NBC: 'The New Normal' Is Likely To Be Renewed, Despite Its Anti-Fans

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

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November 6th, 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-November 4, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Animal Practice* canceled 0.66
30 Rock final season 0.67
Up All Night :cry: :cry: 0.71
Guys With Kids :cry: :cry: 0.78
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.91
Parks & Recreation :) :) :) :) 0.92
Chicago Fire :| :| :| 0.92
Parenthood :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.98
Law & Order: SVU :) :) :) :) 0.98
The New Normal :) :) :) :) 1.04
The Office final season 1.13
Go On :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.43
Revolution :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.80

Since its premiere, the ratings for freshman sitcom The New Normal have bobbed right around the NBC scripted show average each week, and because networks almost always renew their average rated shows, it's been likely to be renewed all along. Interestingly, the show has generated more than its share of anti-fan wailing in our comments and on Twitter. As to why, your guess is as good as mine.

My guess is that at current ratings levels NBC makes no decision on Chicago Fire until the end of the season, where, highly dependent on spring ratings for all NBC dramas, it could still go either way. Read more about that here.

Up All Night and Guys With Kids are both "likely canceled". Recent ratings moves have put both shows in a similar ratings range, and likely a similar fate. The seemingly desperate move by NBC to add five multi-cam episodes of Up All Night to the season order doesn't change it's prognosis, only a multi-cam ratings miracle would do that.

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*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.

  • Hattie

    I see how The New Normal can be disliked – they definitely push the envelope with some over-the-top characters – but for the most part it’s a good show, decently written, with a decent premise and a good core cast. I’m wondering how it will fare in a second season though – isn’t it the case that most shows “die” after they add a baby to the mix? I’ve rarely seen a successful show that actually managed to keep a baby around for more than a season or two. And if the whole concept is leading up to the birth of a baby, then won’t they have to change the entire premise for season two?

  • Bobby

    Yay TNN! And to all the hate groups bashing it…if you actually watched it, it is actually pretty fair. Like in the election episode, they had positive points from both Obama AND Romney supporters. Even if the grandma is portrayed as a ‘mean republican’ they made sure that she actually did have fair arguments for Romney. It was fair. And in the past episode they actually showed how a Catholic Priest can be accepting and nice and not bigoted with hatred as how the rest of the Catholic Church is portrayed elsewhere. People just love to hate.

    And sidenote…..No Guys With Kids!! That show has actually grown on me! They characters are likable and have great chemistry. The initial premise with ‘guys carrying around babies’ was weak, but it’s more than that. I could see this show on TBS or something if it doesn’t make it on NBC.

  • Nick


    Okaay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, it’s a shame more people aren’t watching TNN. It’s the best new comedy of the season.

    NBC 2013-2014 schedule:

    8: The Voice
    10: The Eleventh Commandment (new)

    8: The Voice
    9: Untitled Cee Lo Green Project (new)
    9:30: Go On
    10: Family Affair (new)

    8: Parenthood
    9: Revolution
    10: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (13 episode final season)

    8: Untitled Michael J. Fox project (new)
    8:30: Untitled Peter Murrieta Project (new)
    9: 1600 Penn
    9:30: The New Normal
    10: Deception

    8: Whitney
    8:30: Parks & Recreation (full final season)
    9: Grimm
    10: Hench (new)

    8: Untitled MJF project (R)
    8:30: Untitled Cee Lo Green Project (R)
    9: Dateline NBC
    10: Law & Order: SVU (R)

    Sun- (midseason)
    7: Dateline NBC
    8: The Biggest Loser
    9:30: The Celebrity Apprentice

    Community & Off Their Rockers for midseason

    Guys With Kids
    Chicago Fire
    Up All Night
    Save Me
    Fashion Star
    Do No Harm
    (Whew. That’s a lot.)

    Family (or family-friendly) comedy seems like the way to go for NBC next year.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Grimm and Revolution are the only 2 shows I watch here. But my prediction is very different for each of them.

    Grimm should be renewed. While I’m not terribly enthused about the show, it has engaging actors and is reasonably well written, and has fairly fresh concepts, and the execution is decent.

    Revolution OTOH is a piece of crap. While it has SOME decent acting, the writing is mostly average to bad, and frankly the premise and its development have been a mess. The premise is stupid and nonsensical, to begin with. The show has a dragging pace, both in each episode and across the story arc. Esposito, one of the few decent actors, now that he’s delivered the kid to Munroe, has been relegated to being Munroe’s sidekick. The lead female character is terminally aggravating. David Lyon’s Munroe is wooden. It comes across as a Civil War drama – complete with massed formations and muskets – which is not helped by Lyons wearing what appears to be Robert E. Lee’s uniform… :-)

    So I predict that eventually this show’s ratings will collapse, like Ringer’s did last season. Ringer held up reasonably well for a number of episodes but then fell apart in the spring. I think Revolution will do the same. I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets renewed before then, however, much to the CW’s chagrin in its second season (unless the producers fix it, which is unlikely.)

  • vikrammangat@yahoo.com

    I would have Parks as 5 smiles, in house produced.
    Unless Amy Poehler doesn’t want to do it, its slam dunk to return?

  • toadytoady

    NBC have got brilliant strategy to make ratings look good this season, whether dramas fail or not.

    Its the only network improving its ratings because they have created a diversity between sport,reality shows,comedy and the rest.They recognise they have a problem with drama ratings, so they mix it all up strategically.

    Somebody there knows what they are doing, and its working.

