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

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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.

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.

  • Mary 1

    The comparison to Modern FAmily doesn’t work for me. I think MF is a very funny show BUT it isn’t a GAY centric show, it has gay characters. It’s also way TOO popular (even Ann Romney said it was her favorite show) to go after and get any results. Groups like NOM go after shows that are more vulnerable (like new shows like TNN) so that when the shows are cancelled for any number of reasons, they can point to how successful they are and how America agrees with them.

    TNN is different because it’s one of the only shows currently on network TV where the Gay characters are the main stars and actually lead the show (in comparison to Happy Endings where Max is the funny gay sidekick). It’s more in your face with issues that come specifically from being gay like the Catholic priest episode or how they were treated in the mall. It makes some people uncomfortable because they’re not always shown as the funny, happy gays that they’re used to from their comedies.

    It’s a different approach to comedy. Happy Endings will probably never or rarely have an episode where Brad And Jane (the interracial couple) ever face any discrimination or rejection because of race while a Ryan Murphy would probably insert that in many episodes.

    I think because of that, this type of show will always have difficulty in attracting a huge audience. I’m glad it’s doing well enough to be considered for renewal because I quite like it so far. I like a little thinking going into my comedies.

  • Oliver

    Well, Happy Endings did have an episode with a racist parrot.

  • FemEagle

    Ratings-wise, TNN is the weakest show of the bunch. It won’t last much longer. Most people don’t enjoy being preached at by perverts.

  • Ingram

    The filth that passes for entertainment in this country is outrageous. As we idolize and glorify amoral behavior it is no wonder we are producing a generation of no understanding of responsibility or virtues? That we have become as degenerate a society as is depicted in what was once considered fiction? The New Normal appears to be prophetic in that despite dismal ratings NBC will continue to push it in our youths faces as an example of behavior to be admired and enacted upon. Queer society demands recruitment to sustain itself. Glorifying that society ensures more will stray from moral guidance of family and structure for that of socialism and sexual perversion. That is the sole reason for this filth to remain on the public airwaves, when it would be more suited for the more restrictive viewing of a queer programing such as Logo which can and is regularly BLOCKED by parents on their cable providers.

  • Nick


    New NBC comedy ratings for the 2012-2013 season-

    1. Go On: 2.77
    2. The New Normal: 2.09
    3. Guys With Kids: 1.45
    4. Animal Practice: 1.22

    It’s definitely not “the weakest show of the bunch”.

  • cas127

    “As to why, your guess is as good as mine”

    Pretty unfunny show (but then a lot of “comedies” are) but given a slot for PC reasons – see “Will and Grace”.

    I wonder what W&G’s ratings looked like and how it has fared in syndi.

  • Lindalou

    CHICAGO FIRE is getting better each week….there is great character development. I hope it finds an audience and therefore a renewal because I want to know what happens!

  • ChadCronin

    The mom/grandma on The New Normal is why I did not like the show. She is horribly offensive and I didn’t find humor in that at all. I am gay so the gay aspect didn’t have much affect on me other than that one was a bit flamey and stereotypical. I just didn’t connect with the characters and my family found the show boring too, so why bother.

  • Traywana

    The New Normal is certainly the best new show on TV. There are no doubts in my mind it will be around for the next decade. Ellen Barkin is such a hoot!

  • glover

    The New Normal is far frm tohe hit most people expected and only will be renewed because NBC have a lot of failed comedies on its schedule.

  • Riff

    Guys, please, hold me. I’m devastated. I just found out NBC isn’t going to air the last 3 episodes of “Animal Practice.” Come on, NBC, how could you deprive us of them? The one with the Candy Cowley-sized Saint Bernard? The one with the chocolate-eating socialite cockatoo? And the one with Kym Whitley’s fried turkey-lovin’ super-negro family? Don’t you know Crystal did her best work in those? You could be costing her a Supporting Actress Emmy. I think I speak for all lovers of classic primate television shows when I say, Show Me The Monkey!

  • Rebecca

    The cockatoo episode didn’t air? I saw it on hulu. Might be the last episode that’s there.

  • Mark


    Noticed earlier that the episodes appear to be showing up on Comcast OnDemand in my area. At least had the cockatoo episode, though not sure if its just a fluke.

  • Brad

    Yeah, I’m homophobic… and proud of it. The moral decay in America goes hand in hand with the other factors causing its downfall. Yeah, homosexuality is wrong, and it IS a threat to America, and it IS WORTHY of fear and hatred.

  • Tessa

    Late to The New Normal debate but I just watched the preelection episode yesterday and can see why people would think it’s preachy. What I can’t see is that how those people don’t see the messages and lessons delivered as a vehicle for comedy. In no part of the episode did they say something preachy without turning it sideways right after with something funny, and it worked. I laughed out loud when the gay couple was explaining how they were not given a choice and the grandma deadpanned: ” I thought gay wasn’t a choice.” Also later when they intentionally befriended an interracial couple to have POC friends and when they left we hear the couple say, ” Great! Just as we were saying we need more gay friends.” Yes, it may be very left leaning in its message, but it also makes fun of that message a lot.

