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.

  • Jon

    Why in the world would NBC cancel The New Normal, while far from being a breakout hit, it’s ratings are better than the scripted average on the network

  • bloodboxing

    Jon that doesn’t mean anything TNN didn’t get that demo on its own it bleeds way too much from The Voice and Go On. It would do even worse if it moved over to Thursdays with the rest of those loser comedies.

  • David Howell

    SVU needs moving to 10pm. Though with CSI occupying the slot that might need a new night. Maybe Thursdays, with Rock Center on Wednesdays – Elementary is a very inviting target, especially given how much CBS have thrown into it.

    I think Revolution has done enough to avoid being the new FlashForward (or, for that matter, the new Smash). We’ll see soon enough.

  • Rachel A.

    @bloodboxing loser comedies?

    Thursdays used to belong to NBC. The series they put on Thursdays are series they really trust. Otherwise they would just air repeats. NBC is trying to recover Thursdays (which they eventually will, because CBS hit comedies are becoming too expensive to be kept), and building up a new comedy Tuesday. Where’s the wrong in this?

  • Adam

    How many homophobes around here? TNN is the most voted on the poll yet only a couple persons have named it on their comments. I think there is a huge anti-gay focus here. Most users are voting TNN but don’t dare to say it. After all, other than the anti-gay argument, there are no rational reasons to cancel Murphy’s show. Why would NBC cancel a show that’s been critically acclaimed? Why would NBC cancel a show that’s nominated for People’s Choice? Why would NBC cancel its third best premiere this year and renew it’s other dozen shows performing below TNN? In summary, why would NBC cancel a show that has an audience above the network average? There is not a single reason against TNN except bigotry.

  • Dan

    Well at least most networks this year are airing the episodes that they have even of cancelled shows. Both 666 and Last Resort are getting proper finales and airing all episodes whereas 6 or 7 years ago they would have been dumped after a few eps.

    Shows will always get cancelled but its great to see so many networks airing all the eps they ordered. Partners and Animal Practice are the exceptions but I think CBS will air Partners remaining eps next summer and NBC posted Animal Practice’s unaired eps online.

  • reidjr

    Just because people think the show should not get another season that does not mean there anti gay it should not matter what the show is if the ratings are not good they all should be treated the same.

  • Simon Amstell

    Being serious, Whitney, Guys With Kids and unfortunately Up All Night be cancelled (hoping the new multi-cam version can save it). Replace 1 hour with a new drama and giving space for 4 new comedies. If they have to can one drama it should be L&O as i think Chicago Fire will only get stronger.

    But what I actually want is 30 Rock to continue, Up All Night, Parks, New Normal, Revolution and Go On to be renewed and don’t really care about the rest.

  • Nicole

    People are crazy.. Parenthood is having a hell of a good season.. its not getting cancelled. In my opinion Grimm and guys with kids can go.

  • toadytoady

    Thanks for that listing Melissa.
    It makes things very clear to see where the shows stand.

  • Scatterbrain

    The show isn’t very good. There is no bias involved. Case in point, Modern Family kills in the ratings. Will and Grace did as well. People are willing to watch us on TV if done well.

  • Spence

    Law & Order: SVU
    Parks and Recreation
    Go On
    The New Normal
    Guys with Kids
    Chicago Fire

    Up All Night
    Guys with Kids

  • Mark

    SVU is the best show on that list..

  • KT

    Whitney should have never been renewed to begin with. I’ve seen multiple episodes and it’s just AWFUL television.

    Frankly, the only show I care about on the entire network comes back in February. Smash is totally different than anything else on TV and I hope its Golden Globe nod brings in more viewers for Season 2.

  • Josh

    Wow such a high number for The New Normal when we already know it is going to be renewed. You people need to grow up and get over your homophobia.

  • Carrrie

    You mean I can only choose one? lol

  • Sam

    Okay, I’m gay and I hate the New Normal. And Ryan Murphy in general (although this season of AHS has been especially good popcorn TV). Since most critics/people I know seem to be ignoring it, I don’t care if it’s on for 10 seasons.
    Bill, if/when Parenthood gets renewed, do you think it will be for a full 22-episode season? And how much gas is left in that particular tank? Maybe a full season then a truncated final one? Or is there a chance it will live to see season 7?

  • Scatterbrain

    Is it time to add homophobia/racism to the bingo card?

  • Nick


    How id Guys With Kids at 1.6? You have P&R at 1.6 too, and its Index is .14 higher than GWK. Are you including the sneak peak that aired behind America’s Got Talent in September and Bill is not? I’m confused.

  • martin

    1600 Penn was great!

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