  • RNinNC

    Trust me, it’s not all bigotry that makes TNN painful to watch. I’m gay as gay can be, and I didn’t make it thru the third episode before I deleted it from my DVR record list. It’s extremely preachy, and you can tell within the first 5 minutes what the “message of the week” will be. Even if you AGREE with what they wanna say, you don’t need to watch the last 25 minutes! Total waste of time in my humbly homosexual opinion…

  • ddutchie88

    Yeah, I’m not a fan of TNN but I am rooting for it, just because it pisses the homophobes of :)

    anyway, I really hope Chicago Fire gets a The Voice boost and manages to stay on the air. It had a very weak pilot that scared a lot of people away. The last 2, 3 episodes have been excellent though and maybe with a good lead in people will give it another chance? I hope so.

    my fave NBC show is Parks & Rec. I’m happy to see it perform

  • BigBrotherFan

    Oh wow-here we go!

    NOT LIKing THE NEW NORMAL DOES NOT MAKE YOU A BIGOT!!I’m guessing the people who didn’t enjoy the humor style of the late BERNIE MAC show on FOX must be racist then! LOL

    It will never fail. lol

    NONTHELESS, my problem with the new normal is the STEREOTYPES it presents not only for the gay population but african American females, as well. HOW AWFUL is NeNe Leaks character!? She’s a stereotype in every sense of the word and watching it is offensive. Please dont try and even tell me shes not a stereotype of “ABW” with her long over exaggerated looks, the head bobbin’ agh. Its unreal how this show gets away with the stuff it does and NBC should be ashamed.

    The character of BRIAN-I agree with the poster who said just once it be nice to have a character that was not a blatant stereotype of gaymen. Not all gaymen are superfical and overdramatic to the point of hysteria such as this character.
    It pains me to see YET AGAIN gay men being put into “that box”.

    I really like how ABC handels their gay characters and does not present them as blatant stereotypes that has held the gay population back for so long. CYRUS from “Scandal” GOOD ON SHONDA and MAX from Happy Endings are wonderful characters on their respected shows and JUST happen to be gay. Its not something thats thrown in your face every 2 minutes by god awful stereotypes and generalizations that have hurt the feelings of gay people for so long. Good work ABC!

    Not all gay guys love Madonna and planning weddings!

    I work in a industry that happens to have a large amount of workers that happen to be gay and I have never EVER come across someone who acts so OVERTHETOP as Brian. Yes, some PEOPLE act like that, straight ones too its not just exlusive to the gay population. There was an EXCELLENT episode that delt with this on THE GOOD WIFE about stereotypes and the stereotypes that are often thrown on the gay population of our country.

    Most of my gay friends enjoy watching football with me on Sundays, playing sports and YES do engage in brawls from time to time (I rolled my eyes when, OF COURSE one of the gay characters threw a punch at another character in this TNN episode 3 or 4 maybe and he was just SOOO shocked and shaken he did that because of course, being gay and all he never ever fights and is portrayed as somewhat of a sissy-UNEBELIEVABLE!). Most of my gay friends could and would WHOOP my a$$ if I started up with them. They wouldnt ‘slap’ me and then put their hands on their cheeks and gasp in horror that they did that. Yet again, more stereotypes.


    Typical Ryan Murphy, though.

  • jowm

    Guys With Kids is terrible. Even just watching it on my NBC Player when I want mindless comedy, I find myself turning it off in the middle of the episode. I try every week. It’s even worse than Whitney.

    It never gets better. None of the jokes are funny, the situations are stupid, the characters generic. Time to go.

  • Paul

    You and I both know why there has been anti-fan wailing on this show. Let’s not beat around the bush. Of the new comedies, it is one of the best in writing and acting. I love a comedy show that doesn’t have an audience of a laugh track that allows the viewer to laugh as what they feel is funny and not being prompting by outside sources. I hope the show sees a second season, it deserves it over other crappy freshman comedies.

  • NEK38583

    Grimme is the only show I watch on NBC as long as it is gets renewed I am happy. Maybe more episodes of the Munsters will be ordered.

  • AJ

    When shows that suck harder than a freshly unplugged sink drain keep getting positive fanfare on sites like this, it’s bound to generate some animosity from readers.

  • Mark

    The New Normal is indeed too preachy and I dont personally think it is a good show. Something tells me that it might be nominated for various awards. If that happens,the reason why shall be quite obvious.

  • jimbo

    Guys with kids would survive. It will be moved to Thursday night, probably the office time.

  • Nick


    HOW AWFUL is NeNe Leaks character!? She’s a stereotype in every sense of the word and watching it is offensive. Please dont try and even tell me shes not a stereotype of “ABW” with her long over exaggerated looks, the head bobbin’ agh. Its unreal how this show gets away with the stuff it does and NBC should be ashamed.

    That’s pretty much how NeNe Leakes is in real life. There’s a difference between a steryotype and a common trait.

  • Rob

    I’ve watched the first 3 or 4 episodes of Revolution, but the “Charlie” character was so annoying I haven’t been able to force myself to watch more. I am still TiVoing it thought…just in case. :-/

  • diane

    The best part of being on the NBC network is your television show DOESN’T have to have a fan base to be picked up. The NBC execs are satisified with being in fourth place amoung the networks and have no intentions of trying to improve. They have totally given up on broadcasting quality programing.

    NBC would rather spend time and money campagning for an emmy for a crappy show than actually producing quality programming. It probbly cheaper. Look at their track record if you want proof.

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  • KJ Styles

    The New Normal is a poor man’s Modern Family. It’s not nearly as funny or well acted as MF.

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