NBC Renew/Cancel Wrap: 'Harry's Law,' 'Awake,' 'Best Friends Forever,' 'Are You There, Chelsea?' Canceled; 'Community,' '30 Rock,' 'Whitney,' 'Up All Night' Renewed

Categories: Cancel/Renew Index,Cancel/Renew NBC Shows

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May 15th, 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- May 13, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Prime Suspect* canceled 0.47
Bent* canceled 0.52
Best Friends Forever* canceled 0.58
The Firm* canceled 0.61
Harry's Law canceled 0.61
Free Agents * canceled 0.66
The Playboy Club * canceled 0.67
Chuck (F)* final season complete 0.69
Awake canceled 0.72
Are You There, Chelsea?* canceled 0.90
Grimm (F) renewed 0.92
Whitney* renewed 0.96
Community renewed 0.97
30 Rock renewed 0.98
Parenthood* renewed 1.00
Up All Night* renewed 1.01
Parks & Recreation renewed 1.10
Law & Order: SVU  renewed 1.12
Smash renewed 1.46
The Office  renewed 1.57


Harry's Law fans would have descended on our site like biblical locusts were the show renewed, but of course it wasn't going to be.  Instead we had the executive producer of the show claiming we have far more power than we actually do.

Will the Harry's Law cancellation convince the doubters that total viewership is completely meaningless in broadcast primetime? A networks top total viewership show (but nearly lowest adults 18-49 rated show) was canceled. Doesn't get any more definitive than that. Except perhaps for the crazy.

As it turned out, I predicted every NBC show renewal or cancellation correctly for the season, most well in advance.

Unlike other bears, our cancellation bear hibernates during the summer. With that the Index bids the 2011-12 NBC season adieu, there will be no more NBC Renew / Cancel posts until September.

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.

  • Mickey 1.0

    Here’s the tally:


    Out of 20 shows, cancelled 10 (8 new, 1 final season)


    Out of 19 shows, cancelled 8 (6 new, 1 final season)


    Out of 9 shows, cancelled 3 (2 new, 1 final season)


    Out of 21 shows, cancelled 6 (5 new)


    Out of 22 shows, cancelled 9 (7 new, 1 final season)

    (I’m not 100% sure about which shows are new. I don’t follow that many shows.)

  • Oliver

    Good job on the predictions.

  • Joann Vensky

    I used to be an advide viewer of NBC shows starting with Law and Order but now everytime I start to watch a new show you bring on you cancel them. I have switched over to CBS because they stand by there shows and dont cancel them as fast as you do.

  • comicguy123

    Man I really hope Community doesn’t drag down the comedy war on Fridays against TGIF. I think Guys with Kids needs to replace it so NBC has enough to compete because Reba will debut strong out of the gate.

  • Liz

    @Joann Vensky

    I have switched over to CBS because they stand by there shows and dont cancel them as fast as you do.

    You mean CBS, the network that pulled How to Be a Gentleman after only two airings?

  • Scott M

    @ Mickey 1.0

    Actually in the winter Grimm was averaging a 1.54 compared to a NBC average of 1.71 for an index of .90 when it got renewed. After that it dropped to a 1.38 average compared to NBC of 1.44 for an index of .96 (All numbers approximate).

    So actually Grimm’s relative value actually improved.

  • Eric McInnis

    Wonder what the cancellation bear will do to the Peacock this fall.

  • Ultima

    You mean CBS, the network that pulled How to Be a Gentleman after only two airings?

    Technically, they pulled it twice. It’s coming back on Saturdays again, in an attempt to set a record and be pulled off the schedule three times in one season!

  • Osman

    I’m sad about the canceling of Awake. It was good show especially I so liked last episode(01×11) but I’m happy for Grimm.

  • Mickey 1.0

    @Scott M

    I take your point.

    Nonetheless, my main point was that Grimm was doing 1.54 up against a crop of new shows that failed this year. (8 out of 10 of its new shows were cancelled.) The reason Grimm’s relative value rose slightly when its ratings were falling a bit is because a lot of other shows’ ratings were falling much worse.

    So all I was saying is, I’m not sure that benchmark can be applied to Community next year, when they’re going all out to produce new hits, and odds are their new line-up won’t collapse the way this one did.

  • Winning Moments

    CBS will make a cancellation here and there but for the most part you feel safe watching their shows because they have high ratings but there’s no loyalty on that network.

    NBC was actually really nice this year in not really cancelling to many things. Their biggest cancellation was Harry’s Law.

