NBC: 'Up All Night' Stumbles On Return, As The Cancellation Bear Begins This Season's Chase

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

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September 25th, 2012

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2012-13 season in May, 2013. (includes results from September 17-23, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Up All Night :cry: :cry: 0.55
Parks & Recreation :| :| :| 0.72
Parenthood :| :| :| 0.76
The Office final season 0.89
The New Normal :) :) :) :) 0.93
Go On :) :) :) :) 1.43
Revolution :) :) :) :) 1.73

After feasting on so many NBC shows last season, the week before the official start of the season produced yet another NBC show that the cancellation bear is chasing.

The premiere ratings for Up All Night were the lowest of the shows that have already premiered on NBC, but the season has just begun, and its not clear yet where the ratings renewal floor will form for NBC shows. Since it's not a rookie (like Fox's doomed The Mob Doctor) there is little chance the show will be pulled off the schedule before its full 13 episode order airs this season. Once more NBC shows premiere, we'll have a better idea of how bad things look for Up All Night.

The premieres for Revolution, Go On and The New Normal currently place them in the "likely to be renewed" range, but since this is just the first NBC Renew/Cancel Index post of the 2012-13 season many predictions are easily subject to change as more ratings results arrive. Visit each Tuesday for the latest predictions!

Yes, I know there were new NBC scripted episodes aired prior to September 17, I just decided not to include them in my calculations.

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. This season you can follow the Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in a little more back and forth banter than we do on our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.

*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, 2013
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2013
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2013
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2013
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2013

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 (ie. 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 past television seasons.

  • Ultima

    They don’t own … Rock Center, and Dateline

    NBC owns/produces their own newsmagazines (as do CBS and ABC).

  • Rebecca

    Yeah, I am not sure what they do and don’t own. Sony owns Community, I think? I saw a season six episode of Psych recently where it involved a fake reality show and the producer character kept saying it had been bought by NBC, so I wondered if NBC has any ownership of Psych.

  • Floyd

    “The New Normal” is a hateful little show. It should be canceled and burned.

  • fran

    i’m still hopeful for the renewal of Parenthood! Thursdays and Wednesdays will be a mess for NBC… i can see Chicago fire SVU lower than Parenthood right now.
    So all over again… The voice Revolution Go On and Parenthood will be the three mayor success of the network, and Grimm a friday-success.
    I hope tonight it will be stable or grow… so maybe nbc will order some additional episodes :D

  • Alex

    Psych is a production of Universal Cable Productions (and possibly before that Universal Television) which is owned by the same parent company as NBC. Community is a co-production of Sony and Universal Television I believe.

  • Rebecca


  • Nick


    Well, I used the Wikipedia page. Not exactly the best source. They could have missed a few.

  • Fake Me Out

    FWIW, Parenthood has been dropped by it’s UK broadcaster due to lackluster performance and ratings…so small, you would have to describe Parenthood as having a cult following. I know it may not mean anything, but then again if a show is right on the edge between renewal and cancellation who knows what factors besides ratings may tip the balance one way or the other.


  • capslocke

    Tbursdays are shaping up to be quite interesting next season, Without The Office, 30 Rock, UAN, and most likely Community and Whitney, what do they have left? I’m gonna make the assumption that Animal Practice, Guys With Kids, and all the midseason comedies bomb, and that The New Normal gets a full season but no renewal. So that leaves Go On and Parks & Rec.. Go On will stay Tuesdays at 9 and launch a new comedy. I assume the Michael J. Fox comedy will get Thursdays at 9. Launching a comedy (or any show for that matter) at 8 or 8:30 on Thursdays has become suicide thanks to CBS’s brilliant “Super-Thursday”, but it’s the perfect place for a show in its final season, which leads me to Parks & Rec. 8:30 will be the real problem, maybe bring Community back?

  • Colt

    @fake me out, what does FWIW mean?

    I cant understand why the show is failing in the UK, its a fun, well written family show. Maybe they waited too long to premiere it over there.

    However, the show desperately needs to get its demo numbers up in the US. The show in all fairness isnt too brilliant right now, but there is a lot of dead weight with Up all night, Animal practice, Guys with kids and so many other crapfest dramedies that NBC seems to have piled up and will have to get rid of. Parenthood seems like a network gem right now.

    Up all nights is a goner, there is no coming back for that show.

  • Rebecca

    FWIW means “for what it’s worth.” And YMMV means “your mileage may vary” (I had to ask Fake Me Out what that meant last year, admittedly).

    @TV Addict
    Yeah, I get why it’s not #1 also. Maybe it’s on a good track to coming back (or at least rising eventually). Now if I count Psych, that could be 17 NBC shows I watch, lol. 18 with The New Normal, if I keep watching it (right now I only check it out online when I have time).

  • Colt

    FWIW means “for what it’s worth.”

    OK thanks Rebecca. Didnt have a clue of FWIW, i know YMMV though (admitedly after asking someone years back)

    Seems like our FMO is a fan of cool abbreviations.

  • Nick


    Remember, there’s a difference between liking a network and their shows. For example, I watch ABC’s shows religiously and love their promotion department, but hate their scheduling department. (They always put promising pilots on Thursdays at 8! Arggh!)

  • js

    I have no idea what people see in Revolution. It took an interesting premise and handled it so fruitlessly. NBC’s shows are so poorly written and they have such horrible talent with the exception of a FEW SNL Members. Fox, meanwhile, gets it. New Girl is FUNNY- with TALENTed actors. Everyone compliments each other on that show and the 2nd season premiere was excellent. I have no idea how that show didn’t make it as a Best Comedy Nominee. Modern Family is good – but New Girl is better and MF has now won what? 5 in a row? Ridiculous. Curb Your Enthusiasm is the best sitcom in the history of tv- but I’m glad Larry David didn’t show up to the Emmys- because he’s way above all the stupidity. The Big Bang Theory deserved it, this year, more than MF- as that show is now one of the tops sitcoms of all-time- …maybe, the best in that format since Frasier. The Mindy Project was way below the hype- but still way better than ANYthing “N”ot “B”roadcasting “C”orrectly puts on the air. She has to be glad she’s away from that terrible network. Instead of canceling shows- NBC should just cancel their whole network. I hate NBC

  • Anthony

    You must be the only person in the world that watches more than a few NBC shows.

    I watch plenty of NBC shows (The Voice, Revolution, Parenthood, SVU, The Thursday comedies plus Community, Grimm). I would say they are my favorite network overall but I wouldn’t say I blindly like any show simply because it is on that network (if they start putting out shows that are unappealing to me, I will watch less and less).

  • toadytoady

    I love the Bear!

    Colt, a lot of shows that do well in USA do not do well in UK. Most of them are on satellite channels and get small audience compared to broadcast TV.

  • Nick


    It was a joke, refering to how bad NBC’s ratings are.

  • scifi

    Where is Grimm

  • QU347

    Revolution has the best actor on TV right now (Giancarlo Esposito)

  • Nick


    Grimm hasn’t aired in the regular season yet.

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