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.

  • TGD

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

    There are a couple of things here. One is that except for MODERN FAMILY, the biggest comedy hits are multi-camera. You could argue that this is just CBS having higher ratings across the board, but they’ve never done well with single-camera (remember WORST WEEK?).

    Another is that multi-camera crushes single-camera in syndication, with single-camera comedies almost always under-performing. That suggests there’s still more fondness for the format than the non-CBS networks are willing to acknowledge.

    I don’t think multi-camera comedy in itself is the answer to NBC’s prayers. A bad multi-cam will usually bomb and there have been more bad multi-cams than bad single-cams of late, ergo, more multi-cam bombs. But it does seem like NBC has under-valued the format. They’ve assumed that 30 ROCK or COMMUNITY or OUTSOURCED has mainstream hit potential on the level of SEINFELD or CHEERS, and they don’t get that a single-cam comedy has less potential to grow that way.

  • damien

    did i read right?…nbc is bring rosie barr back to tv?…this network must be run by sadists

  • tvfreak


  • Demo Player

    TGD is right multi-cams are still the better drawing format of the two as multi-cams tend to do way better numbers when their hits. Just look at CBS and the syndication numbers. 30 Rock was a huge flop in syndication this year.

    Modern Family is the only single-cam that’s even reached the heights of the multi-cams since Malcolm in the Middle. The rest of the single-cams are demo players not hits. Someone said New Girl is a hit and its not its a demo player.

    The reason why NBC needs to tap back into more multi-cams is due to the fact that if they can get one of them to hit it can change their network. There’s little chance they can get that done with a single-cam.

    NBC is headed in the right direction with shows like Whitney, Lady Friends, and Downwardly Mobile but they got to keep building on that as sooner or later one of these multi-cams is going to hit big time for them.

  • Rebecca

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

    quote from P&R [4.19]:
    Leslie: April, that would be the coolest thing since ‘nSync, Aerosmith, and Nelly performed together at the Super Bowl half time show!
    April: Eww.

  • tvfreak

    30 ROCK – 34 (+3)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 11 (-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 Freaks and Geeks episode 1.02 “Beers and Weirs” –
    Harold: I guess you’d prefer we listen to that punk rock music I’ve been reading about. You know those Sex Pistols? They spit on their audience! Yep, that’s what I wanna do. Spend my hard earned money to be spit on. Now that’s entertainment…Elvis didn’t expectorate on his fans.
    Sam: No. But he died on the toilet.
    Harold: Well, that’s paradise compared to where the Sex Pistols are gonna end up.

  • Brian J


    This feels like a chicken and egg discussion. Thus far, most (all?) of the biggest hits have been multi-cam shows, so it makes sense that they’d do better in syndication. The fact that a single-cam comedy doesn’t do well in syndication when it never did well in regular viewings isn’t surprising.

    I don’t doubt that they might be more accesible for viewers, but is that because of the content or the format? My guess is, it’s the content, to the extent they can be separated.

    @Demo Player:

    I hadn’t heard “30 Rock” bombed so badly in syndication. But as far as I know, it’s still playing twice a night on Fox near me (I live in New York) and is still on Comedy Central.

    Anyway, to the extent that the multi-cam format, either because of the content or specifically because of the format, is more accessible, NBC should develop those shows as well. But I don’t think it’s really the format; I think it’s the content. “Whitney” may have improved, but when it was first starting out, I don’t think it was any better because of its multi-cam format than it would have been had it had a single-cam format.

    NBC should be trying to book interesting producers and writers and let them develop their shows as they see fit–certainly in deciding whether they want a laugh track or not.

  • Rebecca

    FYI for those who want to see the differences between the west coast and the east coast “live” 30R shows from last night, on the home page for hulu there is a “The Morning After” edition (exclusive to hulu, a daily thing) that points them out. The whole thing is just under 7 minutes long, and most of it is about 30R’s live episode. Paul McCartney was in the east coast version I watched last night, while Kim Kardashian was in the west coast version, for example. And I never knew Donald Glover from Community (Troy) used to be a writer for 30R….he was great last night in a flashback scene as the younger Tracy Jordan. This was all multi-cam with an audience, and while it was fun I still prefer single cam with no laugh track for 30R (I’m just too used to single cam comedies now, even though there are maybe 4 multi-cam comedies currently running that I watch on other networks). But it’s fun to see 30R try this live style once in a while (I guess this was the second time?). They looked like they had fun, and Alec Baldwin got to do some stuff he probably hasn’t had a chance to do in a while (other than whenever he hosts SNL).

