NBC: 'Revolution' Ratings Keep Falling, But It's A Long Way From Danger

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

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October 9th, 2012

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts the network's decision on renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2012-13 season in May, 2013. (includes results from September 17-October 7, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Animal Practice :cry: :cry: 0.67
Up All Night :cry: :cry: 0.68
30 Rock final season 0.70
Guys With Kids :| :| :| 0.80
Grimm (F) :) :) :) :) 0.80
Parks & Recreation :) :) :) :) 0.86
Parenthood :) :) :) :) 0.86
The New Normal :) :) :) :) 0.98
Law & Order: SVU :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.04
The Office final season 1.06
Go On :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.36
Revolution :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.77

The adults 18-49 ratings for NBC scripted rookie darling Revolution keep falling week to week [4.2, 3.4, 3.2, 3.0] which causes some of our commenters to predict its demise. However, because NBC's scripted ratings are otherwise so completely woeful (only 2 other shows broke a 2.0 rating last week, and one is in its final season), Revolution ratings can still fall a very long way before it's in danger of becoming a meal for the cancellation bear.

How low? If the season stopped today, NBC would certainly be renewing scripted shows averaging a 1.7 rating, and maybe a 1.6. Will Revolution ratings fall that far? Never say never.

And for commenters who'll cry foul at Revolution's "retention", don't bring that retentionista nonsense around here.

Up All Night and Animal Practice ratings aren't falling every week, but are already so low as to make them both likely to be canceled.

Where's the bear? He's not just in the NBC post this season, he's moving around!

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.

  • beauxscott

    Great premise, TERRIBLE writing.

  • Ross Kardon

    I love the TV show, Revolution. Every episode, I root for the Rebels to succeed in restoring United States of America and get the electric power turned back on!

    All TV shows have to come to an end. But I hope NBC will let this wonderful new TV show continue until the question is answered how the blackout happened, the Monroe Republic is overthrown, and the power is restored.

    Please NBC, don’t cancel this fantastic TV show!

  • USAmerica1st

    The novelty is wearing off, time for the writers to step up.

  • susan

    Sorry, but this show is Predictable and Boring. I have watched it 4 times now trying to give it a fair chance..There is nothing worse than a show that is totally predictable…:(

  • CGoin

    Revolution is so bad.. ABC should put LAst Resort up against it.. I am sure it would pick up a lot of audience there.

  • Lcox

    Love the fact that so many people are enjoying the show as much as I am. Hope they renew for season 2.

  • Neecee

    If not for the Miles, Cap Neville and Aaron I would stop watching this show, the Charlie character is so freakin’? irritating, I can’t stand it. What I can’t figure out is why, time after time they listen to this silly kid who can’t shut up long enough to realize she’s in the company of people who know more of what they’re doing. But then, I guess there would be no show, and maybe that’s why Nora showing more more skin. What a shame. Good idea, needs a stronger script.

  • Ken

    The story has potential but lead female acting is horrible. My wife has given up on it and I’m only holding on to find out what happens to the power. If it doesn’t pick up or if they don’t take care if the lead female, my power is going out on this show. Hope they fix it.

  • Chris

    “I was shocked Revolution was given an entire first season”

    Well do not be, because it has not been granted that much trust. Instead they have been given the kiss of death – a four month hiatus. For a show that is dropping viewers like flies due to the lack of story development, the decline in writing quality, the lack of improvement in the acting (partially the directors fault), and the ever increasing continuity error count per episode, this will decimate viewership numbers. With only two episodes to go before NBC tries to kill the show off, it would take writing, directing, and amazing amounts of development to incite our interest enough to survive that long.

    One of the aspects of this show that really decreases my interest are the flash-backs. Twenty-five to Thirty percent of each episode is *wasted* on this trope. In LOST at least it was done correctly, so that the material in the past had both relevance to the character *and* would effect the present. Too bad Abrams forgot how that works. Most of the prequel clips (as I like to think of them) are meaningless in Revolution, just filler. They waste time, pretending to have relevance that never materializes unless it is supposed to make us empathize with the characters (and then it utterly fail).

    We care more about why the electricity is not on than any of the major characters (except possibly Elizabeth Mitchell’s character Rachel Matheson). Miles is a walking case for human rights violations, as are most in the Monroe Republic. Charlie is annoying due to bad writing where her character flips positions far too often, and Tracy Spiridakos is still learning the ropes of acting for a major TV show. So this is a show with no real agonist, and a whopping dozen (or so) antagonists.

    Here’s hoping Colm turns out to be the hero!

  • Patsy

    I love this show its just up against two other great shows. Move it!!

  • Kimmie

    Like it or not I’d rather watch NBC revolution then watching abc The neighbors !

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