NBC: 'The New Normal' Is Likely To Be Renewed

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

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December 11th, 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 9, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Animal Practice* canceled 0.66
30 Rock final season 0.68
Whitney :cry: :cry: 0.70
Up All Night :cry: :cry: 0.71
Guys With Kids :cry: :cry: 0.77
Parks & Recreation :) :) :) :) 0.91
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.93
Law & Order: SVU :) :) :) :) 0.95
Chicago Fire :) :) :) :) 0.96
Parenthood :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.00
The New Normal :) :) :) :) 1.00
The Office final season 1.16
Go On :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.38
Revolution :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.71

The New Normal has become one of the anti-fan focal points of the current season among our commenters. Certainly some is driven by the content of the show, and some is driven by the Retentionista tendencies of many of our commenters.

The content of the show is irrelevant to the Cancellation Bear, and he views the retentionistas as the equivalent of TV prediction flat earthers.

Through 11 weeks, The New Normal ratings average was almost exactly that of all NBC scripted shows, and it has not fallen more than one tenth below the NBC scripted show average for any given week. As much as the retentionistas will rage, networks do not cancel new shows with average ratings.

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.

  • Rachel A.

    If Parks and Recreation and many others have survived with less viewers and smaller demos, I don’t see why would someone even be considering the cancellation of TNN (unless, of course, they don’t like the theme of the show). It’s sure to say it will get renewed, there are a dozen reasons for it.

  • DKD

    The renew/cancel index featuring C3 ratings instead of Live + SD:

    30 ROCK 0.74
    UP ALL NIGHT 0.74
    WHITNEY 0.76
    GRIMM 1.04
    NEW NORMAL 1.06
    OFFICE 1.21
    GO ON 1.25

  • Oliver

    Parks is heading into trouble considering its present plum timeslot but NBC will want 100 episodes for syndication and, given how busy the syndication market is this year, it looks like NBC is waiting until next year to launch it into syndication.

  • POIFanatic

    I think Parenthood increased in ratings because it was the midseason finale. Who’d jump into the middle of a serialized drama that’s been running on for years just because of the lead-in?

  • Dan

    Even when Go On and New Normal air without the voice, and the ratings tumble, both will still be renewed for second seasons. Revolution will likely never air without the Voice so it to will probably get another season. If during next season NBC moves Go On and New Normal to thursdays along with Parks and Recreation and a new comedy, then Tuesdays at 9 they could air a new drama post Voice.

    Dont expect to see Whitney, Up all Night, or Guys With Kids on the 2013 Fall schedule. They are done after this season.

  • Nick


    Plus I don’t know anyone watching Go On and TNN. It’s either one or the other.

    Your local weather is an indication of your local weather and only your local weather:
    Case in point: I watch and love both Go On and TNN.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Let me once again register my disgust that this POS Revolution is still going strong. I still think its ratings will collapse in the spring once people realize there simply is no “there there”. As Maureen Ryan noted, the show is on a par with the equally “family-friendly dystopian” show Terra Nova for quality, i.e., it sucks rocks.

    Frankly, I wasn’t impressed with the “Hunger Games” movie, either, so perhaps that’s why I can’t stand this show, with it “Civil War” pretensions, its stupid premise, its slow pace, and its bad acting, writing and directing.

  • SF Gay

    I am Gay but hate that New Normal Show. watched once and just there are no jokes.
    Also, total viewers are less than some of cable shows even though it is a major network. Got To Be Cancelled! Plus, the show is horrible!!! so Not every gay person likes the show either. All my gay firneds also hate that show.
    Also, what’s up with that HUGE(6’10”) Colored OLD woman(Nele?)… she cant even say one sentense… she better stay at home or go to the acting class. How did she get the Part???

  • tomsman

    @SF Gay

    I, too, am gay and I love the show. That, of course, doesn’t mean that you or your friends should. Many of my gay AND straight friends love the show as much or more so than I. Of course, we are all adults and are capable of watching comedies without laugh tracks. With the majority of us being out more than 20 years, we get “the jokes” and there are plenty of them. It strikes me that you might be younger than myself – at least I hope so (I’m 46). Your post comes across as incredibly juvenile and I would like to remind/inform you that the word “colored” (who says that anymore other than grandparents?) when used in the context of racial descriptions is completely unacceptable. As a gay person, seeing words and harsh judgments such as these coming from another gay/minority person saddens me. I suppose you excitedly participate in gay pride events waving rainbow flags, riding on bar floats and such. At their core these events exist to try to break down the walls of bigotry and hatred toward LGBTs and other minority communities, fight stereotypes and fight for the basic civil rights afforded others in this country. Their success in those areas can be debated. Yet, you slam this woman for her size, race and age. You’ve judged the show based upon one viewing after watching The Voice and possibly while getting ready to go to the bar. Grow up. I’m actually hoping that you are just some troll, because it makes me sad to think your post is legit.