  • TGD

    Brian J: I think it is the format to some extent. When single-camera shows had laugh tracks, they often did well in syndication — sometimes when they weren’t all that popular in regular viewing (like GILLIGAN’S ISLAND or THE BRADY BUNCH). Single-cam did not become a “niche” format until networks agreed not to add laugh tracks to them. I think the laughter helps channel-flippers, who still exist, know the show is a comedy; it’s about branding. COMMUNITY looks like a drama, sometimes (last night for example) intentionally.

    I also think the studio audience helps bring mainstream appeal to subjects and performers that might not otherwise have them — most obviously SEINFELD, which would be stereotyped as a cold, insular unlikable show if it weren’t for the studio audience laughing at it. The creators of SEINFELD wanted to do it single-cam; NBC insisted on doing it multi-cam, and NBC was absolutely right to force the creators to do it multi-cam. There are still some shows today where a young, hip creator needs to be told to write it funny, write it his way, but use a studio audience to find out if the jokes are actually funny. Plus some performers are just better with an audience. One reason UP ALL NIGHT is so dull is you’ve got Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph, who come to life with an audience, performing lifelessly without one.

  • Tom

    UAN is another example of writers not being able to keep up with Christina Appelegate’s boundless talent as a comedic actress. Her altogether too few guest appearances as Rachel’s narcissistic sister on “Friends” are comedy classics. However, she just doesn’t seem to get enough choice roles like that to showcase her talent.

  • tvfreak

    @Rebecca: Whaaaat?! Why couldn’t they have Sir Paul in both versions? Kim is such a waste of space and air.

    But I loved all the other surprise cameos, like Amy Poehler and Jimmy Fallon. Even Fred Armisen got a chuckle out of me (which he almost never does) ;) .

  • Rebecca

    Yeah, those cameos were good. Kardashian had the two scenes just like Sir Paul did, but of course her lines and actions were different from Paul’s (still had to do with Jack’s bathroom). So you got the east coast version even though you’re on the west coast? Were there maybe two chances to watch? I didn’t know where their “cut off line” was for the time zone airings. I’m mountain time, so it was on at 7:30 here. You could see that hulu tidbit I mentioned, just so you’d see the differences in some of the scenes (they show them side by side but play one at a time). Baldwin did some stuff differently, too, like the “Laugh In” take off scene.

    @Tom and TGD
    Good point about Christina Applegate…had not thought of that before. I loved her in Samantha Who, though, which had no live audience. And I like UAN but I don’t care about its fate now.

  • Nick

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

  • Rebecca

    30 ROCK – 40 (+3)
    PARKS & RECREATION – 5 (-3)

    quote from The Office [3.04]:
    Dwight: When I die, I want to be frozen. And if they have to freeze me in pieces, so be it. I will wake up stronger than ever, because I will have used that time to figure out exactly why I died. And what moves I could have used to defend myself better now that I know what hold he had me in.

  • Justin121


    I wasn’t crazy about Christina Applegate’s appearances in Friends.

    Samanntha Who, though, is comedy gold.

    Jennifer Esposito and Melissa McCarthy especially shined in what was their best work to date.

  • Riff Rafferty

    UAN is another example of writers not being able to keep up with Christina Appelegate’s boundless talent as a comedic actress. Her altogether too few guest appearances as Rachel’s narcissistic sister on “Friends” are comedy classics. However, she just doesn’t seem to get enough choice roles like that to showcase her talent.

    “Married… with Children” proved Christina can play a bi+ch slu+. And, after they completely rewrote the character, proved she can also play an empty-headed bimbo.

    “Jesse,” “Samantha Who?” and “Up All Night”, meanwhile, proved those are the only two roles she can play.

  • Riff Rafferty

    In other news, NBC bumped “Best Friends Forever” yesterday.

    Poor thing. I guess it was “Best Friends For The Month Of April.”

  • tvfreak

    @Rebecca: Since I live in California I got the West Coast version, with no other airing of the East Coast version. Sucks to live out West, I guess.

  • Rebecca

    “Jennifer Esposito and Melissa McCarthy especially shined in what was their best work to date.”

    Agreed. Haven’t seen everything they’ve done but I really liked them in that Samantha Who. Forgot about the show Jesse…that one was NBC, right? Riff mentioned it. I used to watch that.

    BFF is gone, off the air now? No final two episodes?

  • Rebecca

    So you had to see the Kardashian version on tv? You can probably see the east coast version online then, if you want. I was happy with the McCartney version (of course, since I’m a Beatles fan).

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