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.

  • Rebecca

    @Nick and Anthony
    (Maybe moreso @Nick here)
    Oh, I don’t think I’m really a fan of any network’s scheduling department, lol. That’s why it’s nice that these days I can kind of plan my own viewing schedule. As long as the show is available online I can get around to watching it the same week it airs – I can’t often watch the shows the same night they air (I try though). I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for years for NBC, admittedly (I spelled that word wrong earlier, sorry) – but it doesn’t matter to me what network a show airs on, as long as it’s a good show. Most of my shows just happen to be on NBC this year. (And if Outsourced and Chuck were still airing, they’d be on my must-see list too.)

  • TVDude

    I think Parks and Parenthood will get renewed if they hold. Three episodes in and Parenthood looks OK. Parks will be hard to tell since it has only had one episode. I don’t see it doing much better than that though. Still, I think its common knowledge that Go On, TNN, and Revolution have not had their series lows yet.

  • Nick

    I will throw in my two cents:

    NBC 2013-2014:

    8:00 Michael J Fox
    8:30 Cheers
    9:00 Seinfeld
    9:30 Friends
    10:00 Chicago Fire

  • Nick

    @QU347…best actor is Charlie Hunnam on SOA

  • Dan S

    NBC is starting to turn things around starting with Revolution. 1 reason people love this show is Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad. His character is almost as good as Gus Fring plus he’s getting more screen time on RVN than he did on BB. Maybe Jonathan Banks can join the show now that he’s done with Breaking Bad. I watched the 1st 3 episodes of Goon but couldn’t get into that show but like I say to each there own. Too bad P&R couldn’t swap with NN to boost its flagging ratings on Thur.

  • Nadine

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

    Hateful, Floyd? Really? It’s such a dingy little thing. Talk about overreacting….

  • tomsman

    I was a big fan of UAN last season and was very happy to see it return this fall… That is until I saw the first ep. WTH? Completely different show. Awful. Flat out awful. I really liked the secondary characters they introduced last season. This brother thing is a joke – they even went so far as to add his face to all of the scenes in the opening sequence to make it look like he’d been part of it all along. Totally ridiculous. I suspect that other fans/viewers might feel the same and bolt.

  • tomsman


    Wow. What the heck? Super harsh. Hateful much?

  • louis

    NBC should bet it all on Go On….it is almost as funny as Joey was.

  • Riff Rafferty

    Is there a specific reason why networks won’t pull shows that aren’t rookies or is it simply because they have rarely done so in the past?

    Rarely done so in the past? CBS notoriously didn’t air the series finale of “Simon & Simon” (P.S. F#ck you, Kim) and 3 episodes of “A Different World” did not air on NBC, just to name two examples. They were both Top 10 shows for many seasons and each finished #1 for the week on at least a couple occasions.

    It happens far less nowadays. As for why veteran shows aren’t pulled often, well, once a program on the downslide has been on the air for a while, it’s built up a clientele of advertisers who like it on a personal level and will support it ’til the bitter end — and, unless we’re talking an inherited show and a totally arrogant entertainment president who doesn’t care because it isn’t their “baby” and it isn’t produced by their bend-over buddy (P.S., F#ck you some more, Kim), they will usually have a charitable attitude towards a faded hit series. At least enough to air the goddamned series finale.

    There is also the cold, hard truth that a show that is DOA is never going to get to where it needs to be. This isn’t the era of sleeper hits.

  • tv#1

    Revolution, Go On, and The New Normal are all great series. I hope they stick around for a while.

  • bob

    It still pisses me off all these years later that the Jefferson’s were never given a send off after 11 years on the air. They ended up cancelling the show in the summer!

  • Riff Rafferty

    It still pisses me off all these years later that the Jefferson’s were never given a send off after 11 years on the air.

    They did do a series finale (the off Broadway show one), although CBS didn’t air it as the last one, as I recall. But at least they did air it. Also, at least it got to make a full season that last year. “Alice” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” got canned over the 1984 holidays. Merry Christmas, you’re cancelled!

  • Mark

    @Rebecca Holy cow do you watch a lot of nbc show. I thought I watched a lot compared to most people. I watch Sunday Night Football, Revolution, Parks and Rec, The office, Up all night, Whitney and sometimes Community and 30 Rock.

  • Dean-W

    SVU will be certain to be Renewed as usual :)

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Why in the world would NBC keep investing in a Thursday night line up? Tuesdays are where they should be investing next fall:

    8:00PM NEW or returning DRAMA
    9:00PM Revolution (can anchor if it holds)
    10:00PM NEW or returning DRAMA

    8:00PM Michael J. Fox Sitcom
    9:00PM Go On
    9:30PM The New Normal
    10:00PM NEW or returning DRAMA

    8:00PM The Voice
    10:00PM NEW or returning DRAMA

    8:00PM The Voice
    9:00PM NEW DRAMA
    10:00PM Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    8:00PM The Biggest Loser
    10:00PM Grimm

  • Justin121

    The New Normal is The 2010-present Glee:

    Pretencious, preachy, full of itself, not funny…

    It’s even shot in the same semi-mockumentary way.


  • cas127


    I know it is extra work, but it would be interesting if the # of years aired appeared next to each series name – this would highlight those shows with two years of episodes already in the can, that might get renewed following this year (their third) simply in order to get to syndication.


  • tomsman

    i NEVER thought I would say this – especially right out of the gate – UAN is toast here – took it off the dvr schedule with no tears. That second ep proved it is gone – Sean Hayes was funny, but not enough. I still don’t get how they thought they could come back this way and get BETTER ratings? Awful. I loved the show, saw every ep more than 1x. The two people that I talk to that watched/loved the show – deleted it from their dvrs. 3 out of 3 this week. I’m really interested to see what happens in the ratings next week. I know my ratings don’t count, don’t know if they are Neilsen or not, but judging by us – there is a HUGE problem. What’s interesting that we have all picked up TNN…

  • Rebecca

    I’m still watching UAN although it’s not one of my favorites…it has its moments. I don’t see it lasting beyond the current season, but I’ll watch whatever airs.

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