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.

  • rob60990

    All the votes for The New Normal are just ridiculous. Well at least Whitney is 2nd. :D

  • Bob

    I would give Guys with Kids another season. This show is good in a crappy timeslot.

  • Jayme

    What are you talking about?

  • CoolRanchDoritos

    As long as theres green smilies next to Parenthood, it doesn’t matter to me what gets axed.

  • Mark

    Even if someone concludes that The New Normal is bad, it is still their opinion. One’s opinion is not considered in cancellation bars. Commercial-wise, TNN is doing just fine. It has steady ratings above every other NBC show but two. In a bigger sense, NBC hasn’t had a winning trio on Tuesdays since forever. For once they have something that could work on Tuesday and also on Thursday and not flop drastically. Go On, The New Normal and even Parenthood shall be renewed.

  • Jo B.

    Unless they kick Warren Leight out and bring back Chris Meloni – Law & Order has not risen above a 1.8 in demo ratings since it’s second episode this year. They even had a 1.3 – and reruns of Modern Family are constantly BEATING them. The only way to save that show is to bring Meloni back and until Warren Leight is at the helm – that’s not gonna happen. So please NBC just cancel it so it can go with the dignity it deserves.

    I’d definitely cancel Whitney as well, Guys with Kids and Up All Night.

    Renewal? CHICAGO FIRE. GRIMM. SMASH. :-) ‘Nuff said.

  • Gwen

    Whitney and Up all night are just awful they really need to be pushed off the short plank with a pointy stick

  • toadytoady

    You are stuck in a rut,Jo B.SVU season 13/14 is much better than the Meloni melodrama. Allessandra Stanley, TV critic of New York Times thinks so too and has it on her list for “Good TV in 2012″

  • rob60990

    Whitney in 1st place. :D

  • Oliver


    Wait until January. If TNN’s ratings hold up, at say >1.4, through spring then it should be renewed.

    I don’t think its ratings will hold up. I think Go On will fall once The Voice departs and the weakened lead-in will land TNN straight into the Community/Guys With Kids/Up All Night/Whitney bubble fray. With similar ratings, there are better reasons for NBC to renew any one of those shows rather than TNN: Community is in a death slot and may benefit from syndication, Guys With Kids hasn’t had much chance to succeed and could start a family multicam block, Whitney/UAN are inhouse, cheaper and closer to syndication. All four have substantially tougher timeslots.

  • Chris

    Keep Grimm, don’t care about the rest.

  • Oliver

    I notice NBC isn’t airing The New Normal at all over Christmas; the last episode aired on 4 December and the next episode airs on 8 January. Have they given up on the show already?

  • Mary 1

    Considering Go On and all the other NBC shows are on hiatus until January 8th I don’t get where this comment about NBC is giving up on the New Normal is coming from. The last episode of Go On also aired on December 4th.

    And what a lot of nonsense about if it was moved to this time slot and if it was showing at such & such, and if and if and it then maybe, perhaps supposedly it might just have such & such a rating.

    Good thing you all aren’t program directors because decisions are made on what the ratings are period and not on some scenario about what it might be if it was in the worse time slot ever on the worse day ever. If the ratings go down precipitously then of course the show would be in danger. But as of right now with the ratings, it’s not getting cancelled. So yeah, the votes for the New Normal does smack of homophobia because it’s certainly not about current reality.

  • MAthew

    The only shows i watch on this channel are the voice and the new normal. If the new normal gets canceled i will be pissed!!! it makes me happy

  • Oliver

    @Mary 1

    NBC is airing repeats of every single NBC comedy over Christmas except The New Normal, which is not airing at all between 4 December until it returns on 8 January.

    I’ll spell that it out: NBC is airing repeats of 30 Rock, Guys With Kids, Go On, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Up All Night and Whitney. NBC is not airing repeats of The New Normal.

    In fact, I believe it’s the only network sitcom to not air over the holidays.

    This is an unprecedented lack of network support for a freshman comedy.

    Compare NBC’s treatment of The New Normal with Fox’s treatment of Ben and Kate, another freshman bubble show: Fox are airing 8(!) repeats of Ben and Kate between 4 December and its return on 8 January. And Ben and Kate gets worse ratings than The New Normal.

    But, let me guess, I’m a homophobe for pointing this out. And NBC is homophobic for not repeating it. Everyone is a homophobe if they have the audacity to not call The New Normal a hit rather than the middling lead-in-dependent bubble show it is.

  • Mary 1

    Oliver get off your very, very high horse you’ve put yourself on. No one is accusing NBC of homophobia except for you in your ramblings. After all, you’re the paranoid one imagining there must be some kind of conspiracy theory reason why TNN is not being aired on Christmas Day NOT I. I didn’t bother to look at the schedule for Christmas because most likely, like almost every viewer out there, I won’t be watching TV shows that day. I See their Christmas Day schedule as MEANINGLESS.

    The homophobia referred to in my post are for the people voting on this poll for their own personal biases. TNN is not a super hit and it may be dependent etc etc etc, but it still has better ratings than all those shows you rattled off except for Go On so you’d have to be dumbest of executives to cancel it before the shows with the lower ratings.

  • Mary 1

    Also, I just checked NBC schedule for next week and on Tuesday it’s Horton Hears a HOO and the Blake Sheldon Christmas Show. Go On is not on the schedule for the whole week as well.

    On Wednesday, the day after Christmas Whitney and Guys with Kids is repeated–probably because NBC has nothing better to put there. And on Thursday, a normal non holiday NBC is trotting out their normal comedy schedule in repeats.

    And next Tuesday I bet GO On and TNN won’t show either, because it’s New Years Day. Christmas and New Years Day falling on Tuesday is the most likely reason they’re not being aired and not your paranoid delusional conspiracy theory.

  • Oliver

    @Mary 1

    Get off my “very, very high horse”? You’re the one repeatedly calling people homophobes because they have the audacity to dislike or criticise The New Normal!

    NBC removed The New Normal from the schedule for over a month. Fact. Why isn’t NBC supporting the show? Why aren’t you, and other TNN fans, angry at NBC for not supporting the show?

  • Oliver

    @Mary 1

    NBC is airing an hour of repeats of Go On on both the 28th and the 4th.

  • Mary 1

    I didn’t repeatedly call anyone homophobes. I said THIS POLL results make no sense considering the current state of the ratings and you have to believe some homophobia is involved. It’s very Obvious and not unexpected as the show have been a target for such groups as NOM.

    Shows go on hiatus all the time over holiday breaks so I doubt anyone will be getting angry over this. It is what it is. NBC has always supported Go On more because it’s their highest rated new comedy.

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