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.

  • John

    Whitney actually did worse than Up All Night did after the Office. Whitney lost on average .97 of the Office demo..Up all night lost .87. People just think Up All Night did worse after. That was only because all the ratings went down.

  • Mitch

    @Chris – no one here is hating, we’re just simply stating facts.

    I posted this piece of trivia ages ago but I don’t think anyone read it so it’s probably worth repeating:

    When Harry’s Law is cancelled, it’ll be the first David E. Kelley series to make it past the first season but then not go on to do at least four seasons.

  • Mitch

    In fact there’s next week’s headline, Bill. Harry’s Law will be renewed because every David E. Kelley series to make it to a second season has been renewed!

  • tvfreak

    @Greg: Good answers. Your vote is valid now.

    Here’s the numbers to go by now in the game:

    30 ROCK – 31

  • Steven O.

    NBC needs to clean house. Keeping shows rating under 2.0 just doesn’t make sense. NBC has to focus on being funny again. They got into too many really poorly written comedies. They are better off to keep trying to add new shows until they hit some gold vs. keeping crappy shows that will never improve.

  • Brian J

    @Steven O.:

    The solution, I think, is to renew its comedies but ship most if not all of them to midseason. NBC would get the fall to devote to its new shows but will still have the older ones on tap if/when some of the others fail.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    When was it not?

  • Brian J


    Demos are important. It may be frustrating, but it is true. (Let’s remember that “Diagnosis: Murder” was at one point in the Top 30 back when NBC reigned supreme on Thursdays, but that it was not a big hit in the demos.)

    Given NBC’s big problems, I wouldn’t be surprised to see “Harry’s Law” renewed yet again, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see it canned.


    Again, we can’t judge the performance of “Up All Night” in a vacuum. Let’s remember that it started on Thursdays as NBC’s lineup, along with the rest of television, was up against “Idol” and was taking a serious nosedive. Were it surrounded by more popular shows, it’d be a different story.

    I keep mentioning it in the context of Thursdays because I believe it will be renewed and because it would seem to fit with “Isabel,” “1600 Penn,” and “Friday Night Dinner,” in terms of content and style, as it is a single-camera comedy. Were there another, better choice, which there may be, by all means, NBC should put that show in place of “UAN.”

    No doubt, the more I think about it, the more this seems like the superior choice. I don’t necessarily think “Parenthood” should go there, however.

    As far as CBS on Mondays, you could make the case for adding comedies to NBC’s lineup, especially if “How I Met Your Mother” is moved to Thursdays. It’s doing decently, as it always has, but it’s hardly invincible as it is. Taking away the lead-off for the night would definitely give NBC an opening, no matter what it wants to run there.

    I do agree that it should try to counter-program on other nights. If it does in fact go with a family night on Thursdays, I could see the logic in putting “Go On” on Tuesdays, with “The Voice” as a lead-in.

  • toadytoady

    SVU was on “likely to be renewed” for one week.
    Or maybe that was on the Bubble thread…anyway it caused a few comments at the time.

  • The Big Toe

    Parenthood will be canceled

  • Rebecca

    30 ROCK – 34 (+3)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 11 (-3)

    That was hard, because I love both shows. Quote from The Office [4.07 & 8]:
    Dwight: As of this morning, we are completely wireless here on Schrute Farms. As soon as I find out where Mose hid all the wires, we’ll have that power back on.

  • Ron

    It is really a shame that comedies that ask even a tiny bit of intellect from their audience do poorly while laugh track laden dreck rakes in the numbers.

  • Concerned Citizen

    @Steven O.

    If they did things your way, they’d be cancelling almost all of their shows and cutting some off right before they’re going to reach syndication. NBC can’t get out of fourth place overnight, it’s going to take time.

    And to the one person who keeps on posting the same thing over and over again under different names: we get it. You like Whitney and Chelsea. Constantly repeating that won’t make it any more likely for either to be renewed.

  • Riff Rafferty

    NBC ordered 14 (FOURTEEN) sitcom pilots, 10 of which are single-cam, 1 of which has already been ordered to series; they’re too chicken-$#!+ to cancel their 4 little precious princesses that have had a monopoly on their Thursday kingdom for 3 years now; they pretty much have to renew “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation”… and we think NBC’s priciest freshman rookie sitcom (which was not funny, cast well or talked about, and whose only real accomplishment was how many viewers it lost over the course of the season) is a “toss up” to be canceled or renewed. Bill, I have a question. What color is the sky in your world?

  • Riff Rafferty

    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.

    Couldn’t agree more. So freakin’ kids are going to whine. Who cares? I hope they go all out and pick up all 4 of their multi-cam pilots. Forget an hour, I want TWO hours! It’ll make up for the year when they had 5 multi-cam pilots and passed on all of them. (And then cancelled all 4 of the new single-cams they did pick up.)

  • Bradley

    @Steven O

    Poorly written? Wow. You’re delusional. You should check critic and fan reviews.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “and we think NBC’s priciest freshman rookie sitcom (which was not funny, cast well or talked about, and whose only real accomplishment was how many viewers it lost over the course of the season) is a “toss up” to be canceled or renewed. Bill, I have a question. What color is the sky in your world?”

    Riffster, if quibbling about a single “toss up” is all you’ve got for me, we’re so close it hurts!

    Come give me a hug, you big softie!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “And to the one person who keeps on posting the same thing over and over again under different names: we get it. You like Whitney and Chelsea. Constantly repeating that won’t make it any more likely for either to be renewed.”

    Thanks for the heads up. That veritable army of sock puppets will no longer be joining us and their comments have been deleted.

  • tvfreak

    30 ROCK – 37 (+3)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 8 (-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)

    From Heroes episode 1.23 “How To Stop An Exploding Man” –
    Sylar: Hmm, looks like you dropped something. A comic book that predicts the future. What will they think of next? [Sylar turns to page showing Hiro stabbing him.] You’re kidding. This is how Isaac thought I’d die? Stabbed by a silly little man?
    Ando: Hiro is not silly!
    Sylar: You should’ve seen the look on his face when he tried to kill me.
    Ando: You cannot take my brain.
    Sylar: Please. What would I want with your brain?

  • Anthony

    Harry’s Law deserves at least one more season.

    ”Whitney” is a God awful comedy. The jokes seemed so forced and it feels as if the studio is the studio audience is at gun-point in order to get somewhat of a hearty laugh out of them.

    ”Are You There, Chelsea?”… seriously? Do we really need more sitcoms about women in their 20-somethings getting into wacky adventures with their ‘diverse’ friends whilst our main character is outspoken, and relatable to demographics of women. NO.

    ”Up All Night” I also feel is a toss-up. Despite the fact that there are times when it is funny, a good part of it isn’t. The show has a cast of well-known comedic actors, and even better guest appearances, there’s just no gripping scripts. Give it a chance. Renew it for a second season,and hire a better a writing staff.

    Only thing I’ll say about The Office is that I can only see it going more final season. Dwight, (Rainn Wilson), is expected to get a spin-off, but who knows how that’ll go.

    Community deserves another season, as it is one of the best dynamic sitcoms on television right now. If you already knew that, then you’re streets ahead.

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