  • tomsman

    that should say great-grandparents.

  • SF Gay

    Hi, you missed my point, all I was saying was ” she couldn’t act” and only way I could describe her was “Afriacan Ameriacm” as I di not know who she is or name.. Can you deny that she can’t Act???
    Got your message… and yes, I might be much younger than you are but I know “funny TV shows”.. Just not my type of shows but respect your opinion. Cheers!!!

  • Nick

    @SF Gay

    You can’t really compare NeNe Leakes’s (the “Afriacan Ameriacm”) acting to other actresses, since she simply plays a distorted version of herself. That’s not acting.

  • Nick

    @Richard Steven Hack

    Frankly, I wasn’t impressed with the “Hunger Games” movie, either, so perhaps that’s why I can’t stand this show

    If someone else compares Revolution to The Hunger Games again, I am going to pull every hair out of my head!!! THG has NOTHING in common with Revolution, except a post-apocalyptic premise, which is so common nowadays. Aargh.

  • John

    Revolution is the best new show of the fall. That isn’t even debatable after the finale.

    If someone else compares Revolution to The Hunger Games again, I am going to pull every hair out of my head!!!

    And I’m going to make them say hello to my fists.

  • Adam

    I just read a very appropriate definition of the show: “It’s funny and sweet and caustic and touching… and it’s trying to be all of these things at once. Quite frankly, it’s a little exhausting.” -Completely agree with it. I love The New Normal, but it certainly looks like four shows in one. I think the script should be more subtle, just like Glee or Modern Family. The first couple episodes were all about subtle jokes one after another, non-stop. It was like watching the first couple seasons of Modern Family. Incredibly fresh. But then TNN is just trying to mix so many emotions and types of humor at once that’s a little confusing. The show is great but it needs some polishing. And according to the Wiki and the most recent articles on TNN, most of the critics are saying exactly the same. The show shots at too many things. I hope Murphy can fix this for the second part of season one, and hopefully for the many more seasons following.

  • ashley

    Parenthood is such a solid performer. Why does NBC punish it by only ordering a 15 episode season?

  • Oliver


    I can only speculate, but I can make an educated guess as to the key reasons why.

    Scheduling reasons. In the last two seasons, NBC scheduled Parenthood to run alongside the first cycle of The Biggest Loser. This allowed NBC to use the second cycle to launch a new show in a strong timeslot, and also let the network minimise repeats since serialised shows tend to repeat badly. This season, NBC needed a timeslot for Smash and sharing a timeslot with Parenthood probably seemed like the obvious solution.

    Parenthood is supposed to be an incredibly expensive show to make, so it likely hasn’t been NBC’s top priority, as they would prefer to launch potentially more profitable dramas. In addition, Parenthood’s syndication value as a serialised show is low, so reaching the 88 episode benchmark was deemed less important.

    In the past, Parenthood has been a solid performer by the standards of a struggling NBC, but it hasn’t been a solid performer by the standards of network television overall. However, Parenthood’s ratings have remained stable as the rest of network television decayed, slowly turning Parenthood into a moderate hit.

  • Brendan


  • silent_screamer

    While being constantly told by entertainment media that I should adore Nene, Katie Couric , the trashy Nashville and gheto-esch Nicki Minaj ………..it ain’t working for me. The more they are shoved the women down my throat , the more I turn away from network programming. How could Nashville get picked-up for another season is beyone me.

  • Justin121

    A sentence I never thought I’d say for many, many years:

    NBC is having a really good season with dramas.

    For the longest time, the only drama they had was the aging, struggling, long-in-the-tooth SVU.

    Now they have: Revolution, Parenthood, Chicago Fire, Grimm.

    In addition to SVU, and with The Office ending, 5 of their top 6 returning series in ’13 are dramas. (Smash could make that 6 out of 7).

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