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.

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  • Oliver


    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.

    That’s not true, as shows like Animal Practice, The Paul Reiser Show, Bent, The Playboy Club and The Firm have amply demonstrated.

    There is also a limit on how many shows NBC can successfully promote in a single season. I think NBC should launch fewer shows in Fall, ensure the quality of the shows they do launch, and dedicate all their resources into promoting only a few shows.

    I think relaunching Thursday from scratch is a smart idea, but the problem is the The Big Bang Theory juggernaut at 8. If they do relaunch Thursday, NBC should hold back Community and either Parks or TNN as mid-season replacements should their freshman fail, much as ABC held back Better Off Ted and Scrubs when they relaunched Wednesday.

  • Nicole

    TV 1.. Parenthood should stay right where it is.. if anything they should give it tuesday at 9. But it does fine in its 10pm slot, holding pretty steady this season and its their 4th. Why mess with a good thing, i personally think tuesdays are fine besides the new normal i dont watch that, but go on is great too.

  • Oliver

    It seems Whitney is still being taped, with the recording of episode 13 scheduled for January 9. NBC will presumably make a decision on expanding its order this week, since Wednesday’s episode will be the last original to air before then. The fact they’re recording after New Year hints that NBC are eyeing expanding its order, because I believe it costs the studio to keep going past the holidays.

    Community Season 4 production has wrapped.

  • David

    Whitney is one of the few NBC shows I watch, it’s one of the few comedies that match up to CBS. They need another show like 2 Broke girls get, the other Whitney comedy, but NBC changes things so quickly that no show builds an audience. What I find interesting is that I watch more USA, NBC’s under valued step-sister, than I do NBC.

  • Nicolas

    I love Whitney, and I don’t think it should or will get cancelled, but Guys with Kids will probably get cancelled.

  • Shay

    oh gosh how i wish they would cancelled that dumbass show. whitney and revolution are the lowest form of television. cant wait to see them go!

  • jane

    NBC sucks for canceling Animal Practice and putting Whitney on in its place. Whitney is just plain awful and AP was getting better and better. Cowards should have stuck with the show a while longer. Terrible decision! And keep guys with kids on instead??? Yikes who makes these decisions. The monkey on Animal Practice is smarter!!

  • Rick

    I love “Whitney.” I’ve even switched from one of my favorite shows, “The Middle” to tune in to “Whitney” on Wednesday nights. NBC, don’t cancel it. Just move it to a new time slot.

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