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.

  • Adam

    Of course it’s going to be renewed. Right now Go On and The New Normal are the only comedies that NBC can rely on for next season. The others are either a failure or are finishing already this season. And look at 1600 PENN. Its retention from The Voice was 8% lower than TNN. What does that tells us? Even Go On can’t retain 50% of The Voice. I bet TNN would perform much better at Go On spot. But that’s a whole different point. No matter where they put it, TNN is going to stick to it’s loyal audience. It’s a steady show, above the network average demos, and its becoming a flagship for a “new” NBC. The New Normal will be renewed no matter what.

  • Brad

    I miss watching The Voice, but I won’t be watching NBC at all as long as TNN is on. I find the title of the show extremely offensive.

  • Tina

    So based on all the hype/attention I decided to check out the new normal to see if it was as bad/controversial as people were saying, and it is sort of. I mean the crazy lady does say all kinds of wrong and inappropriate things but the reality is there are a ton of people out there who actually think like that and this show is not glorifying her perspective but showing how cruel and small minded she sounds. And if people would watch and not react to hype they would see that there is some value to the show and it would actually be a really good sounding board for parents of the preteen age group to have a real conversation about prejudice, prejudging and saying everything you think without regards to consequence.

  • knewnormal

    Makes me wish for more reality shows.

  • Sally brown

    I am not a big tv watcher..but LOVE the New Normal..I am ticked that something else is always on instead!

  • Joe

    I don’t like the way the characters are talking so loud to each other like everyone is deaf. I think they are all overacting. They just don’t make it believable.

  • Shelly

    Glad to see Chicago Fire is doing well. I think it is a good and interesting program
    and I look forward to it every Wednesday. Thanks NBC

  • Bob Ketler

    Everybody out there…..PLEASE give THE NEW NORMAL a chance. There are SO many shows in the history of TV that garnered VERY low ratings the first season (think M*A*S*H) but figured out what was needed and wound up hitting the ratings out of the ball park. THE NEW NORMAL and THE NEIGHBORS are amongst the freshest and most clever new shows in a VERY long time. NORMAL has not yet totally found itself…it is still too “jittery” and often goes for the cheap gay jokes instead of letting the humor grow naturally out of the situation……BUTTTTTTTTTTTTTT………it has absolutely TREMENDOUS potential if it can realize it doesn’t have to be so “in your face” with gay jokes and stances. Don’t let this one get away!!!!!

  • steve

    The New Normal is the best show of the season! The entire cast is phenomenal and it deserves another season.

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