NBC: 'Whitney' Is Likely To Be Canceled

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

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December 4th, 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-December 2, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Animal Practice* canceled 0.66
30 Rock final season 0.68
Whitney :cry: :cry: 0.68
Up All Night :cry: :cry: 0.71
Guys With Kids :cry: :cry: 0.76
Parks & Recreation :) :) :) :) 0.91
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.92
Chicago Fire :) :) :) :) 0.94
Law & Order: SVU :) :) :) :) 0.95
Parenthood :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.99
The New Normal :) :) :) :) 1.00
The Office final season 1.15
Go On :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.37
Revolution :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.69

Whitney was downgraded to "likely to be canceled" last week, but Chicago Fire usurped the headline. Now her time in the headline has come!

With the ratings for Chicago Fire and Law & Order:SVU now effectively converged, I can't justify different predictions for them. Since their ratings (except for last week) have had them at or above the NBC scripted average each week, so they're both likely to be renewed. Of course, an old show like L&O:SVU can have the ratings for renewal, but its costs might drive it into being canceled. If the spring ratings don't paint a clearer picture, I'll wonder about that later.

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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.

  • jimbo

    Why is everyone so critical of GWK which should have been on after GO On because of similar viewers and can help boost Parenthood as well.
    NBC will absolutely tank several shows among bad performing shows like Whitney, Up all night and GWK. But they will not cancel these shows altogether.
    Based on next weeks, they will decide one of the three shows. But I bet GWK is not in danger.

  • lm

    I literally only seen like two weeks of Whitney’s ratings. It hasn’t even settled in yet. It’ll probably eventually get back to last year’s numbers.

    My worry is with GWK which needs a serious boost. NBC had been wasting a lot of weeks with Go On and The New Normal and Guys with Kids should’ve gotten a sampling spot there at some point this week.

  • Mickey

    SVU certainly isn’t doing Chicago Fire any favours, so if they do give it a final season, I hope they do move it to Fridays. They’ve got an empty slot on Fridays anyway, and they’ve given shows like Chuck a final Friday season in the past.

    CF jumped to 2.3 when it had a better lead-in, and it has even grown out of the earlier shows, SVU and the comedies, even though it’s at 10. I think that proves it has some life in it that could thrive in better circumstances.

    I usually don’t go in for dramas and never could get into any of Dick Wolf’s series before, but I’ve fallen in love with this one. Awesome characters and enough comedy and action thrown into the mix the drama never gets maudlin or too heavy.

  • Jared

    I don’t really watch anything on NBC other than The New Normal. As long as that show survives I’ll be happy.

  • John

    Can someone tell me if NBC ordered more Parenthood to finish the 2012-2013. It was only renewed for 12 shows in May. Best show on TV!

  • Oliver


    Parenthood only has a 15 episode order. Smash will take its timeslot on February 5.

  • Theoacme

    @ccc: Thursday @ 10 used to be the every other network death slot, going against ER (in fact, the ratings it got during its last season warranted renewal by NBC then)…

    …how NBC has fallen :(

  • Tyler

    I wonder if Parenthood will be renewed around the time that it finishes its run. I hope they don’t wait until May/when they renew everything else to announce it.

  • Jay

    Looks like Cummings missed the mark

  • NeNe Leakes

    The New Normal will be renewed. The show would be a smash hit if my character was the main focus. Blonk!

  • timmay!!

    Anyone catch the last Robot Chicken where the North Koreans were torturing Rambo, one of the things they did was roll in a TV and make him watch Whitney :D

  • tykitate

    I love Whitney, but my S.O. says its because she acts like me, as far as sit coms go, Whitney is good, Guys with kids cuter than I thought it would be, but up against the middle,modern family and Suburgatory they lose out. The new normal was cute twice, then it fell off the radar, much like the Mindy Project. Go On has alot of possibilities, but they need to expand it.

    Revolution,Elementary,parenthood,& SVU definately keepers, and though I really like Chicago Fire, they are predictable,and a little flat on some of the story lines. I like Grimm, and they keep changing it up, so I think it has a couple of years ahead of it. I think Revenge is going to have to come up with some new plot line quick or it will go the way of Heroes, great first couple of seasons, and then dragging on past its prime…

  • Greg

    Whitney is funnier if you are married to her. GWK and Whitney ratings would probably go up if they were on a different time slot, but being up against ABC’s powerhouse Wednesday, they need to really have a strong showing. The new normal just isn’t cutting it. Its almost to banal to be real. NeNe Leakes is the best part of the show and she isn’t a major player.

    Parenthood,Grimm,and SVU all are strong contenders. Chicago Fire lacks something in the writing, but my wife and her friends swear by the men in it. I think we will see where the ratings fall when the Voice ends.

  • SueP

    I like Chicago Fire. It and Revolution are the only two NBC shows I watch. I’m guessing it’s numbers will go up this week without the CSI competition since they seem like they would attract the same audience.

  • RG-X

    As long as Parenthood & Revolution stay away from the Bear – I think all will be okay – although I wish NBC would order more Parenthood per season –

    18 episodes last year and only 15 this year?

  • Alice

    Shame. I like it. It’s clever and has so much potential.

  • michael

    glad to see revolution is still going but what more could they possibly do.Theres no power and if theres no fighting there just trying to find out how it went off in the first place.Sometimes even your favourite shows need to quit before they ruin it.

  • The End

    @My name is awkward..
    Chicago Fire

    Hahaha. No.

  • NimbusHex

    As a former Outsourced fan, I’m still bitter at this show for taking its place when it got cancelled. The good news is, it’s a terrible show that deserves to get cancelled anyway.

  • tv#1

    It’s still very early, but if I had to make a schedule for NBC next fall it would look like this…

    The Voice

    The Voice
    *New Comedy*
    Go On
    Chicago Fire

    *New Drama*
    *New Drama*
    Law & Order:SVU

    *New Comedy*
    The New Normal
    *New Comedy* (Michael J. Fox Show?)
    *New Comedy*

    Parks and Rec


    I think NBC should just go for it and premiere pretty much all new shows next fall on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They really have nothing to lose; they couldn’t rate any worse than the shows they air now on those nights.

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