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

Written By

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.

  • Martha Agee


  • brendan wagner

    awake showed a lot of class to their fans with a good happy ending
    the show was less predicable then 24 great cast Jason Isaacs is a graet actor
    i will be a fan and look forward to his future.

  • Ursula Wilson

    Im really sad to see Prime Suspect. It was great! It had great writing & I LOVED Maria Bello!!! Shame shame shame,NBC!!!!

  • Linda

    I watch The Firm, Harry’s Law and Prime Suspect. ALL CANCELLED. I have not watched amy of the other shows that are remaining on. I guess no TV for our house this fall. What are they thinking? Wait NOT THINKING!

  • Carol Siwinski

    I hardly ever watch NBC. I only watched Prime Suspect and Harry’s Law. Of course, they were cancelled. Same happened with “Life” a few years ago. I don’t want to be known as a NBC fan. It would mean I am stupid and can’t watch anything that challenges my brain. Good luck NBC as you fall down the tubes. Carol Siwinski, Crestwood, Il.

  • Gayle Hafenstein

    Harry’s Law is one of the best shows on TV what is wrong with you guys? all of my friends watch it to what the hell are u thinking? Gayle

  • Gwen Hibler

    I have never written about any show, either positively or negatively, and don’t usually care much about what is on television. This time, however, I am clueless as to how a network decides what is or isn’t going to remain on the air–Harry’s Law? Come on….it’s one of the few that HBC has going for it. Was it cancelled because it actually had an intelligent story line??? VERY disappointed, NBC!

  • kaye

    I am sick of the reality shows and sitcoms airing now. Loved Harry’s Law!!!!!!

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures