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.

  • L. Bennett

    To show how bright the folks at NBC are, “Awake”, a wonderfully written and acted and totally riveting show, has been cancelled, and the Network is now doing promos right now for something that sounds suspiciously LIKE it, only more pro forma and I am sure more boring. I feel absolutely no loyalty to a Network that is this bone dumb.

  • Scott

    Well you were right on this one. I guess demo does matter. To bad we cancel good shows because we only want to appeal to the Disney generation. Kudos to you and NBC for making the wrong call on a good show and then being such a D!(K about it.

  • Scott

    The only difference her was 8.8 million people tuned in to watch Harry’s Law and only 2.6 million for Awake. It looked like a good concept but viewers young and old just did not buy into it. Bu then again if you are just looking for the demo who watches glee neither show stood a chance.Sorry you lost both shows:(

  • Patti

    I will miss Harry’s Law. I really liked that show. Love Grimm and Community! Would be totally o.k. with Community going syndication.

  • Rose

    I cannot believe that a great new show, like Harry’s Law, only in its second season, gets cancelled, but a stagnant stale The Office gets another run…Honestly, I used to be obsessed with that show, and now it makes me cringe every time I watch it, hoping it will get better, only to be disappointed again…It had its run…Why can’t Hollywood get some taste and let quality shows have more than a one or two season run? How I wish I were a writer in Hollywood…

  • LMF

    I can’t believe they cancelled Awake! What an awesome show. The only reason I can fathom as to why NBC wouldn’t renew is that too few people were intelligent enough to understand it. Networks seem to cater to the under 100IQ crowd. It leaves those of us who enjoy the intricacies of a well written and thought provoking show with nothing much to watch.

    Shame on you NBC for contributing to the decline of the American intellect.

  • LMF

    I just realized that NBC renewed Whitney. ARE YOU F’IN SERIOUS???? Awake gets cancelled, but you morons at NBC renewed Whitney????

    I hope I’m in an alternate reality right now.

  • jean perkins

    Harry’s Law was the best show on NBC. Our whole family and extended family never missed it. What a shame to cancel such a popular show. Gee, what can we watch, more reality tv? Nothing on NBC will our family watch.
    Get a clue from the people that watched and made it so popular. The actors are exceptional. Please re-consider and listen to the viewers!

  • Patti

    Why on Earth would NBC cancel the second best rated show. It is quality TV. Forget the 18 to 49 group they are looking for—and remember the group who has the cash to buy the products that the sponsors are pushing. That would be the 50+ crowd. I am very dismayed by the manner that we lose quality shows. Let’s get rid of some of these garbage sitcoms.

  • another cancel series

    One by one 18-49 will be no longer apart of rating range but it want matter cuz beaves and butt will president at nbc and reality show be running 24-7. Future- KIM Kardashian will still be ON AIR with her ass and tits down to her knee’s. No one will remember what was a tv series. They will be still re eventing next stupid reality show. Thank u for the future nbc

  • Susan Scalero

    What a damn shame!! Finally something was on T.V. worth watching & NBC takes Harry away. BRING IT BACK!!!!!! I want my Harry’s Law!!!

  • Bob Crawford

    By cancelling Prime Suspect and now the amazing Harry’s Law, NBC now stands for Nothing But Crap…nice going NBC…you truly have no sense of quality programming…

  • Jeri Nawojski

    Harry’s law was the new Boston Legal and it wasn’t around long enough. Reality TV and the ridiculous comedy’s NBC renewed are not for me. Kathy Bates is great as Ms. Korn, and I hope another network has the good sense to bring the show back!

  • Cheryl

    We are watching the finale episode of Harrys Law as u write this, and I can say this, once it’s canceled, there will be no reason for me to ever turn the tv to NBC. It’s the only show on that channel that we watched. I don’t even watch the news on that channel. Great job NBC. Oh, and I’m in the 50+ bracket. NBC could shut down, go out of business, and I wouldn’t miss a thing. They have nothing to offer me any more.

  • sherry carle

    What is wrong with you people cancelling Harry’s Law. We read in the paper that it is because the sponsers feel
    it did not appeal to the younger crowd whom they target their advertising to reach. Just wanted to tell you that
    it is not only my husband and myself who really enjoy the show, my son (40) and my daughter (42) are both
    big fans. I certainly hope another network will pick the show up. NBC if you are smart will just find other
    sponsers. It is a great show, shame on you for not realizing the real market.

    Sherry Carle

  • Lorraine Carlson

    I’m so disapointed that Harry’s Law is being cancelled. It is a very good show with good actors and a very good story line. Kathy Bates is excellent. I’m a senior citizen and I know that you BIG EXEC’S don’t care for my opinion, but some day you’ll be one and then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

  • Thesa Hudek

    We love Harry’s Law!! We love all the actors, characters, and story lines. I honestly don’t understand why it’s been cancelled. Very sad indeed. This was a smart show, interesting and well done. It will be missed.

  • Deb

    I will never watch anything on NBC again. The best show on tv is Harry’s Law and it got canceled. There are very few shows that are dramatic, comical that every show has a plot. But they will bring things like that Whitney? Instead of throwing it out why not move it somewhere else to give it a chance and not jump in to canceling it after only 2 seasons. This makes me so sad.

  • Jean

    This is sickening, I just hope some other network see’s these posts and picks up Harry’s Law because they would be the winner with it. Calling ABC, FOX or OWN CBS anyone save OUR SHOW!!

  • Sherry

    I LOVED Harry’s Law and I am so disappointed in NBC. IT was the ONLY show on NBC that I watched. Now, I won’t watch NBC AT ALL. When their viewership ceases to exist, what will they do then? America has the most number of older generation folks in its history, so THEY should be who the networks cater to the most. WE, the older generation, HAVE THE MOST MONEY and therefore, it should be US they should think of first.

    Bye, bye, NBC. I WILL NOT WATCH YOU, AT ALL ANYMORE and I will spend my money from USA, TNT, and TBS, along with SyFY and FX. NOW, THOSE STATIONS HAVE ‘CLASS’ with Royal Pains, Fairly Legal, and others!

    I should probably just cancel my Cable NOW.

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