  • OliveGinger

    I wanted to like TNN but the show is not very interesting, doesn’t break new ground and simply perpetuates familiar trite stereotypes (odd-gay couple, loud angry/sassy black woman, etc/.)

  • Masterjace

    I hope that it does get renewed I have been watching off and on. Little Sick of no new shows for a while now. I think that the Million Biggiots have issues, but there mail one is the fact that they hold a them up directly to the light. With Nanna and her hypocrisy, her GOP T wing nut belief and god squad Uber feelings that it’s her right to inflict that belief on anyone and everyone no matter what..

    If anything they are holding up a giant mirror to the MM bigots and they do not like what is reflected back in their faces. Then again the truth does tend to hurt the most. One day they are going to have to wake up and deal with the fact that gays are not going to go away. In the next few years gay marriage is going to be the law of the land and hate will not be acceptable even when hidden in your church, or behind the mask of a bible.

    When it’s all said and done the MM’s are on the losing side of things and history is going to judge them as the persecutors of the innocent. It’s not as if anything that they do even matters, or ever will. Anyone that has taken them seriously needs to have their heads examined, hate has never the law of the land no matter how you try to discuss it.

    I would love to see everyone of the MM names put on a wall for all time to make the names of the bigots for history to be able to look back in shame and see just how ignorant people were. Good thing we keep moving forward, not back. Let’s see how many MM wants their names on a monument to hate for all to see. When you take away their ability to hide they lose all their power and will not stand in the light for all to see. It is no where near a Million by the way I am betting not even a few thousand or so, has anyone bothered to confirm the names on the lists? Just saying anyone can make a list of names, give me a phone book and I will have one too.

    I two more years gay marriage will be the law of the land, and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. Like it or not we are here to stay, don’t like it pack up and move away. The election should of told you all you needed to know, two more states approved it. And if the President wants to pass a law for everyone it will pass with no problems.

  • Masterjace

    I watch American Horror Story Asylm, Grimm, The New Normal, Glee, American Dad, Simpsons, Family Guy, and if nothing else is on I will check out Once Upon a time but I have to be very bored. The rest of the time its Netflix watching reruns of Doctor Who, or whatever I can stand to watch. I do not have cable so its what I can get online. I refuse to pay for cable and get ripped off when I can pay a few bucks a month to Amazon, Hulu, or some other site.

    When I had cable I was paying out $165.00 a month then another $65.00 for internet. That’s $230 a month to watch TV and internet, the point I am getting at is most of what is on TV is not worth paying over $1.00 a year for let alone a full $230.00 a month.

    I love TNN and all the other shows I watch, but I am not going to pay out my backside to watch them or sign a contract to either. Things are starting to change and to get better, the quality of shows still needs to improve. But the delivery and the greed of the Networks and Cable providers still has to change.

    Before you start going off on me about free or over the air TV I live in Kansas, and in an apartment. I cannot have an antenna and the nearest Air TV stations is over 130 miles away so a set of rabbit ears does not cut it. Its either Cable or Sat or nothing, so I go with what I can get on-line. But now I am getting nailed by AT&T every month for going over on my CAP for watching too much TV.

    They want a cut of the market too, they are also trying to sell their version of cable TV and if it’s not available in my are which its not then they push Direct TV and Dish, and I am not able to have them here nor do I wish to pay for them. I have had Sat before and it ran $190.00 a month for what I needed.

    We need to be able to pay by what we actually watch, yes it’s nice to have 500 channels but like me. I still cannot find anything on at 4:00am its all infomercials and repeat crap. TV is the biggest ripoff over priced item on the market. More people are going to cut the cable and tune out, too bad shows are going to suffer like TNN. I think we need more shows about Gays to help ease the transition for straights into what is coming in the next year.

    We are here and you’re not going to take away our rights, we are not going to be moved to camps and killed. We are not going to disappear, no your god is not going to come back and take you with him and punish all of us. You have to learn to live with us and to get along. The sooner the better for everyone’s sake, shows like this helps you to better see that we are just like other people. I do agree that that show does not do a good job in a lot of areas but at least it’s a step in the right direction. It’s better than nothing at all, and let’s face it the more shows that educate others the better off we all will be.

    Hate is not going to go away overnight but it will with an education, and if not at least we can all have a good laugh at them for refusing to change. If they don’t change they will be stuck in the stone age and we will be past them. Look at all the hate aimed at the President right now, it will be overcome but it is going to take time. Same with our issues, that and good hate crime laws.

  • Tessa


    Queer society demands recruitment to sustain itself.

    OMG, how did I miss this gem of a post you put up there? I’m in tears from laughing. I keep seeing this image of a bunch of “queers” dressed in outragous costumes standing behing a counter that says, “Join our troops, serve our nation, be fabulous!!!” as they hand out purple condoms to unsuspecting youth.

    On a serious note I’m happy your brand of thinking is past its shelf life. Youth are not being influenced by this stuff. They’re the ones putting it out there. Try to deal with it.

  • Randyaw

    I can see why America is in decline-its the homophobes carrying that big bucket of stupid around and being ignorant of their knuckles still dragging on the ground.

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