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.

  • Kandy

    It’s an amazing story how Whitney was completely looked at as an underdog coming into this season and that Up All Night would be the one that would survive this season. The exact opposite has happened as Whitney will be headed to the fall schedule and Up All Night might over.

    Whitney’s ratings have been strong in Canada as its one of the top 5 rated comedies up there in that same 8pm timeslot except on Tuesdays while Up All Night is a bust as it airs behind Canada’s top rated sitcom The Big Bang Theory and bleeds nasty style out of it.

  • Kandy

    [i]”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.)”[/i]

    I think if NBC is ever going to grow back as a network then they need to pickup all four of their multi-cam pilots and keep Whitney and Chelsea and build around these programs and put them in workable timeslots.

    NBC should come into the season with 5 multi-cams and hold one of the new ones back to mid-season. They could put two of them behind The Voice and the others in the same block on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

  • Nick

    30 ROCK – 40 (+3)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 5 (-3)
    Looks like the game is actually going my way for once…. :-D

  • WooTV!

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

  • K-Fed

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

  • 5thSeasonFringe

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

  • Tommy Mickens

    @Bill Gorman

    I think you should put Harry’s Law in every title until its fate is determined so that, along with your prediction of certain cancellation, on the off chance it is renewed, we can all point and laugh at your prediction even harder! ;)

    And by the way, I did read your response to me from last week about Harry’s Law but I didn’t have enough time to respond. :( Maybe I’ll go back and copy and paste your comment and respond to it here some day this week if I can get the time! Bottom line though – Harry’s Law should not be “certain” cancellation, that’s just silly. It should be “likely” cancellation or maybe even toss up. Otherwise you’re just ignoring all the strange circumstances surrounding it in favour of “only the demo counts” while many other shows, you factor in other surrounding circumstances. It makes your criteria look happenstance!

  • Rebecca

    I can’t remember, but did this site say LAST year that Harry’s Law would be canceled (or was likely to be canceled)? I know it ranked low on the index but was around the same numbers as Chuck at the time (before we knew of Chuck’s final season renewal).

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I can’t remember, but did this site say LAST year that Harry’s Law would be canceled (or was likely to be canceled)? I know it ranked low on the index but was around the same numbers as Chuck at the time (before we knew of Chuck’s final season renewal).”

    Ah, how fans like to rewrite (or misremember) history to suit themselves.

    Harry’s Law ratings were not terrible last season (like they are this season), and it was predicted “likely to be renewed”.


    And it was never “low on the Index”, I believe the lowest it ever was was 0.92, but I’m not going to bother checking all the posts to see.


  • tvfreak

    @Nick: You just had to say that, didn’t you? Now the crazy P&R fans are gonna come out of the woodworks to try and keep the amazing 30 Rock out of the winners’ circle!

    Fixing invalid votes: (see other threads for reasons why)

    30 ROCK – 37

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bottom line though – Harry’s Law should not be “certain” cancellation, that’s just silly. It should be “likely” cancellation or maybe even toss up. “

    As I wrote before, with that level of CYA, you’ll claim to be correct, no matter what happens!

  • Anthony

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

  • Lockemonster

    It’s a shame NBC put Best Friends Forever on without a chance. It should have been on instead of Free Agents.

  • Rebecca

    No, not to suit myself. I have no interest in Harry’s Law….was just curious. Must have been a different site that had HL ranked low last year.

  • Rebecca

    I agree. I’ve been enjoying BFF except for some yelling scenes. Too bad it and Bent couldn’t be on sooner. Both are good IMO.

  • Brian J

    @Riff Rafferty:

    What show are you referring to? “Up All Night” lost viewers as it moved into a more difficult time slot and when it reached the point in the season when most shows were losing viewers. And you’ve given us no reason, at all, to think it is so much more expensive than the other shows.

    Also, what is this obsession with multi-camera comedies? I don’t really think that is the reason NBC is suffering.


    I guess I am more positive than you about “UAN,” but at least you agree it’s not terrible. That’s something. Given that NBC is in such dire straights and the potential for a much more solid show is there, I think it’s worth renewing.

  • Oliver

    Why do people think multi-camera sitcoms do better than single-camera sitcoms?

    This season’s new live-action sitcoms:

    8 multi-camera shows: 2 Broke Girls, Chelsea, How To Be A Gentleman, Last Man Standing, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Rob, Work It, Whitney.

    Hits: 1 (2 Broke Girls), Bubble: 3 (Last Man Standing, Rob, Whitney), Flops: 4 (Chelsea, HTBAG, IHMTD, Work It)

    8 single-camera shows: Apartment 23, Bent, Best Friends Forever, Free Agents, Man Up!, New Girl, Suburgatory, Up All Night.

    Hits: 2 (Suburgatory, New Girl), Bubble: 2 (Apartment 23, Up All Night), Flops (Bent, Best Friends Forever, Free Agents, Man Up!)

    The batting average of multi-camera shows isn’t any better than single-camera shows.

    If you remove NBC’s spring burn-off fodder (Bent, BFF) then the batting average of single-camera comedies is considerably better than multi-camera shows.

  • blackrock1969

    Another NBC schedule…

    Monday (fall)
    8:00 The Voice
    10:00 Smash

    Monday (midseason)
    8:00 The Biggest Loser
    9:00 Beautiful People (new)
    10:00 Notorious (new)

    Tuesday (fall)
    8:00 Community
    8:30 Go On (new)
    9:00 The Voice (results)
    10:00 Parenthood

    Tuesday (midseason)
    8:00 Community
    8:30 Go On
    9:00 Downwardly Mobile (new)
    9:30 Lady Friends (new)
    10:00 Parenthood

    8:00 Bad Girls (new)
    9:00 Chicago Fire (new)
    10:00 Law and Order: SVU

    8:00 Up All Night
    8:30 Friday Night Dinner (new)
    9:00 The Office
    9:30 Parks And Recreation (6-week tryout for “The Farm” midseason)
    10:00 County (new)

    8:00 Harry’s Law
    9:00 Grimm
    10:00 Dateline NBC

    8:00 Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
    9:00 Drama encore
    10:00 Drama encore

    Sunday (midseason)
    7:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
    8:00 30 Rock
    8:30 1600 Penn
    9:00 Celebrity Apprentice

  • Jbug

    UAN still has a higher index than the insanely overhyped Whitney (which wasn’t as advertised as Smash, to be sure, but was given far more exposure than anything else this year with Whitney even hosting the fall preview show).

    Nice to see Community solid at a 1

  • Chuck_T

    Why doesn’t NBC compromise with a show like Harry’s Law which gets reasonably good numbers in overall viewers but poor numbers in key demo? If they don’t want to renew it for another season why not order six two-hour made for TV movies that they can throw as a bone to viewers thru out the season instead of showing endless repeats of other shows?

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