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

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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.

  • Maria

    It’s well past the date when SVU should have been put out of its misery. Time for NBC to let it go.

  • jimbo

    Why does everyone put GWK on a cancel table?
    This has potential if it moves to Tuesday after GO ON.
    It’s time for SVU to go.

  • s0303

    1600 penn, uan, gwk,possibly whitney…but with the office and 30 rock ending, that’s a lot of comedies being taken off the air…

  • Rebecca

    End Whitney and maybe UAN. I could do without the dramas, too, but that’s just me – they have fans, so keep them. I like 1600 Penn and GWK. Go On is my fave new NBC show. Parks can go on forever in my book – LOVE that one.

  • Justin

    Up All Night

  • David

    Whitney, Guys With Kids, Up All Night, Law & Order, and Chicago Fire would all be gone.

  • Stephen

    With AP, 30 Rock, and Office going away I would also cancel Whitney, UAN, & GWK.

    All 3 of these sitcoms are doing poorly even for NBC so I wouldn’t keep any of them around.

    I’d possibly cancel SVU but right now would likely bring it back for a final season or half season. Everything else for now I would keep.

    Depending on midseason results though I might end up keeping one of the Whitney, UAN, GWK trio even if it’s just as schedule spackle.

  • reidjr

    I don’t think it would be wise just to cancel Law And Order with a show thats been on the air that long you have to give them a final season.

  • Son of Chang

    Its not on the list, but I would renew Community. It makes me happy.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I voted for Revolution because it sucks rocks. Of course, given the current ridiculous ratings, no network programmer would do that – unless he had a soul, which we know they don’t. :-)

    However, I still suspect the show will crash in the spring. On the other hand, I could be wrong because it may be that a sizable audience is viewing this show as a “fantasy” rather than “sci-fi” or other genre, in which case they might be taken by some elements of the show.

    However, they’re idiots because the show still sucks. :-)

  • Nick

    What NBC should do for 2013-2014:

    8: The Voice/ The Biggest Loser
    10: The Eleventh Commandment (new)

    8: The Voice
    9: Untitled Cee Lo Green Project (new)
    9:30: Go On
    10: Untitled Cuaron & Friedman Project (new)

    8: Parenthood
    9: Revolution
    10: Family Affair (new)

    8: Parks & Recreation
    8:30: The New Normal
    9: Untitled Michael J. Fox project (new)
    9:30: Untitled Peter Murrieta Project (new)
    10: Law & Order: SVU

    8: Dateline
    9: Grimm
    10: Hench (new)

    8: Untitled MJF project (R)
    8:30: Untitled Cee Lo Green Project (R)
    9: Dateline NBC
    10: Law & Order: SVU (R)

    Sun- (midseason)
    7: Dateline NBC
    8: Howie Mandel’s Take It All/ The Biggest Loser
    9: The Celebrity Apprentice

    Midseason- Community, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Deception

  • JT

    Ben & Kate and Up All Night are the two series that can easily get cancelled and nobody would care or perhaps not even notice. Not sure why NBC feels the need to revamp a series nobody’s watching. I doubt changing up the cameras will breathe new life into this failing series that should have never been renewed in the first place.

  • Tom

    Is Parenthood really that likely to come back? I haven’t been paying very much attention to ratings or this website since late September/early October.

  • ann

    I would get rid of Up All Night and Whitney.

  • Ultima

    How Parks and recreation is “likely to be renewed” despite bad ratings?

    Because Parks & Rec’s ratings are not bad relative to NBC’s scripted average.

  • Ultima

    Is Parenthood really that likely to come back?

    Yes. It’s NBC’s #2 drama and one season away from syndication.

  • Ultima

    I don’t think it would be wise just to cancel Law And Order with a show thats been on the air that long you have to give them a final season.

    And yet NBC canceled Law & Order in 2010, even after publicly saying it would return for a record 21st season.

  • Tebow to JAX

    I’m really interested in seeing what happens with the new Up All Night. It’s not going to move the ratings needle when it comes back in April but I want to see how it does as a multi-cam.

    I think the fact that they’re even trying that format out is a sign that they’re doing anything to keep the show so UAN is likely coming back next season.

  • Networkman

    I would cancel Up All Night effective immediately. I understand NBC is trying to create more multi-cam family sitcoms. But people are rejecting this show/cast.

    I would announce this as being the last season of Law & Order:SVU. I hate seeing its quality decline. It has served the network well for 14th season but I feel NBC should start going in a new direction.

    At the end of the season, I would also cancel Parks & Recreation. The NBC Thursday comedies are an embrassment for the network. Things will only get worse and NBC should not use any other timeslot throughout the week that will be needed for new comedies to continue Parks & Rec.

  • Melissa

    NBC Scripted Average: 1.8

    I’ve compiled all off the scripted ratings data for NBC this season. All of the seasonal averages listed below (and the scripted average) are up-to-date as of Sunday, December 16, 2012.

    Shows Above Average:

    Revolution – 3.1
    Go On – 2.6
    The Office – 2.1
    The New Normal – 1.9 (–)

    Shows Equal to Average:

    Parenthood – 1.8
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – 1.8

    Shows Below Average:

    Chicago Fire – 1.7
    Grimm – 1.7
    Parks and Recreation – 1.6 (–)
    Guys With Kids – 1.6
    Up All Night – 1.2 (–)
    Whitney – 1.3
    30 Rock – 1.2
    Animal Practice – 1.2

    **(+) indicates a weekly increase in the average
    **(–) indicates a weekly decrease in the average

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