    NBC can still keep comedy blocks on Thursdays, and yes, family sitcoms are better counter-programming against CBS. But the ratings of UAN seem unable to convince NBC to do such moves.

    While CBS doing scheduling changes can give an opportunity to NBC on other nights, I don’t think NBC has room to make good use of it. Moving HIMYM to Thursday is nothing to NBC, because Mondays on NBC are becoming reality nights.

    But NBC do have room on some other nights, like Sundays (no sitcoms there, and can serve as a testing area in mid-season) and Tuesdays (less competitive nights).

    Another problem for NBC is 10pm timeslot. NBC tried launching 3 new dramas there, which all ended in failure. So I don’t think they will air a new drama on Thursday nights again. The best option is putting “Parenthood” (the only solid drama) there, which may match well with their family-oriented sitcoms.

  • toadytoady

    Good to see SVU back on the “certain to be renewed” list.

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