NBC: The Cancellation Bear's Christmas Dinner, Which Show(s) Would You Feed Him? (Poll)

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

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December 18th, 2012

Click this link for the latest NBC renewal / cancellation information:

Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2011-12 season in May, 2012. (includes results through December 16, 2012):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
Animal Practice* canceled 0.66
30 Rock final season 0.68
Up All Night :cry: :cry: 0.69
Whitney :cry: :cry: 0.73
Guys With Kids :cry: :cry: 0.78
Parks & Recreation :) :) :) :) 0.92
Grimm (F) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.94
Chicago Fire :) :) :) :) 0.95
Law & Order: SVU :) :) :) :) 0.96
The New Normal :) :) :) :) 1.01
Parenthood :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.02
The Office final season 1.17
Go On :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.39
Revolution :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.73

We're into the holiday season for the Renew / Cancel Index and this post before the holiday break gives readers a chance to pick which shows they'd cancel were they a network programmer. You can vote as many times as you'd like, pick as many as you'd like. I've included every show, even canceled ones, so that no one feels left out!

Scheduling note: The Renew / Cancel Index will return with new Indexes and predictions on January 8, 2013 and will then only use the ratings since December 31, 2012 for its calculations for the remainder of the season. Expect prediction changes in the first weeks of 2013.


  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2012
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2012
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2012
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2012
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2012

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 (ex. 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 the 2010-11 broadcast television season.

  • Roy

    Every single one.

  • Wright

    Keep RVN and Grimm and cancel the rest.

  • senor chang

    30 Rock has already ended, so that’s a moot point. same with Animal Practice.

    of the remaining shows, kill the Whitney/UAN/Guys With Kids triad (if you’re going to keep one, keep Guys With Kids). keep the rest to May and see what sticks.

  • gustavo

    NBC should keep alive chicago fire,the rest can be canceled.

  • Tony ^_^

    “Animal Practice”, “The Office” and “30 Rock” were already canceled.

    As much as I enjoyed “Whitney” in season 1, its low ratings this season means its getting canceled. “Up All Night” and “Guys With Kids” should also be canceled.

    And “Chicago Fire” will also be canceled.

    Everything else is renewed. :D

  • ccc

    Parenthood is by far the lowest :) Great support here for such an awesome show!

  • Scott M

    Bill, I think you’ve got Whitney and Guys with Kids a tad low as I think they both should be on the bubble. Think about all the sitcoms that are/will be going away: Office, 30 Rock, Animal Practice, Up All Night (probably), Community (possibly). At this point are they really going to cancel both Whitney and GWK as well for 7 sitcoms not coming back? I highly doubt it. I think it’s almost a certainty 1 of those gets renewed.

  • David


    Up All Night
    Chicago Fire
    Go On
    The New Normal
    Parks And Recreation


    Law And Order: Special Victims Unit
    Guys With Kids

    I’m surprised the list doesn’t go on and on…..

  • Dan S

    Is it too late to add 1600 to that list ? That’s going to be 1 of the early casualties of 2013. I also say can UAN, Whitney & GWK along with TNN.

  • TBFL

    Where is 1600 Penn? CANCEL

  • a p garcia

    Whitney, UAN, GwK, TNN should be cancelled and changes aren’t made and soon to 1600PA, it also. RVN: 4 months is a long time in TV time, so it may be cancelled too.

  • Tebow to JAX

    I would cancel Go On, The New Normal, and 1600 Penn for sure.

    The dramas look safe for now.

  • CenterGravity


    Animal Practice
    Up All Night
    The New Normal

  • C.S.Strowbridge

    NBC has no shows on the bubble, so it is a pretty easy choice:

    Animal Practice
    30 Rock
    Up All Night
    Guys With Kids

    I know The Office is on its final season, but given its ratings, I would try and keep it.

  • Pepper

    Everything below Parks will be cancelled. SVU will probably be given a final season.

  • AppleStinx

    ‘Revolution’. I don’t have energy to keep track of its flaws any longer.


    Since he already had “Animal Practice” in his soup, and I chose “PP the Hippopotamus” for his Christmas meal, I’ll be happy to add UAN/GWK & Whitney as appetizers.

  • Ming

    Guys with Kids, Up All Night, and Whitney need to be taken off the air.

  • Jared K

    Clean house on all of the Wednesday comedies and Up All Night. Despite its decent-for-NBC performance this year, it might be time to let Law and Order: SVU go as well. Give Parks and Recreation one more season, even if they decide to hold it back as a midseason replacement (NBC owns it, so more episodes means more syndication dollars, if a deal can be had). As much as I would love to see Community continue, I think it will be hard-pressed to find a spot in NBC’s new comedy “brand” (such as it is), but we’ll see what the ratings say in February.

  • One

    Like w/ ABC, it’s easier to list the ones I wouldn’t cancel.

    Chicano Fire, Grimm, Revolution, Parks & Rec, SVU.

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