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.

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.

  • Riff

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

    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.

    Yeah, they put that one online but, no, they didn’t broadcast it. (They bumped it at the 11th hour for “30 Rock.” Or at least I am told they did. This was during the 4 days where I didn’t have electricity and my SMART!Phone was acting up, so I am not the one to ask.) Presumably, the Thanksgiving show will be up in time for the holiday.

  • Riff

    Boy, you gibbering gliberals sure can write book reports on the taboo subject of the AIDS lifestyle, can’t you? Any chance we can get the Cliff’s Notes version of that? I only have about 16 hours to kill today.

    Okay, we get it. You exist. Thanks for letting us know. For a second there, we were all worried you were like Bigfoot and UFOs. Broadcast television is under no obligation to acknowledge that you exist, however. And America is under no obligation to watch your existence. Certainly, as the pathetically-small audiences of “Partners” and “The New Child Abuse” can attest, America isn’t. But do let us know when your pandering Messiah approves “gay marriage” in all 57 states. Do let us know when that happens, okay? I’ll be right here waiting for the announcement. I’m sure he’ll be getting right on that just as soon as he’s done with his latest Hurricane Sandy photo-op.

  • Tessa

    Lol @Riff.

    Butthurt in action, how fascinating. Hope you enjoyed the election results BTW. ;)

    Also (to bring this back to ratings) Modern Family and Glee both feature gay couples and both are high in ratings, so your logic fails.

  • “Name Unknown”…that’s it.

    Nene Leaks sucks, ditch her character and “The New Normal” can get back to normal, lol. She plays the same character on every show…Herself. Her same sassy-ass-don’- mess-with-me-or-I’ll-empty-threat-your-ass-Nene-Leaks. The woman should be taken off TV on a whole, but not before she gets a TV-Razzie award for playing Non-fictional Character on both a Scripted Sitcom & Scripted “Reality” show. The chip on her shoulder is the almost as big as the leftovers from her horrible nose job.

  • Rob

    The New Normal is aspiring to open you eyes that life just doesn’t evolve around a normal straight world… the show does have a racy side, pushes boundaries and is well written.

  • teena

    Ellen Barkin tweets some pretty vile messages to anyone who doesn’t think exactly like she thinks. I would have given the show a shot if she was not in it. Entertainers need to realize that their words have consequences. Points can be made without being hateful & vulgar. She probably lost half her fan base due to her nasty tweets during the election cycle. Same with Sophia Bush. She is the reason I didn’t watch Partners. These people preach about tolerance & then attack anyone who disagrees. Maybe if enough of their shows bomb they’ll learn how to practice what they preach.

  • Bret

    I am certainly not homophobic. But i still think The New Normal is a terrible TV show. I think producers got it in their heads that if you put gay people on television its an instant winner. I would call the new normal lackluster, certainly no comedic value whatsoever, and a sorry attempt at making a fresh new TV show. I gave it a try, just like I gave don’t trust the bitch in apartment who cares a try, but they are just terrible television shows. It is cloying at best, but mundane and boring. boring boring boring.

  • Ken@Scribbles

    Once upon a time all a TV show had to do to attract gay viewers was to include a gay character. The show didn’t really have to be great, we’d watch by default. Those days are long gone. Modern Family works because it is well written, well acted and believable. The New Normal seems to sometimes try too hard to be funny or controversial. It’s a good show but needs to find its own instead of playing copycat. Just look at Partners. It’s leading gay character was a swishy wishy washy version of Will & Graces Jack MacFarland and it bombed. I’m gay and I hated Partners. I have yet to embrace The New Normal but think it does have potential.

  • steve

    Its not homophobia, The New Normal is a poorly written
    tries to had to on the edge,but actually is stereo typing in a non ironic way.

  • steve

    Yes and I can see the irony in that I am complaining about poor writing , and my response is not the best written.But I am not being payed big bucks to entertain.

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