    FOX and ABC are the absolute worse when it comes to cancellations. FOX has gotten a lot of reputation from cancelling everything in sight except Idol and a few other hits. I got the feeling like nobody cared about them and it finally caught up to them yesterday because of all of those years of hurting their loyal viewers.

  • Debsafan

    I was looking at the shows NBC has on or should I say had on. The only show I watch on NBC is Grimm. I didn’t realize that. Grimm is the best show on NBC. I could watch it all day and night long. Can’t wait for the next season, and to buy it on DVD..

  • Ryan Stoppable

    “FOX has gotten a lot of reputation from cancelling everything in sight except Idol and a few other hits. I got the feeling like nobody cared about them and it finally caught up to them yesterday because of all of those years of hurting their loyal viewers.”

    @Winning Moments: How is it “catching up” to FOX? Because they’re going to be No. 1 in 18-49 viewership for like the 8th season in a row?

  • altosweet

    NBC You Suck. I have watched every episode of Harry’s Law. Please don’t cancel it!

  • Dahne

    FOX has saved Fringe for years. Talk about rewarding loyal fans. No way Fringe should have been on air this year much less next.

  • Anthony

    Bill- Do you know what is going on with Roseanne Barr’s Downwardly Mobile. I know NBC passed it but is there a shot with any other network

  • Wallace

    Harry’s Law was the typical David E Kelly Show (for good and bad). Intersting characters (well cast) in a interesting, unusual, a bit surreal and off-beat situatuion and location (aka Ally McBeal). BUT then he ruins all that good set-up with the WORST plots and stories imaginable. Sooooo utterly ridiculous and preachly. All the Media Matters, Occupy Wall Street, left-wing claptrap and overly preachy messages that America dosen’t want and mostly disagrees with. He doesn’t even try to construct a real story just some veneer to get out his message to preach his liberal gospel and, surprise America tunes-out.

  • steve

    @ Wallace:

    America tunes out? Harry’s Law was NBC’s 2nd most watched show! And when it moved from Wednesdays to Sundays it held it’s 7-9 million viewers. NBC is stupid and I hope every one of their new shows tanks this year and they fall below the CW and wind up the 5th network. They renewed the god awful Smash which has less viewers than Harry’s Law did!

  • June

    I think I would rather have NBC’s canceled programming from this season run into next season. NONE of NBC’s “NEW” shows excite me, execpt maybe Revolution. But the rest suck & the schedule is out of whack. HERE is how NBC’s Fall schedule for next season should be:

    8&9PM: The Voice

    8PM: The Voice
    9PM: Parenthood
    10PM: Law & Order: SVU

    8PM: Community
    9PM: Whitney
    9:30PM: GO ON
    10PM: Up All Night

    8PM: 30 Rock – final season
    9PM: Parks & Rec
    9:30PM: The Office

    8PM: Rock Center with Brian Williams
    9PM: Dateline NBC
    10PM: Grimm

    8PM: New drama (R)
    9PM: Grimm (R)
    10: SVU (R)

    8PM: Fashion Star
    9PM: The Celeb. Apprentice
    10PM: DO NO HARM

    Parenthood can hold up Tuesday at 9PM, with The Voice leading it in. It helped Smash until it’s viewership departed. I personally think SVU is a 10PM show due to it’s subject matter, language, and violence. It’s risky to keep the show at 9PM. NBC already uses their viewer discretion advisiories for SVU enough as is, NOW they really will. Besides, I’m sick of NBC Wednesday night’s being used for Law & Order/Dick Wolf, he’s not entitled to that night.

    NBC Wednesdays are all comedy, as they should be. Thursday nights could work if NBC really put focus on it, and like I said, NBC needs to stop treating Dick Wolf like he owns the network; his new show’s can be put in a dead slot too, Chicago Fire (which will probably “Chicago Flop” at the slot it’s in anyway with CSI on CBS & Revenge on ABC, and SVU not a good lead in anymore, 3 years ago maybe).

    Friday, Grimm is another show really that’s risky to keep at 9PM, especially 8 Central. I got FREAKED OUT back when one episode aired and it was blood & guts all over the place and some of the true identies of the people are scary even. Rock Center w/ Brian Williams needs to LEAD the night, not end it. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. And besides, I think Grimm could still hold it’s own despite being up against Blue Bloods (likely).

  • Akihironihongo

    The bear lives in the southern hemisphere. That’s why it hibernates during the summer.

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